Downtown Bike Races Return to Springdale This Summer

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A series of spectator-friendly bike races will return to downtown Springdale this summer.

The Natural State Criteria Series includes three nightly events scheduled for June, July and August, with multiple race categories scheduled on a closed course in 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 course winds through several downtown streets and each lap should take 2-3 minutes.

The series begins at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29 and includes several categorized races each evening (see schedule below). Events are also scheduled for Wednesday July 27 and Wednesday August 31.

Each night begins with the 20-minute ‘First Chance Class’ race designed for anyone new to bike racing or crit racing. The First Chance Race features experienced coaches from Natural State Rock & Republic who will run the course with runners providing guidance and direction along the way. Coaches will provide basic pre-race instruction beginning at 4:30 p.m. The First Chance category is less about competition and more about developing skills and confidence.

The 2022 Natural State Criteria Series

Night 1 – Wednesday, June 29 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Night 2 – Wednesday July 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Night 3 – Wednesday August 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The 30-minute “Race C” and 40-minute “Race B” are next on each night’s schedule and are ranked based on a rider’s USA Cycling skill category.

Each evening ends with the “A Race”, a 50-minute race that should attract the most talented runners in the region, including professional runners.

Men and women will race together in each race, but will be scored separately with prizes or cash available for the top three runners in Races A, B and C.

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 Registration is available for individual nights and the overall series.

Race course

Race schedule


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David H. Henry