First Recipients of IMBA’s New Trail Accelerator Grants Announced | IMBA

De Queen Lake has 32 miles of shoreline, more than 100 campsites, 8700 acres of surrounding land and the vision to become a mountain bike destination. The community will soon have its first three-mile trail at the lake, and wants to follow that with a plan for more. The organizations involved, including the Army Corps of Engineers, see the trails as a way to address the region’s obesity challenge, … [Read more...]

National Mountain Bike Survey

Here is a survey being conducting at the bequest of the International Mountain Bicycle Association. If you mountain bike and have a few minutes please answer the survey, heck, you could win a new drivetrain. Feel free to share this with your mountain biker friends. (From Media Release) IMBA has launched the first-ever nationwide survey to understand the habits, access to trails and levels of … [Read more...]

IMBA Partners With Outerbike to Celebrate 30th Anniversary in Arkansas

(from media release) The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is partnering with Outerbike to celebrate its “Dirty 30” anniversary, October 26-28, 2018, in Bentonville, AR. The combined event pairs the country’s premier consumer bike demo and expo with the only national organization dedicated to mountain bike advocacy and education. Mark your calendars for a weekend of riding, … [Read more...]

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...]