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Bianca Montoya

Communications Director

cell: 972-369-9663


Pro & Amateur Cyclists to Compete for $50,000 Prize Purse During

Weekend of Races


[NORTHWEST ARKANSAS] JUNE 20, 2018 - BikeNWA presents the third annual Natural State Criterium Series happening July 6-8, 2018. The road cycling race will activate downtown Bentonville, Rogers, and Springdale with action packed road races, beer gardens, food trucks, live music, family activities, and splash zones. The race is expected to pull in amateur and pro road racers from around the world all competing for the $50,000 prize purse. We’re excited to announce the return of nine-time Tour de France competitor Frankie Andreu who will be emceeing the series for his second year.

A criterium, or “crit,” is a bicycle race that takes place on a short, closed course on city streets. Dozens of racers form a tight group called a “peloton,” wherein they jockey for place as they navigate hairpin turns and barrel along straightaways at upwards of 35mph. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful downtowns of Bentonville, Rogers, and Springdale, these crits offer spectators an excellent opportunity to watch world-class racers compete while enjoying community camaraderie.

“We invite you to come partake in the fastest event in NWA and watch hundreds of cyclist compete for $50,000. You can test your fitness and luck and join the racing or sit back with the family and enjoy the downtown activities. Each downtown will be activated with different events for all to enjoy!” -  Ben Craig, Race Director and Co-Founder


For a full schedule of events, course maps, and other details, visit


Downtown Dates & Activities

Downtown Bentonville July 6:

  • Crit races 5:30pm - 9:30pm

  • Friends of Arkansas Single Track’s Watch Party: Bike Rack Brewing Co. and First Security Bank will be providing food alongside the Red Bull DJ Truck

  • Downtown Bentonville Inc.’s First Friday 4:30pm-8:00pm

Downtown Rogers July 7:

  • Crit races 10:00am - 5:30pm

  • Joy of Swimming sponsored splash zone with a 61’ water slide

Crit Island Beer Gardens:

  • Levi’s Gastropub: beer garden watch party and a live music after party

  • Crossroads Tavern: dog-friendly beer garden on the patio with the Red Bull DJ Truck and Red Bull drink specials

  • The Rail A Pizza Company: beer garden and watch party

Downtown Springdale July 8:

  • Crit races 8:50am - 4:00pm

  • Joy of Swimming sponsored splash zone with a 61’ water slide

  • Ozark Off Road Cyclists’ Beer Garden: Black Apple Crossing and Bike Rack Brewing Co.

  • The Odd Soul: patio beer garden with brunch pizza

  • Emma Avenue Bar and Tap: brunch menu and drink specials

  • Core Brewing: brunch menu and drink specials

  • Midtown Associates sponsored live music: Ashtyn, Barbury, Korey Dealey, Take Cover, and Terra Nova Kings.

The downtown activities are continuing to grow - for updated information please email Bianca Montoya or Candice Kozark at and follow @NaturalStateCrits on Facebook and Instagram.


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