The Spa City Mudfest

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For the last few weeks snow, ice and cold rain have been the norm throughout most of Arkansas. Winter finally arrived after an unseasonably warm January and it seemed to be working overtime to catch up. The final race of the 2014 AMBCS cross-country, Attila the Hun Cross-Country Race, was certainly the dirtiest, muddiest mountain bike race I've witnessed. The Spa City Endurance Race last weekend, … [Read more...]

The Hardest Working Lazy Person You Know

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We asked Alicia Snyder, Crew Chief for Kurt Searvogel in his attempt to set a new highest annual mileage record, a few questions about their life on the road after 10,000 miles in 50 days. Kurt is a well known local athlete from Sheridan, Arkansas. He's well on his way to owning this world record. Imagine riding a double century every day and burning 12,000 calories a day for a year. Hard … [Read more...]

Sanity Stayed in Bed

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The weather over the past couple of weeks in Arkansas has been less than stellar for road cycling. Ice, snow, sleet and freezing rain have made the roads treacherous. Daytime temperatures  below freezing have made the training rides bitterly cold. The winter weather only let up moderately for Saturday morning's Crosswinds Classic Road Cycling Race. Early Saturday morning a friend posted a … [Read more...]

Classic Ozark Mountain Biking

Buffalo Headwaters Challenge - Presented by Ozark Off-Road Cyclists

Making my way along the Twisted Hickory Trail I found my technical riding limits. Other riders seemed to be making similar discoveries as we passed by each other over and over again, picking through the leaf covered rocks, wet roots and tight turns. As promised, I was challenged. This was my third year to attend the Buffalo Headwaters Challenge. On my first trip I decided to focus on taking … [Read more...]

Incomplete Streets

Where the sausage is made.

Tuesday night I headed over to Little Rock City Hall with the hope of seeing history in the making. After over four years of waiting, various groups including pedestrians, cyclists, parents, seniors, visitors, commuters, shoppers, workers...heck, ordinary citizens were finally going to see our beautiful city take its first real steps to being a walkable, bikeable town; a town where you don't have … [Read more...]

2015 – A Year of Change in Endurance Mountain Bike Racing

Cedar Glades Park hosts the Spa City Endurance Race again in 2015, with a twist.

The Arkansas Marathon Mountain Bike Series is just around the corner and there are big changes this year. Two races have left the series and one race was added  dropping the series to four total races. On top of that there has been a major format change in one of the classic races. Spa City Mountain Bike Marathon - Saturday, March 7 - Registration is open - This race has historically been a 6 … [Read more...]

What a Year of Advocacy Can Do

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It's been about a year. Central Arkansas Trail Alliance has been supporting trail access, building advocacy and maintaining local trails for about a year now as an organized group. So far CATA members have: Brought back the Boyle Park trails in Little Rock clearing trail corridors, rerouting poorly designed and worn out sections and building bridges to improve user experience. Performed … [Read more...]

2015 – Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series Schedule

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The tentative schedule is out for the 2015 Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series (AMBCS). Race directors will be meeting later this month to finalize things. It looks like there is a new race added to the series in Southwest Arkansas* giving easier access to the series from Texas and Louisiana based riders. Other changes worth noting; it has not been decided yet if the Riverside Classic will … [Read more...]

Arkansan to make World Record Cycling Attempt.

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I first met Tarzan about 7 or 8 years ago. We were both racing in a sprint adventure race series that is long gone. Of course, I was on a team and he was racing solo. You see Tarzan has this unique ability to spend hour upon hour alone, while pushing himself beyond the physical limits of most humans. Over the years I was but a bystander as Tarzan took on ultra cycling events. His Facebook … [Read more...]

Buying the Big Box Bike

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Way back in the early 1970's, I saved up money in a cigar box that I hid on the top shelf of my closet. The money was collected from mowing lawns and a paper route, I had designs on this money. I wanted a new bike. As Christmas was getting close, my parents decided to add to my stash and buy me my first 10-speed. It was a Huffy bought from a local big box store (Toys-R-Us I think) and I would … [Read more...]