National-caliber cyclocross racing comes to Northwest Arkansas in November with two days of racing just a few minutes from downtown Fayetteville. The new event, Oz Cross, is part of the USA Cycling’s American Cyclocross Calendar, a series of races held nationwide.
Cyclocross is a unique discipline of competitive cycling that combines the speed of road bike races with the terrain of mountain bike events, held on spectator friendly short courses. The bikes resemble road bikes with slightly wider, knobby tires for traction on turf. Riders hop off the bike on the uphill sections and shoulder their bikes over obstacles in races that last 40 to 60 minutes. With some of the best elite racers from across the region and the US, coming to Oz Cross, it’s a great opportunity for spectators to see cyclocross racing at the highest level. There is no admission fee for spectators.
Oz Cross is scheduled all day on Saturday and Sunday November 10 and 11 at Millsaps Mountain, the soon-to-be developed City of Fayetteville Park located at MLK Blvd and I-49. Competitors of all ages and abilities from across the region and beyond are anticipated. The race weekend is also part of the NWA CX Series, a series of six cyclocross races across Northwest Arkansas beginning late September and running through early December.
Fayetteville is already well-known to cyclists across the region and the country for the Joe Martin Stage Race, for its dense network of amazing singletrack mountain bike trails, and for being a flat-out fun place to spend a weekend. With Oz Cross landing here it is now home to some of the best cyclocross racing in the South.
Oz Cross is produced by BikeNWA in partnership with Brook Watts – responsible for Cross Vegas and World Cup Waterloo. The race will be held atop Millsaps Mountain. The course offers challenging terrain and breathtaking views of the Boston Mountains surrounding Fayetteville.
Take note: The Razorbacks have a big game that Saturday, out-of-town racers should look for hotels or an Airbnb in Rogers or Bentonville since Fayetteville and Springdale will be packed!