The 2016 Endurance Mountain Bike Season

It may feel like the mountain bike race season is winding down in Arkansas with the end of the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series (AMBCS) at  the Attila the Hun race in Hot Springs last month. Serious competitors know better. The next three months will be spent preparing  for the start of the Arkansas Marathon Mountain Bike Series in March. Others of course will take it easy for a while … [Read more...]

Classic Ozark Mountain Biking

Making my way along the Twisted Hickory Trail I found my technical riding limits. Other riders seemed to be making similar discoveries as we passed by each other over and over again, picking through the leaf covered rocks, wet roots and tight turns. As promised, I was challenged. This was my third year to attend the Buffalo Headwaters Challenge. On my first trip I decided to focus on taking … [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...]

Mount Kessler – A Personal Perspective

She confused me and bruised me, but when I saw the massive rock formations and multicolored splendor of Mount Kessler's foliage, it was love at first sight. This love affair begins in 1995 when I was attending Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. My friend and I started a mountain bike team and had been training for about a year when we saw an Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series … [Read more...]

A Change of Season at Fossil Flats

We arrived at Devil's Den State Park on Friday, unprepared. Just a week earlier, I participated in one of the hottest mountain bike races of the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series at Slaughter Pen about 45 minutes up interstate 540 from Devil's Den. This week as we set up camp in Area A, we barely broke a sweat and by the time we got back from an evening of dinner and movies in … [Read more...]

Riverside Classic XC Race 2012

Ahhhhhh....late July in Arkansas...steamy. But that didn't stop the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series from rolling into North Little Rock this weekend. The Riverside Classic Cross Country Mountain Bike Race, sponsored by Riverside Subaru, took place at Burns Park on Saturday morning but preparations for the race really began a few weeks earlier. The mountain bike trails at Burns … [Read more...]