Big Sugar FAQs
Find additional answers to all your questions regarding the race and race weekend experience.
The event is held every year at the end of October in Bentonville, AR. It’s the same weekend as Outerbike Bentonville, a partnership that allows us to celebrate cycling all weekend long. The event begins and ends in downtown Bentonville and traverses the gravel roads of Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri.
We suggest a gravel-specific bike (Salsa Warbird), Cross Bike, 29’er Hardtail w/ Suspension Fork, 29’er Hardtail w/ Rigid Fork, or a Fatbike, but a full-suspension mountain bike is an option for more experienced cyclists. You don’t need the added weight and complexity for this event.
Any seasoned, well-trained endurance cyclist. This event is NOT for an entry-level endurance bicyclist. The region is remote, rugged, and contains a lot of elevation gain. Riders will need to be capable of navigating by map (or cue sheets) and feel comfortable following a GPS device. For less experienced riders, we recommend our 50-mile Little Sugar event.
Course maps and cue sheets will be provided via electronic file prior to the event. Each rider should print his/her own maps and cues. In addition, we may have a limited number of course markings. However, riders should use the maps and cues provided as their primary means of navigation.
It is encouraged that each participant in the Big Sugar 100-mile distance, have present at the event at least one support crew person. Due to the rural roads and challenging terrain of the course, support crews will NOT be allowed out on course to pick up riders who need to abandon. The event will provide sweep vehicles that will pick up abandoning riders. Due to limited space, support crews are ONLY allowed at the Pineville aid station. While the event will provide neutral aid to all riders, a support crew member can provide a rider additional support not provided by the event.
Checkpoint locations will be clearly communicated well in advance of the event and riders may receive assistance from their personal support crews at official checkpoints only. Receiving outside support at any point other than official checkpoints will result in immediate disqualification, but riders may assist other riders by any means and at any time.
Support crews are not allowed on course except to pick up a rider who is departing the event. This race is all about self-sufficiency in a remote area, and gaving to dodge cars compromises this experience for our participants. If a support crew is found to be on course (except at official checkpoints), that rider will be immediately disqualified from the event.
Any tire that will roll fast and provide adequate puncture/pinch-flat resistance. We recommend new tires and nothing narrower than 38c. If you show up with worn-out old tires, you better bring lots of tubes, CO2 cartridges and hiking shoes.
Yes. In addition to the 100-mile feature event, we will also offer the 50-mile Little Sugar distance. All event distances begin in downtown Bentonville, AR with the Little Sugar designed specifically for recreational cyclists.
Note: Participation in all Big Sugar event distances is by pre-registration only.