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Hub for Rapha Cycling Club's Summit in Bentonville Arkansas, USA 2022

RCC Summit Hub Bentonville

October 7 - 10

We are thrilled that you’ll be joining us for our first-ever gravel Summit based in Bentonville. Our itinerary has been curated by our local team, who are looking forward to sharing all that Northwest Arkansas has to offer. Please check this page regularly to plan your Summit – from getting to know the weekend’s routes to making your travel arrangements, all the info you’ll need will be here. We look forward to riding and exploring together this October.

COMPLETE YOUR GUEST DETAILS FORM

If you have not already done so, every guest in your party must complete a Summit questionnaire so we can ensure a seamless weekend experience.

GETTING THERE

Bentonville is served by the Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA). To fully participate in the Summit, please arrange your in-bound flight to arrive by 12:00 pm CST on Friday, October 7. Your outbound flight should depart no earlier than 2:00 pm CST on Monday, October 10.

Airport-hotel shuttles are complimentary and will run during the following hours, on a 30-45 minute cycle:

Thursday, October 6 - 10am - 6pm
Friday, October 7 - 8am - 6pm
Monday, October 10 - 8am - 6pm

Bikes are included in the shuttle service; please ensure your bike is properly packed into a bike bag or box.

If you are arriving outside these established transfer hours, we recommend Pinnacle Car Services, Ambassador Car Services or Jim’s Express to arrange an airport transfer. Each of these services have vehicles large enough to accommodate bike bags.

Uber and Lyft are also available throughout the area. Your transfer should cost roughly $40-70 depending on your party size and time of day.

ACCOMODATION

The Summit will be based at the 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Bentonville. Part boutique hotel, part contemporary art gallery, 21c is a short walk from many of the region’s best restaurants, breweries, coffee shops and art galleries. See below for our guide to the area.

As of September 13, additional room nights at 21c are extremely limited. If you are planning to extend your stay and have not contacted us yet, please email summits@rapha.cc as soon as possible.

An RCC hospitality desk will be available throughout the weekend in Gallery One, staffed to answer questions and make recommendations.

THE AREA

With its extensive network of single track trails, gravel paths and paved roads, Northwest Arkansas is quickly becoming one of the most exciting new destinations in the U.S. to experience by bike. The Ozark Mountains boast some of the highest peaks outside the Rockies and Appalachia, with huge expanses of rich, green forest and rolling hills. Hidden within, you’ll find a landscape of narrow, steep-sided gorges and crystal clear lakes – creating a perfect playground of tarmac, gravel and singletrack to explore.

And beyond world-class cycling, Bentonville is home to must-see art collections, award-winning dining, microbreweries and craft coffee. We’ve created a map of the area to help you plan your time in Bentonville.

Visit the Oz Trails more about Northwest Arkansas’ world-class shared-use trail system. Members of the Oz Trails team will join us throughout the weekend.

MEET YOUR RIDE LEADERS

Rob Sandusky
North American Marketing Coordinator, Bentonville, AR

Simi Brieva
RCC Ride Leader, New York City, NY

Claire Law
RCC Ride Leader, Seattle, WA

Randy Shelton
RCC Ride Leader, San Francisco, CA

Noah Collins
Visit Bentonville, Bentonville, AR

Victor Gruel
RCC Ride Leader, Bentonville, AR

Ajoa Abrokwa
RCC Ride Leader, New York City, NY

Ryan Hobbs
RCC Ride Leader, Bentonville, AR

Tammy Hottinger
RCC Ride Leader, Bentonville, AR

Heide Nelson
RCC Ride Leader, Bentonville, AR

Brandon Camarda
Rapha Marketing, Boulder, CO

Mark Alford
Marketing, Los Angeles, CA

Ricardo Fodor
Miami General Manager, Miami, FL

Adam Choi
Rapha Country Manager, Seoul, South Korea

Berta Beran
Rapha Country Manager, Mallorca, Spain

Alan Iaucone
RCC Australia, Melbourne

WHAT TO PACK

 

BIKE BITS

 

To ride Bentonville’s mixed-terrain routes, you’ll need to bring a gravel bike with a minimum of 36mm wide tires. We will offer daily secure bike concierge as well as professional mechanics throughout the weekend. Gravel bike hire options in Bentonville are extremely limited so we highly recommend bringing your bike. Contact summits@rapha.cc for more information on bike hire

- Helmet
- Pedals
- Shoes
- Lights
- Pocket pump
- Spare tubes / puncture repair
- Cycling computers with routes uploaded (see route notes below)
- Spare derailleur hanger (strongly suggested as these are specific to your frame and may not be available locally)

KIT AND CLOTHING

 

Autumn in Bentonville offers ideal cycling conditions, with average temperatures ranging from low 50s to the mid 70s. We recommend layering as the temperatures this time of year are variable. Most rides will start off cool and be warm by mid morning, though chilly temperatures and rain are not out of the question. For our evening gatherings, we recommend Rapha casual clothing and a jacket, as nights can be on the cool side.

