Parts of Centennial Park are closed for construction of the World Championships racetrack

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Dutch cyclocross riders Denise Betsema (left) and Puck Pieterse compete in the 2021 UCI Cyclocross World Cup on October 13 in Fayetteville.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

Certain areas of Centennial Park will be closed to the public for just over two weeks to allow construction of the Cyclocross World Championships racetrack.

The races are scheduled for Jan. 28-30 at the bike-focused park in South Fayetteville. This will only be the second time the United States has hosted the event, which was first held in 1950 in Paris, France.

Officials expect the public park closure to be in effect until January 31 so that race organizers can build the racetrack and event venue, and allow time immediately after the races to cleaning.

Several trails in Centennial Park will also be closed prior to the event to keep them in top shape for competition. The Learners Permit, Pop Rocks and Junk Drawer trails will be closed Jan. 24-31, according to a news release.

The Fayetteville Traverse Trail will remain open for the duration of the event, both for community use and as a biking or hiking option for spectators during the event. There will be no on-site vehicle parking at Centennial Park during the closure period.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

Around 300 cyclists representing 25 nations are set to compete for titles in several men’s and women’s categories, including a new team relay event which will be tested for the first time in a cyclocross championship race.

The pro women will compete for the World Championship title on Saturday and the pro men will race on Sunday. There are also categories for juniors (under 18) and riders in the under 23 (18-23) division for women and men.

Ticket information

General admission tickets are $30 per day or $50 for a three-day pass.

General admission includes complimentary shuttle services and/or bike valet. Once at the venue, general admission ticket holders will enjoy access to the course with plenty of viewing opportunities, access to the event exhibit, and the ability to purchase food and drinks as part of their racing experience. Children 11 and under are free and can receive tickets on site.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

VIP tickets are also available for $175 per day or $300 for a three-day package. VIP tickets include general admission access, as well as entry to the start/finish line spectator area. VIP ticket holders can also access a covered, dedicated viewing area with gourmet catering, beer and other beverages, televisions with live race coverage and more.

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Masks will be required for everyone at the event, including spectators, exhibit vendors and staff.

For more information about the event, including race times and free shuttle locations for ticket holders, visit cyclocrossfayettevillear2022.com.


Calendar of the 2022 Cyclocross World Championships

Thursday, January 27 (downtown Fayetteville)

7 p.m. – Opening ceremony

Friday, January 28 (Centennial Park)

9:00 a.m. – Doors open
12:30 p.m. – Team Relay

Saturday, January 29 (Centennial Park)

9:00 a.m. – Doors open
11 a.m. – UCI Women Juniors
1pm – UCI Men Under 23
2:30 p.m. – UCI Women Elite

Sunday, January 30 (Centennial Park)

9:00 a.m. – Doors open
11 a.m. – UCI Men Juniors
1pm – UCI Women Under 23
2:30 p.m. – UCI Men Elite

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