2021 will mark the 44th edition of the amateur races; 19th anniversary on the Pro Road Tour (PRT) and 7th year on the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) America Tour calendar.
The Joe Martin Stage Race is part of both the Pro Road Tour (PRT) which is the pro and elite amateur cycling tour of USA Cycling and the UCI America Tour. USA Cycling is the national governing body of cycling operating under the United States Olympic Committee. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the world governing body for the sport of cycling recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Over 750 athletes from 25 countries and all 50 states will be attending the race. The race is ranked as one of the top stages races on both the PRT and UCI America Tour Calendars
The Joe Martin Stage Race began as the Fayetteville Spring Classic in 1978. Joe Martin, a Fayetteville advertising executive, served as the race director until 1988 and upon his death in 1989, the race was renamed in his honor.