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The Arkansas High Country Race has quickly gained an impressive amount of attention from the media, attracting a number of experienced cyclists and athletes looking to challenge themselves on the 1,037-mile route. The race partnered with the city of Fayetteville for 2020 and 2021, starting and finishing in the historic downtown square with close proximity to lodging and delicious food within walking distance of the grand depart.
For the next two years, the race is moving to Hot Springs, Arkansas—a location the organizers say is great for an event like this. Highlights include a historic downtown, Hot Springs National Park, the International Mountain Biking Association’s Epic LOViT Trail out at Lake Ouachita, and our Ouachita Triple Crown bikepacking route. The idea of hot springs at the finish line of an event like the Arkansas High Country Race doesn’t sound like a bad idea, either.
“Arkansas is known for its exciting trails, scenic highways, sparkling waterways and unique destinations, and the riders of the Arkansaw High Country Race are just as awe-inspiring and multifaceted as the terrain. We are so thrilled for this unique opportunity to begin and end this race in the heart of the Ouachitas, and in our community, which has embraced the sport of biking. We will show them this region’s upcropping hotbed of individuals, businesses and organizations as the community comes out to rally around these amazing athletes and give them the warmest welcome to Hot Springs.” Hot Springs Mayor Pat McCabe said, “I cannot think of a better host city than Hot Springs to send off some of the most passionate and toughest cyclists for the 2022 and 2023 Arkansaw High Country Race.”
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