IMBA Announces Third Trail Lab Event – Bentonville

(from media release) Bentonville, Arkansas, Feb. 1, 2019 — The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is pleased to host its third Trail Labs event in Bentonville, April 1–3, 2019. Trail Labs are in-depth workshops designed to catalyze the next generation of great places to ride mountain bikes. Attendees will learn what it takes to create a model trail community and return home with … [Read more...]

2022 UCI World Cyclocross Championships in Fayetteville

Yes, our Fayetteville. Fayetteville, Arkansas. Home of the Razorbacks. And you read the other part right...WORLD CYCLOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS! Check out the video below. (from media release) FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Feb. 1, 2019) - The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announced that the 2022 Cyclo-cross World Championships will be held in Fayetteville, Arkansas Jan. 29-30, 2022. This marks only the … [Read more...]

Arvest Dirty Fondo

(from media release) Recycle Bikes for Kids announces the second ARVEST DiRTY FONDO will take place on Sunday, May 19 at Historic Marlsgate in Scott, Arkansas.  This is a gravel grinder on farm roads in Lonoke County with a couple of levee crossings and plenty of scenic bridges to traverse.  Coffee on the Veranda is at 7:00 am.  The Mass Start is at 8:00 am, but you can start later if you … [Read more...]

LIV Ladies AllRide Mountain Bike Clinic

Ride Bikes, Be Happy Last year for Mother's Day I treated myself to a LIV Ladies AllRide Mountain Bike Clinic, a weekend of skills, maintenance, and ride clinics taught by women for women. With the growing popularity of cycling, especially mountain biking here in Arkansas, more and more women are pedaling and searching for community. From the LIV Ladies AllRide website: What is … [Read more...]

An Active Effort to Promote Mountain Biking Among Women

When mountain biker Tandie Bailey signed up for the first Slaughter Pen Jam race in Bentonville, Arkansas a decade ago, she recalls “there weren’t very many girls, maybe three others” with her at the starting line.Things are changing. As the region’s network of natural-surface trails has grown – from a few short singletrack loops into a world-class system that covers more than 200 miles – so too … [Read more...]

Is Walken, Riding?

What happens when you combine Christopher Walken and what appears to be a super-sweet mountain bike? (Disclaimer: I have not even seen one in person much less ridden one. But it looks pretty and I hear things, you know, things.) Anyway, check this ad out from YT Bikes for the New Jeffsy. … [Read more...]

Registration for 2019 Epic Rides Off-Road Series Blown Wide Open – Including Oz Trails Off-Road

(from media release, YOU GOTTA SEE THE VIDEO!) Celebrating mountain bikes, mountain communities, live music, and good friends New Years Day brings new resolutions and a fresh start, and for mountain bikers looking for a good time, the opening day of registration for the 2019 Epic Rides Off-Road Series. Epic Rides, and apparently the nations mountain bike community, are amped for the 2019 … [Read more...]

How Many is Umpteen Rides?

Now in its 3rd year, the Umpteen Rides are back. Last year was the test run. Paul and Melanie Norris, local mountain bike and trail advocates, decided to talk a bunch of cyclists across the state into having twentysomething rides, mostly mountain biking with some gravel and pavement, across the state between Thanksgiving and New Years. It was awesome. Umpteen Rides is a free Poker run that runs … [Read more...]

We Make Mountain Bikers: The Benefits of Sponsoring a NICA Team — Outspokin’

Since joining the NICA Board, I’ve witnessed great synergy between existing NICA teams and their local bicycle retailers. Hearing so many positive things from both shops and teams, I decided to dig into how these partnerships “work” for a behind-the-scenes look at how you can find similar success with your shop.NICA’s (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) roots go back to 1998, when Matt … [Read more...]

Arkansas Mountain Bike Trails – The Destination

According to this video, Arkansas mountain biking is all about community, and that is no lie. Although a bit more time on the Central Arkansas/Hot Springs scene would have been nice since it's had a strong mountain bike community since the 1980s. Video blogger Jeff Kendall-Weed says, "Word on the street is that the mountain bike scene in Arkansas is something pretty incredible. I wanted to check … [Read more...]