Three-day Mountain Bike Festival in November

Three-day Mountain Bike Festival in November to Mark Anniversary of Opening of Hot Springs’ New Biking Trail System

HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — A three-day mountain biking festival named after a Norse warrior will be held in November to help celebrate the one-year anniversary of the opening of Hot Springs’ new Northwoods Trail System.

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New Traffic Law for Cyclists

Arkansas is now the second state in the country that allows people on bicycles to treat stop signs as yield signs and red lights like stop signs.

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NICA 2018 Student Mountain Biking National Conference

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.

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CREATING THE FUTURE OF CYCLING

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.

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ARKANSAS ENDURO SERIES

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.  

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Hot Springs Northwoods Trails

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.

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Eight Week Program for Novice Female Riders

Cathe Carnes and former Jonesboro resident Sally Broadaway were out on a group ride of mostly women along a county highway when she saw the need for a cycling class. “It was a hilly, winding road and I watched in horror as some of them rode three or four abreast along those curves,” she recalled. “Then Sally had a at, and the group left us behind on the side of the road. We decided, right there on Highway 226, we needed to teach some etiquette, road rules and street smarts.”

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NWA School Brings Wheels to the Classroom

The recreational cycling scene in Arkansas has grown considerably in recent years. Thanks to local advocacy efforts and generous funding, miles of biking trails and cycling parks have been built. These great resources provide ample opportunities for young people in our state to explore their communities on bike. Too often, however, bicycling is relegated to a recreational activity. Thaden School’s Wheels program offers an innovative alternative: bring cycling into the classroom.

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Bicycling Provides $137 Million in Economic Benefits

With an increasing number of locals and tourists taking advantage of its network of natural- surface trails and shared-use paved paths, bicycling provided $137 million in economic benefits to Northwest Arkansas in 2017. According to three new studies from the Walton Family Foundation, the region has reaped these positive economic, social and health benefits while still managing to keep its trail building costs lower than many regions with comparable bicycle infrastructure.

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Come Play in the Dirt

Northwest Arkansas (NWA) is fast becoming recognized as the mountain bike mecca of the country. In 2016, Bentonville was chosen to host the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) World Summit. In 2017, NWA was selected as the test location for Bike magazine’s “Bible of Bike Test.” In October 2018, Bentonville will host the Outerbike expo.

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Lyon College Joins Varsity Program

USA Cycling has added Lyon College to the list of varsity cycling programs. Lyon College is the second program to join the list from the South Central Conference.

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New Cycling Club at UA Little Rock

Before moving to Arkansas with his wife to pursue graduate school, Martial Trigeaud was a semi-professional cyclist in France. While Trigeaud, now a business consultant with the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, was thrilled with the beautiful trails and mountain biking opportunities in Arkansas, he was disappointed to find there was no competitive biking club at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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Hot Springs Initiative for NICA

The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) of Arkansas is growing to include Hot Springs! A new junior high and high school team is being formed to include students from Hot Springs and the surrounding area.

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