How Northwest Arkansas Is Building a Bike Boom – CityLab

Northwest Arkansas might not be the kind of place one expects to find a bike renaissance, but it’s having one anyway. Municipalities across the region, which encompasses the main cities of Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers, and Springdale, as well as several smaller towns, have been steadily building up their biking infrastructure over the past several years. A mix of federal transportation grants … [Read more...]

Bicycling Provides $137 Million in Economic Benefits to Northwest Arkansas | The Walton Family Foundation

We have been anticipating the release of an economic impact study on the effects of bicycling on Northwest Arkansas. The results are impressive. This is an overview article with links to the actual reports that were done by People for Bikes and other firms. Also, take a look at the slides at the end of this article for quick reference. With an increasing number of locals and tourists taking … [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...]

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...]

Northwest Arkansas Mountain Biking – Staying in the News

You may have noticed a plethora of news articles on the growth of Northwest Arkansas as a mountain biking destination. We figured we'd share a couple more that just came out this week. Bentonville and the rest of that corner of the state are becoming nationally world renowned for their beautiful trail systems, food, beverage options, and year-round outdoor recreation opportunities. Here are two … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Winter Mountain Biking in Arkansas

The folks at Oz Trails have produced another incredible video to get you stoked to ride. This time the theme is Winter Mountain Biking, a year-round destination. This is one of our favorite seasons, no heat, no bugs, and long views through the woods. Here are Lars Sternberg and Tyler Horton Mountain Biking in Northwest Arkansas. Now get out and ride or run. … [Read more...]