Peggy and Lee Muncy first met in the early 1990s when attending a master’s swim class at the Little Rock Racquet Club. Lee was in training for a Canadian Ironman triathlon, and Peggy simply liked to swim and wanted to get in shape. Romance bloomed, and they wed in October 1992. Of the twelve swimmers in the group, four paired off and got married.
Sheila McDonald is one of those rare individuals for whom no athletic activity presents too steep a challenge. A self-described gym rat and all-around fitness enthusiast, the Pine Bluff native wears well the nickname she picked up some time ago, “Wonder Woman.”
On September 29, cyclists wanting to take on the challenge of riding a bicycle 100 miles will have their chance at Arkansas’s largest cycling tour, the Big Dam Bridge 100 (BDB100). Of the 3000-plus entrants, more than 1000 of them will register for the 100-mile route. As these cyclists roll their bikes to the starting line, they bring with them a variety of goals and expectations for their ride.
Four years ago, the Arkansas Arts Academy hired new CEO Mary Ley, and the first thing she did was add cycling to the curriculum. “Cycling has made positive impacts on the students, staff, school culture and even the arts,” Mrs. Ley says. “And if cycling were a student, I would give it an A+.” Here are a few of the specific areas in which cycling has played a role at the Arkansas Arts Academy.
Cayden Parker just competed and placed first in the USA Cycling 2018 Mountain Bike National Championships in the 13-14 Cross Country Category and the 11-14 Short Track Cross Country events. Finn Parker competed in 11-12 Cross Country Category and placed ninth out of 34 competitors.
Mountain biking in Arkansas has exploded in recent years, and trail construction has expanded right along with it. There have been many new trails built in just the past year alone.
The 2018 National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) Annual Conference came to Bentonville this summer. It was the largest and most successful conference event in NICA’s history. This benchmark event brought 150 leaders together from 22 states, including California and New York.
Breakaway Cycling was founded as a 501(c)(3) in October 2016 to fill the growing need for junior/young road cyclists across Northwest Arkansas. The vision for the team consisted of creating a positive environment for young cyclists, no matter what level of riding skill they have achieved and no matter their exact goals.
Enduro mountain bike racing has arrived big-time in the Natural State with the 2018 Arkansas Enduro Series! The first race, held May 19-20 in Red Star, Arkansas on the Upper Buffalo Mountain Bike Trail, drew international recognition by qualifying athletes for the Euduro World Series.
Phase One of Hot Springs’ world-class Northwoods system of biking trails will be dedicated the weekend of November 16 – 18 in conjunction with running and mountain biking competitions.