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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]