Promises Made, Promises Kept

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We make promises to ourselves every day; little pledges that we are going to do something good for ourselves. We make those pacts when we are alert and clear-headed - I'll workout tonight, I'll eat better at dinner, I'll get those clothes hanging on the treadmill put away. And then we get home from work and we sit down for "just a second". Next thing you know, the Daily Show is coming on and … [Read more...]

10 Things Every Mountain Biker Should Do

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This video from the folks at Filme von Draussen claims ten things that every mountain biker should do or should have done, a bucket list of mountain biking experiences. Watch the film and let us know in the comments what might be missing from the list and which experiences you've already enjoyed. 10 Things Every Mountain Biker Should Have Done from Filme von Draussen on Vimeo.  Now for the … [Read more...]

Sinking into a Landfill

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There are few things that suck the momentum from your tires like landfill grass. Cedarglades Park, built around the Garland County Landfill near Hot Springs is a beautiful area, but the biggest surprise to a cyclist is the wheel grabbing grass on top of the soft dirt. Between the obstacle of the ground itself and the sadistic nature of the course, Cedarglades Cyclocross Race is considered one of … [Read more...]

ADEQ Launches Mobile Complaints App.

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(From ADEQ News Release) The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) today launched a mobile app that will allow users anywhere in the state to report environmental hazards directly from some smart phones. “Our inspectors do a great job, but they can’t be everywhere,” said Interim Director Ryan Benefield. “Enabling Arkansans to report environmental hazards in real time will allow … [Read more...]

We Love Building Trails

Recent photo from the Jackfork Mountain Bike Trail (Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism)

Over the past 50 years, I've hiked and ridden trails all over the United States and parts of Europe and South America. There has always been something about seeing a trail heading into the wilderness that both excites and calms me. The excitement comes from anticipation of the unexpected, what's around the next turn, the top of the hill or the bottom of the canyon. The trail asks me to take a … [Read more...]

The Plan Broke

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It was such a good plan. Things were coming together perfectly. All the pieces were falling into place. It was going to be the big return to bike racing. It all started back in early October with the Big Rock Mountain Bike Festival, a raceless party designed to get more people involved in mountain biking and biking in general. An extension of Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, the festival … [Read more...]

Staying Chill for Five Years

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Fayettechill is proud to be celebrating its Five Year Anniversary as a business. What started as a small business between friends in college has quickly grown into a very real outdoor community open to all who are moved and motivated by nature. Fayettechill was founded in Fayetteville, AR where it is headquartered in the Ozark Mountain Smokehouse at the base of Mt. Kessler. Between its homes in … [Read more...]

Heart Breaker and Soul Shaker

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Heart breaker soul shaker I've been told about you Steamroller midnight shoulder What they been saying must be true - Nazareth Nope, doesn't make much sense to me, but back in the day we screamed it. The rest of this post won't make much sense either but doing cyclocross in the dark one night and mountain biking on the rocks first thing in the morning doesn't make much sense either. Making … [Read more...]

Going Urban at Raid the Rock

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The first Raid the Rock Adventure Race back in 2001 started with a bike ride up a parking deck in downtown Little Rock and ended with a rappel out of the tower at the old YMCA on Broadway. In between there was a hike up and over Pinnacle Mountain, a long mountain biking section that took us on only a little bit of dirt in Allsopp Park and on the west end of Walton Heights. It was a fairly urban … [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...]