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    Great info. Heading up tomorrow.
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    Outerbike plans Bentonville, Arkansas, event for 2018

    MOAB, Utah (BRAIN) Western Spirit Cycling, the organizer of the Outerbike demo events, is planning one for Bentonville, Arkansas for next October.

    Western Spirit plans four Outerbikes for next year: spring and fall events in Moab, an August event in Crested Butte, Colorado, and the new Bentonville event in late October.

    "Outerbike is focused on one thing: providing world class demo opportunities for riders. We are working to give riders across the country a chance to get in on the action, and the amazing OZ Trails in Bentonville will be a great compliment to Outerbike in Crested Butte and Moab," said Ashley Korenblat, the CEO of Western Spirit Cycling. "By adding new dates and locations, more cyclists will have the chance to try before they buy and meet the companies directly."

    Bentonville has built a worldclass trail system as it has developed a bike friendly community. The town hosted the IMBA World Summit last year.

    The 2018 Outerbike schedule will be:

    Moab Spring Outerbike 4/6-8
    Crested Butte Outerbike 8/17-8/19
    Moab Fall Outerbike 10/5-10/7
    Bentonville Outerbike 10/26-28

    More information at outerbike.com.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tree magnet View Post
    Since it's all the rage right now, I headed North with some riding buddies to check out Bentonville last weekend. It was a shorter drive than going to Winter Park and wasn't tough to drive in a day.

    Lodging: We stayed in an AirBnB house right next to the Back 40 trail system in Bella Vista. Dude bought the house next door just to rent out and was setting it up for mountain bikers. He had an air compressor in the garage to set tubeless tires and was planning on putting in a bike stand and some tools. Relatively cheap if you split it and it slept 7 to 8 so you can bring the whole crew.

    Town: Bentonville is a smallish town but you wouldn't know it by looking at the downtown. There is some serious Walmart money floating around and it shows with the houses, museums, and amenities. As was mentioned before, the town is essentially closed down on Sunday. Bella Vista is one or two towns North of Bentonville but all the towns essentially run together. It's easy to get around so it doesn't matter where you stay (IMO).

    Bike shops: Phat Tire was unimpressive. We went there twice and got shit for service and trail input. I needed a bite valve for my camelback and ended up at Cabellas to get it. Several in the group were willing to throw some cash at them for a koozie or shirt but they didn't have either. Odd. I heard that the Mojo Bikeshop (go figure on the name) was much better. I'll be going there next time.

    Trails: The only thing really that matters.

    Day 1: I went up a day early with another gravity oriented rider and we headed to Coler Preserve. It was amazing. 100% worth the trip just for that morning of riding. The top of the mountain has a steel elevated structure called "the Hub" that you ride up and then launch off into one of the trails. As luck would have it, we ran into some other Austin and Texas riders up there who had made the trip to see it all for themselves. Everyone was impressed with what we were seeing. It took us a few runs down the milder jump trail (Fireline) before we got into a rhythm and felt comfortable hitting the bigger lines. The 'enduro' line (Rock Solid) had several stone lipped gap jumps at the top of the trail. We bypassed these a couple of times and then opened it up and hit them. They are perfectly built and flow nicely as long as you keep up your speed. I started to forget they were gap jumps after a bit despite looking at the back side the landing each time and concentrating on my front wheel clearing the lip.

    We took a few trips down Cease and Desist which is the DH jump line and it was fun but you really needed to be smooth to keep up enough speed to clear all the tables. Needless to say, I wasn't smooth enough so I was pedaling like mad a few jumps in just to keep clearing them. There is a wooden drop and then the trail corkscrews around to a huge steel run-up drop that goes over the trail called the "Hammer". It took watching a few guys hit it before we had the nerve but again after adopting the 'F it, I'm here and I'm not getting any younger' attitude, we dropped it multiple times. Super fun and as long as you hold on and don't think about it, not a problem.

    Finished Coler riding some of Copperhead and a few other trails on the back side with some fun wooden features. Good times and my fork/shock were glad to have survived. After a late lunch we played around at the Railyard skills park for the rest of the day. This place is a free skills park with a professional crew maintaining a pump track session line and some super fun flowy jump lines. My buddy had his DJ bike with him but I did it all on my 160 mm AM bike and had a blast. I guarantee that if you spend some time at the Railyard, you will progress and gain confidence. There are progressive features there from beginner to pro and you can ride all day without getting too tired. Super fun.

    Day 2: The rest of the crew arrived on Friday night and we hit the Back 40 going CW from the Buckingham trail head. We threw in the flowrider and ledges trail and totaled around 27 miles by the time we made it home. This entire Back 40 trail looks like it was bench cut by riders who know how to maximize smiles per mile. I would definitely suggest going CCW instead of CW but we still rode many sections that were long and full of sweet rollers and fun little features. Had one tear in a tire that resulted in a tube that quickly flatted but no other mechanicals. Super fun trail and worth putting in the miles to ride.

    Day 3: We hit most of the fun Slaughter Pen trails that we could find and played around at another skills park. One of our crew took a big drop and ended up breaking his collar bone so that put a bit of a damper on the day. I suppose we supported the hospital system while we were up there too. Personally, I wasn't that impressed with the Slaughter Pen trail system. The trails seemed much less ridden but they were entertaining. Plenty of stuff from mellow blue trails to a DH line with a wall ride.

