Joe Martin Stage Race celebrates 40 years, attracts top cyclists

Family Travel Host USA

Jill Rohrbach, travel writer
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
Professional and amateur cycling teams head to Fayetteville March 30 through April 2 for the annual Joe Martin Stage Race. Celebrating 40 years, this four-day, four-stage race will host 750 athletes from 27 countries and all 50 states.
Today, the race is a draw for top domestic and international cyclists, but it had humble beginnings. Joe Martin helped start it back in 1978 as a local event called the Fayetteville Spring Classic Bicycle Race. He was known for being all things cycling: operating a bicycle shop out of his garage and starting a bike team. After Martin’s death in 1988, the event was renamed the Joe Martin Stage Race. It is one of the longest, continually held races in the country.
This year it celebrates its 40th anniversary as an amateur race, 15th year on the USA Cycling Professional Race…

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