The Bookend Rides – IMBA World Summit 2016

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Want to get in an early ride before the IMBA World Summit? Maybe one last one before you head for home. Can’t make it to the rest of the summit but would like to be involved? Arkansas State Parks and the Ozark Off-Road Cyclists (OORC, a 20-year-old trail advocacy group and the first IMBA chapter in the region) have you covered.

These rides are free to enjoy (shuttles and bike rental are available through our partners at Ozark Spokes and Floats and Phat Tire Bikes for a fee). Locals can show up at the trailheads at the designated times for the free ride. OORC members will be leading these rides from the trailheads.

Arkansas State Parks – We’ve been involved in mountain biking since the 1980’s, we have 23 mountain bike trails in 12 state parks with more in the planning. Four races in the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series take place in Arkansas state parks including both of the parks listed above. We welcome you to come ride Arkansas State Park Trails.

Devil's Den State Park
Devil’s Den State Park
Ride One: Fossil Flats ride at Devil’s Den State Park
2:00 pm Tuesday, November 8, 2016 

Tires roll at 2:00 pm Nov. 8th at the trailhead in camping area A. For those needing a shuttle to and from the ride, meet up with Ozark Spokes and Floats at the Bentonville Square at 12:30 p.m. Shuttle price is $30 per person. Please check with Phat Tire Bikes for prices on rental bikes if you need one. We expect to have you back at the Square by 5:30 p.m. Updates are available on the Facebook Event Page.

The ride will have 6 or 12-mile options and will be led by local riders. The trail is everything from flow to technical hand cut and everything in between. Devil’s Den State Park hosted the first mountain bike festival in the state in 1989 and currently hosts two mountain bike festivals each year. It is considered the birthplace of Arkansas Mountain Biking. Shuttle Registration

 

Hobbs State Park - Conservation Area
Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area
Ride Two: Hidden Diversity Trail at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area
9:00 am Sunday, November 13, 2016

Tires roll at the Townsend Ridge Trailhead. For those needing a shuttle to and from the ride, meet up with Ozark Spokes and Floats at the Bentonville Square at 8:00 a.m. Shuttle price is $30 per person. Please check with Phat Tire Bikes for prices on rental bikes if you need one. We expect to have you back at the Square by 12:15 p.m. Updates are available on the Facebook Event Page.

Arkansas Cycling & Fitness.

The Hobbs ride will have 9 and 15-mile options that include lots of flow and is non-technical. These trails are 11 years old and some of the best riding in the state. The unique rock just below the surface allows for quick draining so rain is not a problem with riding here. The entire system includes 23 miles of trail. Shuttle Registration

 

For more information on the IMBA World Summit go to their website.

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