Fayetteville is set to host the annual
Arkansas High Country Race, a self-supported 1,000-mile ultra-endurance gravel
bikepacking event, in 2020 and 2021.
Borrowing from multi-day backcountry hiking or backpacking, bikepacking combines
cycling through rugged terrain with minimalist camping.
The Arkansas High Country Race follows the perimeter of the Arkansas High Country
Route. Published in 2019 by the Adventure Cycling Association with support from the
Arkansas Parks and Recreation Foundation, the route connects several of the state’s
natural divisions in Central and Northwest Arkansas through a series of three gravel and
paved road loops.
Starting from Fayetteville, cyclists will traverse the Ozark Mountains east to the Buffalo
National River Corridor, and then south into the Arkansas River Valley. From the River
Valley, riders dip west through the Ouachita Mountains with sizeable climbs and
rollercoaster ridges before climbing back north through the Ozark Mountains to the finish
line in Fayetteville. Ultra-endurance athletes from across the country will gather at the
Fayetteville Town Center on the Historic Downtown Square on Friday, June 5, 2020, for
mandatory pre-race meetings, media sessions and more.
The Arkansas High Country Race is scheduled to officially start from the Experience
Fayetteville Visitors Center the morning of Saturday, June 6, with a community roll out
event — an opportunity for local cyclists to ride with some of the country’s top
endurance racers as they make their way out of Fayetteville along the Razorback
Complete details, including schedule, registration and hotel information, are available at
For race information, contact Race Director Chuck Campbell at (501) 725-1377 or
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