Joe Martin Stage Race returns in May with new title sponsor

Skylar Schneider (L39ION of Los Angeles) in pink leader's jersey during stage 4 criterium at Joe Martin Stage Race
Skylar Schneider (L39ION of Los Angeles) won the women's GC at the 2021 Joe Martin Stage Race (Image credit: Tom Ewart/ Joe Martin Stage Race)

The Joe Martin Stage Race will move back to a customary late-spring calendar slot this season, May 19-22 with Walmart as its new title sponsor. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the event’s expansion as a four-day stage race for professional men and women and its eighth edition on the UCI Americas Tour calendar.

The announcement comes on the heels of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships that concluded Sunday in the same region of northwest Arkansas, which was also supported by the retail giant. Race organisers said they would offer higher prize purses for the pro men and women, with equal payouts, though the amounts were not disclosed. They are also expected to offer some type of live streaming for races.

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).