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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Starting this weekend, Fayetteville, Arkansas, will host a new event, the OZ TrailsTM U.S. Pro Cup, as part of the 2021 U.S. Cup Mountain Bike Series.
The event will be held over two weekends, April 9-11 and April 16-18, at Centennial Park at Millsap Mountain in Fayetteville, and will offer both Pro and amateur racers a chance to lay fresh tracks on the newly built venue.
The OZ Trails™ U.S. Pro Cup will host professional men and women cross-country mountain-bike racers from around the globe, while also featuring the top men and women from North America. The races, which are a part of the US Cup series, will give riders an opportunity to gain valuable U.C.I. points for themselves and their country ahead of the summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Above: Fayetteville rollers.
In addition to seasoned pros, the OZ Trails™ U.S. Pro Cup will offer UCI points for junior boys and girls aged 17-18 – helping qualify select junior riders for racing in Europe and to represent Team USA at the 2021 World Championships.
Amateur cross-country racing will be slated on both weekends of the event as well, allowing any amateur racer to come mix it up on the new facilities trail system, which has nearly 10 miles of trail in additional to the specific built world cross country course.
The two-weekend event is being hosted by OZ Trails™ in partnership with Experience Fayetteville, the city’s convention and visitor’s bureau.
“I think people are going to be really stoked once they ride this new venue,” says US Cup event director and course consultant Ty Kady. “This facility was built from the ground up with a proper U.C.I. cross-country course in mind. And the amateur course is one of the best in the U.S. too. The place is like Disneyland for bikes—there is something for everyone here.”
Above: Uphill rock garden.
The event is fully permitted by Arkansas state health and local governing agencies. The U.S. Cup and its staff will be enforcing strict COVID-19 event protocols to ensure a safe-as-possible race environment. The situation will be continually monitored, and any adjustments needing to be made will be done accordingly approaching the event dates.
“I’ve been involved with some of the XCO course layout and concepts over the last two years in conjunction with Northwest Arkansas Trailblazers and Rock Solid trail builders staff. I think we found a perfect balance of legit World Cup cross-country specs with a new-school blend of features that makes OZ trails and this region of the country so special and distinct,” continued Kady. “We are excited to give riders a new cross-country focused venue here in the United States of this caliber.”
Complete details, including schedule, registration, COVID protocols and lodging information, are available at uscupmtb.com.
About US Cup
The US Cup was founded in 2009 and has been producing high caliber cross-country events for the last 12 years. From elite U.C.I. sanctioned racing, to amateur cross-country, the US Cup has positioned itself as one of the must-attend events and series.
For more information visit www.uscupmtb.com
Above: Mt. Saint Helens, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
About OZ TrailsTM NWA
OZ Trails was created in 2016 to showcase unique and accessible multi-purpose trails throughout Northwest Arkansas. It has grown to be a globally recognized brand that represents a world-class trail system for mountain bikers, gravel riders, runners and outdoor adventurers of all skill-levels. Whether you are a first-time rider or a seasoned pro, OZ Trails have something for every level of adventurer. For information on Oz Trails NWA visit oztrailsnwa.com.
About Experience Fayetteville
Experience Fayetteville is the convention and visitor’s bureau for the city of Fayetteville, Arkansas. It is responsible for marketing the city to visitors and achieving a positive economic impact through tourism. It is the first point of contact for convention and meeting planners, sports tournament coordinators and tour operators. Experience Fayetteville oversees the visitor’s bureau and Experience Fayetteville Visitors Center as well as the Fayetteville Town Center, and historic Walker Stone House. The Fayetteville Advertising & Promotion Commission is the governing body of Experience Fayetteville. For more information on Fayetteville, Arkansas, visit experiencefayetteville.com.
Above: Riders should expect both fun and challenging racing at the two events.