The Arkansas High Country race has moved south to Hot Springs for 2022 & 2023! In addition to the classic Arkansas High Country Route, this event will also feature the South Loop and the Ouachita Triple Crown. Updates via social media and our website at https://www.arkansashighcountry.com/ will be the best places to find out more until we start sending out emails to registered participants closer to October.
Each registration comes with a one-day pass into the King Biscuit Blues Festival, $20 in Blues Bucks for lunch after the ride, and Tour da Delta socks. Blues Bucks may be used for lunch at Southbound Tavern by the Blues Stage on Cherry Street and at the Downtown Bar & Grill across the street from the American Legion Hut start/finish line. Blues Bucks can also be used at the beer tent at the King Biscuit Blues Festival on October 12th, 2019. Rest stops will be located at Highway 1 in Mississippi on the way to Moon Lake, the Moon Lake Boat Launch, Storm Creek Lake, Bear Creek Lake, the County Library in Helena on Columbia Street, and the Municipal Airport on Airport Road. There will also be a rest stop for gravel riders on the Low Road of the St. Francis National Forest. Lodging accommodations for cyclists are available at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Showers are available a block away for an additional fee. See our website at www.tourdadelta.net or www.kingbiscuitfestival.com for contact and reservation information at the Episcopal Church. Each rider will have to bring their own air mattress or cot. The 70, 55, 40, and 35-mile road route riders along with the 12, 20, and 35-mile gravel route riders all start at 9:00 a.m. from the American Legion Hut. We will also have additional rest stops this year on the way to Moon Lake and Storm Creek Lake and Blues Artist playing at the Moon Lake and Storm Creek Rest Stops. There will be doughnuts and bagels served in the American Legion Hut prior to the start of the ride. There will also be 3 gravel bike rides of 35 miles, 22 miles, and 12 miles. The 35-mile route will go out to Bear Creek Lake, while the 22 and 12-mile gravel rides will go out to Storm Creek Lake before returning to downtown Helena by way of the Mississippi River Levee. Adults riding the family fun ride route have a registration fee of $20 that does not include Blues Bucks or a Wrist Band in the Festival but does include socks. Registration on the day of the ride is $65.
Check-in and packet pickup can be completed on-site at Janssen Park, Mena, AR (at the historic log cabin).
If you are checking in or registering on Saturday, October 8th from 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM:
Please park at 811 Port Arthur Ave, Mena, AR 71953 and walk/ride into the park. The park will be closed to vehicles for rider safety. For more details and a map for check-in, please visit our website at https://www.wheelamena.com
If you are checking-in or registering on Friday, October 8th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM:
Janssen Park will be open. You will find the main entrance at the corner of 7th St and Maple Avenue. Please remember that on Saturday morning, you will need to park at the First Baptist Church. For more details and a map for check-in, please visit our website at https://www.wheelamena.com and scroll down to the last section.