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100 or 50 miles of Gloriously Chunky Gravel – October 21, 2023

Two Distances | One Epic Weekend

Canopy covered gravel roads will lead you through the remote and rugged highlands of the Ozark Mountains in Northwest Arkansas and Southern Missouri. The courses go along Sugar Creek and through the bluffs and hollers, including picturesque fall foliage painted around you.

Expect these to be more challenging courses featuring rarely maintained roads with loose, rocky gravel, a few pavement sections and a few water crossings and bridges. If you like to ride in the dirt, venture off into stunning landscapes and share an experience with fellow cyclists, Life Time Big Sugar Gravel presented by Mazda is a race reserved for you.


A 100-mile gravel race in the remote and rugged highlands of the Ozark Mountains.


A 50-mile gravel race located in the highlands but designed for recreational cyclists.

Gravel Event Schedule


100 Mile Course Info

The 100-mile course is 104 miles with around 7,000′ of elevation gain. This course starts and ends in downtown Bentonville, and loops through southern Missouri.

2022 course below, 2023 course could be subject to change:


  • NOTE: this course includes private property at mile 72.4, DO NOT TRESPASS, roads will remain closed until race day. If you do wish to check out the roads that you will see during the race, follow this link that goes around the private property, and bypasses the 8 miles of highway-side riding at the beginning.

50 Mile Course Info

The 50-mile course is 52 miles with approximately 3,500′ of elevation gain. This course starts and ends in downtown Bentonville.

2022 course below, 2023 course could be subject to change:

Athlete Guide

Dust off your gravel bike and get ready for a weekend in the Bluffs! This guide will give you all the information you need to be successful in tackling the first ever Big Sugar weekend.

Download or print out the PDF and prepare yourself for an epic weekend of bikes, brews, and the sweetest gravel you’ve ever tasted.

Award Categories

Awards will go 3 deep in each category.

100- Mile award categories:

  • Elite Men/Women
  • 19 & under Men / Women
  • 20-29 Men / Women
  • 30-39 Men / Women
  • 40-49 Men / Women
  • 50-59 Men / Women
  • 60-69 Men / Women
  • 70+ Men / Women
  • Single Speed Men / Women
  • Para Men / Women
  • Tandem
  • Non-binary Open
  • Fatbike

50- Mile award categories:

  • Open Men/Women
  • Para Men/Women
  • Tandem
  • Non-binary Open
  • E-bike Men/Women

Aid Stations

Checkpoint Info

There are two official checkpoint locations for the 100-mile.

1) Pineville, MO (mile 37)

2) Whistling Springs Brewery (mile 73)

There is one official checkpoint location for the 50-mile.

1) Whistling Springs Brewery (mile 23)

The following amenities will be available at the neutral aid stations at each checkpoint:
-Water, Untapped maple syrup, waffles, and mapleade drink mix & pickles, bananas, potato chips, cookies (snacky stuff)

Support Crews can help their riders out at the Pineville AND Whistling Springs Checkpoints!

Support Crews/Abandon Procedure

1) If you wish to be picked up by your support crew, please make your way to an accessible locaton – without driving on the gravel roads of the course.
– The SAG Jeeps can help you to get to an accessible location if you are unable and will take you to the nearest checkpoint location if you do not have another pick up option

2) Shuttles are available at the checkpoints to carry riders and bikes back to Bentonville
– They will take you either to the finish festival or to the Wal-Mart HQ parking lot as desired

3) If you need to call for help, use the BIG SUGAR HOTLINE: 719-257-3938
– Again, cell service is spotty. The Jeeps all have HAM radio which has better transmission, if you need to communicate with support crews or race organization

Post-Race Food & Beer

  • On each rider’s number plate, there will be three serrated tabs attached at the bottom
    • One is redeemable for a free drink at Whistling Springs Brewery
    • One can be turned in for a beer from Bike Rack Brewing at the finish festival
    • One can be used at one of the food trucks at the finish festival and is worth UP TO $10
      • If you’re buying something less than $10, no change will be given
      • If you want something more expensive, you will have to pay the remainder
  • The food trucks at the finish are also open to business for any support crews or spectators
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