NWA CYCLING NEWS & EVENTS
BIKE RACING RETURNS!
Tuesday Night Worlds | Fayetteville
555 TNT | Bentonville
Strade Bianche | Italy
Ozark Cycling Apparel | In Stock
Slow Streets | Fayetteville
Kessler MTN Jam Challenge | Fayetteville
Bentonville Bike Festival | Bentonville
Slow Streets Sundays | Bentonville-Fayetteville
Ozark Valley Triathlon | Fayetteville
Tuesday Night Worlds | This Fayetteville group ride has existed for 20 years and is cycling tradition in Fayetteville. Leaving @ 5:30 from The Bike Route or @ 6 from the parking lot adjacent to the Life Source building. Spirited pace with two regroups. This is a “try and drop you” race practice kind of ride. ROUTE: Winslow Out-N-Back. Click here for STRAVA link.
555 TNT Road Ride | This Bentonville group ride meets @ 5:55 from the Bentonville Square. 35-45 mile ride, spirited pace with several regroups. This is a “try and drop you” race practice kind of ride. No whining! ROUTE: TBD.
Strade Bianche Women
Down to the final kilometer. Around 50km eleven super strong riders attacked. Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott), Margarita García (Ale’ BTC Ljubljana), Rasa Leleivyte (Aromitalia Vaiano), Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels Dolmans), Omer Shapira (Canyon-SRAM), Soraya Paladin (CCC-Liv), Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit-WNT), Thomas, Stine Borgli (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope), Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo), and Elisa Balsamo (Valcar-Travel & Service). Notably missing from the move was World Champ Annemiek Van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) & Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv). Van Vleuten says she had and easy ride with her teammate Spratt in the decisive move. Later Garcia attacked the breakaway on a long solo bid for glory. She would gain over 3 minutes on the chasing group and 5 minutes on the peloton. When it seemed as though Garcia would stay away Van Vleuten decided to take matters into her own hands. Bridging across to the chase group. The group worked to a margin of 1:35 on Garcia and that is when Van Vleuten went out on her own. Van Vleuten clawed back seconds on each rise in the road and you just knew what was going to come next. But it didn’t, Garcia would latch onto the wheel and they would ride together to the final climb. On the final climb Garcia started to crank up the pace riding shoulder to shoulder with Van Vleuten but finally at the steepest pitch Van Vleuten laid it down breaking the Spaniard. It was really a great race. Garcia had an impressive performance and Van Vleuten continues her domination. Notable: Van Vleuten is the only person to win Strade back to back. Amercian Leah Thomas (Equipe Paule Ka) came in third. And that is after crashing.
Strade Bianche Men
With back to back podiums Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma) was clearly a favorite to win. But this race always has one of the strongest fields and the terrain is unforgiving. One crash or puncture and it could be all over. At around 60km, Astana lead the chase for the early break working for their leader Jakob Fuglsang (last years runner-up). On Monte Sante Marie, Fuglsang decided to make a move and it was the decisive. Seven riders would chase the Dane. Wout Van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma), Davide Formolo (UAE), Maximilian Schachmann (Bora), Alberto Bettiol (EF), Greg Van Avermaet (CCC) and Michael Gogl (NTT). A select group. After bringing Fugslang back the group would work together until Schachmann made a strong move quickly drawing out Van Aert and eventually Fugslang, Bettiol and Formolo. Bettiol would be the next to give it a go on a short rise Van Eart was quick to shut it down. On the last gravel sector Van Eart sensed it was his time and and put in a massive dig. After going into TT mode the chasers keep him near at around 10 seconds but eventually it went to 17 seconds and he would arrive at the base of the finishing climb alone. It was strange to see an empty Piazza del Campo but the emotion was still evident as he neared the finished Van Eart let out yell before throwing his hands up. Kudos Wout you deserve it. Notable: American Brent Bookwalter (Mitchelton-Scott) finished 7th. Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and Julian Alaphilippe (Quick Step) where taken out of contention by a puncture and crash.
Northwest Arkansas CYCLING EVENTS
Slow Streets in Fayetteville lasts through August. Click on the image for details.
Virtual Challenge – August 9-31. Click on the image for details.
CANCELLED – This weekend in Bentonville. Click on the image for details.
Sunday’s in Bentonville and Fayetteville. Click on image for details.
Virtual event starts August 2- September 2. Click on image for details.
Local GROUP RIDES
Get connected to group rides that fit your level of cycling! During the season these rides happen each week barring inclement weather. Please connect with ride organizers for detailed information.