Archives for April 2019

The Ugly Gnome – 2019 Edition

Presented by Central Arkansas Off-Road Group and Bell and Company: (the proceeds from this non-profit event benefit National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA)/Conway Bearcats and COG) Get ready for the new and improved 2019 Gnome: Registration is open. Time Trial is May 18th, Cross-Country Race is May 19. https://www.BikeReg.com/the-ugly-gnome Also, we are working with the park and … [Read more...]

IMBA Announces Fourth Trail Labs Event in Bentonville, AR

(from media release) The International Mountain Biking Association will host its fourth Trail Lab in Bentonville, Arkansas on June 10-12, 2019. Trail Labs are intensive two-day workshops designed to catalyze the next generation of great places to ride mountain bikes. Community stakeholders are encouraged to attend to learn about the benefits of investing in more trails close to home.  The … [Read more...]

BikeNWA — Oz Trails Tips

Trail tips that work on OZ Trails and any other trails you ride. Although several trail advocacy groups are listed here is a comprehensive list for the entire state. Also, if you're curious about trail conditions in Arkansas or you would like to help update others on conditions, use this list of Facebook groups that monitor mountain bike trail systems throughout the state. Over the past two … [Read more...]

Fayetteville named finalist to host 2020 IRONMAN triathlon

Not only are the World Cyclocross Championships coming to Fayetteville in 2022 but now there is a chance that Fayetteville could be getting an Ironman triathlon in 2020. We reached out to Experience Fayetteville and found that Ironman management is considering using Lake Fayetteville for the swim portion so it can be assumed that the run and bike portions will be in that area. Let's keep our … [Read more...]

Bicycling in Arkansas – 40 Years Ago – Part 7

Get caught up with the first 6 parts of our #ThrowbackThursday #tbt series. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 In today's installment, the Arkansas State Bicycle Tour Map from 1978 continues taking us across the northern part of the state.  First, we visit the foothills of the Ozark Mountains near Lake Charles.  Today this area is known for three wonderful state parks. The starting … [Read more...]

Across the Natural

Updated 4/17/19 Watch this space for updates by Brannon Pack (Executive Director of Ozark Off-Road Cyclists and all around cool guy) as he and a group of friends travel across the state West to East through the Ozarks, Delta and on to Memphis. We will be adding updates as he sends them. Here are the first four: Pre-ride - April 3-10 Fun Fact: Crossing Arkansas takes about 16 pages of the … [Read more...]

Lost Valley to reopen April 18

(from media release) After much anticipation among wildflower enthusiasts, waterfall hunters, and hikers this spring, the new and improved Lost Valley Area of Buffalo National River will reopen on Thursday, April 18. Lost Valley closed in early December so that contractors could begin a major improvement project to mitigate flood potential and address visitor safety and area accessibility. … [Read more...]

Final Tyler Bend Trails Plan Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact Released

Bad news for those hoping for mountain bike trails in this area but good news for the trails in general. Enhanced trail sustainability is a good thing. (from media release) Improvements are coming to make parts of River View Trail more accessible  HARRISON, ARK – Buffalo National River is continuing to improve visitor experiences in the Tyler Bend area. In 2018 the National Park … [Read more...]

Bicycling in Arkansas – 40 Years Ago – Part 6

It's time to turn the page, or should we say guide. In the first 5 installments, we covered one side of the 1979 Arkansas State Bike Tours Map. Today, we get to the meat of the guide, maps, and information about various rides throughout the state. At the end of each article going forward will be a map of the state showing what part of the state the rides are in. The rest shows a small map with a … [Read more...]

The Top Ten Mountain Bike Trails in Arkansas – 2019

Wow, that title is a heck of a thing. It's only fair that we tell you how we came up with such a list. To start, let's tell you what this list is not. It's not scientific. It's not based on the number of people riding the trail. It's not our favorites list. It's not a list of all the trails in the state. It's not broken out by trail types (cross country, enduro, flow, downhill, … [Read more...]