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...]

Northwoods Mountain Bike Trail – Grand Opening

My tires bounced along a rocky path carved through a dense forest of towering pine trees. The sunlight filtering through the canopy revealed a scene that looked as though it was plucked from a J. R. R. Tolkien novel. We were completely in the wilderness, yet only minutes from downtown Hot Springs National Park, riding a newly-constructed network of trails that brings world-class mountain biking to … [Read more...]

E-bike festival planned for Bentonville next year

(from media release) Organizers of a new electric bike festival coming to the cycling destination of Bentonville next year hope to bring together thought leaders both inside and outside the industry to address the industry’s challenges and spur new innovation, with e-bikes as a key element in jump-starting market growth. “My take is we need to innovate in cycling. There are all these things that … [Read more...]

Donate bikes and helmets to Recycle Bikes for Kids at UCA’s football games.

The Law Offices of Alan LeVar and the University of Central Arkansas have partnered to collect children's bike helmets and bikes to donate to Recycle Bikes for Kids. Bring your used bikes and children's helmets to UCA's November 3 game (at 6 PM) against Lamar University and the November 10 game (at 3 PM) against the University of the Incarnate Word! You can also stop by the Law Offices of Alan … [Read more...]

Visit Bentonville hires IMBA’s Aimee Ross to lead Bike Bentonville | Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

Aimee Ross, who most recently served as brand and events director for the International Mountain Bicycling Association, has joined Visit Bentonville as director of Bike Bentonville, which promotes a bicycle-friendly culture for residents and tourists. Ross comes to Visit Bentonville with more than 12 years of marketing, sales, branding and event experience in the bicycle industry, including roles … [Read more...]

Northwoods Trail System Has New Coordinator, Set For November Opening.

(from media release) Director of Raid the Rock Adventure Race Named Coordinator for Hot Springs’ World-class Northwoods Trails System; Dedication Set for Weekend of November 16 – 18 Traci Berry, race director of  Raid the Rock Adventure Race in Central Arkansas, has been named trail coordinator for the new Northwoods mountain biking trails system in Hot Springs. Berry, who is an account … [Read more...]

Buffalo National River Projects Ready for Public Review

Two projects are ready for public input. Public engagement is critical to the process of the decision-making and we recognize the diversity of opinion and interest represented by our visitors and stakeholders. There are multiple ways to comment on both projects. On Monday, October 22nd from 5:30 to 7 pm, there will be an open house at the Tyler Bend Visitor Center to learn and comment on … [Read more...]

Toddlers to Blaze New Trails at Red Bull Pump Track World Championship

(from media release) Two-wheeling wunderkinds among first to ride new Runway Bike Park at The Jones Center The opening ribbon will soon be cut at The Jones Center’s new Runway Bike Park in Springdale, Arkansas. The first major event at North America’s largest pump track will be the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship Final on Oct. 13, but the first wheels lining up at the start ramp will be … [Read more...]