NWA CYCLING NEWS & EVENTS
YOUR (SHORT!) WEEK IN CYCLING!
Tuesday Night Worlds! | Fayetteville Group Ride
555 TNT! | Bentonville Group Ride
MTB Camp For Girls Ages (10-14) | Fayetteville
MTB World Cup | Nove Mesto
Giro d’Italia | Italy
Ozark Cycling Gear | In Stock
Giro d’Italia Watch Party | Bentonville
MTB Town Series | Bentonville
Avoca Road Race | Avoca
Oak Ridge Trail Opening | Fayetteville
Kirt E Danza Benefit Ride | Bella Vista
Little Bellas MTB Camp | Bella Vista
Ozark Valley Triathlon | Fayetteville
Open Streets | Bentonville
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: TBD.
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.
Starting next Monday June 3 through Friday June 7th. Click on image for details.
MTB World Cup Nove Mesto Elite Women
World Champ/American Kate Courtney (Scott-SRAM) wins her second consecutive World Cup. After flatting early on, Courtney had to battle back to get to the front. She would catch Jolanda Neff (Trek Factory) on lap 4 who then suffered a flat tire as well. Courtney would solo across to race leader Anne Tauber (CST Sandd Bafang). The Dutch rider must have been feeling the pressure as she crashed twice and Courtney went on for the win.
MTB World Cup Nove Mesto Elite Men
In the first World Cup Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon Circus) was about 30 seconds off the winner finishing second. Well…in round 2 he took the top step beating a rebounding Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM) who struggled (for him) in the first round. The duo immediately made the race about themselves separating from the rest of the field. On the last lap Van der Poel would attack on the final climb and Schurter could no respond. In the end he had a 19 second buffer. The ever consistent and dominate Nino Schurter must be worried but I don’t think we have seen the last of him. For Van der Poel there just does not seem to be a limit to what he can do on two wheels.
Giro d’Italia Stage 14
The pink jersey changes hands once again. Richard Carapaz (Movistar) put in a bold move at 3km to go. Racing up…and down with great skill. He now leads Primroz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) by a scant 7 seconds. Notabile: The 25 year old Ecuadorian has mixed results in the time trial. Finishing 19th, 7th, 15th, 99th, earlier this year and 14th/11th so far in the Giro. He lost 1:55 to Roglic on the stage 9 ITT so he’s gonna need to keep attacking on the steeps and hope Roglic can’t/won’t follow.
Giro d’Italia Stage 15
You knew it was coming. The Giro seems less formulaic than other Grand Tours. While Dario Cataldo (Astana) took the stage from a two-man break the real story was just behind when race favorite Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) had a string of bad luck. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) is not called “The Shark Of Messina” for nothing. Blood was in the water and in part due to Nibali’s attacks and aggression on the descent. It all started between the Colma di Sormano and the Civiglio. Two riders were clear on Colma di Sormano attacks came from behind and as they crested 27 riders were left. On the flat section between the two climbs Roglic had a mechanical and took a teammates bike but was back on with no harm done. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Hugh Carthy (EF Education First) attacked early on. Sensing the possible moment Nibali attacked and race leader Richard Carapaz (Movistar Team) was straight on the wheel. They caught Yates and Nibali attacked again, and again only Carapaz could hold the wheel. On the descent Nibali put on a masterclass opening a gap to Carapaz. The pressure coupled with descending on someone else’s bike saw Roglic go into the guard rail. Carapaz and Nibali gained a valuable 40 seconds on Roglic. Carapaz now sits with a 47 second buffer and Nibali is now 1 minute off Roglic. With the final stage’s time trial looming Nibali and Carapaz will need to carve out far more time and Roglic will need to hold on or go on the offensive himself. This sets up stage 16 nicely as the drama of the Giro is starting unravel.
Northwest Arkansas CYCLING EVENTS
This week in Bentonville. Click on the image for details.
This Tuesday in Bentonville. Click on the image for details.
This Wednesday in Avoca. Click on the image for details.
This Thursday in Fayetteville at the U of A.
This Sunday in Bella Vista. Click on image for details.
This Sunday in Fayetteville. 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.