A Proper Introduction to the Series

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The forecast called for rain and cooler temperatures. Considering the fickle nature of Arkansas Fall weather, you never know what to expect for the Super-Prestige Cyclocross Series. To start the series off this year, the weather was optimum. I followed the drift* of Razorback fans from Little Rock to Fayetteville for the Smoke-N-Suds Cyclocross event sponsored by De Pijp Cyclocross Federation. I … [Read more...]

Like Father, Like Son – The Springhill Classic

Connor off to a good start.

Can I tell you how excited I am that my son Connor is following in my footsteps as a mountain biker? My first two kids never really got the 'bug', but it seems to be growing slowly in my boy Connor. Now all I need to do is continue to feed the bug and not squash it out of existence. That came close at his previous race at Devil's Den State Park but to his credit, he is a resilient child, and up … [Read more...]

Everyday Should be Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

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The Need Arkansas has some of the most diverse, beautiful, and challenging mountain bike trails in the country. This was recently pointed out to the world when, in August, the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) honored us by naming two more Arkansas trails as IMBA Epics bringing our grand total to four. Along with that, the smart folks at IMBA named both Bentonville and … [Read more...]

Well Ring My Bell

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Cowbell that is. Cyclocross. Do it wrong, and it'll be the coldest, muddiest, most painful hour of your life. Do it right, and it'll be the coldest, muddiest, most painful hour of your life. It'll also be the most fun you'll have on your bike all year. Cold, mud, and pain are non-negotiable. —BikeSnobNYC That's right the 2014 Arkansas Super-Prestige Cyclocross Series is about to begin and … [Read more...]

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...]