2017/18 National Mountain Bike Marathon Championships

That's right, NATIONALS. Here are the latest details. (Well done Fred, well done) The 2017 and 2018 USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships will be held in Arkadelphia, Ark., USA Cycling announced on Monday. Todd Wells won the 2015 USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships pro title. Tentatively scheduled for late spring 2017 and 2018, the Marathon … [Read more...]

What if?

For Eleven years now, I've attended the Governor's Conference on Tourism. Over this time, I've made three presentations, the first was on using social media in tourism and hospitality businesses. I did one on bicycle friendliness a few years ago. It was well received but there was a lot more ground work to do in the field. Since then Arkansas found itself listed as 50th in bicycle friendliness in … [Read more...]

Trail Love on the Sylamore

Saturday February 20th, 2016- the morning sky breaks as the temperature climbs into the 50's. It's not a typical February day in Arkansas and it's not the typical weather for the morning of the Sylamore Trail 25/50K. Not to say that the weather has never been warm and sunny, but with many of the previous years starting in ice and snow with sleet still pelting from the heavens, 54 degrees seemed … [Read more...]

It’s a Wrap

A little over 4 years ago, Lisa and I decided to see if we could make an online magazine work. We saw an unfilled niche in local outdoor recreation coverage, a topic near and dear to us. We weren't and still aren't skilled writers, but with the help of friends and occasional glances at a thesaurus, we delivered some workable stories. For the first time in over 15 years, I rekindled an interest in … [Read more...]

David’s Trail Endurance 7K/25K

As we were driving through the winding mountainous route between Little Rock and Mountain Home Friday night, my Facebook feed continuously taunted me with photos of the big house by the lake that friends rented to stay in before and after the inaugural David's Trail Endurance Run. They had a fire pit, a grill, 3 bedrooms and a kitchen/dining room large enough for the group to cook and eat a great … [Read more...]

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...]

Race the Falls 2016

I love community. In my 35+ years of adventure sports; I have had the opportunity to belong to a number of adventure communities of athletes.. As a “35 year novice kayaker”, this is one community that I have the least experience with. I am not sure why. It is probably because I spent the majority of my time on the Big Piney Creek and never really ventured out of my comfort zone till a few years … [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...]

Day Hiking – A Holiday Tradition

The forecast was for rain on Christmas day. As evidenced by our #OptOutside #GreenFriday hike, rain is not always a deterrent to a day hike. Of course, we can be flexible and realizing that we had the option of taking our yearly Christmas hike a day early in perfect weather, we jumped at it. The Christmas Day Hike is a long running tradition for the AO team. We've hiked Pinnacle Mountain, Petit … [Read more...]