Cyclists pedal through a muddy bend during the October 2019 FayetteCross event at Centennial Park in Fayetteville. / Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer
Tickets for next month’s UCI Cyclocross World Cup race are now available, officials from Experience Fayetteville said on Tuesday.
The event, which is scheduled for Wednesday, October 13 at Centennial Park, will feature runners from 13 countries. It is one of only three World Cup races scheduled in the United States, with events in Waterloo, Wisconsin (October 10) and Iowa City, Iowa (October 17).
The race will offer a glimpse of the park and course, which will also host the 2022 Cyclocross World Championships, scheduled for January 28-30. This will only be the second time the United States has hosted the event.
The events are funded through a $ 3.7 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation.
Cyclocross is a unique type of competitive racing that combines the speed of road bike races with the terrain of mountain bike races. The 30- to 60-minute races take place on shorter courses where riders typically descend and carry their bikes up steep climbs or over various obstacles.
“Cyclocross is one of the most entertaining types of bike races because it really fosters an in-person experience for the fans,” said Molly Rawn, General Manager of Experience Fayetteville. “Friendly to spectators, the courses are designed to put you in the heart of the action. “
Tickets for the October race are free, but registration is required. Spectators can book a free ticket at cyclocrossfayettevillear2021.com/tickets.
Organizers have established a COVID protocol for the event. Those planning to attend should be prepared to provide proof of full vaccination (final dose at least two weeks before the race) or proof of a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test (PCR or antigen) performed within 72 hours before entry. A screenshot on a mobile device will suffice.
The organizers said the great outdoors nature of the place allows plenty of room for distance. During times when distancing cannot be practiced, all participants will be required to wear masks that cover the nostrils and mouth, according to a press release.