Calendar

Our calendar of events lists outdoor participatory sports throughout Arkansas. Feel free to search through the categories or tags. There is a lot happening so make your plans today.

 

Jan
25
Fri
The Buffalo Headwaters Challenge @ Red Star School
Jan 25 – Jan 27 all-day
The Buffalo Headwaters Challenge @ Red Star School

The Buffalo Headwater Challenge is a three-day all-inclusive off the grid mountain bike festival that includes food, libations, tent, and RV camping, live music, shuttle service, and amazing riding highlighted by the annual “Challenge” ride on Saturday, January 26th. The “Challenge” ride consists of a 32ish mile semi-supported backcountry mountain bike experience with a couple marked bailouts along the way. It’s a ride, not a race… winning is just finishing.

Schedule:

FRIDAY
12-5 pm Downhill Shuttles compliments of Ouachita Rides and Guides (stage at the Knuckles Creek Trailhead)
3 pm Camping opens on main grounds
5-8 pm Onsite registration opens (cash only)
6 pm Dinner is served compliments of Phat Tire Bike Shop
7 pm Live Music

SATURDAY
6:30 am Coffee
7-9 am Onsite Registration opens (Cash only)
7-9am Breakfast is served
9 am Mandatory riders meeting at the outdoor stage
9:30 am 14th Annual Buffalo Headwaters Challenge Ride
6 pm Dinner is served compliments of the OORC
7 pm Live Music

SUNDAY
6:30 am Coffee
7-9 am Breakfast is served
7-9 am Onsite Registration opens (Cash Only)
9 am Mandatory rider meeting at the outdoor stage
9:30 am Challenge Gravel Fondo Ride

Feb
9
Sat
Winona Grynder
Feb 9 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Winona Grynder

This year, the Winona Grynder will be a SHAMMY! That means it’ll be a well-organized GROUP RIDE. There will be no race. Some support will be provided. There will be no charge.

The second edition of the WInona Grynder promises to sustain the love/hate relationship all had with this event last year.

We will ride a 100K route, with shorter options potentially available.

More details to come. Don’t miss it!!

Feb
17
Sun
LOViT Enduro- Southern Enduro Tour @ LOViT Trail
Feb 17 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
LOViT Enduro- Southern Enduro Tour @ LOViT Trail

Southern Enduro Tour (SET) will be decided over 3 states and 10 days of racing over some of the most diverse terrain anywhere. A Regional Championship like no other, to crown the best all-round riders!

This second stop of the SET will be at Echo Canyon Resort & Marina.

This is a one day stop with 4-7 stages that day. The full schedule will be released the week of the event.

This stop is rated: Skill/6.5 Fitness/9 Gnar/4

A 30ish mile / 7 Stage Point to Point Enduro of fast, flowing, ripping, single track. Some of the highest speed of the season! New for 2019, shorter, Enduro specific route with Enduro specific lines!
26 miles of single track & 6 miles of scenic dirt roads. All distances are approximate and route may vary depending on weather or unforeseen circumstances.

All riders will be shuttled from Echo Canyon Resort to the starting point at Joplin trail head. Riders will head east and end at Echo Canyon Resort.

Times & Aid
Fast time 3-4 hrs, Avg 5, Adventure pace 7 hrs *Time Limit 8 Hrs.
Aid | 4 Aid stations – miileage of each updated later.

Approx stage info
(stage) Drop/Distance: (s1)205ft/1.2mi.- (s2)350ft/1mi.- (s3)500ft/1.4mi.- (s4)170/.5mi -(s5)170/.7mi.-(s6)620Ft/2.2mi. -(s7)600ft/2.4mi

NOTE: Be prepared, but don’t let the distance scare you from this fun day. Climbing in only 3000 ft, less then 100 ft per mile and the trail moves fast. Will have ample support to complete this awesome day on the bike.

$2,500 in Top 5 Pro payouts!
Sweet awards for other classes!
Awesome sponsors!
No license required.
Solid on-site support from sponsors Shimano-MTB, Trail Labs LLC, and Revolution Bike Repair!
Tasty meals!
Snacks and race day support including Pickle Juice Sport!
Swag bag!
Custom Lovit number plate!
Professional high-end timing powered by Sport IDENT with instant results printout & scoreboard!
Medical support on-site (race days).
TUPPS Brewery!
Professional awards ceremony with top notch awards from Re-GEARED!
$14,000 in overall SET raffles prizes for all pre-registered racers!

