National-Caliber Level Cyclocross Race, Oz Cross Comes to Northwest Arkansas in November

(from media release) A national-caliber cyclocross racing comes to Northwest Arkansas in November with two days of racing just a few minutes from downtown Fayetteville. The new event, Oz Cross, is part of the USA Cycling’s American Cyclocross Calendar, a series of races held nationwide. Oz Cross is scheduled all day on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 11 at Millsaps Mountain, the … [Read more...]

Time for Cyclocross!

Here in Central Arkansas, the weather is getting cooler and the cycling community is gearing up for cyclocross season.  For those of you unfamiliar with this discipline, cyclocross, or “Cross” for short, is a form of bicycle racing consisting of many laps on a short (1.5-2 mile) course featuring wooded trails, grass, steep hills, and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the … [Read more...]

Four Days at the 2016 Cyclocross Nationals – Day Two

Day two was our chance to watch some friends take on this monster course. (Day One Here) The layout of the 2016 Cyclocross Nationals course was unlike any I had seen at any cyclocross race I have attended. Time for a little description of this beautifully difficult course. The starting line began with a long paved straightaway that passed under the finish line banner. A quick left turn … [Read more...]

Four Days at the 2016 Cyclocross Nationals – Day One

Occasionally we have the opportunity to take this whole Arkansas Outside show on the road and explore other places in the country where Arkansans go to expand their outdoor recreation experiences. The two biggest trips so far had been to Colorado, first with the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race where a large group of area mountain bikers went to take on the highest mountain bike race in the … [Read more...]

Winding up the 2015 Arkansas Cyclocross Season…but wait.

Another Arkansas Super Prestige Cyclocross season came to a close this past weekend, a little out of order. The annual Turkey Burn race, normally held on Thanksgiving weekend, was postponed to this past weekend due to flooding of the course at Boyle Park back in November. Waiting for better conditions worked out for race organizer, Trevor Edwards, as he was able to create a course that he had … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Party

This weekend I attended a party and a bike race broke out. Okay it was actually billed as a bike race, but I've been to this annual event and it always feels more like a party to me...a crazy, muddy, inappropriate dress up party. One of those parties where you never know what to expect, like a Bruce Willis movie. This party had no thieves posing as terrorists, no coke snortin' douche bags, no … [Read more...]

Properly Preparing for the Impending Cyclocross Season

Click here for the 2015 Schedule The 2015 Arkansas Super-Prestige Cyclocross Series is about to get underway and it's time to prepare yourselves. This is not just for those choosing to race but also for the spectators. Here is our list of things to be prepared for when attending a cyclocross event. Proper clothing - Fall in Arkansas can be confusing when it comes to dressing appropriately. … [Read more...]

The Asher Grand Prix

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...]

There is no way you can prepare for this…

...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...]

Sinking into a Landfill

There are few things that suck the momentum from your tires like landfill grass. Cedarglades Park, built around the Garland County Landfill near Hot Springs is a beautiful area, but the biggest surprise to a cyclist is the wheel grabbing grass on top of the soft dirt. Between the obstacle of the ground itself and the sadistic nature of the course, Cedarglades Cyclocross Race is considered one of … [Read more...]