Building on a Legacy - International Cyclo-Cross Racing Returns to Fayetteville, Arkansas!

Last January, the international cycling community’s eyes turned to Northwest Arkansas as Fayetteville welcomed the world as host to the 2022 Walmart UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships. Fayetteville’s successful debut on the world stage only bolstered Northwest Arkansas’ position as a world-class cycling destination.

Building on the legacy of the World Championships, Fayetteville has been awarded a UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup event – part of OZCX and a weekend long cyclo-cross festival October 14-16, 2022!

OZCX is expected to draw the sport's top athletes and thousands of fans from around the globe back to Fayetteville for a weekend of internationally televised cyclo-cross racing at Centennial Park.

Things kickoff Friday with both professional UCI cyclo-cross racing and community events. Saturday is a full slate of USA Cycling inscripted amateur racing for all ages. A weekend of family-friendly fun culminates on Sunday for 2022 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup Fayetteville!

Charitable Purpose

Consistent within the festive and sometimes wacky traditions of cyclo-cross, the weekend will provide a welcoming, vibrant, and inclusive atmosphere with a charitable purpose - spotlighting the healthcare needs of area children by raising awareness and meaningful fundraising opportunities for Arkansas Children’s Northwest, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital, serving more than 200,000 kids in Northwest Arkansas.

Revenue generated from the 2022 OZ Cross and UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup – Fayetteville weekend will directly benefit Arkansas Children’s.

Date

October 14-16, 2022

Location

Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA (Centennial Park)

Countries Represented

Athletes from 25+ Nations

Events

OZCX UCI Sanctioned C1 Races
OZCX USA Cycling Sanctioned Amateur Races
OZCX Corporate and Community Events
UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup Fayetteville

2022-2023 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup Calendar

October 9: Waterloo, Wisconsin, USA
October 16: Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
October 23: Tabor, Czech Republic
October 30: Rucphen, Netherlands
November 13: Beekse Bergen, Netherlands
November 20: Overijse, Belgium
November 27: Hulst, Netherlands
December 4: Antwerp, Belgium
December 11: TBD
December 17: Val Di Sole, Italy
December 26: Dendermonde, Belgium
January 8: Zonhoven, Belgium
January 22: Benidorm, Spain
January 29: Besancon, France
February 3-5: Hoogerheide, Netherlands (Worlds)

Course Highlights

Centennial Park, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA features a spectator-friendly 3 Kilometer (1.75 Mile) purpose-built cyclo-cross racecourse nicknamed “Chasing Gold”, the only of its kind in the United States. Course features include Electric Avenue – an aggressive mountainside climb, the 39 Climb – a towering staircase of 39 Belgium-style steps, and Fayetteville’s own Stonehenge – a unique finish line feature known for its double horseshoe design.

Festival

In addition to spectator-friendly professional cyclo-cross racing, the OZCX festival weekend includes an engaging industry packed expo and participatory and amateur experiences – including community focused shenanigans like the OZCX Costumed Streets Sprints, Corporate and Community Relays, and the OZ KIDS Cross event.

Temperatures (October)

October signals the beginning of autumn in the Ozarks as fall colors begin to appear in the northern sections of the state. Mid to late October generally provides peak fall color in the northern portions of Arkansas.

  • Daytime High: 74.5 degrees F (23.6C)
  • Nighttime Low: 49.3 degrees F (9.6C)
  • Average precipitation: 3.5 inches
  • Elevation: 1,400 feet (472M)

Sanctioning Governing Bodies

Union Cycliste Internationale (Aigle, Switzerland)
USA Cycling (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Local Host

Ozark Outdoor Foundation (Bentonville, Arkansas)

Event Management

Medalist Sports, Inc.

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