Learn new skills!
Ride new trails!
Make new friends!!
Learn new skills!
Ride new trails!
Make new friends!!
The hard working folks at Chumba Cycles USA are the title sponsor of this years Pace Bend Race and Festival. Chumba hand builds mountain bike frames just outside of Austin in Spicewood, right around the corner from Pace Bend Park. The Austin Ridge Riders and stoked to have their support this year and we have some pretty great things planned. Stay tuned…
Please congratulate the newly elected 2017 BOD for the Austin Ridge Riders. Some new faces this year to round out the board which should add some new thought leadership as ARR continues to expand!
President- Charlie Riou
Vice President- Geo Meyer
Treasurer- Jeff Daugherty
Secretary- Valerie Sinclair
Bike Patrol- Shawn Riggs
Ride Like a Girl- Cindy Abbott
Kids Trips- Robert Hansen
Trails Programs- Kent Browning
Club Ride- Brooke Davis
Special Events- Chris Mosch
Grants Administration- Aric Meyer
Membership & Volunteer- John Kozak
Marketing & Communication- Woody Harrison
We also want to thank our former board members from years past who have helped serve the Austin mountain bike community.
Click Here for a copy of final November BOD meeting notes
Please see the October Board Meeting Notes at the link below.
A lot of stuff going on with the Ridge Riders!
The Austin Ridge Riders Board of Directors is made up of a team of mountain biking enthusiasts who work together to plan and administer a variety of activities that support the club’s mission and goals.
We will be accepting nominations for the 2017 Board of Directors from November 17th through December 1st.
Nominations must be submitted via surveymonkey using this link https://www.surveymonkey.
Nominees for officer positions (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) must be current club members in good standing who have previously served on the Board of Directors. Nominees for at-large director positions must be current club members in good standing who have been an ARR member for at least one year. Each at-large member takes responsibility for one of the club’s programs or primary functions. You may nominate yourself or another eligible club member. Please speak with any potential nominee to confirm their interest in serving as an ARR board member prior to submitting your nomination.
General expectations of board members:
–ability to work as team member in the accomplishment of program activities and goals
–regular attendance at monthly board meetings and any special meetings as required
–regular participation in club activities including club rides, trail work and special events
–acting in accordance with the club’s bylaws, policies and procedures
–serving as an ambassador for the club with the mountain biking community, service providers, land owners, sponsors and other community partners
For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s official, the 2016 Cranksgiving event is back and better than ever. Come join the Austin Ridge Riders for a fun filled day of riding at Reimers Ranch! How many laps can you do? The more laps, the more chances to win a great Kuat Bike rack!
Remember, this is not a race. It is a ride to do as many laps as you can! And have fun! Please come out and support the Austin Ridge Riders so they can contiue to keep Mountain Biking awesome in Austin!
Please register at https://www.bikereg.com/austin-ridge-riders-cranksgiving
A month ago, we let you know about a great place to go ride for a destination ride that was close to Austin This weekend, a few of us Ridge Riders took our own advice and made the trip to NW Arkansas to enjoy the awesome trails. We were not disappointed! Now we know why IMBA is making this the destination of their world summit next month! Even Danny Mckaskell and Hans Rey swinging by!
The trip to itself was about an 8 1/2 hour drive to get to our AirBNB just north of Bentonville, which was a great location since it was 45 minutes max to all of the trail heads. Some of the trail heads were actually less than 10 minutes away.
For this trip, we hit 6 trail systems in 4 days (Mt Kessler, Slaughter Penn, Blowing Springs, Back 40, Lake Leatherwood and Hobbs State Park). Each of these trails had its own unique quality that it made well worth the trip! See below for a brief write up on the trails if you are looking for something different than Colorado or Utah! We suggest you also download MTB Project for more information. It was a great resource to us.
Hobbs State Park– This trail is a fast flowy single track with long smooth downhills and long easy climbs. They claim there is 24 miles of trail, although we did not experience all of it. The trail is very scenic and mostly wooded with oak and hickory trees, with a stop at the lake. This trail can be ridden when conditions are wet.
Back 40– The back 40 is a trail system that starts in Bella Vista, just north of Bentonville and actually connects to the Blowing Spring trails and then to Slaughter Pen. The back 40 has awesome flowy machine cut flowy trails with long climbs, jumps, table tops, and berms. It also has a trail system called “ledges” which will test you skill on a very narrow ledge with sharp rock features and steep drop offs. We sustained 4 flats on this section, and one bloody crash! A lot of fun, especially since it was only 5 minutes from town and they did a great job of connecting the trails.
Blowing Springs and Slaughter Pen are a connected trails that are all located between Bella Vista and Bentonville. These trails are awesome fast flowy trails with jumps, berms, rocks, drops, decent climbs, and wooden features. Don’t get confused by the location being so close to town, as they do a phenomenal job with the topography and really enable you to max out on speed while giving some very technical features. Slaughter Pen has a downhill berm track with some berms, jumps, and a couple wooden walls to rail. (Be careful on these, as we left some skin from some crashes). These are must hit trails if you make the trip. Get a map and be sure to explore it all!
Mt Kessler was the hardest of the trails systems we hit. This trail started with a climb, and then slowly added a rock garden to the climb to make it even more difficult. The scenery was awesome on this trail, and the rock gardens were vicious, especially if you were not paying attention on the wet rocks! This trail also had some awesome technical downhills and had one of the more challenging drops we found on the entire trip. If you are going to hit Mt Kessler, bring your climb legs, make sure you have good route planned out, and don’t forget to hit the drops!
Lake Leatherwood is probably the furthest trail from Bentonville we rode, and was also the trail that we initially were the least impressed with. The trail started out circling a lake and was slightly muddy do to the recent rains, which made it tough to navigate on the rocks and roots. However, about half way through the ride, we transitioned a different part of the trail system that was awesome. The scenery was beautiful, the climbs were bearable, the downhills were fast and fun, and the rocks were large! Oh, and did I mentioned the awesome downhill trail with monster (insane) drops and jumps! Worth the trip just for this section.
If you and your buds are looking for a destination to get your ride on, maybe you should try NorthWest Arkansas. This place has been chosen by IMBA as the location of the world summit this November, so you know it will be good! Check out the attached link to get more info on this great location for awesome mountain biking!
Please see attached for meeting notes.