In association with the Arkansas Bicycle Coalition, Fort Smith will host the 3rd Annual Hell on the Border Criterium on September 10th, 2017.  This event marks the end of the 2017 Arkansas road racing season and athletes from across the state and region come together to compete for the Arkansas State Criterium Championship and a State Championship Jersey.

Criteriums are a popular form of bicycle racing that are typically set up in downtown locations to showcase the speed, agility and power of the cyclists, and also designed to provide corporate sponsors with numerous exposure opportunities. Located on historic Garrison Ave, spectators will experience the excitement as groups of 30 plus competitive riders race at speeds exceeding 35 mph. New for this year will be kid’s races and an expo area for vendors.

This year’s race will be a memorial to John Thellman, a long-time supporter of bicycle racing in Fort Smith. A portion of the race proceeds will be donated in his name to Friends of Recreational Trails (FORT), a community coalition formed to promote, fund and build recreational trails in the Fort Smith area.