The Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission unveiled on Thursday a new, downhill-specific mountain biking trail system at Lake Leatherwood. The trails are driven by gravity, which means riders do not have to pedal because they are going downhill while encountering obstacles like jumps or drops. The downhill park was funded by a $1 million investment from the Walton Family Foundation.
The City of Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas are partnering to bring a bike share system to Fayetteville. Officials from both entities are reviewing vendors who have submitted proposals for a bike share service, which is expected to be up and running by fall. The system will be dock-less, which means users in Fayetteville will use a smartphone app to access bikes wherever they are.
Officials gathered on the southeast section of The Jones Center campus yesterday to host a groundbreaking ceremony for the Runway Bike Park. The project is expected to be finished by Labor Day. The park will be the site of the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship Final Oct. 13.
Although Chuck Campbell quit the 2,745-mile Tour Divide race through the Rocky Mountains, it led him to the Adventure Cycling Association and the realization that Arkansas did not have a mapped bike touring route. Campbell decided to change that and is now mapping a 1,400-mile route through the Ozarks and Ouachitas using a GPS unit.
The Natural State Criterium Series took place in Bentonville, Rogers and Springdale this weekend and attracted more than 200 amateur and elite road cyclists from around the country and the world to Northwest Arkansas' downtowns. The riders competed in several different categories over the course of three days for $50,000 in cash prizes. The event was organized by Bike NWA, which strives to create a more bike-friendly region.