Four Days at the 2016 Cyclocross Nationals – Day Two

Day two was our chance to watch some friends take on this monster course. (Day One Here) The layout of the 2016 Cyclocross Nationals course was unlike any I had seen at any cyclocross race I have attended. Time for a little description of this beautifully difficult course. The starting line began with a long paved straightaway that passed under the finish line banner. A quick left turn … [Read more...]

Four Days at the 2016 Cyclocross Nationals – Day One

Occasionally we have the opportunity to take this whole Arkansas Outside show on the road and explore other places in the country where Arkansans go to expand their outdoor recreation experiences. The two biggest trips so far had been to Colorado, first with the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race where a large group of area mountain bikers went to take on the highest mountain bike race in the … [Read more...]

The White Zone

The WHITE ZONE is for loading and unloading only... if you have to load or unload, go to the WHITE ZONE... you'll love it... it's a way of life... - Frank Zappa, The Central Scrutinizer I've never been a fan of naming trails by the color of their blazes. Sure, it's probably an easy, organized way to do it but where is the creativity? Where is the descriptive nomenclature? Where is the … [Read more...]

Celebrate 100 Years with 100 miles

January 1st marks the beginning of the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial celebration and the seven National Park Service sites in Arkansas will kick off the celebration by launching the Centennial Iron Ranger Challenge – a year-long program to encourage visitors to “Find Your Park” and improve their health and fitness by completing 100 miles of physical activity over the course of the … [Read more...]

Winding up the 2015 Arkansas Cyclocross Season…but wait.

Another Arkansas Super Prestige Cyclocross season came to a close this past weekend, a little out of order. The annual Turkey Burn race, normally held on Thanksgiving weekend, was postponed to this past weekend due to flooding of the course at Boyle Park back in November. Waiting for better conditions worked out for race organizer, Trevor Edwards, as he was able to create a course that he had … [Read more...]

Closing in on the Record

75,065 miles = More than 3 times around the earth, at the equator. 75,065 miles = Almost a third of the way to the Moon. 75,065 miles = The distance from Little Rock to Rogers, AR every day for a year. 1,609,132 feet = Climbing to the top of Mount Everest more than 55 times, from sea level.(as of 12/21/15) 75,065 miles = the record for riding a bike in 365 consecutive days. That record is … [Read more...]

The 2016 Endurance Mountain Bike Season

It may feel like the mountain bike race season is winding down in Arkansas with the end of the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series (AMBCS) at  the Attila the Hun race in Hot Springs last month. Serious competitors know better. The next three months will be spent preparing  for the start of the Arkansas Marathon Mountain Bike Series in March. Others of course will take it easy for a while … [Read more...]

Cranksgiving Gives Back

Last year, the inaugural Cranksgiving Little Rock gave the cycling community a unique opportunity to have a great time while helping the Arkansas Rice Depot serve those in need. Soon after the event, organizer Shana Buterbaugh gave us her 5 reasons why Cranksgiving should be an annual event. We listened. The Second Annual Cranksgiving Little Rock benefiting The Van was bigger, better and more … [Read more...]

The Beginner Bike Buyers Guide

Last year we posted an article on the pros and cons of buying a bike from a big box store. Many of the comments we received had to do with a fear of intimidation. To quote one commenter, "Women, those with lower budgets, people who are overweight, many do not feel welcome in a shop that has a $5000 road bike lit up and enshrined on the wall…." It is unfortunate that this happens, but you can't … [Read more...]

New Traditions, the end of Black Friday

After gorging ourselves on Thanksgiving meals, watching football, drinking, tip-toeing around family issues, etc., the American tradition is to get up incredibly early the next morning and go stand in line at a local big box store in preparation of participating in a stampede leading to a credit card shredding frenzy of holiday spending. In fact, many actually look forward to this celebration of … [Read more...]