The IMBA Model Trails Program Evolves

As many of our readers know, Arkansas is home to five International Mountain Bicycling Association EPIC Trails, Womble, Syllamo, LOViT, Upper Buffalo, and Ouachita National Recreation Trail. This currently places us tied for second in the country for total number of Epics, Colorado also has five and California has seven. We also have three IMBA Ride Centers, Bentonville, Fayetteville, and Hot … [Read more...]

Move Over Ball Sports: High School MTB On The Rise

Get your kids involved with the Arkansas chapter of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association. The air is chill, the skies mottled and gray. A crush of parents and teens cheer on their favorite athletes. But instead of scoreboards, pads, and cheerleaders, this burgeoning high school league showcases spokes, cranks, and speed. The Minnesota High School Cycling League just wrapped up … [Read more...]

Iron Bicycles and Buffalo Soldiers | Dirt Rag

An interesting article on early bicycle adoption by the U.S. military. It's also appropriate reading during Black History Month. A great story from Dirt Rag Magazine. In 1896, the bicycle was cutting-edge technology. European armies were quick to adopt this new invention. The first known use of the bicycle in combat occurred during the so-called “Jameson Raid,” preceding the Second Boer War … [Read more...]

OZ Trails

From the Oz Trails Blog. One of the great things about Arkansas (other than super-sweet trails), ALL YEAR RIDING! We are very fortunate to have year-round riding here in the Ozark Mountains. While we do experience cold temperatures in January/February, they usually don’t stick around very long. For example, it is 71 degrees as I type this! The forecast is in the 60’s for the rest of this week and … [Read more...]

Bikepacking the Arkansas Trans America Trail – Bikepacker

Proof we live in a state of adventure. Here is a great article on a bikepacking trip on the Arkansas portion of the Trans America Trail. In hindsight, it’s quite obvious I started my bikepacking trip on the Arkansas section of the Trans America Trail with a lot of misconceptions.  I began with misconceptions about the terrain and natural beauty of parts of the state, misconceptions about the … [Read more...]

University of Arkansas Earns Silver Level Bicycle Friendly University Award | University of Arkansas

Congrats to the University of Arkansas on their Silver Level Bicycle Friendly University Award. Obviously part of the top five best places to live ranking for the City of Fayetteville. “This designation as a Bicycle Friendly University is a great validation of recent efforts,” said Eric Boles, director of the Office for Sustainability. “Moving forward, the University of Arkansas will have … [Read more...]

Adventure Arkansas: 12th Annual Buffalo Headwaters Challenge

Some local media coverage of the grand event. For this week’s Adventure Arkansas I traveled to Red Star, AR to the 12th Annual Buffalo Headwaters Challenge. The OORC or Ozark Off Road Cyclists is a non-profit organization who’s blazing trails and making a name for themselves around the country… The executive director of OORC, Brannon Pack, helped spear head the operation. Source: Adventure … [Read more...]

The Value of Experience | RKP

More on a local bicycle manufacturer. And then there are guys like Tony Karklins. The Little Rock, Arkansas, based former bike retailer is the man who brought Orbea to the U.S. I remember seeing one of their bikes in the late 1990s and wondering why they hadn’t made an effort to sell bikes in the U.S., so when Karklins started bringing them in, the brand’s penetration was immediate. Just consider … [Read more...]

12th Annual OORC Buffalo Headwaters Challenge (2017) – Our World Awaits Adventures & Gear Reviews

Check out this wonderful article on the 12th Annual OORC Buffalo Headwaters Challenge. It was another great event. This is the 12th Annual OORC Buffalo Headwaters Challenge, which has been a continually growing gathering of fellow riders that come out of their cold shells to shake the winter blues. Fortunately, Arkansas weather is wacky and sometimes delivers us decent temperatures. This … [Read more...]

Fatbiking in California: could the cycling trend be as big as snowboarding? | Travel | The Guardian

...or you could come to Arkansas and ride any mountain bike, any time of year. #justsayin' Fatbikes – so named because of their comically thick tyres – are the latest trend in cycling. They look like the monster trucks of the biking world and are designed for riding on surfaces you’d think would be impossible to cycle on, such as sand and, in particular, snow. Which is not to say they make … [Read more...]