From Behind the Aid Station Table

The AO/Runners/CATA gang before all Hell broke loose.

A wall of spandex clad, sweaty people, heads encased in helmets, eyes hidden by sunglasses, swarmed the table like a zombie horde. Instead of "Brains!", they were after peanut butter & jelly, Gatorade, and pickles. At just after 7 a.m. on Saturday morning, the mobile Arkansas Outside office pulled off of Hwy 10 and onto the triangle of grass at the intersection of Hwy 113. The signs … [Read more...]

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...]

Shut Up Legs! The MS-150 Experience

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The morning was relatively cool for an early September day as my husband dropped me off at the starting line for the MS-150 Rockin’ Hot Ride. The atmosphere was celebratory as the ladies on my team arrived one by one and dropped off their luggage for transport to our destination. We readied our bikes and donned all our gear as we filled water bottles and ate the last of our mornings carbs. I was … [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...]

Hotter’n Hell Hundred Earns Its Reputation

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  Before I started cycling I was exposed to stories of a bike ride in Texas unlike any other in the region: the Hotter'n Hell Hundred, a ride that hosts roughly 15,000 participants each year. In 2012 I did the ride for my first time and decided to sign up with the ‘Pace Group’ run by a coaching group out of Dallas. The premise behind the pace group is that they provide paid ‘pacers’ … [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...]

2014 Bike & Hike for ALS

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There is something really special that happens on the morning of the ALS Bike and Hike. Most days, as cyclists, we air up our tires, ice down our water bottles, and fill up our jersey pockets with “fuel.” But on this odd morning, we also pack up some tennis shoes and a ball cap for a mid-ride hike up Pinnacle Mountain. Let me tell you, it is a challenging event, but the sweet view from the top … [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...]