Schedule | Will be available the week of the event.

Racing Age | What your age will be on 12/31/19.

Series Overall Points | The Tour Overall is the best 4 of 6 Results. You must do 3 Races to qualify for the overall. You must finish all stages (both days) entirely to get a race result. Single Day and Just Riding does not count towards series points.

SET Rules can be reviewed at: https://www.southernendurotour.com/rules/.

Feb
23
Sat
Hazel Valley Gran Prix @ Hazel Valley Ranch
Feb 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Hazel Valley Gran Prix @ Hazel Valley Ranch

About 55 miles of challenging gravel roads. About 4-6 hours of saddle love.

Several 30+ minute climbs with an incredible view atop White Rock Mountain.

This IS a ride. NOT a race. IT IS AN ADVENTURE!

You are responsible for any mechanical issues you might encounter.

SAG support will be provided by Ozark Spokes & Floats.

You are responsible for doing your homework on the route. OCA will provide a cue sheet.

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN WELL-BEING.

You are responsible for having fun!

TOP OF THE ROCK, official ride pit stop (aid station) is on White Rock Mountain.

The ride will start & end at Hazel Valley Ranch 16330 Olive Road Fayetteville, AR 72703.

We will have awesome chili & “recovery” beverages waiting for you. Thanks to Hazel Valley Ranch!

Creative Promotional Marketing will have a super cool award for those who complete the entire route!

All riders must sign a waiver.

COST??? FREE!!! There will be a tip jar and event shirts for sale to help offset costs.

 

THE 2 RULES

1. You must complete the entire HVGP Loop to receive an award.

2. You must prove your achievement via STRAVA or other GPS device to receive an award.

Mar
2
Sat
St. Francis Gravel Classic @ Mississippi River State Park
Mar 2 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
St. Francis Gravel Classic @ Mississippi River State Park | Marianna | Arkansas | United States

The ST. Francis Gravel Classic consist of a 55, 25 and 12 mile bike ride on gravel roads starting at the Mississippi River State Park, near Marianna, AR.

The course will be clearly marked on Friday, March 2 with orange safety cones and 24 x 18″ yard signs at the turns; marked per each distance race. Also people in 2 areas where the 15 and 25 mile turn. The turn for the 55 mile course will be at Storm Creek, just past the sag Stop that you will pass 2 times.

Sags will have Gatorade & water and food snacks bananas, pretzels, pickles, cookies, peanut butter crackers

Two of the main roads that you will be riding on are 2 of the 3 Scenic Parkways in Arkansas, The gravel is packed down smooth in the center of the roads and you will encounter loose gravel near the edges of the roads. The lower road has a little more dirt than the upper road, but is still pretty smooth for a gravel road. The course is moderately hilly with no major obstructions.

There will be be prizes for the top 3 male and female riders in each distance from our host and sponsors. Bike bags, bike tail lights, stainless pint glasses, gift cards, etc.

There is only one classification of bikes for the awards. you can ride whatever kind of bicycle you like as long as it has front and rear brakes and no motor other than human.

The 55 mile ride will take you on the St. Francis Parkway and The Great River Road (also known as the High Road and Low Road respectively). All distances will ride around Bear Creek lake on Gravel Road 225 to reach the Parkways. The 12 Mile Ride will Continue the loop around Bear Creek Lake and back to the State Park, the last 5 miles are paved. The 25 and 55 Mile Ride will take the gravel High Road toward Storm Creek Lake. The 25 Mile Ride will take Gravel Road 260 to the Low Road and back to Bear Creek Lake and The State Park.The 55 Mile Ride will continue on to Storm Creek Lake and take Gravel Road 215 to the gravel Low Road and north back to Bear Creek Lake.

The 55 Mile Ride will make a second loop of The High Road to Storm Creek Lake to The Low Road back north to Bear Creek Lake, and then back to the finish at The State Park. The 55 mile ride has over 2,200 feet of elevation gain. The last 5 miles are paved.

