Bentonville Bike Fest presented by Mobil1 returns for its third year with several exciting changes, the first being an earlier date, May 25 through 28, 2023. The earlier date is one of several updates for the Bike Fest including a new venue, more competitions, and additional activities. These features will add to festival staples that include free admission, free demo bikes, hundreds of vendors, non-stop entertainment, and access to legendary Northwest Arkansas riding.
New Venue - Located adjacent to the popular Coler MTB preserve, the Bentonville Bike Fest presented by Mobil1 central venue will be hosted at "Old Applegate," the former home of the historical Applegate Arts & Crafts fair. These historic fair grounds are ideal for the Bike Fest offering easy access to some of the best riding in the region, yet only minutes by bike from downtown. A new venue and expo floor plan means new opportunities for brands to exhibit, sponsor, and demo.
New Competitions - New among our diverse collection of events celebrating the bike culture of Bentonville, will be the North American debut of the 2023 Mountain Bike Eliminator Pan American series, powered by City Mountainbike. Mountain Bike Eliminator, or XCE, is a relatively new XC mountain bike race format in which four riders compete against each other over a very short course. In each heat, the two fastest riders get to the next round, while the two slower riders are eliminated from the race.
Other festival favorites continue in 2023, including:
- UCI Trials C1 competition
- Enduro and Kids enduro
- Kids events
- Gravel event
- UCI C1 BMX flatland event
- Workshops by pro's like Kyle Strait, Rachel Strait, Anneke Beerten and Carson Storch.
New Date - Cooler temperatures and new opportunities roll in with the Bentonville Bike Fest moving to the Memorial Day weekend. With regional average high temps in the upper seventies with cool comfortable nights, the riding in Northwest Arkansas is at its best. With more than 14 hours of daylight, you'll get plenty of miles in. And as always, entrance for attendees is free and bike demos are complimentary.