Bentonville, Arkansas Joins Epic Rides Off-Road Series

Big news for Arkansas is coming out of the annual Interbike show in Las Vegas, NV last night. With a $160,000 purse, this race should bring some top riders to Arkansas next year. From the news release: (LAS VEGAS, NEV.) Sept. 20, 2017 – Epic Rides today announced the Oz Trails Off-Road backcountry mountain bike event & festival. Utilizing the Oz Trails network at the foot of the Ozark … [Read more...]

Getting #moregirlsonbikes in Arkansas! | NICA

Meet four women leading the way in getting kids, and in particular, girls, on bikes in Arkansas. As NICA grows nationwide – so does our work towards equal participation across genders. It’s often said that “you can’t be what you can’t see” and NICA is playing a role in changing what female student-athletes see by recruiting strong female coaches and leadership.We recently caught up with our … [Read more...]

Your Next Carbon Bike Will Be Made in Arkansas | Outside Online

Made in Arkansas is a big deal and now means something in the international bicycle industry. Here is a great article in Outside Magazine. The Alfa Road, the company’s signature 875-gram frame, is hand-built in Little Rock and sells for $4,000 when equipped with Shimano Ultegra components and Mavic Aksium wheels. (It’s $2,700 for the frameset.) By comparison, a similarly equipped, likely … [Read more...]

Some Thoughts on Bicycling – AY Mag

Arkansas Tourism Director shares some thoughts on bicycling in Arkansas. It's a great reminder of just how we got here and where we might go. Fast forward a couple of generations – and Arkansas’s bicycling scene has changed dramatically. A Jonesboro subdivision consumed our beloved Woods Run and that AMF plant closed at the end of 1980. Yet our state’s cycling community has experienced … [Read more...]

8 Classic Arkansas Trail Runs

The Arkansas Traveller 100 Mile Trail Run is arguably the highpoint of many an Arkansas runner's year and is the culmination of months if not years of training, nutrition and gear experiments plus a lot of hard work.  A good trail run doesn't have to be 100 miles long to be legendary. Here's a list of classic trail runs Arkansas Outside has participated in and some bucket list of events we haven't … [Read more...]

You Want to Live Here…or at Least Visit

A couple of videos came into focus for me during the past couple of days. One promoting the mountain bike lifestyle that can be had in Northwest Arkansas (thanks to the OZ Trails website). The second came from the city of Little Rock based on a the Travels with Darly television show. This one shows a lot of the reasons I enjoy living in the capital city. Arkansas has really changed the last … [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...]

6 Arkansas Winter Destinations

We asked our readers where they want to be when Winter finally hits. Arkansas Winters can vary from snow and ice extremes to highs in the 60's. Either way, Arkansas offers it's own Winter beauty with big views, cool, quiet hollows and cold evenings perfect for enjoying a nice campfire or cabin fireplace. There were 6 destinations you chose as the best in Arkansas and they range from cabins with … [Read more...]

Arkansas’ Scary Places – Halloween Hauntings

It's pretty well known that around the Arkansas Outside International offices, strategically centered here in the middle of the state, Halloween reigns supreme. We tend to outdo the rest of the street in spooky yard art, we usually throw a ridiculous party and we tend to drag it out into November with the Day of the Dead celebration. If you are so inclined to scare yourself silly, the Arkansas … [Read more...]

5 Places You Want to Camp This Fall

Our readers are obviously very generous with the inside scoop on the Natural State. We actually got them to let you know where some of the best camping is in the state. Of course, they  know to keep the details of the best Arkansas secrets to themselves, ensuring their continued access without the crowds. There are no specifics, gps coordinates or campsite numbers included here, but they did give … [Read more...]