THE BENTONVILLE BIKE FEST ARRIVES NEXT WEEK, MAY 25 TO 28
The event sounds like it could be the best one yet
BENTONVILLE, Ark., May 18, 2023—This year’s Bentonville Bike Fest is taking place from May 25 to 28. Presented by Mobil1, this annual festival invites mountain biking enthusiasts of every age and proficiency level to attend.
Kalene Griffith, president and CEO of Visit Bentonville, expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “We eagerly anticipate the arrival of visitors from near and far to Bentonville Bike Fest 2023. With an updated date, a fresh venue, and a schedule brimming with races and activities, this year’s event promises to surpass all expectations. We are thrilled to witness the growth and evolution of this world-class cycling extravaganza.”
Now in its third year, Bentonville Bike Fest is projected to welcome over 25,000 attendees in 2023, generating a positive economic impact on the city. The festival is open to the public, with free admission; however, registration at bentonvillebikefest.com is encouraged. Some races during the event require an entry fee, and additional details can be found at bikereg.com/bentonville-bike-fest.
An Earlier Date for Enhanced Comfort
This year, Bentonville Bike Fest has been rescheduled to Memorial Day weekend, May 25–28. The change should result in more pleasant daytime temperatures, averaging 76.5 degrees in May, allowing attendees and their pets to enjoy a comfortable experience throughout the festival. With cooler riding conditions and ample time to explore the renowned Mountain Biking Capital of the World, participants can fully immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere.
A New Venue and Expansive Expo Floor
Bentonville Bike Fest 2023 introduces a brand-new venue, designed to offer attendees enhanced convenience, natural beauty, and accessibility. Situated near the 300-acre Coler MTB Preserve mountain biking park, the historic “Ole Applegate” venue provides easy access to world-class trails while remaining just a short bike ride away from Bentonville’s attractions. Additionally, a larger expo floor awaits visitors, featuring exhibitors showcasing cycling-related products, free demo rides, gear, apparel, and various biking organizations.
Action-Packed Event Schedule
Prepare for an action-packed experience at Bentonville Bike Fest 2023, with exciting events and appearances by top figures from the cycling world. Highlights include:
The inaugural “Gravelicious” gravel race on Saturday, May 27, presented by Blackburn Design and Bell Helmets. Designed by mountain biking legend Nat Ross, this event offers riders the choice of a 30-mile course or a more challenging 60-mile route, both winding through the picturesque Ozarks on dirt and gravel roads. The 30-mile route aims to introduce newcomers to gravel racing, featuring categories for junior riders aged 13 and up.
The North American debut of the 2023 Cross-Country Eliminator Pan American Series, where four elite riders will compete against each other on a short, technically-complex course designed to push their limits. This event is sponsored by City Mountainbike, and it should be exciting.
Mountain biking workshops led by esteemed cycling legends such as Rachel and Kyle Strait, Anneke Beerten, Carson Storch, and others.
About Bentonville Bike Fest
Founded by nine-time UCI Trials World Champion Kenny Belaey, Bentonville Bike Fest originated from the “Women Shred” event and has evolved into one of the world’s most highly regarded mountain biking festivals. Catering to riders of all ages and skill levels, the festival offers an array of spectator events, races, and workshops. For more information, please visit www.bentonvillebikefest.com.