Arkansas NICA Race Report #1

The season has started, kids are racing mountain bikes in Arkansas. Here is a report on the first race of the second year of the Arkansas Chapter of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association Series. Arkansas NICA kicked off our 2nd season September 10, 2017 in Siloam Springs on the campus of John Brown University. The infield was in a giant field on the far north side of their campus … [Read more...]

Need A Lift? Mountain Bike Shuttle Services in Arkansas

A good friend will go mountain biking with you, a great friend will drive the shuttle. New trails are being built and classics are beginning to attract interest from outside the state. With expanding trail infrastructure comes new business opportunities. Arkansas has long been known for its hospitality, unique lodging and great food; staples of the Arkansas tourism product. The growth of … [Read more...]

Getting #moregirlsonbikes in Arkansas! | NICA

Meet four women leading the way in getting kids, and in particular, girls, on bikes in Arkansas. As NICA grows nationwide – so does our work towards equal participation across genders. It’s often said that “you can’t be what you can’t see” and NICA is playing a role in changing what female student-athletes see by recruiting strong female coaches and leadership.We recently caught up with our … [Read more...]

10 Reasons Why Parks Will Make You a Better Person | Outside Online

I'm kinda a parks guy. My day job has been with Arkansas State Parks for over eleven years but it goes back way farther than that. I was raised traveling to and camping in National Parks out west. I raised my family going to parks and when I moved to Little Rock twenty years ago, I fell in love with Pinnacle Mountain State Park. It was one of the main reasons I stopped my rambling ways and became … [Read more...]

Karl “Kiwi” Whitcombe // Back on the Bike and Giving Back | FLY Racing

I wanted to take some time to introduce you to a friend of ours. Kiwi, as we know him, showed up in our world last Fall. A project was in place to reroute and connect all the mountain bike and hiking trails in the northwest corner of Boyle Park. I had been working on designing the new routes when another friend, Paul Norris, introduced me to this guy with a different accent. I had planned a … [Read more...]

Deciphering Dirtbag Mountain Bike Culture | Backcountry.com

This past Friday, I tweeted an invitation to mountain bikers near and far to use an article we wrote a couple of years ago as a guide to mountain biking trails around the state. I chose to use the term, "dirtbags" referencing said mountain bikers. I immediately got called out for insulting mountain bikers by someone who may not know me too well. I have not enjoyed being called out since the first … [Read more...]

Let’s Ride: Mountain Biking in the State Parks of Arkansas

Arkansas State Parks has been a proponent of mountain biking in the state since the 1980's. This Summer, come by the Capitol on a hot day and check out the history of mountain biking in Arkansas State Parks, from the full rigid days of the 80's to the high-tech carbon mountain bikes and gravel grinders. Come check it out and then check out an Arkansas State Park trail. Here is what the … [Read more...]

Middle America has its first great MTB town | Shoulders of Giants

That mountain biking juggernaut that is Northwest Arkansas continues to garner attention. Bentonville is surrounded by the wooded foothills of the Ozark mountains, and that terrain provides something for riders of all styles and abilities. “Our terrain changes considerably between different areas,” said Custer. “We’ve got something for everyone.” The town’s oldest trail system, called … [Read more...]

MTB Rider Tandie Bailey: On Setting Goals & Putting in the Work – Fayettechill Clothing Company

Our friend, Tandie Bailey, has more stoke than any three people you've met. Check out her take on the work and rewards on the mountain bike trail that seems to be her life in this article she did for Fayettechill Clothing Company. "I’ve been putting ducks in the pond for years & recently they lined up to lead me to a month of spontaneous competitive mountain biking in California. There, I … [Read more...]

Water-Logged USA Triathlon Off-Road Nationals a Success | DirtTRI

We couldn't make it to the Off-Road Triathlon Nationals at Iron Mountain this year but here is a great article from Dirt Tri Magazine. Similar to last year, massive rains mixed things up for the athletes. But unlike last year, the rain came on race day this time around. Athletes fought their way through rain, mud, thunder, and amazing single track as they completed a 1500m swim, 32km … [Read more...]