Rogers Roubaix
Mar 2 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Rogers Roubaix
Date: March 2, 2019
Start Time: 10 AM
Distances: 50k and 100k
Cost: 50k 35$, 100k 45$
Cost will go up 1 week before the race day.
Cost: 50k 45$, 100k 55$
Rogers Roubaix offers up some of the rowdy roads in the Rogers area. We will be heading up to Missouri and around the surrounding counties on some awesome paved and gravel sections. We will change up the course a little this year. There will be a lead out for the 50k and 100k. This will happen at the same time. We will then let the race take over once we clear the train tracks. This will be self-supported. No aid stations. We will however have 2-rogue water drops with locations marked in the GPS files on mileage markers. We strongly suggest downloading the maps for your route. If you need help with the maps, we will be available to help. Please do not wait until race day. We will be riding rain, snow, shine, or whatever the weather throws our way. We will finish at the shop for free food and beer on the back deck. Gentleman’s agreement on the way back into town no passing, no tomfoolery, and no shenanigans!!!!!!!! Free Beer and Food afterwards on the deck.

 

Mar
23
Sat
LeeLikesBikes MTB Skills
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Lee Likes Bikes MTB Skills

What you will learn

After 30 years as a rider and 15 years as a professional bike guy, Lee had learned some things, and the coolest thing he’d learned is the Grand Unified Theory of Shred (GUTS). Underlying all riding skills — climbing, cornering, pumping, hopping, jumping and basically ripping, not to mention most other sports — you’ll find one simple, universal, archetypal movement pattern.

Bad Moon Rising @ Trimble Ranch
Mar 23 @ 4:00 pm – Mar 24 @ 3:00 am
Bad Moon Rising @ Trimble Ranch | Berryville | Arkansas | United States

The rowdy ENDURANCE mountain bike race setting the trend… The Bad Moon Rising returns Saturday, March 23rd, 2019!

The CC Riders, the Carroll County Branch of the OORC, are stoked to present the Bad Moon Rising, featuring the private trail system at the Trimble Ranch in Berryville, Arkansas. With solo and team categories available… it’s 6-hours of endurance mountain biking at its best.

With free camping, laser light shows, costumes, bonfires, food, and shenanigans – grab your best buds and come experience racing in the Arkansas Ozarks by the light of a full moon!

You want to save this date. Additional details coming soon.

Mar
24
Sun
LeeLikesBikes MTB Skills
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Lee Likes Bikes MTB Skills

What you will learn

After 30 years as a rider and 15 years as a professional bike guy, Lee had learned some things, and the coolest thing he’d learned is the Grand Unified Theory of Shred (GUTS). Underlying all riding skills — climbing, cornering, pumping, hopping, jumping and basically ripping, not to mention most other sports — you’ll find one simple, universal, archetypal movement pattern.

Apr
13
Sat
Dirt Church MTB Festival @ The Great Passion Play
Apr 13 @ 8:00 am – Apr 14 @ 10:30 pm
Dirt Church MTB Festival @ The Great Passion Play

The Dirt Church Festival is a family friendly MTB festival weekend. We will have three timed events: cross country, harescramble, and a gravity stage race. We will also have “just for fun” events, inflatables for the kids, lawn games, and food! The cost will be $28 per race or $75 of all three. We will have awards for the top three omnium riders in each category using a point system.

*First 50 racers to register will get a free t-shirt*

Entry includes 1 meal ticket per race day.

RV and tent camping available on property! Contact Kelsie Scott 214-399-9679 to make reservations.

Pedaler’s Bash
Apr 13 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Pedaler's Bash

45-mile marathon mountain bike race, The Pedaler’s Bash 2019 is Saturday, April 13th. Online registration opens Dec. 31st at noon on Bike Reg. Come one, Come all, 250 racer Cap. Don’t miss out this year. CHEERS!

THERE WONT BE A BETTER PLACE TO BE ON APRIL 13th THAN IN BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS FOR THE BEST MARATHON MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE IN THE ARKANSAS MARATHON MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE SERIES ( AMBCS.com )

250 RACERS WILL BLAZE THROUGH THE OZARK MOUNTAINS ON A 45 MILE JOURNEY ON SWEET SINGLE TRACK, EXPLORING THE TRAIL SYSTEMS OF SLAUGHTER PEN, BELLA VISTA, BLOWING SPRINGS, AND THE FAMOUS BACK 40.

