Water-Logged USA Triathlon Off-Road Nationals a Success | DirtTRI

We couldn't make it to the Off-Road Triathlon Nationals at Iron Mountain this year but here is a great article from Dirt Tri Magazine. Similar to last year, massive rains mixed things up for the athletes. But unlike last year, the rain came on race day this time around. Athletes fought their way through rain, mud, thunder, and amazing single track as they completed a 1500m swim, 32km … [Read more...]

2017/18 National Mountain Bike Marathon Championships

That's right, NATIONALS. Here are the latest details. (Well done Fred, well done) The 2017 and 2018 USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships will be held in Arkadelphia, Ark., USA Cycling announced on Monday. Todd Wells won the 2015 USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships pro title. Tentatively scheduled for late spring 2017 and 2018, the Marathon … [Read more...]

The White Zone

The WHITE ZONE is for loading and unloading only... if you have to load or unload, go to the WHITE ZONE... you'll love it... it's a way of life... - Frank Zappa, The Central Scrutinizer I've never been a fan of naming trails by the color of their blazes. Sure, it's probably an easy, organized way to do it but where is the creativity? Where is the descriptive nomenclature? Where is the … [Read more...]

Dawg Dayz – Why So Serious?

It was an early start to the day on Nov 1st as we loaded up my bike and gear and headed to Iron Mountain in Arkadelphia to race at Dawg Days. The previous two weeks had been covered up in work and rain with no opportunity to get in training rides at all. The only positive thing I could say about my body was that it was rested up for a big ride. I felt pretty good about the race. I had ridden … [Read more...]

Iron Mountain Saves the Day

The Riverside Classic Mountain Bike Race has taken place in the middle of Summer at Burns Park in North Little Rock for years. A 5 mile to 7 mile course that takes riders over rocky terrain, steep climbs and fast downhill sections but has always been a hot race. Usually in late July, the last race of the AMBCS series before the August break, parts of the course feel like riding in a furnace. This … [Read more...]

Iron Mountain, You’ve Gotta Be Handy with the Wheel

The day started like most race mornings, very early, holding a hot cup of coffee and wondering why in the hell I'm doing this. Then, as most do for an out of town race, we all met up in a parking lot to carpool. After a quick exchange of hellos and good mornings, we began loading up our bikes and gear to begin our journey southwest towards Arkadelphia’s Iron Mountain. The race was originally … [Read more...]

Enduro Arrives

I'll admit it, I was a little skeptical of this Enduro thing. Not because I thought there was anything wrong with it; my concern was more about Arkansas mountain biking in general. We are a low population state with a limited supply of mountain bikers to attend races, adding yet another type of racing just might dilute the current races too much. I may have been wrong. Enduro is growing … [Read more...]

Three Ladies at the Three Legged Dawg

I had the pleasure of racing my first ever single track mountain bike race at the Iron Mountain Trail called The Three-legged Dawg put on by DLT events.  This is one of the newer trails in the Ouachita region located on the shores of DeGray Lake near Arkadelphia.  I had only ridden at Iron Mountain two previous times,  but I have very fond memories of this trail.  Two years ago when I was brand … [Read more...]

A Perfect Day to Race Mountain Bikes

It was a weekend of inaugural events. Having a front row seat during this latest growth of outdoor participatory sports is quite the ride. Saturday was spent in the mountains just south of Lake Ouachita at the first Lake Ouachita Vista Trail 100K Run; Sunday was spent in the mountains just south of DeGray Lake at the very first Iron Mountain Endurance Mountain Bike Race. The Iron Mountain Bike … [Read more...]

And then there were FIVE

In 2007 there were only three races included in the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Marathon Series, three grueling all day long sufferfests that covered some of the best singletrack trail in the state. Two of the races were held on our two International Mountain Bike Association rated "Epic" trails, the Womble and Syllamo trails. The Ouachita Challenge (April 06, 2014), held on parts of the … [Read more...]