Bike races continue Wednesday in downtown Springdale

Runners run along Emma Avenue in downtown Springdale during the Natural State Criterium Series on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. (Todd Gill/Fayetteville Flyer)

A series of spectator-friendly bike races continues this week in downtown Springdale.

The Natural State Criterium Series returns for the second races of the season Wednesday, July 27. Events include multiple categories of races on a closed course at Shiloh Square.

Criterium (or crit) races feature runners completing multiple loops around the course. The start-finish line is located on Emma Avenue (see map below). The route winds through several downtown streets and each lap should take 2-3 minutes.

The series started in June. A third event is scheduled for August 31.

Races begin with the “First Chance Category” event designed for anyone new to bike racing or critical racing at 4:30 p.m. The First Chance Race features experienced coaches from Natural State Rock & Republic who will run the course with runners giving advice and directions along the way. The First Chance category is less about competition and more about building skills and confidence.

Runners run along Emma Avenue in downtown Springdale during the Natural State Criterium Series on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. (Todd Gill/Fayetteville Flyer)

A 20-minute women’s race is then on the program at 5 p.m., followed by the 30-minute “C Race” (5.30 p.m.) and the 40-minute “B Race” (6.30 p.m.) which are open to all riders.

The evening ends with the “A Race” (7:15 p.m.), a 50-minute event that attracts the most talented runners in the region, including some professional runners.

Men and women will be scored separately in races A, B and C, with prizes or cash available for the top three runners.

A fun 2-lap fat tire race is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. between races C and B.

There is no charge to watch the races, but anyone interested in racing should visit BikeReg.com.

Runners run along Main Street in downtown Springdale during the Natural State Criterium Series on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. (Todd Gill/Fayetteville Flyer)

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