Harvest Festival Bands take to the Natural State

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Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival was hosted at Mulberry Mountain this past weekend. An estimated 5000 festival attendees experienced Arkansas’ autumn weather with plenty of sunshine, mild temperatures and no rain! The festival has seemed to be plagued by stormy even tornadic weather in previous years. The festival organizers and musicians were quite outspoken regarding the … [Read more...]

Outdoor Recreation in Little Rock and the Election

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We decided to try something a little different here at Arkansas Outside this election season. Politics can often get too dirty even for us outdoor lovers, but sometimes you just have to wade into the muck. We are testing these murky waters by sticking to questions concerning local races in central Arkansas. Local races are important. The Little Rock City Board of Directors play an instrumental … [Read more...]

You can do it all at DeGray

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The notes of  a classic Bob Seger song flowed past the transition area, around the multitude of triathletes and over the crowd of volunteers and spectators, covering the spillway parking area in a warm blanket of 70's nostalgia. It was a cool, crisp October morning, a hint of Fall in the leaves around the lake, cool enough that the water temperature to drop to allow the racers to wear wetsuits for … [Read more...]

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

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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...]