- Short and long sleeve jerseys
- Bib shorts and base layers
- Arm and leg warmers
- Gilet, wind jacket
- Rain jacket
- Wet weather overshoes
- Mid-weight gloves



Packing Tips from Our Summit Mechanic:

We suggest unmounting your derailleur, wrapping and securing it inside of the frame for safe transport.

For disc brake bikes, it’s a good idea to remove rotors prior to packing.

Look carefully for the small parts (like seat post wedges) that may get lost in transit. Secure these in a ziploc bag and attach it to the frame.

You do not need to deflate your tires for travel.

If you have SRAM eTap or AXS, remove batteries prior to travel. If you have Shimano di2, unplug the front and rear derailleurs as your battery is likely hidden in the seatpost. If you do not own a tool to do this, be sure to pull from the plug end instead of the wire.

Pack your helmet, clothing, shoes and pedals separate from your bike, in case your bike experiences delays in transit. You cannot travel with CO2 cartridges. We will have those on site along with plenty of pumps.

If you have any questions best answered by our mechanic, please contact Drew Kolb at drew@revrepair.com and indicate you’re attending the RCC Summit.

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

 

- Charging units and cables
- A/B plug adaptors
- Sunscreen
- Passport
- Visas (if required)

Finally, we recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover yourself if you are unable to attend for personal, work or medical reasons.

ITINERARY AND ROUTES

An itinerary will be available at least two weeks prior to the event. Please check back soon for more details.

Please note that our routes and itinerary are subject to change.


Friday, October 7


8:00 AM
Airport-Hotel Transfer Service Begins

11:00 AM
Registration Opens + Bike Assembly
21c Gallery One

3:00 PM
Summit Kick-Off + Welcome
21c Gallery One

3:30 PM
Welcome Ride Departs
18.3 miles, 825ft, Komoot Link

4:30 - 6:00 PM
Hotel Check-In / Down Time

6:00 - 9:00 PM
Welcome Dinner + Drinks
Blake Street, 301 NE Blake Street, AR 72712

9:00 PM →
Social Time
We’ll let you decide how to spend this time. See you again in the morning!


Saturday, October 8


6:00 - 7:00 AM
Breakfast
21c Gallery One

7:30 AM
Saturday Gravel Rides Depart
Standard: 64.3 miles, 3450ft, Komoot Link
Extended: 96.3 miles, 5250ft, Komoot Link

Post-Ride
Down Time/ Clean Up

5:00 PM
Cocktail Hour
21c Gallery One

6:00 - 8:00 PM
Recovery Dinner
21c Main Gallery

9:00 PM →
Social Time
We’ll let you decide how to spend this time. (But if you're looking for a nightcap, we recommend Undercroft or Tower Bar.) See you again in the morning!


Sunday, October 9


6:00 - 7:30AM
Breakfast
21c Gallery One

7:30 AM
Extended Gravel Rides Depart
Ride Details: 78.7 miles, 3825ft, Komoot Link

7:30 AM
Standard Gravel Rides Depart
Ride Details: 49.4 miles, 2450ft, Komoot Link

7:30 AM
Road Route Departs
Ride Details: 44.3 miles, 1975ft, Komoot Link

5:00 PM
Down Time/ Clean Up

6:00 - 7:00 PM
Cocktail Hour + Museum Tour
Crystal Bridges Museum, 600 Museum Way, Bentonville, AR

6:00 - 8:00 PM
Celebration Dinner
Crystal Bridges Great Hall

8:00 PM →
Social Time
We’ll let you decide how to spend this time. See you again in the morning!


Monday, October 10


6:00 - 7:30 AM
Breakfast
21c Gallery One

7:30 AM
MTB Bike Fitting Begins
Ride will depart once all riders are fit.

The ride will be roughly 7-8 miles and will be fully guided and supported by our friends at OZ Trails. No Komoot link available.

8:00 AM
Coffee Ride Departs
Ride Details: 17.1 miles, 600ft, Komoot Link

8:00 AM
Airport Transfer Service Begins

11:00 AM - 1:00PM
Lunch Available at 21c
Box lunches available for those with early departures!

ROUTES + NAVIGATION

Route collections are now available in Komoot and Ride With GPS. (Please use these in lieu of the Strava routes that were previously shared.)

Whilst all the rides are fully supported, we strongly recommend uploading the routes (linked below) to your cycling computer. It will ensure you don’t miss a turn, and is always helpful when riding somewhere less familiar.

Enjoying the ride is often about finding the right group for you. Once you check-in at Summit, we will discuss your riding style and match you with a riding group to ensure everyone finds the right fit for them.

   

Friday

The opening ride of the Summit offers the chance to familiarise ourselves with the area, and is a nice gentle start to the weekend. This is our team’s classic Bentonville Lunch Loop. This ride will take place all on paved roads and will give riders the opportunity to stretch the legs and meet fellow RCC members.