    Conclusion: It's worth the drive. Do it. The town seems to have built an awesome bike infrastructure but I didn't see much of a bike scene. We saw maybe 10-15 riders out on the trails not including all the Texas people we ran into. No spider webs but many trails were covered in leaves that made navigation and cornering a big of an adventure sometimes. Weather was great with overcast skies and temps in the 70s. Will return and check out Kessler, Blowing Springs, and definitely go back to Coler.
    Great trip report! Coler ate my soul on a few of those runs, but was the highlight of the trip.

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    info @ ridestoke.com - more pics soon.

    Quote Originally Posted by kpomtb View Post
    Great info. Heading up tomorrow.
    Get up to Kessler Mountain in Fayetteville for some killer colors:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tree magnet View Post
    Lodging: We stayed in an AirBnB house right next to the Back 40 trail system in Bella Vista. Dude bought the house next door just to rent out and was setting it up for mountain bikers. He had an air compressor in the garage to set tubeless tires and was planning on putting in a bike stand and some tools. Relatively cheap if you split it and it slept 7 to 8 so you can bring the whole crew.
    Would you mind PMing me with the info on the house you rented? Sounds perfect for a family trip I'm trying to get approved by the Family Travel Coordinator...
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    Here is where we stayed. If you have young riders or family that wont be riding, this is blcks from downtown and all of the museums. It may be an easier sale than going to stay in a suburb neighborhood that use to be a retirement masterplanned community. The host is awesome and the house is stocked with all kinds of items and food and stuff to get you going.

    https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/18476037
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    We stayed here. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2077169...0-63389ce978d8

    It's called the Back 40 retreat and is great for a family.

    Pros: air hockey table, sweet deck, fire pit in the backyard and room for kids to run, lots of beds, garage, washer/dryer, monster tvs with satellite, owner is a good dude, short drive to town (5 min to Bella Vista and 10 min to Bentonville).

    Cons: 2 bathrooms and 1 is in the master bedroom,owner lives next door (pro?), no pets, furnished like it was straight out of Ethan Allen or something (fake books, odd lamps, etc)

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    Quote Originally Posted by FJsnoozer View Post
    Here is where we stayed. If you have young riders or family that wont be riding, this is blcks from downtown and all of the museums. It may be an easier sale than going to stay in a suburb neighborhood that use to be a retirement masterplanned community. The host is awesome and the house is stocked with all kinds of items and food and stuff to get you going.

    https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/18476037
    That joint looks sweet,,, I need to get of dodge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cafeend View Post
    That joint looks sweet,,, I need to get of dodge.
    The girls all loved it. So did the dudes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cafeend View Post
    That joint looks sweet,,, I need to get of dodge.
    I was up there last February. Definitely worth the drive. I also can't believe how cheap the houses are to rent. $125/night for this one? Cheaper than La Quinta.

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    Total trip for me was around $250 including gas. Our house was $99 a night split out 5 ways. All the trails are free (no lift tickets) and the food is reasonable. Only thing to watch is the weather and try to hit a dry weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by characterzero View Post
    Get up to Kessler Mountain in Fayetteville for some killer colors:

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    Yes!!! Annual fall destination.
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    Also, hit up Mojo (bike shop) for info about trails (flow direction, where to park, what to skip, etc). The owner is rad and spent about an hour with us. Trail building is happening so fast that none of the apps and maps can keep up. Our experiences with Fat Tire was lacking in that area. They are used to tourist riders and aren't as forthcoming with trail knowledge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailbrain View Post
    Yes!!! Annual fall destination.
    Was one my my favorite trails
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    Quote Originally Posted by characterzero View Post
    Get up to Kessler Mountain in Fayetteville for some killer colors:

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    Are these recent pics? Just wondering when peak fall foliage is up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by throet View Post
    Are these recent pics? Just wondering when peak fall foliage is up there.
    Those were taken last Sunday.

    Colors were somewhat muted as we drove through the ozarks, but this one side of this hill was really on fire.

    Peak foliage is largely dependent on rainfall, cold snaps etc...so plan to just stay a month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tree magnet View Post
    We stayed here. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2077169...0-63389ce978d8

    It's called the Back 40 retreat and is great for a family.

    Pros: air hockey table, sweet deck, fire pit in the backyard and room for kids to run, lots of beds, garage, washer/dryer, monster tvs with satellite, owner is a good dude, short drive to town (5 min to Bella Vista and 10 min to Bentonville).

    Cons: 2 bathrooms and 1 is in the master bedroom,owner lives next door (pro?), no pets, furnished like it was straight out of Ethan Allen or something (fake books, odd lamps, etc)
    We stayed in that house too. Super easy access to the Back 40. But the highlight of our trip was Kessler. So great.

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    Bentonville this weekend at the request of my better half! There is a Marathon Sunday that covers Crystal falls, slaughter Pen, Blowing springs and the back 40. Its probably going to be 25 and have light snow too.

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    I tried to work this in our "family plan" this season. Considering that we usually have local new years plans it didn't go over to well. I would L-O-V-E to do a marathon even up there that included The Back 40 (plus)! Let me know how it goes. I think we may be getting a group together to go up there in October and do the Epics Rides racing event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBaron View Post
    I tried to work this in our "family plan" this season. Considering that we usually have local new years plans it didn't go over to well. I would L-O-V-E to do a marathon even up there that included The Back 40 (plus)! Let me know how it goes. I think we may be getting a group together to go up there in October and do the Epics Rides racing event.

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    anyone know where in town I can get those fancy elevation stickers printed that go down the top tube? I guess it doesn't matter too much since it just goes up and down every 2 miles.

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