2018 Enduro World Series Qualifier Comes to Arkansas

  For years it seemed the world of enduro mountain bike racing was passing Arkansas by. Sure we had some nice tries with some enduros at Iron Mountain and the recent race at Coler last year. This year there are plans to have an entire series of Enduro Mountain Bike Races in Arkansas. The Arkansas Enduro Series is billed as "A statewide, best 4 of 5 stop enduro series on the best trails … [Read more...]

Five Things the Bike Movement Can Do Now to Move Toward Racial Equity | Center for Social Inclusion

On this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we wanted to look at some ways that we could be more inclusive in outdoor recreation in Arkansas. The world of cycling has some dramatic differences in participation among various racial groups when it comes to recreation vs. transportation. Here we share an article by Simran Noor on ways to help your local bike movement move toward more racial … [Read more...]

In Northwest Arkansas, An Active Effort to Promote Mountain Biking Among Women

Mountain biking is a great sport for anyone to enjoy. Women, kids, older folks are all getting involved as the both the physical and mental health benefits are realized. When mountain biker Tandie Bailey signed up for the first Slaughter Pen Jam race in Bentonville, Arkansas a decade ago, she recalls “there weren’t very many girls, maybe three others” with her at the starting line.  Things … [Read more...]

Mountain bike skills park planned at Jones Center – Talk Business & Politics

Can you keep up with all the new mountain biking infrastructure coming to Arkansas? It's tough. Springdale already has Thunder Chicken and now a new mountain bike skills park called "The Runway". It is hoped that some of these new facilities start finding their way to other parts of the state soon. The planned park will have three skill development lines, a pump track, a children’s bicycle … [Read more...]

NWA Mountain Bike Trails Growing | Northwest Arkansas

More on what the growing mountain bike trails in Northwest Arkansas are bringing to the community. A lesson that cities throughout Arkansas are warming to. "We're seeing growth in our commerce and growth in the businesses making Northwest Arkansas their home based on the recreational offerings that we can give their employees, that's going to a create happier employee, it's going to create a … [Read more...]

2018 Iron Ranger Challenge

(from website) We have had so much fun with the Iron Ranger Challenge since 2016 we thought we would extend it into 2018. The challenge for 2018 will be to complete 100 miles of physical activity on any public lands within the state of Arkansas. This means any activity you do in an Arkansas National Park, Arkansas State Park, US Forest Service site, National Wildlife Refuge site, Army Corps of … [Read more...]

Competition, Camaraderie Fuel Growth of Mountain Bike Racing Among High School Girls

Mountain bike racing is what we call an even playing field sport. No one sits on the bench, everyone participates, which opens it up to various ages and sexes. The rise in National Interscholastic Cycling Association races in Arkansas is giving opportunities for local high school girls to enjoy our trails, our scenery, and some competition. When Cate Mertins first started racing mountain bikes as … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Keep Mountain Bike Trail Systems in Prime Riding Condition

Just posted on the Walton Family Foundation Blog, this article hits home to all trail users. Please check with your local trail maintenance group to find out how trail conditions in your area are managed. On any given weekend, you’re likely to find Charles Williams astride his mountain bike, speeding down the singletrack trails of Slaughter Pen in Bentonville, Arkansas, navigating switchback … [Read more...]

There Are Umpteen Rides Just For You

Last year was the test run. Paul and Melanie Norris, local mountain bike and trail advocates, decided to talk a bunch of cyclists across the state into having twentysomething rides, mostly mountain biking with some gravel and pavement, across the state between Thanksgiving and New Years. It was awesome. This year they have refined the idea into the Umpteen Rides (#umpteenrides). 3 to 4 rides a … [Read more...]

Eureka Springs Parks To Build New Downhill Mountain Bike Recreation Area

(From Media Release) Eureka Springs Parks & Recreation Commission To Build New Downhill Mountain Bike Recreation Area At Lake Leatherwood City Park. A cooperative agreement just formalized between the Eureka Springs (AR) Parks & Recreation Commission and the Walton Family Foundation will result in an exciting and unique new downhill feature for mountain bikers in this Northwest Arkansas … [Read more...]