The Asher Grand Prix

Run up or Mash, what's it going to be?

Most of the cyclocross events we cover are a part of the Arkansas Super-Prestige Cyclocross Series, always great events with many familiar faces. This past weekend brought us the 2nd annual Western Hills Cyclocross race, a great venue organized by passionate and talented course designers, we didn't attend. Instead we showed up a day early to film the Asher Grand Prix, an event utilizing the same … [Read more...]

Connecting with Arkansas Mountain Bikers

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Whether you are coming for a visit, just passing through or considering moving to The Natural State, it's important to make connections with people who share your interests. If you are a mountain biker, it becomes even more important. You want to find that hidden trail, the best route on an epic trail and some friends to share recovery beverages with after the ride. Trails: Lake … [Read more...]

There is no way you can prepare for this…

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...seems to be my motto. In the inspired words of Brittney Spears, "Oops, I did it again." You may have read my article from last week on the grand mudfest formally known as the 2014 Attila the Hun Mountain Bike Race. I had made certain promises to myself, and more importantly most of my friends in the cycling community, that I would participate in Attila having no idea that it would become a … [Read more...]

Out of the Red and Into the Black – 2014

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I spent over 20 years on the battlelines of "Black Friday" working in both small camera shops and big box electronics stores. I got out before it started creeping into Thanksgiving, thank goodness. Although the phrase "Black Friday" seems evil and sinister, it started as the terminology used by shop owners for the day they would actually start making money for the year. That's right, many small … [Read more...]

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

Heather Ladd makes her way across the grassy hill.

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...]