Access Fund Awards $10,000 in Grants to Replace Aging Bolts – Access Fund

Some good news in the climbing world coming from the Access Fund. Bolt replacements are coming at Sam's Throne. Full story below. Access Fund and The American Alpine Club are pleased to announce the 2017 Anchor Replacement Fund grant awards. Now in its third year, the grant program was launched to address the growing concerns of anchor failure and the access issues that could result from … [Read more...]

Oz Trails Off-Road has key positions open for hire

We wanted to pass along this opportunity (4 opportunities) to get some experience working at one of the top mountain bike events in the country. Good news, you don't have to leave Arkansas to do it, Better news, these are paid positions. Though we are a year out from the event, the time to start building the army is now. The first step is finding key players who have the time, experience, passion … [Read more...]

Epic Rides Adds Northwest Arkansas to Off-Road Series « Mountain Flyer Magazine

A great article from Mountain Flyer Magazine on the OZ Trails Off-Road event announced last week at Interbike. Also check out the new video from OZ Trails. Scott Schroen, executive director of Oz Trails in Northwest Arkansas, knows that a six-digit cash purse in a mountain bike race series can attract the top athletes in the sport. But he also knows that a great event will be worthwhile for … [Read more...]

Bentonville, Arkansas Joins Epic Rides Off-Road Series

Big news for Arkansas is coming out of the annual Interbike show in Las Vegas, NV last night. With a $160,000 purse, this race should bring some top riders to Arkansas next year. From the news release: (LAS VEGAS, NEV.) Sept. 20, 2017 – Epic Rides today announced the Oz Trails Off-Road backcountry mountain bike event & festival. Utilizing the Oz Trails network at the foot of the Ozark … [Read more...]

Arkansas NICA Race Report #1

The season has started, kids are racing mountain bikes in Arkansas. Here is a report on the first race of the second year of the Arkansas Chapter of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association Series. Arkansas NICA kicked off our 2nd season September 10, 2017 in Siloam Springs on the campus of John Brown University. The infield was in a giant field on the far north side of their campus … [Read more...]

Need A Lift? Mountain Bike Shuttle Services in Arkansas

A good friend will go mountain biking with you, a great friend will drive the shuttle. New trails are being built and classics are beginning to attract interest from outside the state. With expanding trail infrastructure comes new business opportunities. Arkansas has long been known for its hospitality, unique lodging and great food; staples of the Arkansas tourism product. The growth of … [Read more...]

Getting #moregirlsonbikes in Arkansas! | NICA

Meet four women leading the way in getting kids, and in particular, girls, on bikes in Arkansas. As NICA grows nationwide – so does our work towards equal participation across genders. It’s often said that “you can’t be what you can’t see” and NICA is playing a role in changing what female student-athletes see by recruiting strong female coaches and leadership.We recently caught up with our … [Read more...]

10 Reasons Why Parks Will Make You a Better Person | Outside Online

I'm kinda a parks guy. My day job has been with Arkansas State Parks for over eleven years but it goes back way farther than that. I was raised traveling to and camping in National Parks out west. I raised my family going to parks and when I moved to Little Rock twenty years ago, I fell in love with Pinnacle Mountain State Park. It was one of the main reasons I stopped my rambling ways and became … [Read more...]

Karl “Kiwi” Whitcombe // Back on the Bike and Giving Back | FLY Racing

I wanted to take some time to introduce you to a friend of ours. Kiwi, as we know him, showed up in our world last Fall. A project was in place to reroute and connect all the mountain bike and hiking trails in the northwest corner of Boyle Park. I had been working on designing the new routes when another friend, Paul Norris, introduced me to this guy with a different accent. I had planned a … [Read more...]

Deciphering Dirtbag Mountain Bike Culture | Backcountry.com

This past Friday, I tweeted an invitation to mountain bikers near and far to use an article we wrote a couple of years ago as a guide to mountain biking trails around the state. I chose to use the term, "dirtbags" referencing said mountain bikers. I immediately got called out for insulting mountain bikers by someone who may not know me too well. I have not enjoyed being called out since the first … [Read more...]