October 9, 2021 - Fayetteville Square
The River Valley Ozark Off Road Cyclists will once again host ITTs on Trackleaders. Click here to go to the ITT page.
DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THE RACE if you are riding an ITT, but the club would like to ask for a $100 donation from the ITTers. If you make the donation, we will send you a race tshirt and swag bag. You can mail us a check or send the donation to our PayPal account: River Valley Ozark Off Road Cyclists
You will have two expenses to ride the ArHC Race. The first is Race Registration on this site. We will open registration on June 1st, 2021 at Noon Central. We anticipate that the race will fill quickly.
The second expense is registration with Trackleaders. Trackleaders provides the GPS based racer tracking system. The 50 riders who register with us will be sent detailed information from Trackleaders. They will open registration just a few weeks before the race. The cost for Trackleaders in 2020 was $20 if you used your own GPS device. If you rented a SPOT from them, the cost was $75.
We race the perimeter of the Arkansas High Country Route of the Adventure Cycling Association. You can order their maps here. Join ACA and get a discount on all your purchases.
Here is the 2020 GPX file. There may be changes to the course because of road construction. We will release the 2021 GPX file in September. Any changes from 2020 will be minor. We will discuss any reroutes on the Facebook page.
Compliments of Experience Fayetteville, all participants will be provided secure, complimentary parking during their race for one standard size vehicle. Prior to the race, event participants will be issued a parking code for accessing the Meadow Street Municipal Parking Deck, located off W. Meadow Street directly behind the Graduate Fayetteville – the event’s Host Hotel. Participants are asked to use Parking Level 3, where no real vehicle height concerns exist.
PRE-RACE MEETING CHANGE OF PLANS! Shakedown Ride + Pre-Race Meeting + Social
We are excited to partner with Fayettechill to host the 2021 Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting Friday evening October 8th at 6pm. Held at the Fayettechill Basecamp – the store/community hub is located in the heart of Fayetteville’s historic district at 600 N. Mission Blvd.
After rolling through the racers meeting and picking up reserved SPOT Trackers, participants are encouraged to stick around for an outdoor social - compliments of our friends at Fayettechill! Expect a chill vibe, refreshments, and maybe even a documentary to get you stoked on what tomorrow brings!
With limited parking, racers are encouraged to consider biking over to the Fayettechill Basecamp – getting in that final shakedown ride and a chance to talk over any last-minute gear decisions with other racers. Located just a few miles from Fayetteville’s Downtown, a guided group ride will roll from the Graduate Fayetteville at 5:30pm – taking riders through several of Fayetteville’s historical districts to the Fayettechill Basecamp and back – just 3.9 miles in total distance. You can preview the shakedown ride here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37454294
Celebrating 12 years, Fayettechill is an Ozarks based brand focused on building a community of outdoor culture, and inspiring folks to go outside to experience nature in their own unique way. Checkout the store and more at www.fayettechill.com
The Arkansaw High Country Race is excited to partner with the Graduate Fayetteville for our Host Hotel accommodations in 2021. Conveniently located directly off Fayetteville’s Historic Downtown Square at 70 N. East Avenue, the Grand Depart and neutral race rollout begins directly in front of the hotel!
As Host Hotel, the Graduate Fayetteville is offering discounted room rates for event participants from October 8th - 23rd – meaning participants can take advantage of a discount both pre- and post-race.
Additionally, as a nationally recognized Bicycle Friendly Business, the Graduate Hotel is offering secure indoor bicycle storage with ample room for event participants pre-race and you will find the property to be cycling friendly and accommodating.
Custom Buckles and leather belts will be awarded to the..
- Male winner
- Female winner
- Male Singlespeed winner
- Female Singlespeed winner
- Lucky finisher chosen randomly
Fastest Known Times (FKTs) on the ArHC
Men - Ted King - 4 day, 20 hours, 51 minutes - October 2020
Women - Ashley Carelock - 7 days, 9 hours, 0 minutes - October 2020
Singlespeed Men - Seth Wood - 7 days, 12 hours, 18 minutes - October 2020
Singlespeed Women - no known finisher
Mixed Gender Pair - Scotti and Ernie Lechuga - 4 days, 22 hours, 5 minutes - October 2020
ArHC Race Files
History of the ArHC
The Arkansaw High Country Race began with the route of the same name. In May of 2019, the Adventure Cycling Association released the Arkansas High County Route. Days later Rebecca Rusch made the first ride of the complete perimeter of the route to set the fastest known time. On a wet track and in miserably wet, cold weather, she finished in 8 days, 3 hours, and 33 minutes.
Less than a month later, 19 riders lined up at the Clinton Presidential Center for the inaugural riding of the ArHC Race. When the gravel had settled, 10 of the riders completed the grueling course. Mike Dicken, an Arkansas Expatriate living in Wyoming, took home the winners buckle with a new course record* of 6 days, 10 hours, and 5 minutes. Ally Mabry was the first woman to finish. Her time was 8 days, 15 hours, and 9 minutes.
Rebecca Rusch rode the entire ACA perimeter route of 1041 miles as measured by her Garmin.
Mike and rest of the 2019 racers rode the 1013 mile Arkansas River flood re-route as measured by TrackLeaders.