Challenges of Epic Proportions (Part 2 – The Race)

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(Part 1 is here) Cyclists were already milling around in front of the Stone County Courthouse on the Mountain View town square, nervously making last minute adjustments to their bikes, packing drop bags for various aid stations and sizing up the competition. I noticed a few full rigid, single speed bikes and thought to myself, life is just not hard enough for some people. After looking over the … [Read more...]

Challenges of Epic Proportions (Part 1)

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Being a race organizer is a tough thing; dealing with permitting, aid station logistics, publicity, sponsors and volunteers. This past weekend Sarah and Frank Webber pulled off all of that and a little extra...okay, a whole lot extra, with the Mountain View Epic. For their first time directing a large, regional event, they challenged themselves with holding a mountain bike race on one of the most … [Read more...]

One Mile Road Race Celebrates Fifth Year

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The Go! Mile is celebrating five years of being one fast little race with a new location at the Clinton Presidential Library. The one-mile championship race, presented by CHI St. Vincent Healthcare, is the state’s only sanctioned one-mile race and offers something for runners of all ages and abilities. Downtown Little Rock is rolling out the welcome mat, offering a family stay and play ‘Victory … [Read more...]

Ditch the Keys – National Bike Month

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As part of National Bike Month, Bicycle Advocacy of Arkansas (BACA) has partnered again this year with Ditch the Keys and others to promote both bicycle usage and Ozone Action Days in central Arkansas. According to the Ditch the Keys website: Ozone Action Days is a public awareness program that educates central Arkansans about the harmful effects of ground-level ozone. Ground-level ozone is the … [Read more...]

The Clash of Cultures

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One of the most interesting aspects of the growth of the bicycling culture in Central Arkansas takes place when it rubs up against the existing norm of our cities. The meeting is often expected to be very negative; yet, when it finally happens it often has a positive outcome. Events this past weekend in downtown Little Rock and the South Main Street (SOMA) area exemplify this result. I was … [Read more...]

Moving Forward

Drawing #2 Proposed Plan for Riverfront Drive.

Update: This from Jeremy Lewno, Bike Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Little Rock, "Great news to report! All of the emails and messages have worked. Ward 2 Director Kathy Webb asked the City to proceed with the Grant Application to restructure Riverfront Drive, referencing the 70 some emails she's received today alone regarding this project. City Manager Bruce Moore confirmed moving … [Read more...]

Joe Martin Stage Race Update 1 – The Time Trial

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Below are the results from the first day of the Joe Martin Stage Race. The Time Trial. We'll post more throughout the weekend. WOMEN’S TEAM CLASSIFICATION FOR STAGE 1 Time Trial Pro Men TEAM CLASSIFICATION FOR STAGE 1 Time Trial Women RESULTS Time Trial Women AGE 1-22 RESULTS Time Trial Men 1-2 RESULTS Time Trial Pro Men RESULTS Time Trial Pro Men Age 1-22 RESULTS Time Trial … [Read more...]

Slobberknocked

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When you head due west out of Little Rock, things get pretty rugged, pretty fast. The first signs are the rock outcrops visible on Pinnacle Mountain and Rattlesnake Ridge. Once you get past Lake Maumelle and near the highway 10/highway 9 intersection at Williams Corner, you find yourself in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains. Camp Ouachita, near Lake Sylvia, is a popular staging area … [Read more...]

Thanks for your Support

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The past three and a half years have been incredible for our fledgling little...whatever the heck this is. By far the best thing has been all the new friends we've made across the state. Passionate, active people who enjoy the outdoors continue to support us and have done a lot to make all of this possible. The State of the Industry As far as outdoor, participatory sports go, Arkansas is … [Read more...]

What to do with all this water

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Spring can be pretty wet in Arkansas but that doesn't mean you can't still have some fun. In fact, fun is exactly what you should have. Here is a video that our friends at Kayak Arkansas did on Haw Creek. Welcome to the season. Haw Creek from Kayak Arkansas on Vimeo.    … [Read more...]