Enduro Arrives

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I'll admit it, I was a little skeptical of this Enduro thing. Not because I thought there was anything wrong with it; my concern was more about Arkansas mountain biking in general. We are a low population state with a limited supply of mountain bikers to attend races, adding yet another type of racing just might dilute the current races too much. I may have been wrong. Enduro is growing … [Read more...]

Hike or Paddle or…

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...Both. This past weekend we spent some time exploring Fairfield Bay, Arkansas. Fairfield Bay is a small town of almost 2500 people, a resort community tucked into the north shore of Greer's Ferry Lake. Surrounded by the beautiful Ozark Mountains with access to one of Arkansas's pristine lakes, the town has a lot to offer visitors who enjoy the outdoors. We met local realtor, community … [Read more...]

Perfect Weather to Tri

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Back in 1985 I did my first triathlon. It was hard, it was fun, but life got busy and I didn't give myself the opportunity to do another one until the late 1990's when I got the itch again. The triathlon that called me out of hibernation was the CATS triathlon at Lake Beaverfork in Conway. Over the years I competed in the race several times, my daughter once did it as part of a relay and we've … [Read more...]

Bentonville Puts on a Show

Scoping out his next move.

It was billed as a three day mountain bike festival, but upon arriving in Bentonville we quickly discovered that the Slaughter Pen Jam was going to be about much more than mountain biking. We arrived at the downtown Bentonville Square around 5 Friday evening and things were already hopping. We were there to see the trials and BMX demonstrations, but soon realized that we were in the middle of the … [Read more...]

A Tough Course on a Perfect Day

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The Slaughter Pen Jam has a full schedule of events happening over the three day run but the centerpiece of the festival is the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series Cross Country race on the Slaughter Pen Trail System. The technical course utilizes six miles of the trail system for the juniors and first-time racers and a full nine miles for the other racers, with Category 3 racers doing one … [Read more...]

Details on the Slaughter Pen Jam this Weekend

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Slaughter Pen Jam has become a full blown festival complete with music, food, demonstrations, runs and of course bikes. Here is some more information on the 2014 version happening this weekend. We'll be there all weekend taking it all in. Even if you can't make all three days, plan to be there for some of the events on Saturday or the racing on Sunday. It's going to be a grand time in Northwest … [Read more...]

Back and Forth and Back Again

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When a race has been around as long as the Ark 5K (since 1983) it can go through some changes over the years, various names, sponsorships and venues. As the Twin City Bank 5K, the race joined the Grand Prix Series in 1983 - this was the second year for both the series and the race. Due to a new sponsor, the race became known as the Mercantile Bank 5K from 1996 to 1999. In 2000, the race course … [Read more...]

Trying to Catch a Train

NOT the train I was trying to catch, but it was the only one I got a photo of.

Aboard a train, I met a dameShe was a hipsterMan a real gone dameShe wasn't prettyFor New York CityAs we strut down on that Ol' FairlaneWith a heave and a hoWell, I just couldn't let her go - Yardbirds, Train Kept A Rollin' Dream therapy states that if you are trying to catch a train in your dreams you are looking to bond with something, afraid you are missing out on opportunities or that your … [Read more...]

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

(photo courtesy of http://www.dailymail.co.uk/)

This weekend marks the 4th Annual Bike and Hike for ALS, a fun challenge for local cyclists and hikers who would like a chance to experience two fantastic outdoor venues in central Arkansas in one event, the Arkansas River Trail and Pinnacle Mountain. But this isn't the only challenge for those wishing to support both awareness and research funding for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. You may have … [Read more...]

Arkansas Becomes a Bucket List Destination

Newly opened trails at Mount Kessler in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

A couple of  years ago, Arkansas was ranked by the League of American Bicyclists as the most unfriendly state for cycling in the country. Number 50, the bottom, the worst place in the United States to ride a bike. Of course, we know differently and by showing our pride in the bicycling facilities we have rather than actual new gains in bicycle friendliness, we followed up that year with a solid … [Read more...]