Check here every Tuesday for a fitness fix rundown. I’ll be
on the lookout for running, cycling, tri’s, adventure races, and other active
outlets taking place around the state that I’ll highlight each week. This week: National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
I just took my mountain bike
to the shop for a tune up and it got me thinking about new routes out there. As luck would have it, in a couple of weeks there will be new trails in Little Rock. Joe
Jacobs at Arkansas State Parks sent word that Pinnacle Mountain State Park will
be hosting the dedication of two new mountain bike trails as part of the
celebration of National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day October 2. They will
begin at 9 by dedicating the .70 mile Rabbit Ridge Mountain Biking Trail (a
beginner trail) and the 7.40 mile JackFork Mountain Biking Trail (an
intermediate to advanced trail) This will be followed by an inaugural ride of
the JackFork Mountain Biking Trail.
Arkansas is quickly gaining
a foothold as one of nation’s premier spots for mountain biking. Some standout trails include the state’s two Epics: The Womble Trail, a single-track route
across the Ouachitas maintained by mountain bikers since the 1980s, and the 50-mile
Syllamo Mountain Bike Trail System in Mountain View. Each year the
International Mountain Biking Association, IMBA, selects a handful of trails around
the world that receive this special “Epic” status. These are defined as ‘must
ride’ routes for riders around the world to try out. The Ouachita National
Recreation Trail, a 192-mile trail (137 miles open to mountain bikes) running
east to west through the Ouachita Mountains, is also a popular long route. For information on trails
across the state, click here.
Happy riding out there!