Spokes on the Move

Just over 6 years ago, we wrote an article on a new bike shop opening in Little Rock. In the article we asked, what happened to Giant Bikes in our market. Soon afterwards we learned that Arkansas Cycling & Fitness had picked up the iconic brand. Two and a half years later we wrote about the new shop opening on Main Street, a collaboration between Spokes and Orbea Bikes. Recently, we learned … [Read more...]

The MS150- It’s More Than a Ride

Our dear friend Sarah, who was my first mountain biking partner other than my husband, our frequent cycling companion, and singer of bad TV theme songs is also the Development Director for Special Events  for the Arkansas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Last year she asked us to be involved in the MS150 ride. We owe her a debt of gratitude for introducing us to this incredible … [Read more...]

GO! Mile One Lap, One Mile, One Fast Little Race

By Kelly “K2” Richards RRCA At-Large Director, ROADIE and 3 X GO! Mile Competitor The Road Runners Club of America added the mile to the slate of National Championship races in support of the Bring Back the Mile (America’s Distance) movement. For three years running, the GO! Mile presented by Go! Running ®, has been the RRCA 1 Mile National Championship. A one mile race in June in Little … [Read more...]

The Ugly Gnome Kicks off the Cross Country Season

The beginning of the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series, Cross Country season, was a little extra special this year. A new race with a new venue added some excitement and a personal connection made the event even more special. The Ugly Gnome Mountain Bike Race took place on the Enders Fault Trail at Woolly Hollow State Park near Greenbrier, Arkansas on Sunday. The weather was perfect, … [Read more...]

You Want to Live Here…or at Least Visit

A couple of videos came into focus for me during the past couple of days. One promoting the mountain bike lifestyle that can be had in Northwest Arkansas (thanks to the OZ Trails website). The second came from the city of Little Rock based on a the Travels with Darly television show. This one shows a lot of the reasons I enjoy living in the capital city. Arkansas has really changed the last … [Read more...]

Why Camp Robinson?

Why do I post photos and stories about the Camp Robinson Trails so often? Why does the Central Arkansas Trail Alliance dedicate so many workdays to maintaining those trails? Why should you be using these trails for mountain biking, trail running and hiking? Below are listed some of the reasons that so many people consider Camp Robinson their "go-to" trail system. There are not many places … [Read more...]

The All-BUT-Carp Challenge

Every once in a blue supermoon, I get an idea in my head to do some unique, crazy-ass bicycle ride that's never been done before.  3 years ago (the date of the last blue supermoon I think), I did 110 Miles of Nowhere at Burns Park in North Little Rock (100 laps of the modified Ronde van Burns criterium circuit).  There's been discussions of doing 100 Miles of Pfiefer Loop or 12 hours of Jackfork … [Read more...]

The Economic Benefits of the Buffalo National River

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,463,304 visitors to Buffalo National River in 2015 spent $62,243,200 in communities near the park. That spending supported 969 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $72,009,000. “Buffalo National River welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Kevin Cheri. … [Read more...]

So Much for Weather Forecasts: OT50 Trail Run 2016

The 10 day forecast predicted a good chance of rain and warmer than normal temperatures for race day. As the week progressed, the forecast waffled, settling the night before the race on no rain and low 70's. The forecast was wrong.  By 5:30 a.m. runners huddled under the pavilion hoping the drizzle would stop and they could start the race at least somewhat dry. It was not to be. With minutes to … [Read more...]

Cycling Greats, Hans Rey and Danny MacAskill coming to Arkansas

Two legendary riders—Hans Rey and Danny MacAskill—will be on hand for the 2016 IMBA Word Summit in Bentonville, Arkansas. Rey, a member of IMBA’s honorary advisory board, has attended previous IMBA summits, including delivering a memorable keynote address at the 2012 event when he reviewed highlights from his career as one of the sport’s most acclaimed adventure and trials riders. MacAskill, … [Read more...]