When you head due west out of Little Rock, things get pretty rugged, pretty fast. The first signs are the rock outcrops visible on Pinnacle Mountain and Rattlesnake Ridge. Once you get past Lake Maumelle and near the highway 10/highway 9 intersection at Williams Corner, you find yourself in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains. Camp Ouachita, near Lake Sylvia, is a popular staging area … [Read more...]

CHAINWHEEL’S 2013 Slobberknocker MTB Challenge

The 2013 edition of Chainwheel’s Slobberknocker MTB Race and Tour was a huge success!  Racers and Riders from Arkansas and several surrounding states lined up at 8:20 to receive last minute details and then cast-off at 8:30 for a neutral rollout through Perryville, down Hwy 9, up Thornburg Mountain, and finally, onto the dirt for a long day in the Ouachita Mountains. Approximately 140 … [Read more...]

National Bike Month Celebration – Arkansas Style

It feels like it's already started. In the last couple of weeks we've covered many different types of cycling in Arkansas. Nothing too serious but still diverse. There was some nice trail riding near a museum in northwest Arkansas: How about some hardcore mountain biking that never left a road: How about a casual stroll of … [Read more...]

Bike Tech Contest Results

First, thanks for all those that entered the Slobberknocker Bike Tech Contest and the folks who donated prizes, DLTMultisport, Team CARVE and Fayettechill Clothing. Also Stephen Erickson for planting the idea. Early on we realized that trying to pick winners based on the type and setup of their Slobberknocker bike was not going to work so we decided to let luck lend a hand and had a drawing. In … [Read more...]

The 2012 Slobberknocker or…

...the beatings continued until morale improved. On my quest  to try almost all things cycling related this year, I entered an Arkansas Marathon Series Mountain Bike Race, The Slobberknocker. The series is made up of four major races, already in the books are the Spa City 6-Hour and the Ouachita Challenge. Several years ago I did race in the Ouachita Challenge but it wasn't part of a series back … [Read more...]

The Slobberknocker – Bike Tech Contest

The 2012 Slobberknocker race is fast approaching but you don't have to be a fast rider to be a winner at the race. UPDATE 2: Entry deadline has been extended to 7:00 pm Friday, April 20th to give you procrastinators a chance to enter when you get off work and start giving your bike your full attention. UPDATE! More Great Prizes Available thanks to the folks at CARVE! Check the bottom of the … [Read more...]

Outside Happenings (Week of Feb 20, 2012)

It seems like it's been a busier than normal winter for outside fun this year. The warm temperatures seem to be helping but it's also the slate of great events going on. Here is a recap followed by news on some upcoming events. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Workshop at Devil's Den State Park was a huge success. Good attendance and about 700 feet of new, multi-use trail completed. White … [Read more...]