Exploring the Razorback Greenway – Part 1

A street crossing complete with solar powered motion detectors and warning lights.

It was a weekend we had been talking about for awhile, spend a night in Northwest Arkansas and ride the entire Razorback Regional Greenway Trail in a day. Without the use of a shuttle, it would mean a 72-mile ride since we would have to do an out and back of the 36-mile trail. This would certainly be doable, but not if we wanted to take our time and enjoy some of the sights, sounds and amenities … [Read more...]

Fayetteville Race Series

FRS Logo

Fayetteville Parks and Recreation is launching a new program, the Fayetteville Race Series. This series is be comprised of annual events that vary between running, cycling, and multisport activities. Each event differs from the others and offers something for everyone. Until now, Parks and Recreation has not offered programs of the racing nature. In a place like Fayetteville, where beautiful parks … [Read more...]

New Kids on the Trail

Fern Hollow Trail

It's not hard to find barely used mountain bikes purchased by folks who know they want to get off-road, but then can't find places to ride that don't leave them discouraged. Starting out on a mountain bike can be tough, especially if you are new, trying it on your own or trying to immediately fall in with a group that is more experienced. Here are a few beginner friendly trails for novice … [Read more...]

Cereal Cyclists

Cover

Because hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation, Spokes Little Rock/Cranksgiving Little Rock set out to help THV and Arkansas Foodbank with their annual cereal drive. The end of the school year often marks the end of a guaranteed breakfast for almost 23% of Arkansas children.  The cycling community really came together and used this opportunity to directly make a contribution and a difference in … [Read more...]

Arkansas Trails Symposium

1313506303

Mark your calendars for what should be a great weekend in the Ozarks. The Arkansas Trails Council will be hosting the 2015 Arkansas Trails Symposium on July 17-19 at Blanchard Springs Recreation Area near Mountain View. Great speakers are lined up to talk about Arkansas trails and trail projects. There will also be camping, guided cave tours—including, if you choose, a “Wild Cave Tour”—and a … [Read more...]

Trail Fairies Wear Boots

Arkansas Trail Fairy, caught in the act.

Yeah, fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me Yeah I saw it, I saw it, I tell you no lies Yeah Fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me I saw it, I saw it with my own two eyes, Oh all right now! - Black Sabbath Whether you are hiking, running or cycling on a trail in Arkansas, you are taking advantage of work performed by what are known as Trail Fairies. Arkansas Trail Fairies have … [Read more...]

Cane Creek Timberland Mountain Bike Race

11215188_10153406692344723_4009883108421060684_n

Cane Creek State Park held the third Cane Creek Timberland Mountain Bike Race on Saturday, June, 27, 2015. After having been moved from earlier in May due to thunderstorms, the race had rain once again to contend with. Three-quarters of an inch of rain fell on the course overnight and raised fears that the course would be muddy, but the course withstood the rain and the race went on as planned. … [Read more...]

Iron Mountain Saves the Day

RSIM-352

The Riverside Classic Mountain Bike Race has taken place in the middle of Summer at Burns Park in North Little Rock for years. A 5 mile to 7 mile course that takes riders over rocky terrain, steep climbs and fast downhill sections but has always been a hot race. Usually in late July, the last race of the AMBCS series before the August break, parts of the course feel like riding in a furnace. This … [Read more...]

Sometimes it’s just about the ride…

Basil leads a group of kids and beginners.

...or run. It's not always about racing or even a personal best. Sometimes, often the best times, are the days you just head down the trail. This past weekend a lot of us had the chance to just head down the trail, some ran, most rode. We enjoyed being in the woods on a warm Spring day, thanks to Central Arkansas Trail Alliance (CATA). A couple of months ago, members of the CATA board … [Read more...]

The Festival at Townsend’s Ridge

TownsendRidge-3

I arrived late, the closure of the Pig Trail- highway 23, due to a washout caused me to take the long way to the park on the south shore of Beaver Lake. As I pulled into the Townsend Ridge parking lot, I quickly got my bike off the truck and got checked in. I rolled up to the start line with minutes to spare. I still had time to notice that the category 3 50+ group was the largest I'd ever raced … [Read more...]