A Proper Introduction to the Series

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The forecast called for rain and cooler temperatures. Considering the fickle nature of Arkansas Fall weather, you never know what to expect for the Super-Prestige Cyclocross Series. To start the series off this year, the weather was optimum. I followed the drift* of Razorback fans from Little Rock to Fayetteville for the Smoke-N-Suds Cyclocross event sponsored by De Pijp Cyclocross Federation. I … [Read more...]

Like Father, Like Son – The Springhill Classic

Connor off to a good start.

Can I tell you how excited I am that my son Connor is following in my footsteps as a mountain biker? My first two kids never really got the 'bug', but it seems to be growing slowly in my boy Connor. Now all I need to do is continue to feed the bug and not squash it out of existence. That came close at his previous race at Devil's Den State Park but to his credit, he is a resilient child, and up … [Read more...]

Where is Chicken Boy?

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The darkness had settled in, the race was going into its fifteenth hour, and the radio operators were busy calling out race numbers as runners came in to and left out of the thirteen aid stations that stretch over the one hundred mile course. Passing ten of them twice, runners have a chance to get food and drink or whatever else they might need twenty-three times, about every 4.3 miles. We were … [Read more...]

Bonk, DNF, Success! – The Road to Leadman – Part 10

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 “Missed it by that much.” Maxwell Smart Well, it did not end well.  It was catastrophically beautiful, I ran like an ultra-runner, barfed, continued, went pale, stumbled, and bonked.  Let me share it with you in detail…. The Leadville 100 mile run started early on August 16th, 2014.  This was the last of 5 events to achieve Leadman status and followed the 100 mile bike race the previous … [Read more...]

Everyday Should be Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

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The Need Arkansas has some of the most diverse, beautiful, and challenging mountain bike trails in the country. This was recently pointed out to the world when, in August, the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) honored us by naming two more Arkansas trails as IMBA Epics bringing our grand total to four. Along with that, the smart folks at IMBA named both Bentonville and … [Read more...]

To Hell and Back Again, a Climber’s Tale

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Every September hundreds of crazies take time off from work, school and epic dirt bag climbing trips to gather for the most sacred of occasions in the Climberverse, Horseshoe Hell. Nine years later Horseshoe Canyon Ranch still welcomes the hordes of stinky grimy people for the hellacious competition, and a weekend of unparalleled outdoor fun. Hell is a test of insanity, will power, human … [Read more...]

Well Ring My Bell

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Cowbell that is. Cyclocross. Do it wrong, and it'll be the coldest, muddiest, most painful hour of your life. Do it right, and it'll be the coldest, muddiest, most painful hour of your life. It'll also be the most fun you'll have on your bike all year. Cold, mud, and pain are non-negotiable. —BikeSnobNYC That's right the 2014 Arkansas Super-Prestige Cyclocross Series is about to begin and … [Read more...]

From Behind the Aid Station Table

The AO/Runners/CATA gang before all Hell broke loose.

A wall of spandex clad, sweaty people, heads encased in helmets, eyes hidden by sunglasses, swarmed the table like a zombie horde. Instead of "Brains!", they were after peanut butter & jelly, Gatorade, and pickles. At just after 7 a.m. on Saturday morning, the mobile Arkansas Outside office pulled off of Hwy 10 and onto the triangle of grass at the intersection of Hwy 113. The signs … [Read more...]

Enduro Arrives

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I'll admit it, I was a little skeptical of this Enduro thing. Not because I thought there was anything wrong with it; my concern was more about Arkansas mountain biking in general. We are a low population state with a limited supply of mountain bikers to attend races, adding yet another type of racing just might dilute the current races too much. I may have been wrong. Enduro is growing … [Read more...]

Hike or Paddle or…

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...Both. This past weekend we spent some time exploring Fairfield Bay, Arkansas. Fairfield Bay is a small town of almost 2500 people, a resort community tucked into the north shore of Greer's Ferry Lake. Surrounded by the beautiful Ozark Mountains with access to one of Arkansas's pristine lakes, the town has a lot to offer visitors who enjoy the outdoors. We met local realtor, community … [Read more...]