FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The city of Fayetteville, Ark. will be hosting the 2022 Walmart UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships Jan. 28-30, marking just the second time the event has ever been held in the U.S.

According to the event’s website, organizers are presenting a purpose-built, world-class course at Centennial Park for athletes from 30+ countries to compete in seven events over three days.

Olympic gold medalists, national and world champions, Tour de France stage winners, and cycling stars will be competing for the championship.

Events included are the Elite Men and Women, Under 23 Men and Women, Junior Men and Women, and Team Relay, with courses featuring short steep hills and obstacles that may require dismounting and running with bikes.

An opening ceremony will be held on Thursday, Jan. 27 in downtown Fayetteville at 5:30 p.m. Students from Fayetteville Public Schools will put on a Parade of Nations to represent the 25 home countries of the race participants.

The first race speeds off at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28.

Saturday, Jan. 29 and Sunday, Jan. 30 will feature more races, as 11 a.m. on Saturday sees the UCI Women Junior Championships, followed by the Men Under 23 Championships at 1 p.m., and the Women Elite Championships at 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, the final day, will have the UCI Men Junior Championships, Women Under 23 Championships, and the Men Elite Championships. All events will be held at the same time as Saturday.

Organizers encourage to purchase tickets in advance with general admission costing $30 per day or $50 for a three-day pass. VIP tickets are also available for $350. All can be purchased here.

The overall weekend event will also feature a festival celebrating health and wellness, everything cycling, and the sites and sounds of Northwest Arkansas, the release said.

40 volunteer positions remain open. Those who volunteer will be given free admission, a shirt, beanie hat, and lunch. According to the release, you must be at least 16 years old.

There is also no onsite parking. However, organizers said ticket holders have several choices for getting to the park, including complimentary shuttles, rideshare, and mountain biking/hiking experiences along some of our trails.

No spectator bicycles will be allowed within the event venue, however complimentary bicycle valet is available for fans that bike to the venue.

Shuttles will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day of the races from two locations:

Washington County Fairgrounds

Arvest Ball Park.

Organizers said the event will be held rain or shine, with the last event held in the U.S. taking place in Louisville, Ky. in 2013.