Parts of Centennial Park closed for World Championships racecourse construction

Dutch cyclocross riders Denise Betsema (left) and Puck Pieterse compete during the 2021 UCI Cyclocross World Cup race on Oct. 13 in Fayetteville.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

Certain areas of Centennial Park will be closed to the public for a little over two weeks to allow for construction of the cyclocross World Championships racecourse.

Races are scheduled for Jan. 28-30 at the bike-focused park in south Fayetteville. It will be just the second time the United States has ever hosted the event, which was first held in 1950 in Paris, France.

Officials expect the public park closure to be in effect through Jan. 31 so that race organizers can build out the racecourse and event venue, and to leave time immediately after the races for cleanup.

Several Centennial Park trails will also be closed ahead of the event to keep them in the best shape for competition. The Learners Permit, Pop Rocks and Junk Drawer trails will be closed Jan. 24-31, according to a news release.

The Fayetteville Traverse Trail will remain open during the duration of the event, both for community use and as a bike- or hike-in option for spectators during the event. There will be no onsite vehicle parking at Centennial Park during the closure period.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

About 300 cyclists representing 25 nations are set to compete for titles in several men’s and women’s categories, including a new team relay event that will be tested for the first time at a cyclocross championship race.

The pro women will compete for the world championship title on Saturday and the pro men will race on Sunday. There are also categories for Juniors (under age 18), and riders in the Under 23 division (ages 18-23) for both women an men.

Ticket information

General admission tickets are $30 per day or $50 for a three-day pass.

General admission includes complimentary shuttle services and/or bike valet. Once at the venue, general admission ticket holders will enjoy course access with plenty of viewing opportunities, access to the event expo, and the opportunity to purchase food and beverage as part of their race experience. Ages 11 and under are free and can receive tickets onsite.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

VIP tickets are also available, and include general admission access, plus entry to the start/finish line spectator area. VIP ticket holders can also access a covered, reserved viewing area with gourmet catering, beer and other beverages, TVs with live race coverage and more.

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Masks will be required for everyone at the event, including spectators, expo vendors and staff.

For more event information, including race schedules and complimentary shuttle locations for ticket holders, visit

2022 Cyclocross World Championships Schedule

Thursday, Jan. 27 (Downtown Fayetteville)

7 p.m. – Opening ceremony

Friday, Jan. 28 (Centennial Park)

9 a.m. – Gates open
12:30 p.m. – Team Relay

Saturday, Jan. 29 (Centennial Park)

9 a.m. – Gates open
11 a.m. – UCI Women Junior s
1 p.m. – UCI Men Under 23
2:30 p.m. – UCI Women Elite

Sunday, Jan. 30 (Centennial Park)

9 a.m. – Gates open
11 a.m. – UCI Men Juniors
1 p.m. – UCI Women Under 23
2:30 p.m. – UCI Men Elite