Final bike races of the season set for Wednesday in downtown Springdale

(Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer)

The final bike race of the season is set for Wednesday (Aug. 31) in downtown Springdale.

The Natural State Criterium Series includes spectator-friendly bike races on a closed course at Shiloh Square.

The criterium (or crit) races feature riders racing multiple loops around the course. The start-finish line is located on Emma Avenue (see map below). The course winds through several downtown streets and each lap should take 2-3 minutes to complete.

The series began with the first of three races in June. A second event was held in late July.

The races begin with the “First Chance Category” event designed for anyone who is new to bike racing or crit races at 4:30 p.m. The First Chance race includes experienced coaches from Natural State Rock & Republic who will ride the course with the racers giving tips and pointers along the way. The First Chance category is less about competition and more about skill and confidence building.

A 20-minute women’s race is next on the schedule at 5 p.m., followed by the 25-minute “C Race” (5:30 p.m.) and 35-minute “B Race” (6:30 p.m.) which are open to all riders.

(Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer)

The night ends with the “A Race,” (7:15 p.m.) a 45-minute event which draws the area’s most talented riders, including some professional racers.

Men and women will be scored separately in the A, B and C races, with prizes or cash available to the top three riders.

A 2-lap fat tire fun race is scheduled at 6:10 p.m. between the C and B races.

There is no charge to watch the races, but anyone interested in racing should visit

(Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer)