Learn new skills!
Ride new trails!
Make new friends!!
Learn new skills!
Ride new trails!
Make new friends!!
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.
Angel Fire Bike Park is now an official IMBA member! To kick that off they are hosting an annual IMBA weekend with discounts for IMBA members. Please check out the information information on their IMBA weekend coming up on August 12-14th. They will be having some entertainment, 50% off lift tickets, a Fire 5 Race, a real good lodging discount, shuttles to XC trails, and a few other things going on. This is something they hope to do each year and really hope to elaborate on the trail building and education aspect of this weekend.
You wanted more Mountain Biking events, so you got it! Come join us in viewing the most anticipated MTB movie of the year! You never know what else we may have in store for you! We hope to see you all there!
What: Movie time
When: August 10th, 6 pm
Where: Alamo Draft House, Lakeline
Why: Because it is going to be a blast!
Please review the May meeting notes attached. Great things are happening in Austin!
*** Bluff Creek Ranch trails need your help ***
Come on out to Bluff Creek Ranch for trail work day . . . . let’s get the trails ready for the ARR Club ride on June 18th.
Allen will be cooking up some Longhorn Burgers and a camping pass will be given to ALL those who come out and participate in this trail work day. ** BYOB ** in the can, if at all possible!
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Where: Bluff Creek Ranch – 537 Owl Creek Road, Warda,TX
Meet: at the Ranch House
When: Thursday, June 16th
Time: 8:00 am – 1:00pm – Arrival 7:45am
Please arrive at the ranch at @7:45 and meet at the ranch house. If you come late, no worries, you can text 512-791-5791and we can let you know where we are working.
Looking forward to seeing y’all out there!! Be sure to RSVP below!
1101 Walnut Creek Park Rd., Austin, TX
We have a lot of new people to the group (welcome!) so it is a good time to get together. This is a class on bike patrol, what we are all about and what we do. It will be an educational session and attending will provide you the information and knowledge to help prepare you to become a bike patrol member. We will also discuss the other components needed to become a patroller and the benefits as well as quick introduction to Austin Ridge Riders Club – further information can be found at: https://www.imba.com/nmbp
Please review the April 2016 BOD meeting minutes. See updates pertaining to:
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There has been a lot of public opinion about the lack of trail etiquette from Mountain Bikers at some of our local parks, specifically Walnut Creek. We want to reinforce to the everyone that we fully support trail etiquette per the IMBA Rules of the Trail. We understand that many people use the trails for a variety of reasons, and we are committed to doing our best to share these with the public. Below we have identified some of the things that we are doing to reinforce this to the mountain bike community and some action items specifically for Walnut Creek.
1) We have always included training on Trail Etiquette per the IMBA Rules of the Trail (https://www.imba.com/sites/
2) We are looking for permission to post some signs with the Rules of the Trail. Perhaps we can use some space in the new kiosk at the trail head. This will help for anyone who looks, but many riders never look at the kiosk so we are also requesting permission to add some stickers to the Carsonite sign posts on the trails. We want to add a yellow triangle that shows who yields to who. We have similar stickers at Slaughter Creek Trail with horses (has right of way), hikers (yields to horse) and bikers (yields to everybody).
3) At Walnut Creek, we need to clearly define what parts of the park are off-leash and what parts are leash required. Many people consider all of Walnut Creek Park to be an off-leash dog park which causes some confusion for dog walkers and bikers.
We understand that people need to be educated and we will do all we can to educate the public and the Austin Ridge Rider members; however we also understand that even if all of the Ridge Riders yield and are polite to everyone they meet, we expect there will still be issues. Not all mountain bikers are members of the Austin Ridge Riders. It is likely that the riders causing many of the issues are relatively new riders who are riding aggressively at a busy park because they don’t know any better. We (ARR) have little influence with them unless we can attract them to our group and to other trails. That may not be easy to do, but we will try our best. We are asking all of you law abiding mountain bikers to help us keep our trails by obeying the rules and sharing your knowledge with others!