Cane Creek Timberland Mountain Bike Race

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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

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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…

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...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

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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...]

Better Together

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Arkansas Outside doesn't usually cover social events, but this weekend we attended what could be considered the social event of the season. The nuptials were planned for Saturday night. The couple of the hour, Stacy Tierney and Steven Long, lined up as they had on so many other Saturday mornings since they met, surrounded by several hundred cyclists. Instead of spending the entire day mired … [Read more...]

Tour De Rock 2015 Much ado about ‘nothing’

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I had back surgery on May 8th and initial recovery was going well. Walking with goals seemed to pull me out of the haze in week two. In week three my typical 'degeneration' in my back set in and I needed to go to chiropractor in a bad way. Only thing is I can't! So the mid back (above the surgery site- not related- on going maintenance issue) was just LOCKED! On Wednesday before TDR I finally was … [Read more...]

Gran Fondo: Italian for Will Ride for Food

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Gran Fondo loosely translates to long distance or big ride or something like that, but considering my experience is limited to two years of the Little Rock Gran Fondo, I say it means will ride for food, and possibly beer. Ben E. Keith food distributors is one of the principal partners in the LR Gran Fondo. Part of the appeal of the Fondo format is the relative luxury of aid stations stocked not … [Read more...]

Cranksgiving in June

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Well heck, why not? If you can have Christmas in July, you can certainly have Cranksgiving in June. Next month, starts THV-11's and the Arkansas Foodbank Cereal Drive. THV-11's "This Morning" show and the Arkansas Foodbank Cereal Drive have been teaming up every summer since 2000 to help those in the Foodbank's 33-county service area have food to eat for breakfast. The cereal drive is a … [Read more...]

Keeping Your Head Above Water

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When the Arkansas River starts flooding in Central Arkansas, one of the first places hit is the North Little Rock side of the Arkansas River Trail and adjoining parks. High water can make the area dangerous and riding some of the wet, natural surface trails can be bad for them. North Little Rock Parks and Recreation is managing the situation and has sent on the following request and … [Read more...]

Why – The Inaugural Mountain View Epic

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I was thinking, since the Mountain View Epic is the only race in Arkansas I know that has “Epic” in the race title, I have to do this story on “What is Epic?” …and why is the most demanding mountain bike race in the state deserving of this title?  That was the plan, and then the race began… It was the inaugural event, the very first one put on by the famous Frank Webber and his amazing sidekick … [Read more...]