Arkansan to make World Record Cycling Attempt.

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I first met Tarzan about 7 or 8 years ago. We were both racing in a sprint adventure race series that is long gone. Of course, I was on a team and he was racing solo. You see Tarzan has this unique ability to spend hour upon hour alone, while pushing himself beyond the physical limits of most humans. Over the years I was but a bystander as Tarzan took on ultra cycling events. His Facebook … [Read more...]

Buying the Big Box Bike

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Way back in the early 1970's, I saved up money in a cigar box that I hid on the top shelf of my closet. The money was collected from mowing lawns and a paper route, I had designs on this money. I wanted a new bike. As Christmas was getting close, my parents decided to add to my stash and buy me my first 10-speed. It was a Huffy bought from a local big box store (Toys-R-Us I think) and I would … [Read more...]

Running for Readers

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There are only a few races that I am willing to run year after year. The Mount Nebo Bench Trail 4 Miler is one of those races. Each year, in the mid-December chill, Race Director Michael Witt welcomes runners to the top of Mount Nebo State Park. The weather is typically cool, sometimes damp, allowing runners to choose clothing options from shirtless to completely bundled up. Mount Nebo is … [Read more...]

The Asher Grand Prix

Run up or Mash, what's it going to be?

Most of the cyclocross events we cover are a part of the Arkansas Super-Prestige Cyclocross Series, always great events with many familiar faces. This past weekend brought us the 2nd annual Western Hills Cyclocross race, a great venue organized by passionate and talented course designers, we didn't attend. Instead we showed up a day early to film the Asher Grand Prix, an event utilizing the same … [Read more...]

Stuff Your Stocking

Baa Baa Baselayers are on Santa's wishlist

It's that time of year when many of us are scrambling to finish our holiday shopping or picking up those little treats to fill the stockings of friends and family. If you have outdoor fanatics in your circle,  Arkansas Outside's supporters have the goods to get your holiday shopping done with style. Head on over to Fayettechill Basecamp if you're in NWA, grab some Pendelton Woolen Mills socks … [Read more...]

Connecting with Arkansas Mountain Bikers

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Whether you are coming for a visit, just passing through or considering moving to The Natural State, it's important to make connections with people who share your interests. If you are a mountain biker, it becomes even more important. You want to find that hidden trail, the best route on an epic trail and some friends to share recovery beverages with after the ride. Trails: Lake … [Read more...]

There is no way you can prepare for this…

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...seems to be my motto. In the inspired words of Brittney Spears, "Oops, I did it again." You may have read my article from last week on the grand mudfest formally known as the 2014 Attila the Hun Mountain Bike Race. I had made certain promises to myself, and more importantly most of my friends in the cycling community, that I would participate in Attila having no idea that it would become a … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Make Cranksgiving an Annual Event

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For most of us, Thanksgiving is all about the three F's: Food, Football, and Family time. But as we unleash our inner glutton, fall into a food coma, and bicker with loved ones over some football player’s latest fail, it's important to remember those less fortunate. There are families across Arkansas who can't afford to put food on the table, much less partake in a Thanksgiving feast. And it's for … [Read more...]

A Go!bbler of a ThanksGIVING

Running through Allsopp Park.

The old adage on Thanksgiving Day- Gobble Till you Wobble- takes on a new meaning on Thanksgiving morning at Go! Running. There, with more than a thousand of your closest friends and relatives, you can pre-gobble waddle your way to a calorie deficit before sitting down at the table with turkey and stuffing. This is Arkansas Outside's third year to participate in the Go!bbler run. The first year … [Read more...]

Out of the Red and Into the Black – 2014

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I spent over 20 years on the battlelines of "Black Friday" working in both small camera shops and big box electronics stores. I got out before it started creeping into Thanksgiving, thank goodness. Although the phrase "Black Friday" seems evil and sinister, it started as the terminology used by shop owners for the day they would actually start making money for the year. That's right, many small … [Read more...]