IMBA Partners With Outerbike to Celebrate 30th Anniversary in Arkansas

(from media release) The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is partnering with Outerbike to celebrate its “Dirty 30” anniversary, October 26-28, 2018, in Bentonville, AR. The combined event pairs the country’s premier consumer bike demo and expo with the only national organization dedicated to mountain bike advocacy and education. Mark your calendars for a weekend of riding, … [Read more...]

Foundation Supports Fitzgerald Mountain Trail System in Springdale

It seems like there is a lot of news coming out of Northwest Arkansas concerning new and improved trails. The Walton Family Foundation is hot and heavy on building new trails buoyed by the recent studies showing the economic benefits that are currently showering on the region due to these walkable, bikeable ribbons. The latest addition to the system of trails known as the OZ Trails will be on … [Read more...]

Walton Family Foundation and Eureka Springs Parks Open New Trails

(from media release) Eureka Springs, Arkansas—In conjunction with the Walton Family Foundation and the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission, the newest downhill mountain biking trails at Lake Leatherwood will officially open June 14, at 10:00 AM with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Members of the Walton Family Foundation, Eureka Springs Parks Director, Justin Huss; members of the … [Read more...]

​Playgrounds: Is Bentonville, Arkansas the next great MTB town? | Teton Gravity Research

This newfound mountain bike mecca, tucked away in the Ozark Mountains in Northwest Arkansas, or NWA as the locals call it (take that as you will), may be the next destination American mountain bike town. During a full week of riding in January, a handful of friends and I were treated to everything the area had to offer. Trails, museums, food, more trails, and did I mention trails? All jokes aside, … [Read more...]

How Northwest Arkansas Is Building a Bike Boom – CityLab

Northwest Arkansas might not be the kind of place one expects to find a bike renaissance, but it’s having one anyway. Municipalities across the region, which encompasses the main cities of Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers, and Springdale, as well as several smaller towns, have been steadily building up their biking infrastructure over the past several years. A mix of federal transportation grants … [Read more...]

Oz Trails Off-Road Announces Three Course Options

25, 35 and 50-mile routes loaded with flowy fun & technically challenging NWA trails (BENTONVILLE, ARK.) May 10, 2018 – Epic Rides today announced three-course distance options for the inaugural Oz Trails Off-Road held in the Northwest Arkansas towns of Bentonville and Bella Vista on October 5-7, 2018. While "Ozark" pays homage to the Oz Trails network, the number represents the distance … [Read more...]

IMBA Launches #womensmtbday to Celebrate Women Who Ride | IMBA

We haven't heard of any events set for Arkansas but we'll let you know if any show up. This could be a lot of fun. (from media release) (Boulder, Colo. April 17, 2018) The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is pleased to announce the creation of International Women’s Mountain Biking Day, to be the first Saturday in May every year. IMBA will partner with SRAM, PeopleForBikes, … [Read more...]

Bicycling in Arkansas – 40 Years Ago – Part 2

Get caught up: Part 1 of the Series On to Part 2 There is still a great deal of relevance to this 40-year-old map/guide. First, a bike is still a bike, two wheels, a pedal/crank drive system, and an engine that burns fat. There are some old addresses and phone numbers that I have redacted as they now go other places. INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW... This first image today is of the … [Read more...]

Rapha Opens New Retail Pop-Up in Bentonville, AR

(from media release) Ozark cycling hotspot the newest home to Rapha’s latest pop-up retail and cafe space Bentonville, Arkansas – a cultural gem of the South, and burgeoning cycling hotspot in the Ozark Plateau is the latest home for a Rapha pop-up retail space. Opening its doors on April 16th, 2018 at 110 NW 2nd St., this latest Rapha Pop-Up celebrates the incredible multi-discipline riding … [Read more...]

Bicycling in Arkansas – 40 Years Ago – Part 1

My offices at Arkansas State Parks have been going through a bit of an upheaval recently. Things change over time and new positions are created, people take on new tasks, and sometimes we just need a move to get things cleaned out. A few bits of history were discovered during the ensuing chaos. Recently, someone, I have no idea who felt that my desk would be a promising repository for a bit of … [Read more...]