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Ernie Lechuga smashes record and wins 1,000-mile Arkansas bike race



Hot Springs, Arkansas – On Wednesday night, the 1,000-mile Arkansas High Country cycle race came to a record-breaking conclusion.

Ernie Lechuga, a native of Bentonville, broke the previous record by finishing the 1,000-mile race in just under 4 days, 14 hours, and 13 minutes.

Ted King established the previous record in 2020, finishing in 4 days, 20 hours, and 51 minutes.

The 1,000-mile AHCR route, one of three options available to cyclists, begins and concludes in Hot Springs.

Lechuga, adding that he only slept 6 hours over the 4-day race, said, “It was a perfect ride, everything that could go wrong went wrong.”

The 180-mile Ouachita Triple Crown circle, the 500-mile South loop, or the 1,000-mile AHCR route was available to the 76 cyclists, who represented 23 different states.

The 1000-mile race traversed most of western Arkansas on a rugged route with an elevation increase of more than 75,000 feet.

The mayor of Hot Springs, Pat McCabe, as well as many of Lechuga’s friends and admirers, were present to witness him cross the finish line.