An Active Effort to Promote Mountain Biking Among Women

When mountain biker Tandie Bailey signed up for the first Slaughter Pen Jam race in Bentonville, Arkansas a decade ago, she recalls “there weren’t very many girls, maybe three others” with her at the starting line.Things are changing. As the region’s network of natural-surface trails has grown – from a few short singletrack loops into a world-class system that covers more than 200 miles – so too … [Read more...]

IMBA Launches #womensmtbday to Celebrate Women Who Ride | IMBA

We haven't heard of any events set for Arkansas but we'll let you know if any show up. This could be a lot of fun. (from media release) (Boulder, Colo. April 17, 2018) The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is pleased to announce the creation of International Women’s Mountain Biking Day, to be the first Saturday in May every year. IMBA will partner with SRAM, PeopleForBikes, … [Read more...]

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...]

Got Dirt?

There’s something about getting grimy and sweaty with the gals. You feel like you’re breaking the rules. You’re not made of sugar and spice and everything nice. You’re not someone’s girlfriend and you’re not someone’s mother. For that moment at least, all you have to be is a cyclist. ~ Kimberly Grob author and cyclist I've been standing somewhat idly by as I've watched my friend Laura … [Read more...]

Feeling like a kid again.

Labor Day weekend will mark the 3rd year anniversary of when I went to a local bike shop and bought my first mountain bike. Having never ridden before, the guys in the bike shop pointed me in the direction of Pfeifer Loop as a good place to learn how to use my bike and to get my first taste of off road riding. From the moment I took off from the trailhead and turned into the loop going over the … [Read more...]

Women on Wheels – A different ride club

I have a dream that women will take to the streets on two wheels wearing skirts or jeans. They will wear pretty shirts and long flowing  scarves and carry loaves of French bread and fresh flowers in a basket on the front of their bikes. They will pull trailers full of sweet babies and teach their young ones to ride to school. I also dream that at the next criterium or mountain bike race I go to, … [Read more...]

The History of Memory

"Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory." Susan B. Anthony Textbooks are filled with their accomplishments. The internet is a treasure trove of their quotes and pictures. The library is … [Read more...]

Dirty Girls Revisited

After writing Dirty Girls, I had an opportunity to see my first Cyclocross race: the Turkey Burn at Allsop Park.  Along with a morning of witnessing awe inspiring feats of athleticism and competitive spirit, I got a little bit of vindication in my assertion that yes, women are getting into extreme sports, even here in Arkansas where some would expect that it should lag behind places like Utah and … [Read more...]

Dirty Girls

According to the research at Outdoor Industry, the likely representative of one who describes themselves as an outdoor recreation enthusiast would be a caucasian male, with at least some college education, making more than $75,000 a year, and married or living with a significant other. Recently I noticed a one paragraph blurb in one of those fitness magazines geared toward women that pointed out  … [Read more...]

What Drives You?

Welcome back to guest blogger, Lisa. Have you ever wondered what makes some women tick? You'll find some answers here. At 5 a.m. Monday, I woke up. Not because the alarm went off, but just because. I got out of bed, put on some workout clothes, got my work bag together and left the house by 5:20. Why? That should be read as WHY!!!?? I had no intention of working out on Monday. I could think of … [Read more...]