A Bicyclist’s Guide to Riding in Northwest Arkansas
The downpour started as soon as I crossed the Missouri-Arkansas state line. The rain fell in sheets, outpacing my windshield-wiper blades and slowing my drive into northwest Arkansas to a crawl. This wasn’t an isolated cloudburst; this was a massive storm system that would drop 12 inches of rain on the region in less than 24 hours.
As I crept into Bentonville, with water up to my axles, I began to get nervous. I assumed the worst and tried to brainstorm contingency plans, but my months of planning for Outside’s 2020 bike test didn’t account for a biblical deluge.
Despite our test team’s wet reception, things quickly turned around. In a true testament to the trail-building expertise of local builders and full-time trail crews that keep the region’s singletrack in pristine condition, we were still able to hit some of the routes in Bentonville, including the All-American jump line and segments of Slaughter Pen, by late af.... Continue Reading at Outside Online