Saturday, October 31st - 7:30 AM - Fayetteville Square
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.
In 2020, the Arkansaw High Country Race is moving to Fayetteville where the race will start and finish on Fayetteville’s historic Downtown Square! Fayetteville offers guests a multitude of experiences. It’s rich in arts, history and entertainment. Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, it’s a nature lover’s dream. Local gives the community its flavor, and there’s always something happening there – a good balance between the old and new to provide change in a familiar place. Click here for more information on our host city or swing by the Experience Fayetteville Visitors Center at 21 S. Block Avenue when you are in town.
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.
The 2020 route will cover 1030 miles as measured by mapmyride.
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.
Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting
Located on Fayetteville’s Historic Downtown Square at 15 W. Mountain Street and an outdoor, open air venue – we are excited to partner with the Fayetteville Town Center to utilize their Plaza space to host this year’s Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting on Friday evening October 30th at 6pm. Participants are asked to wear a facial covering/mask (not buffs or neck gaiters) for the meeting. We will keep it short and will not be providing food or beverages.
After the meeting, participants will find a large variety of local culinary options for dinner all within walking distance of the Fayetteville Town Center. From Tiny Tim’s Pizza and West Mountain Brewing Co. to Cheers at the OPO and Hugo’s – there is no shortage of local flavor in Downtown Fayetteville.
The Arkansaw High Country Race is excited to partner with the Graduate Fayetteville for our Host Hotel accommodations in 2020. 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 29-November 15th – 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.
Book your discounted room today here: https://be.synxis.com/?chain=21643&hotel=7837&arrive=10/30/2020&depart=10/31/2020&promo=RACE
Custom Buckles and leather belts will be awarded to the..
- Male winner
- Female winner
- Singlespeed winner
- Lucky finisher chosen randomly
Fastest Known Times (FKT) on the ArHC
Men – Jay Petervary – 5 days, 12 hours, 6 minutes – July 2020
Women – Ally Mabry - 8 days, 15 hours, and 9 minutes – June 2019
Mixed Gender Pair – Scotti and Ernie Lechuga - 5 days, 18 hours, and 24 minutes – November 2019