Rusch to Challenge the High Country Route

"I'm still a racer and I'm still competitive, but the exploration and the journey is far more important to me now and that's how Arkansas ties in. There's not a personal connection there, but I'm going to ride 1100 miles around the state and see towns and places and meet people from my bike that I wouldn't meet if I were racing." ~ Rebecca Rusch Rebecca Rusch is coming to ride Arkansas’s newest … [Read more...]

Adventure Cycling Launches 1,200-mile Arkansas High Country Route

Mixed-surface bike route loops the state’s urban centers, wildest spaces, and famous trails LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas High Country Route (ARHCR), 1,200 miles of mixed-surface cycling through the hills and hollers of one of the country’s premier cycling destinations, launched May 1. Created by Adventure Cycling Association, this route brings the national cycling organization’s total network … [Read more...]

The Ugly Gnome – 2019 Edition

Presented by Central Arkansas Off-Road Group and Bell and Company: (the proceeds from this non-profit event benefit National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA)/Conway Bearcats and COG) Get ready for the new and improved 2019 Gnome: Registration is open. Time Trial is May 18th, Cross-Country Race is May 19. https://www.BikeReg.com/the-ugly-gnome Also, we are working with the park and … [Read more...]

IMBA Announces Fourth Trail Labs Event in Bentonville, AR

(from media release) The International Mountain Biking Association will host its fourth Trail Lab in Bentonville, Arkansas on June 10-12, 2019. Trail Labs are intensive two-day workshops designed to catalyze the next generation of great places to ride mountain bikes. Community stakeholders are encouraged to attend to learn about the benefits of investing in more trails close to home.  The … [Read more...]

BikeNWA — Oz Trails Tips

Trail tips that work on OZ Trails and any other trails you ride. Although several trail advocacy groups are listed here is a comprehensive list for the entire state. Also, if you're curious about trail conditions in Arkansas or you would like to help update others on conditions, use this list of Facebook groups that monitor mountain bike trail systems throughout the state. Over the past two … [Read more...]

Bicycling in Arkansas – 40 Years Ago – Part 7

Get caught up with the first 6 parts of our #ThrowbackThursday #tbt series. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 In today's installment, the Arkansas State Bicycle Tour Map from 1978 continues taking us across the northern part of the state.  First, we visit the foothills of the Ozark Mountains near Lake Charles.  Today this area is known for three wonderful state parks. The starting … [Read more...]

Across the Natural

Updated 4/17/19 Watch this space for updates by Brannon Pack (Executive Director of Ozark Off-Road Cyclists and all around cool guy) as he and a group of friends travel across the state West to East through the Ozarks, Delta and on to Memphis. We will be adding updates as he sends them. Here are the first four: Pre-ride - April 3-10 Fun Fact: Crossing Arkansas takes about 16 pages of the … [Read more...]

Bicycling in Arkansas – 40 Years Ago – Part 6

It's time to turn the page, or should we say guide. In the first 5 installments, we covered one side of the 1979 Arkansas State Bike Tours Map. Today, we get to the meat of the guide, maps, and information about various rides throughout the state. At the end of each article going forward will be a map of the state showing what part of the state the rides are in. The rest shows a small map with a … [Read more...]

The Top Ten Mountain Bike Trails in Arkansas – 2019

Wow, that title is a heck of a thing. It's only fair that we tell you how we came up with such a list. To start, let's tell you what this list is not. It's not scientific. It's not based on the number of people riding the trail. It's not our favorites list. It's not a list of all the trails in the state. It's not broken out by trail types (cross country, enduro, flow, downhill, … [Read more...]

Bicycling in Arkansas – 40 Years Ago – Part 5

(Part 5 of our #ThrowbackThursday Series on the 1978 Arkansas State Bike Tours Map. Links to parts 1-4 are at the end of the article.) References, places to get a bike and places to enjoy them. Bicycle Dealers and Repair Shops Before the growth of local bike shops here and around the country, cyclists often got their bikes at early big box stores, auto part stores, and toy stores. As a kid, I … [Read more...]