Oct. 4, 2021
Contact: Lee Farmer
Parks and Recreation
Centennial Park trail closures announced ahead of UCI 2021 Cyclo-cross World Cup
Shuttle service offered from Baum-Walker Stadium
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Leading up to the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) 2021 Cyclo-cross World Cup at Centennial Park on Wednesday, Oct. 13, the park and several of its trails will need to be closed to the public.
Trails are being closed ahead of time to keep them in the best shape for competition, as well as immediately after for event cleanup. The event, one of three Cyclo-cross World Cup races to take place in the United States, will feature riders from 13 countries.
The following park closures will take place for the event:
- Chasing Gold and World Cup trails: closed to the public Oct. 4-15;
- North Trail Head: closed to the public Oct. 11-14;
- Centennial Park in its entirety: closed to the public Oct. 11-14.
Spectators driving to the event are asked to use a free shuttle service from Baum-Walker Stadium. There will be no parking at Centennial Park for the general public; cars will be turned away. Shuttles will run continuously from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. for spectators.
Those who bike or walk to the World Cup will be directed to S. Mount Millsap Lane. The entrance at S. Centennial Park Lane will be closed to those without VIP stickers.
The event schedule Oct. 13 is as follows:
- 10 a.m. – Gates open;
- 12:30 p.m. – UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, Women Elite;
- 2:05 p.m. – UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, Men Elite.
One of the fastest growing disciplines in cycling, cyclo-cross shares similarities with mountain bike racing, cross-country cycling and criterium racing. Cyclo-cross courses are twisty, hilly, wet, muddy and full of obstacles that require riders to dismount and carry their bikes at times. With relatively short courses, it gives spectators a front row view of all the action.
Fayetteville also will host the UCI 2022 Cyclo-cross World Championships at Centennial Park on Jan. 28-30, 2022.
World Cup spectators, regardless of age, must provide proof of full vaccination (final dose at least two weeks prior to the race) or proof of a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test (PCR or antigen) taken within 72 hours prior to entry. A screen shot on a mobile device will suffice. On-site COVID-19 screening will be available at Baum-Walker Stadium.
The World Cup is free to attend, but spectators must register for tickets in advance. For more information, visit cyclocrossfayettevillear2021.com.