IMBA Launches #womensmtbday to Celebrate Women Who Ride | IMBA

We haven't heard of any events set for Arkansas but we'll let you know if any show up. This could be a lot of fun. (from media release) (Boulder, Colo. April 17, 2018) The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is pleased to announce the creation of International Women’s Mountain Biking Day, to be the first Saturday in May every year. IMBA will partner with SRAM, PeopleForBikes, … [Read more...]

A New Program to Receive Grants for Trails

Big things continue to come to Arkansas in the package of mountain biking. The International Mountain Bicycling Association is now partnering with the Walton Family Foundation and Visit Bentonville. This quote is the meat of the announcement: IMBA will host three Trail Labs in Bentonville, Arkansas, where attendees can learn what it takes to create a model trail community. Classroom-style … [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...]

Arkansas Becomes a Bucket List Destination

A couple of years ago, Arkansas was ranked by the League of American Bicyclists as the most unfriendly state for cycling in the country. Number 50, the bottom, the worst place in the United States to ride a bike. Of course, we know differently and by showing our pride in the bicycling facilities we have rather than actual new gains in bicycle friendliness, we followed up that year with a solid … [Read more...]