Fayetteville to host mountain bike qualifier for Team USA at Tokyo Olympics


Professional cross country mountain bikers will compete in Fayetteville this spring as part of a series of events for athletes vying for a spot on Team USA for the Tokyo games.

The OZ Trails US Pro Cup will be held over two weekends, April 9-11 and April 16-18, at Centennial Park at Millsap Mountain.

A purpose-built, spectator-friendly mountain bike racecourse is being constructed at the southwest Fayetteville park, along with a world-class cyclocross course in preparation of the city’s plans to host the 2022 Cyclocross World Championships.

Centennial Park is one of seven venues announced last month for the 2021 Pro Cross-Country Tour (ProXCT), which will include eight weekends of racing from March through late July. The tour begins with the US Cup Vail Lake in Temecula, California. Other stops are planned in Utah, Wisconsin, Montana and Colorado.

The Fayetteville events are organized in partnership with Experience Fayetteville, the city’s convention and visitors bureau.

“We look forward to welcoming racers and spectators from around the globe to Fayetteville,” said Molly Rawn, CEO of Experience Fayetteville. “The Centennial Park is a premier destination for cycling events like no other in the country and we can’t wait for these athletes to experience it.”

Spectators can expect to see a deep field of U.S. and international riders representing past and future Olympians, national champions and continental and world champions.

In addition to hosting professional riders, the Fayetteville event will offer points for junior boys and girls to help qualify select riders for racing in Europe and to represent Team USA at the 2021 World Championships.

Complete details, including schedule, registration and lodging information, are available at uscupmtb.com.