Bicycling in Arkansas – 40 Years Ago – Part 2

Get caught up: Part 1 of the Series On to Part 2 There is still a great deal of relevance to this 40-year-old map/guide. First, a bike is still a bike, two wheels, a pedal/crank drive system, and an engine that burns fat. There are some old addresses and phone numbers that I have redacted as they now go to other places. INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW... This first image today is of the … [Read more...]

Bicycling in Arkansas – Let’s Go Back 40 Years – Part 1

My offices at Arkansas State Parks have been going through a bit of upheaval recently. Things change over time and new positions are created, people take on new tasks, and sometimes we just need a move to get things cleaned out. A few bits of history were discovered during the ensuing chaos. Recently, someone, I have no idea who felt that my desk would be a promising repository for a bit of … [Read more...]

The 2019 Arkansas Cycling Guide

It's been 10 years since: Barack Obama became President, Circuit City Stores shut down (important because I spent 7 years there as a manager wearing the red jacket), Michael Jackson died, The Unemployment Rate hits 9.5% for the first time since August 1983, and, the first cycling guide produced by Arkansas Tourism since the 1970s hits the stands. That's right, it's been 10 … [Read more...]

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...]