Competition, Camaraderie Fuel Growth of Mountain Bike Racing Among High School Girls

Mountain bike racing is what we call an even playing field sport. No one sits on the bench, everyone participates, which opens it up to various ages and sexes. The rise in National Interscholastic Cycling Association races in Arkansas is giving opportunities for local high school girls to enjoy our trails, our scenery, and some competition. When Cate Mertins first started racing mountain bikes as … [Read more...]

Arkansas NICA Race Report #1

The season has started, kids are racing mountain bikes in Arkansas. Here is a report on the first race of the second year of the Arkansas Chapter of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association Series. Arkansas NICA kicked off our 2nd season September 10, 2017 in Siloam Springs on the campus of John Brown University. The infield was in a giant field on the far north side of their campus … [Read more...]

The 2016 Endurance Mountain Bike Season

It may feel like the mountain bike race season is winding down in Arkansas with the end of the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series (AMBCS) at  the Attila the Hun race in Hot Springs last month. Serious competitors know better. The next three months will be spent preparing  for the start of the Arkansas Marathon Mountain Bike Series in March. Others of course will take it easy for a while … [Read more...]

Pre-Race News from Leadville100 MTB

We're ready to cheer for our Arkansas contingent racing tomorrow morning in Colorado at the Leadville 100 mile Mountain Bike Race. Nearly 2.000 riders including champions, icons of the sport, celebreties in the world of mountain biking, even a Libertarian Presidential Candidate will be tackling one of  if not the toughest mountain bike courses in the US. Pro and amateur riders are coming from all … [Read more...]

Spa City 6 Hour Mountain Bike Race – Part 2

UPDATE! Race Results are in! The riders did finally get started and into the woods. Some locals and young riders held on for as long as they could but eventually 51-year old, Tinker Juarez, would win the race with 7 laps in. I'll get more specifics up once DLT Multisport gets them posted. They are having a busy weekend with the Du-It-In-The-Dirt Duathlon following on Sunday. Of … [Read more...]

Here Comes Tinker

Over the last several years I've watched the level of competitive mountain biking improve dramatically in Arkansas. With the increase in top notch mountain bike trails in the state, new bike shops and more bike clubs, riders have been improving skills and fitness. Let's not forget bigger and better races. The Mountain Bike Marathon series (a series of four longer races most with 50+ miles of … [Read more...]