The Big Dam Bridge 100 began with a group of enthusiastic cyclists from central Arkansas who formed the Big Dam Bridge Foundation (BDBF). The BDBF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to promote the use, support, and preservation of the Big Dam Bridge for the advancement of health, fitness, cultural and recreational activities in Arkansas.
The Big Dam Bridge connects approximately 20 miles of scenic riverside trails in the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock and assists in the connection of 70,000 acres of city, county, state, and federal parkland. More importantly, the Big Dam Bridge connects people by fostering a sense of community and provides a venue for community members to engage in community events. The Foundation has raised money for several projects through the Big Dam Bridge 100, including the Pitstop Pavilion, which recently opened on the Little Rock side of the bridge.
Arkansas’ premier cycling event started in 2006 with the opening of the Big Dam Bridge. The Big Dam Bridge 100 used Burns Park as the Finish line area but then moved to historic Argenta in North Little Rock to showcase more of central Arkansas. Slowly it has built into an international event, featuring timed rides, onsite photography, a 15-mile family ride, opportunities for fundraising, and out-of-state clubs participating with the support of local, regional, and national sponsors.
The Big Dam Bridge 100 is a place-builder. This ride promotes one of Arkansas’s most popular tourist attractions, has influenced the development of trails and other bridges, and helps give central Arkansas a reputation as a cycling-friendly community. In addition, thousands of people visit the Little Rock / North Little Rock areas and enjoy our special brand of southern hospitality while experiencing 100+ miles of beautiful scenery and friendly people.