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Ride new trails!
Make new friends!!
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
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!
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!
As you may be aware Travis County Parks has published their 10 year Master Plan and had held public meetings.Public comment has been extended until May 1Apparently Travis County has NOT heard from the Mountain Bikers, it’s obvious we are happy with how things are going.BUT…. the Commissioner of Precinct 3 is under pressure to locate and develop intramural fields. Which is not a bad thing for a growing community… but with no input from bikers, the Commissioners may hear loudly from a minority and react to that.We are requesting you to state how important the mountain bike resource of Reimers Ranch is, and how important additional biking areas are to their enjoyment of Travis County Parks.Can we get your support?The link above has the email that comments need to be sent to.The comments should state:1. How important the current access is to the user.2. How additional parkland for similar access is needed considering the writer’s perspective of additional new users in the area.I apologize for the last minute plea for support, but it is not to late to help.Thanks so much for your assistance with this!
IMBA’s Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day strives to encourage communities in the U.S.A. and around the world to join together and ride mountain bikes with kids. Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day (TKMBD) events range in size from a few kids and families to several hundred gathering at a local park or trailhead. IMBA clubs and chapters, retail shops, Trips for Kids, schools, scouts and community groups are encouraged to host events. Last year over 15,000 kids and family members participated in 150+ community events in the U.S. Several events were registered in other countries including: Italy, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Malaysia, and Mexico. You, your family or your company are encouraged to join the fun and participate in IMBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.
Celebrate Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day on June 11, 2016 and October 1, 2016.
Come help us celebrate the first annual spring edition of TKMBD. The second Saturday in June is the official ride date, designated by the U.S. Congress. While we strive to celebrate Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day on this date, other dates may be acceptable depending on seasonal conditions and other events occurring in your region.
This year’s TKMBD theme is based on IMBA’s four tenants: Speak, Build, Respect, Ride. IMBA will provide an educational activity plan for participants to learn about what it means to be an advocate AND mountain biker.
The Texas State Mountain Bike summit is coming to the Austin area April 15-17th. Check out the itinerary and schedule here. Conference fees are $50 with discounts for ARR members! Come learn about mountain biking in Texas and grab a couple laps at lake Georgetown(our only epic area trail). To register please click on the itinerary link above!
We look forward to seeing you there!