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...]

Summer’s Here and the Time is Right…

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...for Racing in the Streets I'm standing on the hot asphalt of an old, unshaded tennis court. A piece of paper in my hand contains a random list of barely decipherable locations in downtown Little Rock. I take a moment to glance around at the twenty or so cyclists jumping around me like Mexican jumping beans on a hot skillet. They are grabbing identical papers off the court. I go back to … [Read more...]

Making the Connection in Northwest Arkansas

Connections to the wild places.

Commuting to work is a drag. Our nation’s highways were not designed to soothe the soul. But many residents in Northwest Arkansas have an alternative to starting their daily grind off on the wrong foot. The Razorback Regional Greenway provides more than 36 miles of paved trails that connect residents in the region with their workplaces, schools, favorite watering holes, mountain bike trails and so … [Read more...]

Six Years of Wampoo Roadeo

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The Wampoo Roadeo is a fundraising bike ride to support the Marilyn Fulper Memorial Fund. Marilyn Fulper was an active bicycling advocate who was killed in 2010 after she was hit by an automobile when the driver ran a red light. Money from the fund has gone to support bicycle education, advocacy, and infrastructure in central Arkansas. Funded projects include four fix-it stations so far along the … [Read more...]

Three Days of Fatty Fest

Did we say they were moving fast?

Over the last several years, we've covered just about every Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series venue the cross country series has descended upon; Devil's Den, Slaughter Pen, and Burns Park to name a few. This year was our first trip to the largest mountain bike festival in the state, The Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival. We decided to go full immersion and attend all three days arriving … [Read more...]

We Lost a Hero

Riding in Central Arkansas Cyclofemme 2013.

(This is probably the most personal post we've ever done, please allow us a moment to unload) We do a lot of hero worshiping these days. famous sports figures, TV and movie personalities, the occasional politician but these aren't the people who really keep our individual worlds turning. Like the multiple pedal strokes it takes to keep our wheels spinning and our bikes moving forward, there are … [Read more...]

A New Crop of Trail Stewards

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It was going to be hot and I suspected that only a couple of us regulars would show up for the clean and ride. Clean and rides are what Central Arkansas Trail Alliance, a local International Mountain Bicycling Association chapter, call a trail work day. Usually, we show up, do some trail maintenance maybe a reroute or whatever is needed, then we have something to eat, maybe a quick beer to cut the … [Read more...]

Finding Your Home

Finishing the Leadville 100 MTB in 2012.

Just a few days ago, a client and long-time friend, asked me a really interesting question… “Hey Ben, how long have you been an endurance athlete?” As a coach slash physiologist slash nutritionist slash business owner, rarely are you provided the opportunity of time luxury to sit back and reflect on such questions, so it was with uncertainty did my immediate arithmetic (predicated on my first bike … [Read more...]

Your Playground Needs Help

Hikers on the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (photo courtesy of Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism)

I was looking through some past posts the other day and came upon this one from early spring, Trails don’t just happen. Looking for something in particular, I was disappointed to find no links to one of the most basic ways that anyone can support trail building and maintenance in Arkansas. The trails in Arkansas have many types of users: dog walkers, day hikers, backpackers, wildlife … [Read more...]