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Guts and Glory on the Ouachita Challenge

The stampede across Big Brushy Creek.

What do you get when you combine an International Mountain Biking Association "Epic" trail with part of one of the longest hiking trails in the mid-west, attach them with gravel and paved roads to create a 60 mile loop in the middle of the Ouachita Mountains? You get the leg smoldering, glute searing, ego busting Ouachita Challenge. When mountain bikers from out of state ask local riders where to … [Read more...]

Spokes Party!

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What's better than mountain biking on one of the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) designated Epic trails? Mountain biking on one of those trails in good company, with knowledgeable guides and the promise of a great post-ride party! I've always said, "it's awesome to ride on some of the best trails in the world. But it's even better to share the experience with others." On … [Read more...]

Humbling – The Ouachita Challenge Tour – 2012

All smiles before the ride.

Thanks to Arkansas Outside friend Jo Spencer for this great story of the Ouachita Challenge Tour. Humbling. That's the best one word description I can think of when describing the Ouachita Challenge. I am not much of a mountain biker; I ride on the road mainly and focus on triathlons as my race of choice with the Ironman distance being my favorite. I mention that because after about 20 miles … [Read more...]

The Ouachita Challenge Race – 2012

One of the younger contenders in the race coming off of Big Brushy.

Coming away from the 60 mile Ouachita Challenge clean, meaning no flats or mechanicals is pretty rare. Racers this year continued to find tire biting rocks particularly in the first sections of the race. This years race went clockwise starting at the school in Oden, AR. The school continues to be a great venue for the race start and finish. From Oden, riders headed north on forest roads to the … [Read more...]

No Respect!

No Respect!

After having lived all over the country I finally settled here in Arkansas. I like the place. It has lots of small towns, friendly folks and an uncommon diversity of geography, wildlife and climate. Mountains dominate the north and west (sure they aren’t snow capped but there is little to compare to one of our hollows in the spring time). The wetlands in the south and east offer some of the best … [Read more...]