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...]

The Bookend Rides – IMBA World Summit 2016

Want to get in an early ride before the IMBA World Summit? Maybe one last one before you head for home. Can’t make it to the rest of the summit but would like to be involved? Arkansas State Parks and the Ozark Off-Road Cyclists (OORC, a 20-year-old trail advocacy group and the first IMBA chapter in the region) have you covered. These rides are free to enjoy (shuttles and bike rental are … [Read more...]

“Where’s the forks?” Better Practices on Coordinating Responsible Events

By Brannon Pack, Events Coordinator, Ozark Off-Road Cyclists (OORC) Organizing and coordinating large scale mountain bike races and festivals comes with a price… responsibility. A lot of that “responsibility” can be delegated to volunteers, partners and sponsors, but in the end ownership ultimately falls on your club or organization. The Ozark Off-Road Cyclists, a chapter of IMBA, organizes … [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...]

Mayfest in the Mountains

As the evening sun shone bright in the western sky, I reclined in a pale green Adirondack chair, refreshing beverage in hand, soaking in the the soothing sound of Fayetteville based singer/songwriter Gable Bradley performing on the small stage below the stone tower at Hazel Valley Ranch. The smooth style of the Springsteen sound-alike balladeer was almost as relaxing as the late afternoon hammock … [Read more...]

The Assault on Townsend’s Ridge

The Battle for Townsend's Ridge is quickly becoming one of my favorite mountain biking events of the year. Not just because I podiumed for the first time in an Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series race last year, I didn't have that kind of luck this year. It's more about the "vibe" of the event. Yes, I said "vibe", maybe I'm a bit influenced by the Wakarusa Music Festival that also happens … [Read more...]

8th Annual Buffalo Headwaters Challenge

The headwaters of the Buffalo River, the country's first National River, lies in western Newton County off highway 16. Trails in the area have been "unofficial" for years, used by local hikers and mountain bikers. Over the years shorter sections have been connected using old ATV trails and forest roads until eventually they grew to over 30 miles. Much of it is rugged with rocky, technical, steep … [Read more...]

The Battle for Townsend’s Ridge

Since the beginning of the year I've been trying things on bikes that I'd never done before. Not tricks or specific skills but just throwing myself head first into some kind of cycling event that I'd never done. Bike Polo, Alley Cat Races, a Marathon Race, a Road Race, you know, what ever comes up. I still haven't tried a Criterium (those are a little scary) or Cyclocross (we'll see when the … [Read more...]