Get ready for Central Arkansas’ fastest growing cycling event – the Young Life River Classic. All funds raised in this event go toward our ministry efforts with teenagers in underserved communities south of I-630. The 2021 ride was our largest and most successful ride ever and we’re hoping you will join with us to build on that success in 2022.

What is the River Classic?

  • A USA Cycling-sanctioned, fully supported ride with great fun, food and fellowship
  • A fundraising event for Young Life’s Little Rock Southside ministry
  • This is a fully supported ride, with easy to follow route signs, rest stops, and traffic control.
  • A ride with four distance options for every level of cyclists
    • 20 miles for beginners or those that just want to cruise
    • 40 miles for those looking for a weekend challenge
    • New 55-mile route for those wanting a challenge and an adventure
    • 64-mile metric century route up Wye mountain for the adventurous.


Online registration is open through 11:59 PM on Thursday, September 15.

You can also register during packet pickup at Spokes Giant Little Rock on Friday, September 16, 12-2 PM and 5-7 PM, or at the Rail Yard on Saturday, September 17, 6-7:30 AM.

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Event Details

The 2022 River Classic will depart from the Rail Yard (1212 E 6th Street in Little Rock) Saturday morning at 8am. For those who have participated in previous years, please note that this year will be a mass start event with all distances departing together.

Once again the pitmasters at Count Porkula will be providing post-ride food and drinks in the courtyard, and all participants will receive a free photo from RBS Pics Photography!

All courses are well-marked and we have several aid stations along the route where Young Life leaders and students will be ready to provide assistance.

All participants will receive an event t-shirt and we have also have Young Life cycling jerseys for purchase.

We hope to see on Saturday, September 17!

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This year’s ride has four ride options:

2021 Event Photos

About Young Life

Young Life isn’t about a program. It’s about adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don't happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.

Our Mission

Introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.​

Our Methods

We accomplish our mission by ...

  • Praying for young people.
  • Going where kids are and building personal relationships with them.
  • Earning the right to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
  • Providing fun, adventurous, life-changing and skill-building experiences.
  • Inviting kids to personally respond to the Good News and walking in friendship with them regardless of their response.
  • Preparing kids for a life-long relationship with Christ and a love for His word, His mission and the local church.
  • Working in community alongside like-minded adults (volunteer leaders, committee members, donors and staff).

Young Life Southside Ministry

Young Life Southside serves High School students south of I-630. While Young Life is a worldwide ministry, we are focused on developing relationships with students right here in Central Arkansas.

Our passion is to make an impact in some of the most under-resourced parts of Little Rock with students who encounter many difficulties and are often in situations beyond their control.

One of the best parts of Young Life is being able to take students to a Young Life summer camp. At camp, kids experience safe community and participate in once-in-a lifetime activities. The distractions from their life at home are removed so that they are able to hear a message of hope and experience life to the full with Jesus.


A big thanks to all of our sponsors for making this event possible and for helping us invest in the lives of kids and allow them to experience Young Life camps. Interested in being a sponsor? Email Woody Harrelson (not the famous one) for information: woody@hatcheragency.com

Bank OZK

Phone: 800-274-4482


Phone: 800-345-5273

The Hatcher Agency

Phone: 501-375-3737

Pixel Perfect Creative

Phone: 501-537-2246

Delta Dental

Phone: 501-835-3400

Sells Agency

Phone: 501-666-8926

Arkansas BlueCross BlueShield

Phone: 501-378-2000

Ace Glass Recycling

Phone: 501-372-0595

Spokes Giant

Phone: 501-508-5566

Safe Foods

Phone: 501-758-8500


Phone: 501-247-1182