Partnership Bringing 44.6 New Miles of Mountain Bike Trails

(From Media Release) Visit Hot Springs Prepares to Begin Construction On First Phase of 44.6-mile Northwoods Trail System Partnership With Walton Family Foundation Helps Kick-Start Initial 16-mile Segment, Which Is Seen as Major Boost for Local Economy; Hot Springs Predicted to Become Next Mountain Biking Destination     HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — Visit Hot … [Read more...]

Oz Trails Off-Road has key positions open for hire

We wanted to pass along this opportunity (4 opportunities) to get some experience working at one of the top mountain bike events in the country. Good news, you don't have to leave Arkansas to do it, Better news, these are paid positions. Though we are a year out from the event, the time to start building the army is now. The first step is finding key players who have the time, experience, passion … [Read more...]

Epic Rides Adds Northwest Arkansas to Off-Road Series « Mountain Flyer Magazine

A great article from Mountain Flyer Magazine on the OZ Trails Off-Road event announced last week at Interbike. Also check out the new video from OZ Trails. Scott Schroen, executive director of Oz Trails in Northwest Arkansas, knows that a six-digit cash purse in a mountain bike race series can attract the top athletes in the sport. But he also knows that a great event will be worthwhile for … [Read more...]

Need A Lift? Mountain Bike Shuttle Services in Arkansas

A good friend will go mountain biking with you, a great friend will drive the shuttle. New trails are being built and classics are beginning to attract interest from outside the state. With expanding trail infrastructure comes new business opportunities. Arkansas has long been known for its hospitality, unique lodging and great food; staples of the Arkansas tourism product. The growth of … [Read more...]

Karl “Kiwi” Whitcombe // Back on the Bike and Giving Back | FLY Racing

I wanted to take some time to introduce you to a friend of ours. Kiwi, as we know him, showed up in our world last Fall. A project was in place to reroute and connect all the mountain bike and hiking trails in the northwest corner of Boyle Park. I had been working on designing the new routes when another friend, Paul Norris, introduced me to this guy with a different accent. I had planned a … [Read more...]

Deciphering Dirtbag Mountain Bike Culture | Backcountry.com

This past Friday, I tweeted an invitation to mountain bikers near and far to use an article we wrote a couple of years ago as a guide to mountain biking trails around the state. I chose to use the term, "dirtbags" referencing said mountain bikers. I immediately got called out for insulting mountain bikers by someone who may not know me too well. I have not enjoyed being called out since the first … [Read more...]

Middle America has its first great MTB town | Shoulders of Giants

That mountain biking juggernaut that is Northwest Arkansas continues to garner attention. Bentonville is surrounded by the wooded foothills of the Ozark mountains, and that terrain provides something for riders of all styles and abilities. “Our terrain changes considerably between different areas,” said Custer. “We’ve got something for everyone.” The town’s oldest trail system, called … [Read more...]

America’s 20 Best Mountain Bike Towns – National Geographic

Although National Geographic didn't brave the list enough to put it in a particular order. Mountain biking Mecca, Bentonville is sitting nicely in this list of America's 20 best mountain bike towns. I have a feeling it won't be long before more Arkansas towns can be added to this list. Of all the places in the country to conduct their mountain bike test last year, Bike magazine chose northwest … [Read more...]

Land of OZ: Northwest Arkansas’ MTB Network | BIKE Magazine

A good article on mountain biking history in Arkansas as long as you remember that they left the pre-Oz Trails era out of Northwest Arkansas. Mountain biking in NWA dates its start back to the late 1980's at Devil's Den State Park with the first mountain bike festival in the state. One that has been enjoyed for almost 30 years. This year is also the twentieth anniversary of the Ozark Off-Road … [Read more...]

Move Over Ball Sports: High School MTB On The Rise

Get your kids involved with the Arkansas chapter of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association. The air is chill, the skies mottled and gray. A crush of parents and teens cheer on their favorite athletes. But instead of scoreboards, pads, and cheerleaders, this burgeoning high school league showcases spokes, cranks, and speed. The Minnesota High School Cycling League just wrapped up … [Read more...]