Bike City Fondo planned in Fayetteville during Joe Martin Stage Race, amateur race format changes

2022 Walmart Joe Martin Stage Race, amateur women (Flyer Photo/Todd Gill)

A new, non-competitive biking event was added to the 2023 Walmart Joe Martin Stage Race on the heels of a major change to the amateur race format.

Joe Martin organizers All Sports Productions have partnered with Experience Fayetteville to present the Bike City Fondo on Saturday, May 20.

The event includes both road and gravel ride options with routes ranging from 13 to 105 miles. Officials said participants can expect timed segments, post-ride food and beverages, and fully-stocked aid stations as part of the event.

Entry fees range from $35-$50. Courses and registration are available at runsignup.com.

The name is a nod to Fayetteville’s recent designation as an offical Bike City by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the world governing body of cycling. The 2021 induction marked the first time a city in the United States has received the award. As of last year, there were 22 cities and regions that had been awarded the designation, including Copenhagen, Paris, Vancouver and Fyn.

The addition of a fondo is just one of the changes in store for the 2023 Joe Martin Stage Race weekend.

All Sports officials last week announced that the amateur portion of the event would move to a criterium-only format, which spelled the end of the long-held, two-day amateur stage race.

For years, amateur participants lined up for a road race on Saturday morning, followed by an uphill time trial that afternoon, and a criterium race in downtown Fayetteville on Sunday. Registration for the Sunday criterium is open now at BikeReg.com.

The 2023 Walmart Joe Martin Stage Race is set for May 18-21 in Fayetteville. For more information, visit joemartinstagerace.com.