FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2022
Contact: Justin Clay
Parking and Special Event Manager
Intermittent road closures for Joe Martin Stage Race, May 19-22
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark — Several roads in Fayetteville will be closed intermittently Thursday, May 19, through Sunday, May 22, for the Walmart Joe Martin Stage Race.
The four-day, four-stage bicycle race attracts more than 750 professional and elite cyclists from around the world who compete on the roads and highways in and around Fayetteville for thousands of dollars in prizes.
Although the majority of the racecourses are plotted south of Fayetteville, a portion of the Thursday and Friday races take place within city limits and will cause intermittent road closures. Sunday’s race, a spectator-friendly criterium, takes place around downtown Fayetteville and will require several road closures for the duration of the race.
A full listing of scheduled road closures follows. Drivers are encouraged to expect delays and to use alternate routes during these times. Drivers also are reminded to be watchful for cyclists on roads and highways south of Fayetteville Thursday through Sunday as competitors will be practicing and racing throughout the area.
Additional information and route maps for the following races can be found at https://www.joemartinstagerace.com/stagerace/prorace/procourse.
Thursday, May 19 – Mount Gaylor Road Race (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
The start and finish location will be the parking lot near Baum Walker Stadium.
Portions of 15th St., Beechwood Ave., 18th St., S. Futrall Dr. and MLK Jr. Blvd. will be intermittently closed to traffic from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. as racers leave town to the south.
Portions of S. Cato Springs Rd./S. Razorback Rd. and the intersection of 15th and Razorback will have intermittent closures and adjusted traffic patterns 2-4 p.m. as racers approach the finish line near the stadium from the south.
Friday, May 20 – Mount Sequoyah Road Race (11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
The starting location will be Walker Park. Portions of E. 15th St. and E. Huntsville Rd. will be intermittently closed to traffic from 11:30 a.m. to noon as racers make their way out of town to the east.
Portions of S. Armstrong Ave., 15th, Morningside Dr., Huntsville, Willow Ave., E. Spring St., Fletcher Ave., N. Oklahoma Way, E. Missouri Way, E. Dogwood Ln. and N. Assembly Rd. will be intermittently closed 2-3 p.m. to traffic as racers approach the finish line at Mt. Sequoyah. Please do not park on these streets, which are part of the racecourse, after noon. When driving in these areas, please watch for directions from volunteers stationed along the course.
Sunday, May 22 – Experience Fayetteville Criterium (7 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
The Experience Fayetteville Criterium race will be held in downtown Fayetteville, so portions of Church Ave., Mountain St., Block Ave., W. Center St., East Ave., W. Dickson Ave., West Ave. and Spring St. will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Please do not park on these streets, which are part of the course, after 6 a.m. These roads will remain accessible to local traffic when cyclists are not present.