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  • Project Echelon Goes Beyond Racing At Joe Martin
    by Kai Caddy on May 22, 2022 at 12:31 am

    Project Echelon Racing is partnering with Pedal It Forward this weekend at the Walmart Joe Martin Stage Race to support the community.

  • US Pro Cup Partners with FloBikes
    by Kai Caddy on April 12, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    FloBikes will stream every race of the Moosejaw U.S. Pro Cup p/b OZ Trails on April 20-24. The event will be hosted at Centennial Park in Fayetteville for a second consecutive year.

  • Women Of OZ To Host Mountain Bike Summit
    by Kai Caddy on April 12, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Women of OZ, a Non-profit, women focused organization based in Northwest Arkansas, has announced the inaugural Women of OZ Sunset Summit in Bentonville on Sept. 16-17.

  • Walmart Becomes Title Sponsor Of Joe Martin Stage Race
    by Kai Caddy on March 25, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    The longest-running stage race in the U.S. will roll into Fayetteville this spring with a new title sponsor. Walmart is making a “meaningful” investment to the race, according to Dan Bartlett, the company’s executive vice president for corporate affairs. “The Joe Martin Stage Race has a deep, rich heritage here in the region,” Bartlett said. “Many young children across America’s first experience with cycling comes with buying a bike from Walmart. And for us, to be on the other side of the spectrum of promoting and helping support some of the greatest athletes our country has in a sport that is growing like it is – it just seemed like an opportunity we couldn't pass up.”Bartlett wouldn’t disclose the dollar amount of the sponsorship. The partnership was facilitated by Ozark Outdoor Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to creating healthy and enriching outdoor experiences in Arkansas. Walmart’s sponsorship will enable the race organization to livestream the final stage, and provide enhanced video coverage and live tracking of the racers in the other stages. It will also bring equity to the women’s race.“Livestreaming the race and remaining on the UCI calendar are really important for our women's teams,” race director Bruce Dunn said. “We are able to offer a greater purse for both men and women. And so that's something that we're very excited about. Interesting enough, on the international level, the purses are not equalized. They will be at the Walmart Joe Martin Stage Race. When you're doing two races, two rolling enclosures on the same day, you want to make sure you have equal assets and support. And now that's going to be a possibility.”Defending women’s champion, Skylar Schneider of L39GION of Los Angeles, has raced Joe Martin since 2016, the first year she was eligible to race in a UCI event.“It was my first podium in a UCI race and I believe that opened a lot of doors for me in my career,” she said. “After that, I spent three years on the No. 1 ranked team in the world. And last year, I came back to the U.S. to join the most important team in the world and that was L39ION. And in August, we were able to participate in Joe Martin and that was my first UCI overall win. So this race has had a big impact in my career, as well as many other cyclists. And it's really inspiring to hear the emphasis it's going to have on women in the sport in particular. Since August, I've had the opportunity to visit Bentonville a number of times, and it definitely has a piece of my heart. And it's inspiring to see the women's community there. And any part I can play in inspiring more women to get on bikes, either recreationally or to race — that gives me a lot of fulfillment.”Eric Hill, founder of the Project Echelon race team, said Fayetteville has become a second home to the team. “We're really excited for this new platform in this growth that Walmart is bringing to be able to share our mission of educating, equipping and empowering veterans through physical activity at another level, and to be able to showcase the talents of our athletes on our team through this platform,” he said.Dunn said the sponsorship will open up possibilities for future growth beyond Fayetteville, maybe even into different parts of the state beyond Northwest Arkansas. “The ultimate goal is not only to make the Walmart Joe Martin Stage Race the largest competitive road cycling race in North America,” he said. “But it's my dream and hope to elevate professional cycling in the United States to the same level as many of the other professional races and sports in our country.”

  • Stepanik Conquers DOOM
    by Kai Caddy on March 25, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Brett Stepanik of Madison, Wis., began 2022 in grand fashion. Stepanik, 36, became the first known person to complete the Ozark Gravel DOOM route created by Andrew Onermaa, a founder of Ozark Gravel Cyclists. Stepanik completed the 376-mile route in three days, 12 hours and nine minutes.The route begins at the Oark General Store and features 41,375 feet of elevation gain in an extremely remote section of the Ozark National Forest. The route averages 110 feet of elevation gain or loss per mile. Riders are either climbing or descending; there aren’t a lot of chances for recovery. As if the route weren’t daunting enough, Stepanik completed it during a particularly chilly week. Temperatures dipped into the low teens at night and barely topped freezing during the day.Oh, and he did this all on a single speed. Stepanik owns the endurance bikepacking single speed triple crown, clocking fastest known times on the Arizona Trail, Tour Divide and Colorado Trail. He also set the FKT for single speed at the Arkansaw High Country Race in October.

