IMBA Launches #womensmtbday to Celebrate Women Who Ride | IMBA

We haven't heard of any events set for Arkansas but we'll let you know if any show up. This could be a lot of fun. (from media release) (Boulder, Colo. April 17, 2018) The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is pleased to announce the creation of International Women’s Mountain Biking Day, to be the first Saturday in May every year. IMBA will partner with SRAM, PeopleForBikes, … [Read more...]

Bicycling in Arkansas – 40 Years Ago – Part 2

Get caught up: Part 1 of the Series On to Part 2 There is still a great deal of relevance to this 40-year-old map/guide. First, a bike is still a bike, two wheels, a pedal/crank drive system, and an engine that burns fat. There are some old addresses and phone numbers that I have redacted as they now go other places. INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW... This first image today is of the … [Read more...]

Rapha Opens New Retail Pop-Up in Bentonville, AR

(from media release) Ozark cycling hotspot the newest home to Rapha’s latest pop-up retail and cafe space Bentonville, Arkansas – a cultural gem of the South, and burgeoning cycling hotspot in the Ozark Plateau is the latest home for a Rapha pop-up retail space. Opening its doors on April 16th, 2018 at 110 NW 2nd St., this latest Rapha Pop-Up celebrates the incredible multi-discipline riding … [Read more...]

Bicycling in Arkansas – 40 Years Ago – Part 1

My offices at Arkansas State Parks have been going through a bit of an upheaval recently. Things change over time and new positions are created, people take on new tasks, and sometimes we just need a move to get things cleaned out. A few bits of history were discovered during the ensuing chaos. Recently, someone, I have no idea who felt that my desk would be a promising repository for a bit of … [Read more...]

Bicycling Provides $137 Million in Economic Benefits to Northwest Arkansas | The Walton Family Foundation

We have been anticipating the release of an economic impact study on the effects of bicycling on Northwest Arkansas. The results are impressive. This is an overview article with links to the actual reports that were done by People for Bikes and other firms. Also, take a look at the slides at the end of this article for quick reference. With an increasing number of locals and tourists taking … [Read more...]

War Eagle Loop at Hobbs Reopens

(From Media Release) War Eagle Loop of Hobbs State Park Multi-Use Trail to Reopen This Friday Hikers, bikers, and equestrians will be happy to know that after 8 months of being closed for major repairs, the War Eagle Loop of Hobbs State Park’s multi-use trails opens again Friday, March 16th. April of 2017 dumped 17.72 inches of rain at Hobbs State Park.  There was trail damage for sure; … [Read more...]

IMBA to Host its First-ever Women’s Mountain Bike Summit

IMBA UPRISING aims to connect female leaders in mountain biking in Bentonville, Arkansas (From Media Release) The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) will host the first-ever IMBA UPRISING event to bring together female leaders in mountain biking from all over the country who are cultivating strong riding communities in their backyards. The event will take place March 22-25, … [Read more...]

Bentonville: Where Bikes Boost the Bottom Line – Outdoor Industry Association

More evidence of the economic impact of trails and mountain biking on local communities. It's not just about bikes boosting the bottom line, It's about access to wild places, recreation, health and quality of life. “Walking will take you places—but biking will take you farther,” notes Karen Minkel, the Home Region program director for the Walton Family Foundation in Bentonville, Arkansas. She … [Read more...]

The Arkansas High Country Route

Just before Thanksgiving last year, I had the opportunity to ride a section of what will eventually be The Arkansas High Country Route with Chuck Campbell who initiated the talks with Adventure Cycling to create the route. He is currently working with Adventure Cycling to complete mapping of this scenic and challenging cycling route. We rode gravel roads from New Blaine, Arkansas to the top of … [Read more...]

Fort Smith Approves Park Funding | Times Record

Great news for Fort Smith and the region. A Skate and Bike Park along the river. Talk Business and Politics has a great article from last Fall on how this private/public partnership happened. These are the kinds of partnerships we need more of across the state. Fort Smith will go forward with construction related to a downtown bike and skate park and with appealing a judge’s order in a … [Read more...]