Arkansas Heart Hospital’s Cardiac Classic bike ride begins at Burns Park in North Little Rock, Arkansas and stretches out to the Roland and Wye communities by way of the Big Dam Bridge and Two Rivers Bridge and Park, past Pinnacle Mountain. There are three routes the riders can choose to ride – 20 miles, 50 miles or the 100K (63 miles). Riders find a great balance of “flats,” “climbs,” and “curves” to challenge their cycling skills.
The typical ride lasts from 2 – 4 hours depending on the route chosen and the physical ability of the rider. Riders return to a “heart-healthy” meal prepared by Executive Chef Coby Smith.
We have received great support from the local cycling clubs with Mello Velo, Revrock, Carve and Heels on Wheels who have been part of the fun in “hosting” our route stops (we have three along the ride routes) that offer rest, refreshment, encouragement and entertainment to the riders out on the course.
Cardiac Classic 2018 T-Shirt (included in registration)
Limited-edition 2018 Cardiac Classic Jakroo Jersey (available for purchase for $70)
The Cardiac Classic is presented by Arkansas Heart Hospital. The goals of the ride are to increase the awareness of cardiovascular disease and spotlight the value of physical activity to impact overall cardiovascular health.
The Cardiac Classic bike ride began with 157 riders at its inaugural ride in April of 2012. Since that time, it has enjoyed terrific growth in riders and reputation as one of the finest rides in Central Arkansas.
Our 2017 ride boasted 356 riders (there were 467 registered riders – but weather did impact that actual rider attendance.) In addition to riders coming from all over the State of Arkansas to participate, we have drawn riders from Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.
We continue to receive wonderful feedback from those who choose to ride with us each year as to the routes offered, the truly heart-healthy lunch served upon their return (they even ask for some of our recipes), the overall organization of the ride, the super jerseys and our favorite comment “this is our favorite ride of the season.”