SATURDAY

   

After an early breakfast at the hotel, we will ride out for a day of exploring Northwest Arkansas’s scenic gravel backroads and byways. Riders will head to the east of town where they will be treated to stunning views atop the bluffs overlooking Beaver Lake, before heading north for a BBQ lunch nestled in the hills of Missouri. We’ll have plenty of time to rest and refuel. Following the lunch stop, guests will choose from two route options. For those looking to maximise time on the bike, we’ll offer an extended version totalling nearly 100 miles. We’ll also offer a direct route back to Bentonville, where guests can relax or explore the area’s museums and attractions.

SUNDAY

   

Following an early breakfast at the hotel, we’ll head out for another day of gravel exploration. This time we will depart west of town where you’ll be treated to long gravel roads that traverse the beautiful rolling hills that surround Bentonville. Lunch will once again be offered mid-route, followed by the option to head back to town or continue on for more time in the Arkansas countryside.

   

For those craving a bit of road cycling, we have a beautiful route that will take you east of town through Rogers and along the shores of Beaver Lake. This route is twisty with steep punchy hills but is well worth the effort. From Rogers riders will descend down to the lake taking a lap around Horseshoe Bend Park before heading back towards Bentonville.

MONDAY

   

After a long weekend of riding we will end the Summit with a short coffee spin. This route heads out to the west of town into a rural landscape. We will loop back into town via the Coler Trail Greenway where we will stop for a coffee at Aris, in the middle of the mountain bike park. We will spin at a slow pace to recover the legs before RCC Members depart on their journey home.

   

For those that want a taste of what makes Bentonville the mountain biking destination it is, we’ll offer a short spin around the Slaughter Pen trail system led by OZ Trails. Riders will leave straight from the hotel and land on single track right away. The OZ Trails crew will help riders with MTB technique and will guide the group around Slaughter Pen which was the first trail to be built in Bentonville and was the spark that led to the expansive trail network that the area has today.

CONNECT WITH US

JOIN OUR WHATSAPP GROUP


We will post regular updates throughout the weekend in our WhatsApp Group – join the group to receive timely updates each day.

Download the App

 

If you’d like to connect with your fellow guests from the weekend, join the Summit event on the RCC App. Please note this is not monitored, so continue to direct all Summit-related questions to summits@rapha.cc.

Tag us throughout the weekend:
@Rapha_N_America
@Rapha_RCC
#RCCSummit
 

Photo Galleries

 

We’ve hired professional photographers to capture the Summit and will share photo galleries throughout the weekend. Check back after the event for links!

FAQs

What are the current COVID-19 Travel restrictions to and from Bentonville?

 

Arkansas is currently welcoming visitors from across the world as long as they follow the entry requirements. To check specific travel requirements from your location use the online tool from Skyscanner and check the requirements on the CDC website.

What are the Covid measures in place?

 

We will be working within all the current local governmental COVID guidelines for all our rides, dinners and hospitality, adhering to any social distancing or mask wearing rules that are in place across the hospitality, hotel and event industry at the time. We will also be working with all our hotel and venue teams to take extra precautions with regards to our groups, with additional attention to cleaning and distancing standards.

What happens if the event is cancelled or postponed?

 

In the event our weekend is cancelled or postponed you will be offered a full refund for your booking. For reasons such as a COVID-19 national or regional lockdown, we will aim to postpone the weekend and set a new date. You will have a 14 day cooling off period from the announcement of the new date to request a full refund. After that point, your booking will be transferred to the new date.

What happens if I begin experiencing symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 while at Summit?

 

If a Summit guest tests positive for COVID-19 while at Summit, Rapha staff will provide logistical and organizational support to assist guests. All expenses incurred due to COVID (including but not limited to additional lodging, transportation, meals, medical and testing) will be the responsibility of the guest. Please refer to the CDC's isolation and precaution guidelines for current guidance.

What happens if I can no longer attend?

 

You may cancel but this will be subject to the event cancellation policy, please refer to our booking terms and conditions. Alternatively you can transfer your booking to someone else, please see the below for further details.

Can someone else take my place?

 

You can transfer your place to another RCC member up to 8 weeks ahead of the event, but this may be subject to an administration fee and there is no guarantee we can accommodate a replacement guest's specific requirements. Please contact summits@rapha.cc if you would like to transfer your spot to another RCC member.

Are flights included?

 

No, flights are not included. Guests must book their own flights, the closest airport is Fayetteville (XNA). Be sure to check arrival and departure times to ensure there is enough time to transfer to and from the airport.

Are airport transfers provided?

 

Airport-hotel shuttles are complementary and will run throughout the day on Friday, October 7 and Monday, October 10. Bikes are included in the shuttle service; please ensure your bike is properly packed into a bike bag or box. We will collect travel times from each guest to ensure timely service to and from the Fayetteville airport (XNA).

Will my bike be transported in the scheduled transfers?

 

Yes, bikes will be included in the airport-shuttle service. Please ensure your bike is properly packed into a bike bag or box.

How can I arrange bike hire for Summit?

 

We highly recommend that all guests bring their own gravel bikes with a minimum of 36 mm tyres on this trip. If this is not logistically feasible, please contact summits@rapha.cc to discuss bike hire options.

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