Watching the kids race all year was a real joy.

Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series Wrap-up

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The fat lady has sung, the checkered flag has dropped, it’s over, fini. The 2012 Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series (AMBCS) has come to an end. Last weekend’s Attila the Hun Mountain Bike Race marked the final event of the nine ¬†race series.

The Grail
The Grail

Spread mainly between Central and Northwest Arkansas, the cross country series covered all kinds of terrain and weather. Rocks, roots, sand, mud and more rocks. Heat, cold, rain, drought, we pretty much got it all.

Arkansas Outside was able to cover eight of the nine races only missing the Fat Tire Festival in Eureka Springs. I raced in 7 of those eight events skipping Attila the Hun due to blowing out my legs in an adventure race the day before. I did not finish one race, Slaughter Pen…stupid flat tires. That was the only race of the series that I had any kind of mechanical in. Here is a recap of the stories along with some favorite photos.

The Battle for Townsend’s Ridge – Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area

Watching the kids race all year was a real joy.
Watching the kids race all year was a real joy.

3-Legged Dawg – Iron Mountain Trails

CHAD CRAGLE! gets a little air.
CHAD CRAGLE! gets a little air.

Riverside Classic – Burns Park

Chris Randle in the turn - We'll miss you Chris.
Chris Randle in the turn – We’ll miss you Chris.

Slaughter Pen – Bentonville

From the land of Walmart come some of the best trails in the state.
From the land of Walmart come some of the best trails in the state.

NW Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship – Devil’s Den State Park

It was a rainy, muddy race and loads of fun.
It was a rainy, muddy race and loads of fun.

Spring Hill Classic – Barling

Micah heading out on his last lap of the flat, tight, twisty trail.
Micah heading out on his last lap of the flat, tight, twisty trail.

Iron Mountain Classic – Arkadelphia

One of my favorite trail systems and still growing.
One of my favorite trail systems and still growing.

Attila the Hun – Cedar Glades Park

Topping out on Heart Attack Hill.
Topping out on Heart Attack Hill.

After the final race we stayed and enjoyed the awards ceremony.

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This photo of Chrissy sums up the fun of participating in this series.
This photo of Chrissy sums up the fun of participating in this series.

Links to all the photos are provided in the articles we also have the photos from the awards (for Attila and the series) on our Facebook Page. Here is one last shot of Team CARVE, winners of the team challenge portion of the AMBCS. We will post a link to all the results as soon as they are available.

Team CARVE
Team CARVE

We still have three races left in the Arkansas Super-Prestige Cyclocross Series and then the Cross Winds Classic and then we’ll be back to the Arkansas Marathon Mountain Bike Series. Looking forward to another great year of cycling.

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