2018 Enduro World Series Qualifier Comes to Arkansas

  For years it seemed the world of enduro mountain bike racing was passing Arkansas by. Sure we had some nice tries with some enduros at Iron Mountain and the recent race at Coler last year. This year there are plans to have an entire series of Enduro Mountain Bike Races in Arkansas. The Arkansas Enduro Series is billed as "A statewide, best 4 of 5 stop enduro series on the best trails … [Read more...]

Five Things the Bike Movement Can Do Now to Move Toward Racial Equity | Center for Social Inclusion

On this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we wanted to look at some ways that we could be more inclusive in outdoor recreation in Arkansas. The world of cycling has some dramatic differences in participation among various racial groups when it comes to recreation vs. transportation. Here we share an article by Simran Noor on ways to help your local bike movement move toward more racial … [Read more...]

In Northwest Arkansas, An Active Effort to Promote Mountain Biking Among Women

Mountain biking is a great sport for anyone to enjoy. Women, kids, older folks are all getting involved as the both the physical and mental health benefits are realized. When mountain biker Tandie Bailey signed up for the first Slaughter Pen Jam race in Bentonville, Arkansas a decade ago, she recalls “there weren’t very many girls, maybe three others” with her at the starting line.  Things … [Read more...]

Mountain bike skills park planned at Jones Center – Talk Business & Politics

Can you keep up with all the new mountain biking infrastructure coming to Arkansas? It's tough. Springdale already has Thunder Chicken and now a new mountain bike skills park called "The Runway". It is hoped that some of these new facilities start finding their way to other parts of the state soon. The planned park will have three skill development lines, a pump track, a children’s bicycle … [Read more...]

NWA Mountain Bike Trails Growing | Northwest Arkansas

More on what the growing mountain bike trails in Northwest Arkansas are bringing to the community. A lesson that cities throughout Arkansas are warming to. "We're seeing growth in our commerce and growth in the businesses making Northwest Arkansas their home based on the recreational offerings that we can give their employees, that's going to a create happier employee, it's going to create a … [Read more...]

Use Fitness Apps in 2018…but Use with Caution, says Bryant Physical Therapist

Here at Arkansas Outside, we enjoy using apps and other technologies to set goals and document our success...and failures. We typically have some sort of Garmin or Fitbit device attached to our arms and bikes and linked to apps in our smartphones for verification of effort, but all things in moderation. Here are some tips on using apps and devices to assist with your goals. (from media … [Read more...]

Drinking with Sasquatch

(Sponsored post, Free Jerky!) “…The crisp/dry flavor of the beer actually enhances the beef jerky. Devoid of an overabundance of added flavorings, the simplified jerky becomes a salty treat; washed away quickly by the acidity of the beer, simply wonderful.” - Mitch Drinking with Sasquatch Last month Arkansas Outside began receiving solicitations to do reviews on various books, outdoor … [Read more...]

Top Outdoor Articles of 2017

It was a busy year for outdoor recreation in Arkansas. Announcements of upcoming cycling events in Northwest Arkansas like Outerbike and OZ Trails Epic made big news in Bentonville. We got a couple of new statewide groups like the Governor's Advisory Council on Cycling and the Arkansas Park and Recreation Foundation came along to help continue to propel Arkansas into a national outdoor recreation … [Read more...]

2018 Iron Ranger Challenge

(from website) We have had so much fun with the Iron Ranger Challenge since 2016 we thought we would extend it into 2018. The challenge for 2018 will be to complete 100 miles of physical activity on any public lands within the state of Arkansas. This means any activity you do in an Arkansas National Park, Arkansas State Park, US Forest Service site, National Wildlife Refuge site, Army Corps of … [Read more...]

Bikes and Cakes | Frenetic Fitness

So there I was, cruising the internet looking for a tie-in between bikes and #NationalFruitcakeDay when I came across the Bikes and Cakes post from our own Lisa Mullis' article on the Frenetic Fitness Blog. Sure, it was a summer post but somehow it feels right. I'm not much for fruitcake anyway but his was wonderful. Also, notice the geometry, much more accurate than most of these … [Read more...]