Adventure Arkansas: 12th Annual Buffalo Headwaters Challenge

Some local media coverage of the grand event. For this week’s Adventure Arkansas I traveled to Red Star, AR to the 12th Annual Buffalo Headwaters Challenge. The OORC or Ozark Off Road Cyclists is a non-profit organization who’s blazing trails and making a name for themselves around the country… The executive director of OORC, Brannon Pack, helped spear head the operation. Source: Adventure … [Read more...]

Making a Comeback at Springhill

As a relative newcomer to the sport of mountain biking, literally everything about it excites me. I love being in the woods surrounded by nature, wandering and exploring, not knowing what beauty lies beyond the next bend in the trail. But as my riding has  begun to evolve, I've realized that I have a competitive streak. I like riding with other mountain bikers who challenge me to get out of my … [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...]

2013 Syllamo’s Revenge – Last year’s story

(Editor's Note: AO Contributor, Cliff Li, raced in the 2013 Syllamo's Revenge and shares the experience with anyone planning out their race this weekend.) I couldn't believe it, I had actually finished the Syllamo's Revenge 50 mile marathon mountain bike race. That made it 3 for 3 for the marathon mountain bike races I had committed myself to training for and racing in for the year 2013. First, … [Read more...]

Mayfest in the Mountains

As the evening sun shone bright in the western sky, I reclined in a pale green Adirondack chair, refreshing beverage in hand, soaking in the the soothing sound of Fayetteville based singer/songwriter Gable Bradley performing on the small stage below the stone tower at Hazel Valley Ranch. The smooth style of the Springsteen sound-alike balladeer was almost as relaxing as the late afternoon hammock … [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...]

Polar Vortex – Part 4, The Leadman Series

  “I am the great and mighty Polar Vortex. All of North America shivers in my presence.” – @PolarVortex What does the Polar Vortex have to do with Leadman…a lot.  This being January 7th, many of you have New Year’s resolutions you have made and are working to fulfill.  Often those revolve around exercise and getting into shape, losing weight, and to stop engulfing large boxes of Nerds … [Read more...]

A Community on Two Wheels – 2013 Riverside Classic

 ...some cat's old lady just had a baby...Wow, it really is a city here. - John Sebastian at Woodstock Okay, so no babies were born at the Riverside Classic but it certainly had the sense of community. It all started the night before the race. We had been invited to attend the gallery opening of an artist friend who also happens to be a runner and cyclist, John Wooldridge. He is in the middle of … [Read more...]

Hazel Valley Hospitality – The Saddlebock Mountain Bike Festival (Part 1)

I first visited Hazel Valley Ranch to cover the White Rock 50 Mile Mountain Bike Race early last year. I vowed I'd be back. When Roger Raines of Hazel Valley Ranch let me know of the plans for the Saddlebock Mountain Bike Festival I was all in. Sponsored by Saddlebock Brewery and Ozark Off-Road Cyclists, the festival was to feature mountain bike rides, food, music and buffalo...then it … [Read more...]