Fayetteville bicycling ride to benefit juvenile diabetes research

2015 Banded Suffering / Courtesy photo

An upcoming bicycling ride in Fayetteville will help raise money for the local branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, while also offering something for every type of cyclist.

Banded Suffering, the annual cycling event benefiting research for type 1 diabetes, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1 in north Fayetteville.

The event features nine courses to choose from, ranging from shorter, family rides along the Razorback Greenway to a variety of road route options through the scenic Northwest Arkansas countryside. Two gravel routes are also available.

Riders prepare to start at the 2015 Banded Suffering event / Courtesy

The rides include support and gear (SAG) vehicles, stocked rest stops, and a post-ride lunch. Local businesses will also provide pre-ride coffee, pastries, and kids games at the finish.

Registration is $35 per rider for those who pre-register online, or $40 the day of the race. Cost for kids riding the 6- or 12-mile rides is $15 ($20 at the gate).

Pre-registration ends at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 1 at Pediatric Dental Associates & Orthodontics, 1607 E. Rainforest Road off Joyce Boulevard in north Fayetteville. Parking is available at Regions Bank, just west of the start/finish area.

To register, or for more information about the event, visit bandedsuffering.com.

From the website:

One of our competitive junior cyclists, Austin Dixon, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) a little over 6 years ago. Since the date of that diagnosis, he has battled this disease while on the bike, but it has never let it stop him from reaching his goals. Has made it his mission to bring awareness to this disease and change the face of the type 1 diabetes. There might be days he “suffers” on the bike, yet he pushes through it and never lets T1D stop him from doing anything. He wants to inspire others around him, while showing other type 1 diabetics anything is possible.

In honor and support of him and his mission, we have created Banded Suffering to help change the face of T1D.

Course options

  • 6-mile kids/family ride along Mud Creek and Scull Creek trails
  • 12-mile kids/family ride along Mud Creek, Scull Creek, and Meadow Valley trails.
  • 25-mile road route
  • 55-mile road route
  • 62-mile (metric century) road route
  • 100-mile (century) road route
  • 125-mile (double metric) road route
  • 44-mile gravel route
  • 70-mile gravel route

(Visit bandedsuffering.com for maps of each route and rest stop locations.)