Summer is Coming

I was wearing jeans and a sweater on May 22nd, and that isn't surprising. After all, springtime temperatures can be unpredictable. A mere three weeks later and we have entered that phase when the temperature has two readings, hot and hotter. What does an athlete, especially one in training for late summer and early fall events do when the temperatures reach boiling? Hydrate, work out in the early … [Read more...]


As I write these words, it has been five days since I met forty-seven women, a gaggle of kids, and a batch of manbassadors at Murray Park to ride the 4th annual Central Arkansas Cyclofemme ride. In the weeks leading up to the ride I reminisced over hundreds of photos, past stories, and a lot of feelings both sweet and bittersweet. I spoke to a lot of people about Cyclofemme during those weeks too; … [Read more...]

Ride Alongside: The Heart of a Marriage and the Cardiac Classic

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. The old adage attributed to author and philosopher Albert Camus could be considered great guidance for friendship and for love. It could also be good preparation for couples who ride together. Just when we think we have that whole riding together thing down, one of us skips a … [Read more...]

2015 – Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series Schedule

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...]

Arkansan to make World Record Cycling Attempt.

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...]

Stuff Your Stocking

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

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...]

Pedaling For Progress

Well, here I am at ArkansasOutside! That may be a bit of a surprise for folks who know me through my own JBarCycling blog, but Joe Jacobs asked me if I could fill in for him for an interview with Congressional candidate Pat Hays in advance of his Pedaling For Progress fund-raising event this Saturday, July 19. I agreed to do so as a favor to both Joe and Pat, as both are friends and Joe was … [Read more...]

Finding Your Home

Just a few days ago, a client and long-time friend, asked me a really interesting question… “Hey Ben, how long have you been an endurance athlete?” As a coach slash physiologist slash nutritionist slash business owner, rarely are you provided the opportunity of time luxury to sit back and reflect on such questions, so it was with uncertainty did my immediate arithmetic (predicated on my first bike … [Read more...]


Where the rubber meets the road, that sharp edge as a wheel cuts a turn. A machine, parts moving, driven by the flesh and blood motor, all in chaotic motion to generate forward movement is attached to the constant of the tarmac...and yet not attached.A warm Spring evening, the smell of freshly cut grass mixed with the sweet, organic scents of nearby standing water. The cottonwood trees shed … [Read more...]