THE BEST PART OF ANY MARATHON RACE IS THE PARTY!! THE PEDALER’S PUB WILL BE THROWING DOWN WITH FOOD, LIBATIONS, AND BANDS.

Tour de Hills @ Harrison Parks and Rec
Apr 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Course Description

The Tour de Hills takes place on the famed “Jasper Disaster” course through North West Arkansas.  Mile for mile, this Ozark route is one of the most difficult in the state, with some 316 turns in 59 miles.  The route is extremely steep, boasting nearly 5,000 feet in elevation gains, and strenuous but very rewarding.

The trade-off:  it’s also one of the most beautiful rides you’ll ever experience, with jaw-dropping views from scenic overlooks and multiple chances for wildlife sightings, include the famous ELK HERD in Boxley Valley.  Beginning Harrison, making a counter clockwise loop, take Scenic Byway 7 south 18 miles to Jasper, Arkansas. From Jasper, travel west on Hwy 74 to Ponca, Arkansas.  Then take Hwy 43 north back to Harrison.

Check out the course on Strava

Aid Stations:

Station # 1: Hwy 7 at Gages Krooked Kreek One Stop (approximately mile 8)

Station # 2:  Mt. Sherman Near Kyle’s Landing access – Cruise up to Mt. Sherman then take in some nutrition (approximately mile 32)

Station # 3 Compton, AR on Hwy 43 at JB Trading Co. – Feel the elevation then take one some fluids!  (approximately mile 42)

Station #4 Hwy 43 & Hwy 206 junction – One last fill up before the finish (approximately mile 53)

On Course Warnings!!

Mile 22 – A recent landslide has the road in disarray!  Expect some gravel and dirt across the highway over a 30 yard stretch.  Crews are working hard to repair the road, but it won’t be back to normal before race day.

Mile 32-ish Steel Creek Area – This is a very dangerous portion of the course.  Tight turns and steep downhill!  We’ve had some wrecks in the past, please be cautious through this stretch!

Packet Pick-up

Pickup on race day morning!  Pick up at the Harrison Youth Center (202 N. Spring St.) beginning at 8:00 am.

Athletes may also register on site between 8:00 am and 9:30 am

We’re kicking around having pickup available on Friday, April 12 as well, details on that TBD.

Swag & Extras

Every participant will receive a t-shirt of course, but not your run-of-the-mill lame race day t-shirt.  Pirate Perry takes great pride in outfitting our athletes with something that doesn’t go strait to the “yard work pile.”  On top of shirts all athletes are invited to the post race feeding frenzy.

On course, we’ll have aid stations stocked with Tailwind,water, snacks and more!

Post Race:  Stick around for lunch on us!

Apr
14
Sun
Bentonville Tweed Ride @ Pedaler’s Pub
Apr 14 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Bentonville Tweed Ride @ Pedaler’s Pub

We had a great time hosting this event last year and were blown away with the effort you guys put in to this so we are looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and making some more this year. We will meet at the Pub and take a casual stroll down Main Street giving away cordial waves to our motorist friends. A group photo is obviously called for and then we will make our way down J to Airship Coffee for a nice pick me up or frosty barley pop. After a round, we’ll head back to the Pub for dinner and award some prizes for the best dressed folks! The Pub will be bringing a live band to preform for us as well so work on your Charleston in the time being.

Not only are we happy to don our dandiest duds, this is out take on bicycle advocacy to remind folks that we can all share the roads and we all have families so let’s all be kind.

May
18
Sat
Arvest Little Rock Gran Fondo @ Downtown
May 18 @ 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Arvest Little Rock Gran Fondo @ Downtown | Little Rock | Arkansas | United States

Little Rock Gran Fondo

A premium road cycling event for enthusiasts and racers alike.
A bit more adventurous and spirited than your normal T-shirt ride and with much higher level amenities.
Wear your best kit, ride your best equipment. It’s going to be a big day.
Our Gran Fondo finishes with a great meal and celebration with your fellow cyclists.

