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...]

Rendezvous in the Ozarks Overland Rally

While most of our articles have to do with human-powered outdoor recreation, sometimes you need a little extra to get you to that special place. While at Outdoor Retailer this summer, I walked through a large and growing section devoted to Overland Travel that included various tent/sleeping options, extra power, and equipment racks. If you'd like to find out more at a more local level, check out … [Read more...]

Experience Fayetteville Visitors Center reopens July 22

Public invited to experience Modus-renovated center FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (July 18, 2019) – Guests to Fayetteville soon will be able to enjoy a revamped Experience Fayetteville Visitors Center, where they can learn about things to do and see in Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas. The Visitors Center, which is located on the Historic Downtown Square at 21 S. Block and has been closed since March … [Read more...]

The Idaho Stop Becomes The Arkansas Stop

A new law takes effect in Arkansas July 24, giving cyclists more options on the road with no change in the right-of-way for any road users. In April, Governor Asa Hutchinson signed Arkansas Act 650 of 2019 making Arkansas the second state to make it legal for people traveling by bicycle to treat stop signs as yields and red lights as stop signs. The Governor’s Advisory Council on Cycling, a group … [Read more...]

Bikepacking Resources, For Here and Beyond

Bikepacking is a growing sector of the cycling market and Arkansas is a strong player. The recent visit from Idaho native, Rebecca Rusch, to set a fastest known time on the newly christened, Arkansas High Country Route and the subsequent race on the same route are only the most recent developments. The Ozark Grinder Route, The Ouachita Triple-Crown, and of course, the High Country Route offer … [Read more...]