The Great Highway 71 Classic is This Sunday

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I was talking to my friend, David Priest, the other day about biking Ark. 71. He was encouraging me to take a ride with he and his wife Marlo and write an article about this beautiful stretch of highway. Then I received an email this week about The Great Highway 71 Classic, a fundraiser bicycle ride taking place this Sunday, March 4. Unfortunately, I can’t go to this or Dig In! Food and Farming Festival, both in Fayetteville this weekend because I’m headed to the fun and informative Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Sometimes it’s feast or famine with great events to attend, isn’t it?

If you’re a cyclist interested in the ride, you can register for the 71 Classic from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at 481 S. School Ave. According to Laura Kelly, the mass start at 9 a.m. from the Mill District on Ark. 71 is a colorful spectacle. More than 200 cyclists are expected to make the trek down 71 from Fayetteville to Mountainburg and back. There will also be a turn-around point at the Brentwood rest area.


So far, cyclists have registered from all over the region and from Texas, Kentucky, Illinois and Iowa. The ride raises money for the Bicycle Coalition of the Ozark, which educates all roadway users on how to share the road responsibly. The coalition teaches an awesome Bike Education program in the public schools. My oldest child took part in the school program and loved and learned from it. My husband and I certainly feel better about him biking in the neighborhood now.

Sponsors of the event include: Arsaga’s, The Bike Route, Fayetteville Bicycle Company, Greenhouse Grille, Highroller Cyclery, Lewis and Clark Outfitters, StoneMill Bread and Ozark Natural Foods.

For more information, email bco@bconwa.com, call 479.521.4619. You can also register online at http://bconwa.com/northwest-arkansas/210-highway-71-classic-2012, where you’ll also find lots of other great information about the route length, elevation and more.
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