Oz Trails Off-Road Dedicated to Women of Oz

A community of mountain bikers in NWA whose aim is to empower women of all abilities Epic Rides dedicates their events to a person or a group of people who've made an invaluable contribution to the sport of mountain biking. Generally, these folks have been in the sport for many years, usually multiple decades, but this year's event dedication recipient for the 2nd Annual Oz Trails Off-Road, the … [Read more...]

Your Favorite Season

Our Reader Survey on Your Favorite Season to Get Outside in Arkansas Over the years, I've met and engaged with outdoor enthusiasts from across the country, venues like Interbike (RIP), Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals, events like the Leadville 100 mountain bike race or the Pike's Peak Marathon, while floating the Rio Grande near Taos, New Mexico or riding some singletrack in Bend, … [Read more...]

Pikes Peak Marathon 2019

This year the Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent race celebrates the 60th anniversary of Arlene Pieper's historic run as the first woman to officially complete a marathon. For years, her contribution to women's running history went unnoticed. Her accomplishment was largely overlooked until 2009, the 50th anniversary of her run when Pikes Peak race organizers tracked her down. August 7, 2019, on the … [Read more...]

Pikes Peak Ascent 2019

Arkansans once again invaded Manitou Springs, Colorado for the Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent weekend. Arkies have been heading west to participate in the grueling race since 1984. Some, like Bill Coffelt and the Wears, Chris and Jonathon, love the race so much that they come back year after year. A few are going for that medal for the second or third time, having missed a time cut -off or like … [Read more...]

Experience Fayetteville awarded $2.3 million grant from Walton Family Foundation’s Personal Philanthropy Group

Funds for cyclocross events, hiring Parkven Productions FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Aug. 19, 2019) — Today the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission approved for Experience Fayetteville a $2.3 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation’s Personal Philanthropy Group to host a series of cyclocross races in Fayetteville. The grant will be used to coordinate and promote a series of … [Read more...]

Gearhead Outfitters Acquires Out-of-State Businesses

This is big news for an Arkansas-based business. It's great to see a business with so many local ties grow beyond the boundaries of the state/region. I actually have a bike that I bought from a previous Gearhead store manager and I've ridden with Ted and watched him race at Leadville before. My youngest daughter worked for Gearhead while in high school. I should also mention that they were one of … [Read more...]

Arkansas Ranked 5th in the Nation for Van Life

(This article first appeared on Satellite Internet) Do you have a touch of wanderlust? There’s never been a better time to hit the road in a van, bus, or RV. Living the van life (#vanlife) has emerged as the new American dream for many millennials, thanks to social media influencers like Foster Huntington and Eamon & Bec. Maybe it’s because living out of a van isn’t as rustic as it used to … [Read more...]

Here Come the Cyclists

Earlier in the year, we told you about the opening of the Arkansas High Country Route, a half paved/half gravel bike ride of over 1000 miles all withing the mountains of Arkansas. Then came Rebecca Rusch to test herself and the route followed by the first race on the new route. You might ask, why. The growth of mountain biking, particularly in Northwest Arkansas, along with protected bike … [Read more...]

Brannon Pack named cycling coordinator for Experience Fayetteville

Position formed through Walton Family Foundation matching grant FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Aug. 6, 2019) – Brannon Pack has been named the new cycling coordinator for Experience Fayetteville, the city’s convention and visitors bureau.In this new role, Pack will lead cycling-related endeavors for Experience Fayetteville, including events, marketing, and promotional activities, serving as local … [Read more...]

Another New Monument Trail Opens in an Arkansas State Park

Last month Arkansas State Parks and the Arkansas Parks & Recreation Foundation announced the opening of the first Monument Trail at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area in Rogers, Arkansas. That trail is completely open with the only improvements to come will be opening up some bike-in campsites, added parking, and some other features not related to the trail design. It's a beautiful ride and, … [Read more...]