Archives for January 2018

Your Spring Break guide to the Buffalo National River | Travel Arkansas Blog

Jill Rohrback with the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism has put together a quick guide for enjoying the Buffalo National River on this upcoming spring break. Of course, much of the advice is good for any visit to the first National River in the country. Make your plans now. Do an online search for things to do in Arkansas and the Buffalo National River is always a prevalent … [Read more...]

The 5 Best MTB Trails Built in Arkansas in the Last 5 Years – Singletracks Mountain Bike News

From an outsiders view, here are the best trails built or with major additions in the past 5 years. We're betting it will be a totally different list 5 years from now. Mountain bike trail building is growing exponentially in the state. Which of these have you ridden lately? Several factors have coalesced to make Arkansas a prime mountain biking destination. First, the Natural State has two … [Read more...]

Arkansas Mountain Bike Trail Conditions

For mountain bikers and other trail users, the thought of heading out to the trails when they are in bad shape or temporarily closed or in a fragile state sends them racing for the internet to find answers to the question, How are the Trails? Recent rains or freeze/thaw cycles can leave trails a mess, windstorms including straight-line winds and tornados can totally trash the trail. So where is … [Read more...]

How is a carbon bike frame made? | Road Bike News, Reviews, and Photos

You want to build a carbon bike frame? Obviously, you start in Arkansas. Great story and video from Road Bike News on how Allied Cycles builds them right here in the Natural State. So exactly how is a carbon bike frame made? The stock answer is something along the lines of, it comes out of a massive factory in Asia and is then shipped to the U.S. on a container ship. And for the most part … [Read more...]

If You Build It: Northwest Arkansas’s Siloam Springs Whitewater Park – Canoe & Kayak

We hear a lot about the mountain bike trails in Northwest Arkansas but they have a lot of outdoor recreation opportunities beyond the two-wheeled kind. Besides miles and miles of hiking trails they also have a beautiful whitewater park in Siloam Springs. Canoe & Kayak Magazine has taken notice. In Northwest Arkansas a small paddling community is bustling and growing. Far from the snowmelt … [Read more...]

2018 Enduro World Series Qualifier Comes to Arkansas

  For years it seemed the world of enduro mountain bike racing was passing Arkansas by. Sure we had some nice tries with some enduros at Iron Mountain and the recent race at Coler last year. This year there are plans to have an entire series of Enduro Mountain Bike Races in Arkansas. The Arkansas Enduro Series is billed as "A statewide, best 4 of 5 stop enduro series on the best trails … [Read more...]

Five Things the Bike Movement Can Do Now to Move Toward Racial Equity | Center for Social Inclusion

On this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we wanted to look at some ways that we could be more inclusive in outdoor recreation in Arkansas. The world of cycling has some dramatic differences in participation among various racial groups when it comes to recreation vs. transportation. Here we share an article by Simran Noor on ways to help your local bike movement move toward more racial … [Read more...]

In Northwest Arkansas, An Active Effort to Promote Mountain Biking Among Women

Mountain biking is a great sport for anyone to enjoy. Women, kids, older folks are all getting involved as the both the physical and mental health benefits are realized. When mountain biker Tandie Bailey signed up for the first Slaughter Pen Jam race in Bentonville, Arkansas a decade ago, she recalls “there weren’t very many girls, maybe three others” with her at the starting line.  Things … [Read more...]

Mountain bike skills park planned at Jones Center – Talk Business & Politics

Can you keep up with all the new mountain biking infrastructure coming to Arkansas? It's tough. Springdale already has Thunder Chicken and now a new mountain bike skills park called "The Runway". It is hoped that some of these new facilities start finding their way to other parts of the state soon. The planned park will have three skill development lines, a pump track, a children’s bicycle … [Read more...]

NWA Mountain Bike Trails Growing | Northwest Arkansas

More on what the growing mountain bike trails in Northwest Arkansas are bringing to the community. A lesson that cities throughout Arkansas are warming to. "We're seeing growth in our commerce and growth in the businesses making Northwest Arkansas their home based on the recreational offerings that we can give their employees, that's going to a create happier employee, it's going to create a … [Read more...]