7:30 a.m., Saturday, July 29, 2017. A course that will start on Arkansas Street, route through the festival Registration Area to the single tract trails of Lake Atalanta Park, and back to the finish line on Arkansas Street. Racers will cover approximately 6 miles over the single track with a joint finish to beat the A&M train and road bike racers. $50 gift cards and cycling caps to the top male and female finishers. Cyclists who beat the train win an engraved railroad spike. On-line registration closes at midnight on July 27. On-site registration for the Race For The Spike will only be on Friday, July 28 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.
Flagging and signs will mark the course of the Race for the Spike – Mountain event.
Please familiarize yourself with the course maps prior to the event. Some sections of the Lake Atalanta trails are challenging.
Note: some sections of the race course are on the paved trail. This is not a closed course, so please use proper trail etiquette and courtesy when encountering other users.
Note: Participants are encouraged to park in downtown Rogers and ride their bike to the starting line on Arkansas Street. You will need to arrive early enough to be at the starting point by 7:15 a.m. for a prerace briefing. There will be flagging, signs, and volunteers along the route to direct riders to the right trails.