Riders on the 31-mile route.

Shotguns and Gravel Bikes

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The Arkansas Outside Team loves a unique outdoor experience and this past weekend we enjoyed a classic Arkansas gravel bike ride with a twist. Phat Tire Bike Shop’s Double Barrel Gravel Ride offers a chance to conquer challenging gravel roads, test your skills with some skeet shooting, and refuel with a delicious jambalaya and crawfish boil – all for a good cause.

Most of the AO group pre-ride.
Most of the AO group pre-ride.

Gravel Riding Adventure

The cycling event was held on Saturday, April 20, with registration beginning at 6:30 am. Participants had the option to choose from three routes: a challenging 71-mile course, a scenic 31-mile route, or a more leisurely 15-mile path. We opted for the 31-miler. All of the routes meander through the stunning countryside of Northwest Arkansas (NWA), featuring both bumpy and smooth gravel roads that put our endurance and cycling abilities to the test.

71-mile route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/46232325

31-mile route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/46233390

15-mile route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/46233543

More Than Just A Ride

We participated in the Double Barrel Gravel Ride, which was not just about covering miles. The event was followed by some fun activities at the Benton County Quail Barn, including live music by the Frisky Squirrels, where we grabbed some beer and socialized with other riders. The Benton County Quail Barn is a local nonprofit organization that supports conservation efforts, shooting sports, and other local nonprofits.

Riders enjoying the crawfish boil and music.
Riders enjoying the crawfish boil and music.

The event’s skeet shooting competition, which gave the ride its name, was the highlight of the day. Numerous riders tested their marksmanship skills for bragging rights. The competition was closely monitored, and all equipment and ammunition were provided. Additionally, a safety measure was in place to prevent participants from handling the shotguns after consuming alcohol.

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Celebrating Community

Perhaps the best part of the Double Barrel Gravel Ride is the sense of community. It’s a chance to connect with fellow cycling enthusiasts, support the Benton County Quails organization, and celebrate a love for the outdoors.

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Bike porn and revelers.
Bike porn and revelers.

More opportunities for Gravel Fun

If you’d like to do the Double Barrel, you’ll have to wait a year but there are plenty of unique gravel events coming up all across the state.

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