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Challenge yourself with the 100-mile Big Sugar or the 50-mile Little Sugar.

Ride the Highs & Hollows in Northwest Arkansas

Expect this to be one of the most challenging gravel courses featuring picturesque, rarely maintained, canopy-covered gravel roads with loose, rocky gravel, a few pavement sections and a few water crossings and bridges. If you like to ride in the dirt, venture off into stunning landscapes and share an experience with fellow cyclists, Big Sugar NWA Gravel is a race reserved for you.

All Big Sugar event distances will utilize a single-loop format. Although some blacktop roads will be necessary from time to time, the majority of the course will be on gravel and dirt roads. Some of these roads receive little to no maintenance throughout the year and can be quite primitive in nature. There are also many blind corners while traversing the course. All riders are required to stay right of center on all roads, even if a centerline is not present. In the event of inclement weather, gravel and dirt roads can become mud roads. Riders are therefore encouraged to prepare their bikes, their bodies, and their minds to be ready for any and all possible conditions.The course will not be marked. 

 

Ride The Highs and Lows

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Choose Course Big Sugar

Big Sugar

100-mile gravel race with exhilarating views. 9,954′ of gain.

Big Sugar is an ultra-endurance bicycling challenge, held on the gravel roads through the Northwest region of Arkansas and Southeast region of Missouri. The event  will start in downtown Bentonville, Arkansas.  Each rider will be responsible for printing their own maps and cue sheets. 

This route will leave downtown Bentonville under police escort, traveling north into Southern Missouri.  The route will feature ONE official checkpoint location where Riders will be allowed to meet their support crews.  

    • Checkpoint One: Pineville, Missouri
      • Pineville,MO is the ONLY checkpoint that support crews are allowed to be at. 
    • Checkpoint Two: Whistling Springs Brewery, Missouri

 

Choose Course Little Sugar

Little Sugar

50 miles of picturesque locations. 3,654′ of gain.

Little Sugar is a challenging, shorter-distance option, designed to serve as an introduction to endurance cycling and a “stepping stone” towards the Big Sugar. Tackle the Little Sugar this year, then go for the full 100 miles the following year.  

This route will leave downtown Bentonville under police escort, traveling north into Southern Missouri.  The route will feature NO official checkpoint location where Riders will be allowed to meet their support crews.  

  • Checkpoint One: Mile 21 – Whistling Springs Brewery, Missouri

Diamond in the Bluffs

BigSugar The Momentary

The Momentary

507 SE E St, Bentonville, AR

Start and finish in the idyllic, beautiful town of Bentonville featuring a world-class art scene, thriving bike culture, aviation adventures and a vibrant city square right in the heart of the Ozarks.

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