Rattlesnake Ridge Natural Area offers stellar views and trails

Rattlesnake Ridge Natural Area near Little Rock not only has a cool name, but it also has a vital purpose. Natural areas are important because they protect special plant and animal habitats. “The natural areas in the state are unique, but Rattlesnake Ridge stands out because it is such a prominent feature on the landscape,“ said Mitchell Allen of The Nature Conservancy’s Arkansas Field Office. … [Read more...]

Oz Trails Off-Road Offers Fun Both On and Off the Bike

Second Annual mountain bike event draws 900 participants from across the U.S. The Second Annual Oz Trails Off-Road happens on October 11-13 in one of the most talked-about new mountain bike communities in America, Northwest Arkansas. From beginner riders to seasoned professionals, Epic Rides Series events celebrate the mountain communities' love of the outdoors, attracting folks from around the … [Read more...]

Oz Trails Off-Road Dedicated to Women of Oz

A community of mountain bikers in NWA whose aim is to empower women of all abilities Epic Rides dedicates their events to a person or a group of people who've made an invaluable contribution to the sport of mountain biking. Generally, these folks have been in the sport for many years, usually multiple decades, but this year's event dedication recipient for the 2nd Annual Oz Trails Off-Road, the … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

The Recent Cycling History of a 122-Year-Old Building

Way back, over ten years ago, the iconic wallpaper and paint shop at the corner of Kavanaugh and Markham finally closed up and was replaced by a quaint little grocery store. They didn't use the entire building. There was a small shop that housed an Orbea Bikes outlet store. The Spanish bike company had it's North American distribution center across the river in what is now the Diamond Bear Brewery … [Read more...]