Where the Magic Happens

 Anyone who knows me, knows I'm a bicycle nut advocate. I spend a lot of time talking about the importance of bikes as a transportation solution. I talk about bicycling as a tourism and economic generator. I talk about the health benefits of cycling, the joy of sharing a ride with friends and family. Then there is mountain biking, getting out into the woods, exploring, getting to know … [Read more...]

Sometimes it’s just about the ride…

...or run. It's not always about racing or even a personal best. Sometimes, often the best times, are the days you just head down the trail. This past weekend a lot of us had the chance to just head down the trail, some ran, most rode. We enjoyed being in the woods on a warm Spring day, thanks to Central Arkansas Trail Alliance (CATA).A couple of months ago, members of the CATA board … [Read more...]

Better Together

Arkansas Outside doesn't usually cover social events, but this weekend we attended what could be considered the social event of the season.The nuptials were planned for Saturday night. The couple of the hour, Stacy Tierney and Steven Long, lined up as they had on so many other Saturday mornings since they met, surrounded by several hundred cyclists. Instead of spending the entire day mired … [Read more...]

Tour De Rock 2015 Much ado about ‘nothing’

I had back surgery on May 8th and initial recovery was going well. Walking with goals seemed to pull me out of the haze in week two. In week three my typical 'degeneration' in my back set in and I needed to go to chiropractor in a bad way. Only thing is I can't! So the mid back (above the surgery site- not related- on going maintenance issue) was just LOCKED! On Wednesday before TDR I finally was … [Read more...]

Sanity Stayed in Bed

The weather over the past couple of weeks in Arkansas has been less than stellar for road cycling. Ice, snow, sleet and freezing rain have made the roads treacherous. Daytime temperatures  below freezing have made the training rides bitterly cold. The winter weather only let up moderately for Saturday morning's Crosswinds Classic Road Cycling Race.Early Saturday morning a friend posted a … [Read more...]

The Dangers of Joining a Running Club

They are there at every race, the color coordinated teams with logos ablaze affront their shirts; the Cabot County Cruisers, Arkansas Running Klub, Saline County Striders, Women Run Arkansas, Rush Running, AURA-the Arkansas Ultra Running crew, Conway Running Club, Team Loco. They don't always wear matching shirts. In the case of Team Loco it might not even be a running shirt or team logo shirt, it … [Read more...]

The Plan Broke

It was such a good plan. Things were coming together perfectly. All the pieces were falling into place. It was going to be the big return to bike racing.It all started back in early October with the Big Rock Mountain Bike Festival, a raceless party designed to get more people involved in mountain biking and biking in general. An extension of Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, the festival … [Read more...]

Going Urban at Raid the Rock

The first Raid the Rock Adventure Race back in 2001 started with a bike ride up a parking deck in downtown Little Rock and ended with a rappel out of the tower at the old YMCA on Broadway. In between there was a hike up and over Pinnacle Mountain, a long mountain biking section that took us on only a little bit of dirt in Allsopp Park and on the west end of Walton Heights. It was a fairly urban … [Read more...]

Shut Up Legs! The MS-150 Experience

The morning was relatively cool for an early September day as my husband dropped me off at the starting line for the MS-150 Rockin’ Hot Ride. The atmosphere was celebratory as the ladies on my team arrived one by one and dropped off their luggage for transport to our destination. We readied our bikes and donned all our gear as we filled water bottles and ate the last of our mornings carbs. I was … [Read more...]

Pedaling For Progress

Well, here I am at ArkansasOutside! That may be a bit of a surprise for folks who know me through my own JBarCycling blog, but Joe Jacobs asked me if I could fill in for him for an interview with Congressional candidate Pat Hays in advance of his Pedaling For Progress fund-raising event this Saturday, July 19. I agreed to do so as a favor to both Joe and Pat, as both are friends and Joe was … [Read more...]