  • McElveen Joins Allied
    by Kai Caddy on March 25, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Payson McElveen, a two-time National Marathon Mountain Bike Champion and two-time winner of The Mid-South, has signed a multi-year contract with Bentonville-based bike manufacturer Allied Cycle Works. McElveen, 28, also hosts a popular podcast “The Adventure Stache” and in 2021 created the Bentonville Trail Challenge in which he rode all 140-plus miles of singletrack in Bentonville in one day. "I am thrilled to begin this next chapter of my career with Allied Cycle Works,” McElveen said. “It became clear to me that Allied designs and makes the absolute best bikes, then focuses on marketing them. That's unusual in an industry where brands often craft their product development around marketing constraints.”McElveen has been selected to race in the Life Time Grand Prix, a six-race off-road series that includes three mountain bike races and three gravel races. The series finale will be the 100-mile Big Sugar Gravel race in Bentonville. Allied doesn’t currently manufacture a mountain bike frame. McElveen will also receive support from The Meteor cafe, a bike shop and cafe with locations in Bentonville and Austin, Texas.

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  • A Weekend on the Buffalo National River
    by Brad Denman on October 17, 2016 at 12:09 am

    It was a beautiful weekend on the Buffalo National River. We had the opportunity to spend time with the Buffalo River National Park Service for the first ever Buffalo River Biathlon and Trail Run. Let me just say....we loved every minute of it.  […]

  • Buffalo National River Biathlon and Trail Run
    by Brad Denman on September 25, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    In a few short week, we will be on our way to this super cool event. The National Park Service decided to marry two of our favorite things together: Running and paddling. And it's a race to the finish.  […]


  • Nutty Runner Nut Brown Ale’s Very Own 5K
    by admin on June 1, 2022 at 5:31 pm

    If you enjoy exercising outdoors as much as you love craft beer, save the date for this quintessential Fayetteville race! Throw back a pint at every mile marker, including the finish line. The Nutty Runner 5K returns to the streets of downtown Fayetteville on Saturday, June 11, 2022! Columbus House Brewery, established Fayetteville Ale Trail The post Nutty Runner Nut Brown Ale’s Very Own 5K appeared first on Aletrail.

  • Pack Rat Pint Night Returns
    by admin on March 22, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Pint Night at Pack Rat Outdoor Center is quintessential Fayetteville – and a treat for anyone who loves local beer – and we sure are glad it’s back! Fayetteville Ale Trail breweries Fossil Cove Brewing Co. and Crisis Brewing are slinging the brews for the first event of the season, Pint Night #1, on March The post Pack Rat Pint Night Returns appeared first on Aletrail.

  • Arkansas Craft Beer Week 2022
    by admin on March 7, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    WHEREAS local beer brewed in Northwest Arkansas is the best beer… Okay, it didn’t go exactly like that. But Governor Asa Hutchinson really has declared March 6-12, 2022 Arkansas Craft Beer Week!  Those of us already in the know about the Fayetteville Ale Trail and the delectable brews we’re graced with in Northwest Arkansas are The post Arkansas Craft Beer Week 2022 appeared first on Aletrail.

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  • 4 Innovative Education Programs in NW Arkansas – Axios
    by aronshelton on May 27, 2022 at 5:37 pm

    Schools across the NWA region are leaning into students’ talents — whether those lie in academic, technical or artistic fields — in an effort to prepare them for the workforce.… The post 4 Innovative Education Programs in NW Arkansas – Axios appeared first on Finding NWA.

  • Out with Car Parks, in with Bike Lanes – The Economist
    by aronshelton on May 26, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    Bentonville is a boom town. Between 2010 and 2020 its population grew by over 50%, to 54,000. The wider region is the 13th-fastest-growing in America.… The post Out with Car Parks, in with Bike Lanes – The Economist appeared first on Finding NWA.

  • Walmart Holds Top Spot in 2022 Fortune 500, Tyson Foods (81) and JB Hunt (311)
    by aronshelton on May 24, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    NW Arkansas’ Big 3 (Walmart, Tyson and J.B. Hunt) made the annual list published by Fortune magazine that ranks the 500 largest U.S. companies by total revenue for the respective fiscal year.… The post Walmart Holds Top Spot in 2022 Fortune 500, Tyson Foods (81) and JB Hunt (311) appeared first on Finding NWA.


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