Closing in on the Record

75,065 miles = More than 3 times around the earth, at the equator. 75,065 miles = Almost a third of the way to the Moon. 75,065 miles = The distance from Little Rock to Rogers, AR every day for a year. 1,609,132 feet = Climbing to the top of Mount Everest more than 55 times, from sea level.(as of 12/21/15) 75,065 miles = the record for riding a bike in 365 consecutive days. That record is … [Read more...]

The MS150 – Good Things, All Around

I really wish there was a way I could figure out how much money has been raised for good, worthy causes through events hosted along the Arkansas River Trail. The Big Dam Bridge opened in 2006, but much of the rest of the trail had already been in place for years. Runs and rides have been hosted on the trail and the connecting bridges for well over a decade, almost every weekend. It would be great … [Read more...]

Exploring the Razorback Greenway – Part 1

It was a weekend we had been talking about for awhile, spend a night in Northwest Arkansas and ride the entire Razorback Regional Greenway Trail in a day. Without the use of a shuttle, it would mean a 72-mile ride since we would have to do an out and back of the 36-mile trail. This would certainly be doable, but not if we wanted to take our time and enjoy some of the sights, sounds and amenities … [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...]

From Behind the Aid Station Table

A wall of spandex clad, sweaty people, heads encased in helmets, eyes hidden by sunglasses, swarmed the table like a zombie horde. Instead of "Brains!", they were after peanut butter & jelly, Gatorade, and pickles. At just after 7 a.m. on Saturday morning, the mobile Arkansas Outside office pulled off of Hwy 10 and onto the triangle of grass at the intersection of Hwy 113. The signs … [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...]

Round and around and around they go…

2014 marked the fourth year of the Star-Spangled Classic Criterium,  the last hurrah of local road bike racing in Little Rock before it slips silently away for the summer until it is reborn like a phoenix in the spring.  The course is a flat, 1-mile circuit mostly along Riverfront Drive in North Little Rock, Arkansas.  For those unfamiliar with criterium racing, cyclists race for a fixed amount of … [Read more...]

A New Kind of Ride

Rain had been in the forecast all week and there was great concern about what could happen come Saturday morning. Seventy miles of road cycling is daunting enough on its own, but add pouring rain and it could become pure drudgery. Many conversations before the ride consisted of speculation on the weather's effect on the coming event. This isn't going to be your average charity ride; this is … [Read more...]

Contrasts

Where the rubber meets the road, that sharp edge as a wheel cuts a turn. A machine, parts moving, driven by the flesh and blood motor, all in chaotic motion to generate forward movement is attached to the constant of the tarmac...and yet not attached. A warm Spring evening, the smell of freshly cut grass mixed with the sweet, organic scents of nearby standing water. The cottonwood trees shed … [Read more...]

All Rise Century Ride

Court was in session Saturday as the All Rise Century Gavel came hammering down. After much deliberation the jury was deadlocked. All riders were relieved when the decision came down. The judge declared a mistrial and the whole Century ride would have to be repeated again next year. This event gets better each year and the out-and-back route follows some of Arkansas' best rural farmland. The … [Read more...]