May
19
Sun
Little Rock Dirty Fondo 2019 @ Historic Marlsgate
May 19 @ 6:00 am – 2:00 pm
Little Rock Dirty Fondo 2019 @ Historic Marlsgate | Scott | Arkansas | United States

Put some gravel in your travel…The Arvest Little Rock Gran Fondo Weekend continues with a new event and a new location. Join us at Historic Marlsgate for the Arvest Dirty Fondo on Sunday, May 6, 2018.

Love gravel? Never ridden on it? Wanna see how it feels? Come out Sunday morning to beautiful Marlsgate for coffee on the veranda from 6:00 to 7:00 AM. Enjoy the view of Bearskin Lake with a cup of joe and pastries, maybe even having a second cup. Then venture out at 7:00 AM for 50 miles of dirt and gravel through the Arkansas Delta. Return at noon and enjoy a traditional Southern box lunch with sparkling wine, craft beer, live music, and a few special gravel lovers’ prizes.

Expect a swag bag with cool cycling gear, including a Park Tool apron and a CO2 inflator kit, plus a 16 oz. Dirty Fondo beer glass (to be distributed during lunch) and a coupon for free bike parts (rims, tubes, tires, etc.) from our RB4K shop.

Registration for the Arvest Dirty Fondo 2018 assures Recycle Bikes for Kids will continue their mission of supplying free bicycles to over 2000 kids annually.

Jun
22
Sat
True Grit Ride 105 @ Fort Chaffee
Jun 22 @ 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
True Grit Ride 105 @ Fort Chaffee

The True Grit Ride is an annual non-competitive bicycling event in Fort Smith, Arkansas. There are bike routes for all abilities which include 10, 30, 45, 62, or 105 miles.  The pit stops are about 10 miles apart and are well stocked with drinks and food.  Also available is an 18 mile Mountain Bike Ride or a Certified 5k Run.

The event is a fundraiser to support the Community Services Clearinghouse, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency food assistance to families, children, and cancer patients.  The most well-known program for the Clearinghouse is the Meals for Kids Backpack Program for school children.  This program feeds over 2000 children each week for the weekend throughout 7 counties in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Contact: Pattie West at 479-782-5074 or Beth Dwiggins at 479-431-8301

Pedals For Compassion @ Magnolia, Arkansas
Jun 22 @ 7:30 am – 1:00 pm
Pedals For Compassion @ Magnolia, Arkansas

Compassion’s Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the local domestic violence shelter. Our mission is to provide effective and accessible services to individuals and families who experience domestic violence and/or sexual assault and to be a proactive and visible source of related intervention, education, and prevention services to the community. You registration fees or donation will go towards these efforts and help us to be able to continue providing support.

Event Details

Pre-event breakfast starts at 6 am followed by race start at 7:30 am. Finish/start line activities will begin shortly after, where there will be food, door prizes, finisher medals, etc.

First 150 riders to sign up are guaranteed event shirts.

Jul
6
Sat
Brent Morrison Memorial Run @ Wells Lake
Jul 6 @ 6:30 am – 8:30 am

Proceeds of this run/walk goes towards the Fort Smith trail system.

There will be an award for best chicken outfit.

Legal Notice:  By buying entry to this fun run/walk, you are agreeing to the fact that there are hazards involved in this activity. You are accepting all risks in participating in the event. You are waiving and releasing Western Arkansas Runners, Jaymax Race Timing, all race volunteers and sponsors, their representatives, employees and successors of any claims and liabilities of any kind arising out of participation in this event. Further, you grant to all the foregoing the right to use any photograph, motion pictures, recordings, or any other record of the event for legitimate purposes.

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Oct
25
Fri
Outerbike Bentonville @ Bentonville, AR Buckyball Field
Oct 25 – Oct 27 all-day
Outerbike Bentonville @ Bentonville, AR Buckyball Field | Bentonville | Arkansas | United States

If you didn’t know, Bentonville is a mountain bike town! Come see why Bentonville is being written about in every bike publication. Amazing trails, beautiful downtown, and now an Outerbike event!

Western Spirit Cycling has partnered with Visit Bentonville and OZ Trails to provide a third location for Outerbike in 2018. After we attended the IMBA Summit there last November we knew we had to bring Outerbike to Northwest Arkansas! From the fresh air of the Ozarks to the multiple trail hubs and bike parks, the area has everything we could ask for.