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 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...]

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...]

Local Cycling Businessman, Tony Karklins buys Guru Cycles Assets

From Bicycle Retailer Story: Tony Karklins, along with a few other investment partners, has acquired the tooling, machinery and intellectual property from Montreal-based Guru Cycles and plans to set up a composite/carbon factory in the U.S. Guru Cycles filed for bankruptcy in December and its owners auctioned off assets in February. Karklins did not buy the Guru trademark name, which is … [Read more...]

2017/18 National Mountain Bike Marathon Championships

That's right, NATIONALS. Here are the latest details. (Well done Fred, well done) The 2017 and 2018 USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships will be held in Arkadelphia, Ark., USA Cycling announced on Monday. Todd Wells won the 2015 USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships pro title. Tentatively scheduled for late spring 2017 and 2018, the Marathon … [Read more...]

What if?

For Eleven years now, I've attended the Governor's Conference on Tourism. Over this time, I've made three presentations, the first was on using social media in tourism and hospitality businesses. I did one on bicycle friendliness a few years ago. It was well received but there was a lot more ground work to do in the field. Since then Arkansas found itself listed as 50th in bicycle friendliness in … [Read more...]

It’s a Wrap

A little over 4 years ago, Lisa and I decided to see if we could make an online magazine work. We saw an unfilled niche in local outdoor recreation coverage, a topic near and dear to us. We weren't and still aren't skilled writers, but with the help of friends and occasional glances at a thesaurus, we delivered some workable stories. For the first time in over 15 years, I rekindled an interest in … [Read more...]

Four Days at the 2016 Cyclocross Nationals – Day Two

Day two was our chance to watch some friends take on this monster course. (Day One Here) The layout of the 2016 Cyclocross Nationals course was unlike any I had seen at any cyclocross race I have attended. Time for a little description of this beautifully difficult course. The starting line began with a long paved straightaway that passed under the finish line banner. A quick left turn … [Read more...]