A look back at Northwest Arkansas' 2022

Illustration of the Axios logo moving sidways like a leftward arrow, and revealing the year 2022 over a field of blue and black streaks.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

We reviewed the most-read stories from this year and considered their collective impact on our community.

  • While it all seemed to happen in a mere blink, 2022 brought its fair share of change and forced public discourse on social issues, setting the political stage for next year.
Worth Sparkman
Dec 12, 2022 - Sports

World gravel qualifier set for Northwest Arkansas

Photo of a cyclist pouring water on his head

A cyclo-cross competitor last October in Fayetteville. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

The 2023 Highlands Gravel Classic will again be part of the Union Cycliste International Gravel World Series.

Why it matters: The Highlands race is the only U.S. qualifier for the UCI Gravel World Championships next year, which will happen in Italy in September 2023.

Worth Sparkman
Nov 7, 2022 - Sports

Bike business is big business in Fayetteville

Data: League of American Bicyclists; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: League of American Bicyclists; Chart: Axios Visuals

Fayetteville is the sixth most bicycle-friendly city in the U.S., according to the League of American Bicyclists.

Worth Sparkman
Oct 17, 2022 - Sports

In photos: World Cup cyclo-cross event in Fayetteville

Competitors in the men's elite cyclo-cross World Cup. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

The second in a series of 14 World Cup cyclo-cross competitions happened at Fayetteville's Centennial Park Sunday.

Worth Sparkman
Sep 29, 2022 - Sports

Fayetteville preps for cyclo-cross World Cup event

A muddy cyclist climbs stairs before riding down the other side.

A competitor in last year's World Cup event. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

Kids are back in school. The air is crisper. And leaves are turning. The change can only mean one thing — cyclo-cross meets Halloween.

What's happening: Fayetteville's Centennial Park will again host a Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) World Cup competition, attracting a slate of international athletes on Sunday, Oct. 16.

Alex Golden
Jun 17, 2022 - Sports

Adventure racing comes to NWA

Heidi Muller, CEO of Adventure Racing World Series, speaks Thursday to announce a race in NWA. Photo: Alex Golden/Axios

Northwest Arkansas is leveling up its outdoor recreation offerings.

Driving the news: Ozark Outdoor Foundation announced Thursday that NWA will host Expedition Ozark, a race for the Adventure Racing World Series, in April 2023.

Razorback Regional Greenway getting a makeover

A photo of mile marker 0 on the Razorback Greenway.
The current zero-mile post. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

The Razorback Regional Greenway is getting a new look.

What's happening: A series of updates to the trail's brand (it's look, typography, logo and signage) including the wayfinding maps, will be happening all year, according to the Razorback Greenway Alliance.

Worth Sparkman
Apr 25, 2022 - Sports

Mountain bikes max out Fayetteville's Centennial Park

A pro elite woman races at Centennial Park on Saturday. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

High winds Saturday and a threat of storms Sunday made for exciting mountain bike racing at Fayetteville's Centennial Park.

What happened: The U.S. Pro Cup's top performers, elite women and men were scheduled to race on Sunday afternoon, but instead raced late Saturday.

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