Classic Ozark Mountain Biking

Buffalo Headwaters Challenge - Presented by Ozark Off-Road Cyclists

Making my way along the Twisted Hickory Trail I found my technical riding limits. Other riders seemed to be making similar discoveries as we passed by each other over and over again, picking through the leaf covered rocks, wet roots and tight turns. As promised, I was challenged. This was my third year to attend the Buffalo Headwaters Challenge. On my first trip I decided to focus on taking … [Read more...]

Team Loco Runs for Bacon

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We didn't arrive until well after the starting gun sounded, and by the time we approached the bridge on the Turner Creek we could hear the dance music stylings of DJ Anj and the cheers of the GO!Girls and others for the runners and walkers as they hit the mid point on the 2.6 mile out and back trail they would be calling home for five or ten laps. The 2nd Annual Team Loco Marathon/Half-Marathon … [Read more...]

Incomplete Streets

Where the sausage is made.

Tuesday night I headed over to Little Rock City Hall with the hope of seeing history in the making. After over four years of waiting, various groups including pedestrians, cyclists, parents, seniors, visitors, commuters, shoppers, workers...heck, ordinary citizens were finally going to see our beautiful city take its first real steps to being a walkable, bikeable town; a town where you don't have … [Read more...]

Winter Hikes

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Every once in a while, someone will ask "what's your favorite time of year to hike?".  I know most people would answer autumn, for the fall colors. A few would say spring for the greening of the hills and meadows. My favorite time of year to hike is winter. Those who say that the desolation of a winter forest isn't pretty are entitled to keep that opinion, but I find beauty in the blankness of the … [Read more...]

My Ultimate Journey’s First Race and First 1st Place Finish – Village Creek 25K Race Report

Approaching the 25K turnaround.

It started with a freezing cold morning boon-docking at the Wynne, AR Wal-Mart parking lot when the 5:30 alarm went off. I reached over to my strategically placed remote start and hit the button to get the heat flowing. Laying under the covers waiting for the warmth, I began thinking to myself that Arkansas was making running a race very difficult. My previous race attempt was the weekend before … [Read more...]

The Scuttlebutt on the 2015 Little Rock Marathon

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Aye matey! The Little Rock Marathon is coming up on March 1st and the Chicks-In-Charge (CIC) have some big changes to match the famously big medal. (Large enough to be used as an anchor for a three-masted vessel.) Everyone should know by now that the theme for 2015 is Pirates to add a bit of skulduggery to the festivities. New USATF certified courses - The course changes are mainly in the … [Read more...]

2015 – A Year of Change in Endurance Mountain Bike Racing

Cedar Glades Park hosts the Spa City Endurance Race again in 2015, with a twist.

The Arkansas Marathon Mountain Bike Series is just around the corner and there are big changes this year. Two races have left the series and one race was added  dropping the series to four total races. On top of that there has been a major format change in one of the classic races. Spa City Mountain Bike Marathon - Saturday, March 7 - Registration is open - This race has historically been a 6 … [Read more...]

What a Year of Advocacy Can Do

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It's been about a year. Central Arkansas Trail Alliance has been supporting trail access, building advocacy and maintaining local trails for about a year now as an organized group. So far CATA members have: Brought back the Boyle Park trails in Little Rock clearing trail corridors, rerouting poorly designed and worn out sections and building bridges to improve user experience. Performed … [Read more...]

2015 – Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series Schedule

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The tentative schedule is out for the 2015 Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series (AMBCS). Race directors will be meeting later this month to finalize things. It looks like there is a new race added to the series in Southwest Arkansas* giving easier access to the series from Texas and Louisiana based riders. Other changes worth noting; it has not been decided yet if the Riverside Classic will … [Read more...]

2014 – The Year in Pictures

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It was another big year for Arkansas and Arkansas Outside. New events like the Arkansas Enduro, Little Rock Gran Fondo and the Village Creek Trail Run plus the return of events like the 3 Bridges Marathon and the Scott-Tucker-Scott Bike Race made 2014 a year to remember. During the year we tried everything from Dragon Boat racing to Cyclocross to racing a train. We enjoyed the rewards of … [Read more...]