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...]

OZ Trails

From the Oz Trails Blog. One of the great things about Arkansas (other than super-sweet trails), ALL YEAR RIDING! We are very fortunate to have year-round riding here in the Ozark Mountains. While we do experience cold temperatures in January/February, they usually don’t stick around very long. For example, it is 71 degrees as I type this! The forecast is in the 60’s for the rest of this week and … [Read more...]

12th Annual OORC Buffalo Headwaters Challenge (2017) – Our World Awaits Adventures & Gear Reviews

Check out this wonderful article on the 12th Annual OORC Buffalo Headwaters Challenge. It was another great event. This is the 12th Annual OORC Buffalo Headwaters Challenge, which has been a continually growing gathering of fellow riders that come out of their cold shells to shake the winter blues. Fortunately, Arkansas weather is wacky and sometimes delivers us decent temperatures. This … [Read more...]

Fatbiking in California: could the cycling trend be as big as snowboarding? | Travel | The Guardian

...or you could come to Arkansas and ride any mountain bike, any time of year. #justsayin' Fatbikes – so named because of their comically thick tyres – are the latest trend in cycling. They look like the monster trucks of the biking world and are designed for riding on surfaces you’d think would be impossible to cycle on, such as sand and, in particular, snow. Which is not to say they make … [Read more...]

Northwestern Arkansas’ Mountain Biking Momentum | Dirt Rag

They got most of this right. Check out this national press promoting The Cycling Hub of the South. Within 25-minutes of Bentonville sit five different, nearly 100% singletrack areas to shred through. Nearly smack dab middle in the country and flanked by states more known for their barbeque and blues music, Arkansas is actually the only state in the nation with a statewide trail maintenance … [Read more...]

Why Rider Tandie Bailey was Drawn to Mountain Biking in Northwest Arkansas | Outside Online

Well look who made Outside Online Magazine, Arkansas's own Tandie Bailey. Check out the video at the link below for something really inspiring. This was shown at the IMBA World Summit in November. There was a moment when everyone in the room cringed, see if you can spot it. The mountain biking community in Bentonville is stellar and growing quickly. Within that community is a rad rider named … [Read more...]

The Definitive Guide to Endurance Training—for Your Dog | Outside Online

Do it right and you'll have a great running companion for years. Some things to remember: Dogs must remain on leash in state parks, Camp Robinson Trails in North Little Rock are great for dogs, Be aware of hunting seasons when letting your dog off leash, Make sure your dog is "public-trained" when letting them roam in areas with other dogs and people. Also, keep an eye on their … [Read more...]