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...]

A New Program to Receive Grants for Trails

Big things continue to come to Arkansas in the package of mountain biking. The International Mountain Bicycling Association is now partnering with the Walton Family Foundation and Visit Bentonville. This quote is the meat of the announcement: IMBA will host three Trail Labs in Bentonville, Arkansas, where attendees can learn what it takes to create a model trail community. Classroom-style … [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...]

Indoor Climbing, Fitness & Yoga Facility to be Built in Bentonville

(From Media Release) Climb Bentonville opening Fall 2018 Bentonville AR – Climb Bentonville, a branch of Climb Nashville, will open Fall of 2018. Climb Nashville is one of the Southeast’s premiere climbing facilities, and this is the company’s first location outside of Middle Tennessee. Climb Bentonville is a joint venture with local businessman Dennis Nelms. After 14 years in business, … [Read more...]

Epic Rides Adds Northwest Arkansas to Off-Road Series « Mountain Flyer Magazine

A great article from Mountain Flyer Magazine on the OZ Trails Off-Road event announced last week at Interbike. Also check out the new video from OZ Trails. Scott Schroen, executive director of Oz Trails in Northwest Arkansas, knows that a six-digit cash purse in a mountain bike race series can attract the top athletes in the sport. But he also knows that a great event will be worthwhile for … [Read more...]

Middle America has its first great MTB town | Shoulders of Giants

That mountain biking juggernaut that is Northwest Arkansas continues to garner attention. Bentonville is surrounded by the wooded foothills of the Ozark mountains, and that terrain provides something for riders of all styles and abilities. “Our terrain changes considerably between different areas,” said Custer. “We’ve got something for everyone.” The town’s oldest trail system, called … [Read more...]

Northwest Arkansas Mountain Biking – Staying in the News

You may have noticed a plethora of news articles on the growth of Northwest Arkansas as a mountain biking destination. We figured we'd share a couple more that just came out this week. Bentonville and the rest of that corner of the state are becoming nationally world renowned for their beautiful trail systems, food, beverage options, and year-round outdoor recreation opportunities. Here are two … [Read more...]

Bentonville Gets the Country’s First-Ever Bike Playground | National Recreation and Park Association

Looks like another first for Bentonville. Improving the quality of life for families and making a healthy community. Bentonville, a community of approximately 45,000 residents, nestled in Northwest Arkansas, is most commonly known as the birthplace and home of retail giant, Walmart. However, more and more, the community, and the entire Northwest Arkansas region, is becoming recognized as a … [Read more...]

America’s 20 Best Mountain Bike Towns – National Geographic

Although National Geographic didn't brave the list enough to put it in a particular order. Mountain biking Mecca, Bentonville is sitting nicely in this list of America's 20 best mountain bike towns. I have a feeling it won't be long before more Arkansas towns can be added to this list. Of all the places in the country to conduct their mountain bike test last year, Bike magazine chose northwest … [Read more...]

Mountain Bike Trailer Park: The (mini) Van Life – Part Two | Dirt Rag

A great review about the IMBA World Summit held in Bentonville, AR last November. So, I’m a little jealous of what Bentonville has been able to accomplish.  I wish we had a Walton family.  I wish our Governor saw the value of outdoor destinations for drawing talent and tourism, like Arkansas’ Governor Hutchinson has (he even spoke to us about it at the Summit).  But that doesn’t mean we’re giving … [Read more...]