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Mountain Biking In Bentonville

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A few years ago I saw an indie film highlighting the MTB scene in Bentonville, Arkansas.  At the time, I had no idea this area had such a great trail network.

I recently learned that – led by two Walton grandchildren in conjunction with the Walton Foundation – the county has invested $73MM into all sorts of trails, features, and signage.

A recent economic impact study confirmed that visitors like me bring in $143MM annually.  Expect to see cars from all over at trailheads.

This place is bonkers; the variety of riding is awesome – loads of riding immediately accessed from the campground.

I’ve been on the bike every day this week, my personal favorite being the #theback40 … one of multiple 20+ mile XC loops.

N+1

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N+1 = ideal number of bikes to own

A common understanding amongst bike enthusiasts, this simple math equation holds true as gospel for many who ride.

Mathematically, I’m increasingly convinced I would be well-served adding a proper gravel bike as a companion to my current mountain bike.  Doing so will allow me to better explore and venture deeper into forest roads.

It’s just simple math really.

 

 

Fire Mountain Trails

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Today I finally had a chance to get outside and play in the forest over at the local #firemountaintrailsystem.  Conveniently located a few minutes from our national park campground, the newly completed bike trail network is decently sized and loads of fun, although not particularly technical.

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M-Hill

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Not all mountain bike rides are “epic”.  Some, like today’s are low-key, loads of fun, and also offer the conveneince of a trailhead minutes from your in-laws house.

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Grand Targhee Resort

 

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Located on the west side of the Grand Teton Mountains, I’ve continually heard great things about the mountain bike riding at Grand Targhee Resort.

Unlike many resort bike parks, Grand Targhee and the immediate surrounding area offer many cross-country (XC) trails, which compliment the downhill (DH) specific trails.  As a general rule, I’m definitely a big fan of XC riding and was excited to explore the area.

A couple days of of mostly smoke-free riding at Grand Targhee has been a blast. Yesterday was XC heaven while today I cheated and rode chairlifts to the top for numerous DH runs.

I was really impressed with this small town resort  and highly recommend the area.  I cannot wait to get back (likely next summer) for an extended stay and lots more riding throughout the broader Teton Valley.

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Over The River And Through The Woods

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Biking In Jasper National Park

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We arrived to Jasper National Park on Wednesday.

According to #ParksCanada, Jasper is home to arguably the best trail network in the world, consisting of kilometers and kilometers of well-connected and maintained trails.

That is a very bold claim – one I intend to validate thoroughly over the coming days.