100 is a good round number, an impressive number when matched with feats of strength, skill and endurance. It’s the number of bottles of beer on the wall when you start a long trip in the car, each century contains exactly 100 years, it may even mean something special in binary code (first one of you computer nerds who can answer that one to my satisfaction gets a sticker). 100 miles is also a theme cropping up in central Arkansas this time of year.
Two classic 100 mile events coming up soon are the the Arkansas Traveller 100 Foot Race on October 5-6 , and the Joe Weber Arky 100 Bike Ride on October 13th but before we get that far out how about these two…
The Big Dam Bridge 100
It’s way more than you think; sure the big ride is Saturday morning September 28th and what a ride it is. Currently the largest 100 mile ride in the state, organizers are expecting over 2500 riders. Of course the 100 mile is the one to do with beautiful climbs and descents in the foothills of the Ouachita mountains and two trips across the Big Dam Bridge, it’s quickly becoming a bucket list event.
But this year there are
added events a party after the ride hosted by the Capital Hotel and Orbea USA. You may have heard of a partnership between them and Spokes Little Rock, this is their first public collaboration and you don’t want to miss it.
First, the Capital Hotel/Orbea Street Party happens Saturday night after the ride from 6pm to 9pm at Main Street & Second ($40 if you purchase tickets by 9/18). Don’t miss this fun:
- Pig Roast
- Live Music from Runaway Planet
- Diamond Bear Beer
- Elite and Pro Riders Meet & Greet (I’m told George Hincapie may be there)
- Orbea Showcase: Exclusive look at the latest models
Second, Orbea Ride and Lunch on Sunday September 29th from 11am – 1pm. This consists of an easy ride from the site of the new Orbea shop at Second and Main to Scott Heritage Farm for lunch made from peak season local ingredients on site and served in the Capital Hotel’s “Southern Comfortable” style. This is a no drop ride and runs $55 until 9/18 and $65 after that.
How about a whole weekend including a couple of nights at the Capital Hotel and all that cool stuff above? Yes, this can all be yours, check out our article from last week.
100 Miles to Everywhere
Last year Lisa and I did a ride that went all over central Arkansas as part of a virtual charity ride that covered 100 miles. We stopped and took photos at all kind of places along the way, many only known to locals. Michael Chaffin with the Capital Hotel saw it and it got him thinking, which means wonderful things will happen.
Here is how his plan works: Remember the hashtag #100milestoeverywhere. Now, ride your bike or run around central Arkansas, roughly within a 100 mile radius of Little Rock, if you’re into exact amounts calculate from the front door of the Capital Hotel and congratulations on already winning the sticker. When you see something cool, different, exotic, well lit, unique, beautiful, impressive, special, or odd, take a picture of it with your phone and post it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram including the hashtag (#100milestoeverywhere) for your chance at weekly and monthly prize drawings. If you don’t do the social media thing email the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also load them directly to the 100 Miles to Everywhere Facebook Page. Make sure you have location services turned on or add the location in your description. It’s just that easy.