When & Where
Harrison Parks & Recreation
April 21, 2018
The Tour de Hills takes place on the famed “Jasper Disaster” course through North West Arkansas. Mile for mile, this Ozark route is one of the most difficult in the state, with some 316 turns in 59 miles. The route is extremely steep, boasting nearly 5,000 feet in elevation gains, and strenuous but very rewarding.
The trade-off: it’s also one of the most beautiful rides you’ll ever experience, with jaw-dropping views from scenic overlooks and multiple chances for wildlife sightings, include the famous ELK HERD in Boxley Valley. Beginning Harrison, making a counter clockwise loop, take Scenic Byway 7 south 18 miles to Jasper, Arkansas. From Jasper, travel west on Hwy 74 to Ponca, Arkansas. Then take Hwy 43 north back to Harrison.
Check out the course on Strava
Station # 1: Hwy 7 at Gages Krooked Kreek One Stop (approximately mile 8)
Station # 2: Mt. Sherman Near Kyle's Landing access - Cruise up to Mt. Sherman then take in some nutrition (approximately mile 32)
Station # 3 Compton, AR on Hwy 43 at JB Trading Co. - Feel the elevation then take one some fluids! (approximately mile 42)
Station #4 Hwy 43 & Hwy 206 junction - One last fill up before the finish (approximately mile 53)
On Course Warnings!!
Mile 22 - A recent landslide has the road in disarray! Expect some gravel and dirt across the highway over a 30 yard stretch. Crews are working hard to repair the road, but it won't be back to normal before race day.
Mile 32-ish Steel Creek Area - This is a very dangerous portion of the course. Tight turns and steep downhill! We've had some wrecks in the past, please be cautious through this stretch!
Pickup on race day morning! Pick up at the Harrison Youth Center (202 N. Spring St.) beginning at 8:00 am.
Athletes may also register on site between 8:00 am and 9:30 am
We're kicking around having pickup available on Friday, April 20 as well, details on that TBD.
Swag & Extras
Every participant will receive a t-shirt of course, but not your run-of-the-mill lame race day t-shirt. Pirate Perry takes great pride in outfitting our athletes with something that doesn't go strait to the "yard work pile." On top of shirts all athletes are invited to the post race feeding frenzy.
On course, we'll have aid stations stocked with Tailwind,water, snacks and more!
Post Race: Stick around for lunch on us!