Partnership Bringing 44.6 New Miles of Mountain Bike Trails

(From Media Release) Visit Hot Springs Prepares to Begin Construction On First Phase of 44.6-mile Northwoods Trail System Partnership With Walton Family Foundation Helps Kick-Start Initial 16-mile Segment, Which Is Seen as Major Boost for Local Economy; Hot Springs Predicted to Become Next Mountain Biking Destination     HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — Visit Hot … [Read more...]

The MS150- It’s More Than a Ride

Our dear friend Sarah, who was my first mountain biking partner other than my husband, our frequent cycling companion, and singer of bad TV theme songs is also the Development Director for Special Events  for the Arkansas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Last year she asked us to be involved in the MS150 ride. We owe her a debt of gratitude for introducing us to this incredible … [Read more...]

A Little Recognition Feels Good But…..

...sometimes it means so much more. Every year the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)  looks over applications and makes site visits to trails and communities around the world; I refer to this as the best job in the world. They do this to highlight the best trail systems and places to ride mountain bikes. Most of the general public, even many mountain bikers, are not familiar … [Read more...]

The Spa City Mudfest

For the last few weeks snow, ice and cold rain have been the norm throughout most of Arkansas. Winter finally arrived after an unseasonably warm January and it seemed to be working overtime to catch up. The final race of the 2014 AMBCS cross-country, Attila the Hun Cross-Country Race, was certainly the dirtiest, muddiest mountain bike race I've witnessed. The Spa City Endurance Race last weekend, … [Read more...]

Promises Made, Promises Kept

We make promises to ourselves every day; little pledges that we are going to do something good for ourselves. We make those pacts when we are alert and clear-headed - I'll workout tonight, I'll eat better at dinner, I'll get those clothes hanging on the treadmill put away. And then we get home from work and we sit down for "just a second". Next thing you know, the Daily Show is coming on and … [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...]

Shut Up Legs! The MS-150 Experience

The morning was relatively cool for an early September day as my husband dropped me off at the starting line for the MS-150 Rockin’ Hot Ride. The atmosphere was celebratory as the ladies on my team arrived one by one and dropped off their luggage for transport to our destination. We readied our bikes and donned all our gear as we filled water bottles and ate the last of our mornings carbs. I was … [Read more...]

The Long and Short of It.

How many laps can you do on a 10 mile trail in 6.5 hours? That's the question to be answered in the Spa City 6-Hour Marathon Mountain Bike Race. This is the only race of its type in the Arkansas Mountain Bike Marathon Series. The race utilizes a Le Mans start, that is riders stand a good distance away from their bikes at a starting line between two flags at the bottom of a large, grassy … [Read more...]

Spa City 6 Hour – The Videos

It's at a different time of year and it's now a 5 hour race but these videos from previous Spa City races at Cedar Glades should inspire you to join the fun on July 10th. The final video gives the best idea of the course. We were going back through our old You Tube feed the other day and realized that we had some fun videos from the Spa City 6 Hour Mountain Bike Race over the last couple of … [Read more...]

I missed again

I've been riding the trails at Cedarglades for over 10 years, I helped lay out an adventure race course there, covered two 6-hour mountain bike races, a couple of running races, 3 Atilla the Hun Mountain Bike Races, a night time waterless (except for some rain) triathlon and even the first ever cyclocross race held in the park. I've laid in Bull Bayou Creek which runs through the middle of the … [Read more...]