Back Calf Neil and Katy Simmons

I used to ride a bike everywhere as a kid, but it was never for sport. It was for freedom. I got into cycling because my knees got tired of running. I would always see cyclists pass me and remember how much I loved bikes. So I bought one and stopped running, and it spiraled from there. 

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The state of bike commuting

In 2016, Governor Hutchinson said he wanted Arkansas to be known as “the cycling hub of the South.” That doesn’t seem far-fetched, considering the infrastructure in place already and ongoing developments. We’ve got five “epic” mountain bike trails, tied with Colorado for the second-most in the country, and the bike-loving grandsons of Walmart founder Sam Walton seem dedicated to making Northwest Arkansas an international destination for mountain biking.

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When the Rubber Meets the Silk Road

Little Rock pro-cycling power couple Ernie and Scotti Lechuga never met a challenge they didn’t find a way to overcome. Known in Arkansas for the Leborne Coaching service they launched in 2010, which now includes the Kickr Studio training facility in Little Rock’s Stifft Station neighborhood, they credit cycling for carrying them through some of the greatest physical and mental challenges in life.

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Second Act

IN 2008, the year he was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, Nat Ross retired. He was 36 and had been racing for more than two decades, since he was a teenager. He’d been dominant as a member of the Subaru-Gary Fisher Mountain Bike Team, racking up 40 solo 24-hour races, including nine victories. He’d competed in the first X Games in 1997 (as both a pro skier and mountain biker).

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Fifty Miles in Fifty States

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. 

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Wheels of Change

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.”

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Gearing up for The Big One

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.

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The Art of School Cycling

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.

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