71 miles on Highway 71. The Highway 71 Classic is most definitely a Classic ride event here in NWA. I can’t think of another ride that pulls in such a wide range of cyclists. It is a ride I look forward to every year. More importantly the entry fee goes towards annual membership to the Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks. Folks if you don’t know much about the BCO, I encourage you to check them out. The BCO does a ton of work behind the scenes to make sure cyclists have a voice within our local governments and even on the state level as well. To learn more about the BCO click here.
Paxton Roberts (right) director of the BCO.
A great turnout considering the wacky weather forecast.
The pace was fast from the get go. The bike racing crowd likes to turn it up!
Oh Mount Gaylor you were a bit unkind to me today.
Turnaround point & aid station. Guess what?
You get to climb Mt. Gaylor again. This time the hard way.
But the views are great.
Pretty sure it’s UCI legal. I was kind of jealous.
LET US EAT!
Total climbing: 5492 ft
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