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The Hazel Valley Gran Prix is one of the most popular gravel grinding events in Arkansas, and also one of the most grueling routes in the state.
Held each year in the dead of winter, often Mother Nature gets involved, meaning that the 55-mile distance and over 7,600 feet of climbing are not usually even the most challenging parts of the ride! To top it off, all of this FUN also includes food, drink, support, post-ride party, and a collector flask.
But don’t limit this ride to just the Gran Prix.
Routing cyclists through rural sections of the Ozark Mountains, with numerous vast mountain top views of the distant hollows and mountains, this route is meant to be enjoyed year-round.
Time your ride to catch the sunset from White Rock Mountain, and you will witness first-hand why Arkansas is known as the Natural State.
Rent one of the stone cabins (constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corp) or spend the night at the campground atop the mountain so you can wait until morning for the return ride.