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...]

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...]

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...]

OZ Trails Off-Road Announces Pro Roster and Free Music for All

The OZ Trails Off-Road by Epic Rides just keeps getting better and better. They have released their Pro-rider Roster which includes 2018 World Champion - Kate Courtney racing for Team Specialized. With the addition of free music, this is turning into quite the festival. More information on both the Pro-rider Roster and the Music below. Inaugural Oz Trails Off-Road Announces Pro Roster Top Pro … [Read more...]

IMBA will celebrate its 30th anniversary at Outerbike’s Bentonville event | Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

The International Mountain Bicycling Association will celebrate its "Dirty 30" anniversary, October 26-28, 2018, in Bentonville, Arkansas, during the Outerbike demo event. IMBA will host special rides and a Saturday evening celebration at Outerbike. Everyone is invited, but space will be limited. Registration is available via Outerbike's website and all ticket price levels include IMBA's Dirty … [Read more...]

IMBA Partners With Outerbike to Celebrate 30th Anniversary in Arkansas

(from media release) The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is partnering with Outerbike to celebrate its “Dirty 30” anniversary, October 26-28, 2018, in Bentonville, AR. The combined event pairs the country’s premier consumer bike demo and expo with the only national organization dedicated to mountain bike advocacy and education. Mark your calendars for a weekend of riding, … [Read more...]

​Playgrounds: Is Bentonville, Arkansas the next great MTB town? | Teton Gravity Research

This newfound mountain bike mecca, tucked away in the Ozark Mountains in Northwest Arkansas, or NWA as the locals call it (take that as you will), may be the next destination American mountain bike town. During a full week of riding in January, a handful of friends and I were treated to everything the area had to offer. Trails, museums, food, more trails, and did I mention trails? All jokes aside, … [Read more...]

Oz Trails Off-Road Announces Three Course Options

25, 35 and 50-mile routes loaded with flowy fun & technically challenging NWA trails (BENTONVILLE, ARK.) May 10, 2018 – Epic Rides today announced three-course distance options for the inaugural Oz Trails Off-Road held in the Northwest Arkansas towns of Bentonville and Bella Vista on October 5-7, 2018. While "Ozark" pays homage to the Oz Trails network, the number represents the distance … [Read more...]

Rapha Opens New Retail Pop-Up in Bentonville, AR

(from media release) Ozark cycling hotspot the newest home to Rapha’s latest pop-up retail and cafe space Bentonville, Arkansas – a cultural gem of the South, and burgeoning cycling hotspot in the Ozark Plateau is the latest home for a Rapha pop-up retail space. Opening its doors on April 16th, 2018 at 110 NW 2nd St., this latest Rapha Pop-Up celebrates the incredible multi-discipline riding … [Read more...]

A New Program to Receive Grants for Trails

Big things continue to come to Arkansas in the package of mountain biking. The International Mountain Bicycling Association is now partnering with the Walton Family Foundation and Visit Bentonville. This quote is the meat of the announcement: IMBA will host three Trail Labs in Bentonville, Arkansas, where attendees can learn what it takes to create a model trail community. Classroom-style … [Read more...]