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Event Date - November 17, 2018, 9am start

Start/Finish Location - Mount Sequoyah Conference Center, 150 N Skyline Dr, Fayetteville, AR  72701

Onsite Packet Pickup/Registration Info:

  • Location - Mount Sequoyah Conference Center, 150 N Skyline Dr, Fayetteville, AR  72701
  • Friday, November 16.  5pm - 8 pm. Packet Pickup & Registration
  • Saturday, November 17. 6:30 am - 8:45am. Packet Pickup Only (no race day registration).
  • Online registration will be open until midnight, November 16.  Follow LINK to register online
  • THERE IS NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION

A mixture of pavement, gravel and some single track dirt thrown in for good measure. Gravel or Mountain bikes will be the choice. Two distances - 48 and 66 miles.  This event has a twist...only the mileages and elevations of road, gravel and dirt will be released early.  The course maps will be published at 8:00am the day before the event. You will discover some new terrain and roads that you didn't know existed in NW Arkansas.  Great post-race party on top of a hard day in the saddle. 

Registration Link

COURSES:

  • 48 Miles:
    • 21.1 miles of gravel
    • 25.5 miles of pavement (16 miles of pavement is the out and back sections, with only 9 miles out on the course proper)
    • 1.4 miles of single track
    • 0.1 mystery surface?
    • 22 total sections
    • 3,800' of climbing
  • 66 Miles:
    • 30.2 miles of gravel
    • 33.8 miles of pavement (16 miles of pavement is the out and back sections, with only 18 miles out on the course proper)
    • 1.4 miles of single track
    • 0.1 mystery surface?
    • 23 total sections
    • 5,200' of climbing

Both courses with TCX files will be released at 8:00 am the day before the event.  There will be one aid station and roaming support on the course, but all riders should come prepared to be self-sufficient.  Remember that this event is Rules Of The Road and riders should obey all traffic rules.

AWARDS/FINISHER MEDAL:
To participate in awards, a rider must do the following:

  1. Join the Strava Group which coincides with your event registration:
    1. RAPTOR 48 - https://www.strava.com/clubs/raptor48
    2. RAPTOR 66 - https://www.strava.com/clubs/gravel66
  2. Use a GPS enabled device to upload your ride to Strava.

There will be four KOM/QOM on each course. The four segments will be totaled with a handicap scoring system similar to the R.A.P.T.O.R. Cycling Relay which will be applied to the total times.  Top three NET times for both courses will receive special awards.  The top Gross time for both male and female will be recognized for each course as well.

Finisher Medal for all who complete the course.  The inaugural medal will be a one-of-a-kind belt buckle!

POST-RACE FESTIVITIES:
Post-race food and drink for all competitors will greet you at the finish line. There will also be a place to take a shower. We suggest bringing friends and family as we will have food and drink available for purchase at the finish line. There will be games and a bouncy house if weather permits. We're testing some new technology, so we hope to have regular course updates which we can announce throughout the ride.

WHAT ARE THE RULES?:
There's not many, but riders must observe the Rules of the Road.  Stop at all traffic signs/lights, ride to the right, don't impede traffic, Leave No Trace and enjoy the day.  And no personal support following you on the course...be self-sufficient.  There may be a couple of other rules to add, but this is gravel!