The IMBA Model Trails Program Evolves

As many of our readers know, Arkansas is home to five International Mountain Bicycling Association EPIC Trails, Womble, Syllamo, LOViT, Upper Buffalo, and Ouachita National Recreation Trail. This currently places us tied for second in the country for total number of Epics, Colorado also has five and California has seven. We also have three IMBA Ride Centers, Bentonville, Fayetteville, and Hot … [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...]

New IMBA National Enduro Series Announced and Schedule Released – Pinkbike

This new national series will allow enduro racers in the USA to compete against each other for points at the best races across the country. Source: New IMBA National Enduro Series Announced and Schedule Released - Pinkbike … [Read more...]

Cycling Greats, Hans Rey and Danny MacAskill coming to Arkansas

Two legendary riders—Hans Rey and Danny MacAskill—will be on hand for the 2016 IMBA Word Summit in Bentonville, Arkansas. Rey, a member of IMBA’s honorary advisory board, has attended previous IMBA summits, including delivering a memorable keynote address at the 2012 event when he reviewed highlights from his career as one of the sport’s most acclaimed adventure and trials riders. MacAskill, … [Read more...]

The Governor and Cycling

With less than a year in office, Governor Asa Hutchinson has suddenly rolled into the local cycling scene. I first met Governor Hutchinson during the last Governor's race. I happened to be at Mount Magazine Lodge working with some of the park staff when then candidate Hutchinson was there having lunch. He came over to our table while we were eating to introduce himself. Ever the politician, he … [Read more...]

Bruce Alt Named IMBA’s Vice President of Government Relations (Local Boy Does Good)

A few years ago I posted about a trail work day on the Jackfork Mountain Bike Trail at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. It was an invitation to anyone who wanted to come help me out. I got one taker, Bruce Alt, it was the first time I met Bruce. Bruce is a personable guy and soon he became a regular part of trail work days. Bruce was building something and I was only one cog in the machine he was … [Read more...]

Hello Old Friend – Back to the Womble

Mountain biking has exploded across the state with lots of new trails opening in every region of Arkansas. Not only are the trails new, the design of the trails and techniques to build them have changed. Many of the trails that we first rolled our bikes on were actually preexisting hiking trails. As the needs of mountain bikers grew, lovers of the sport began working with land managers and … [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...]

Trail Fairies Wear Boots

Yeah, fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me Yeah I saw it, I saw it, I tell you no lies Yeah Fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me I saw it, I saw it with my own two eyes, Oh all right now! - Black Sabbath Whether you are hiking, running or cycling on a trail in Arkansas, you are taking advantage of work performed by what are known as Trail Fairies. Arkansas Trail Fairies have … [Read more...]

What a Year of Advocacy Can Do

It's been about a year. Central Arkansas Trail Alliance has been supporting trail access, building advocacy and maintaining local trails for about a year now as an organized group. So far CATA members have: Brought back the Boyle Park trails in Little Rock clearing trail corridors, rerouting poorly designed and worn out sections and building bridges to improve user experience. Performed … [Read more...]