The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville, AR

Dec 27, 2016
by Danielle Baker  
The only thing I knew about Arkansas before my plane hit the runway at NWA was that Keith Richards had been arrested there in 1975, not long after the state had tried to outlaw Rock n' Roll. That was it. As I retrieved my luggage, I wondered what kind of Rolling Stones hating folk were waiting for me outside the airport. Needless to say, I was surprised and excited to find myself in the middle of one of the most elaborate and accessible community driven trails systems I’ve ever experienced – not to mention greeted and welcomed by some of warmest and most enthusiastic strangers I’ve come across in the United States.

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR
  The original Walton's Five-and-Dime is now the Walmart Museum.

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR
The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR

Even with the Walmart head office causing a phenomenal rate of growth, Bentonville is every bit the charming town it was when Sam Walton, founder of Walmart, opened the original Walton five-and-dime back in 1950. From the quaint town square the town's footprint ripples outward offering world-class culinary options, microbreweries, colourful boutiques, a state of the art museum, and miles upon miles of singletrack.

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR
The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR
  The Victoria Bed and Breakfast is two blocks from the Slaughter Pen trails and offers bike storage (and amazing breakfasts).

Originally mountain biking was developed here as a recruitment tool for Walmart back in 2006. As the largest retailer in the world there is a need to attract employees to Bentonville and to keep them here. The Walton Family donated the first piece of land to develop trails on, a trail system that is now affectionately referred to as Slaughter Pen. “’If you build it, they will come’ has been proven here,” says Gary Vernon, the Program Officer for the Walton Family Foundation. While Bentonville has been fortunate to receive assistance from the foundation, Gary is quick to point out that “you can’t just throw money at this.” He credits great community partners and the volunteers as the heart and soul of Bentonville’s mountain bike culture. The terrain, year-round riding, and hotels that are full of business travellers during the week leaving the weekends available, are also part of the perfect storm that is creating a world class riding destination.

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR
  Ryan Leech checks out the original Slaughter Pen Trails.

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR
The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR

The multi-phase expansion plan of the OZ trails includes the original Slaughter Pen trails, 17 miles of the soon-to-be-open new Coler trails, the already open Back 40, another planned 95 miles of Bella Vista trails, Lake Atlanta trails and park, and more! The most ‘bang for their buck’ has been with developing urban mountain bike trails like Slaughter Pen. Less than a two-minute pedal from the middle of town is a paved urban path that is crisscrossed with singletrack. The accessibility of these trails, both in location and varying degrees of difficulty, is incredible. They are thoughtfully planned and wind through the sections of available forest with so much care that it seems every square foot of dirt has been used.

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR
The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR
The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR
The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR

The Coler network is a beautifully designed concept of climbing and down trails that use every bit of swoop and gravity possible to create everything from green to black diamond rated runs, jump trails, drops, and rocky and technical sections and all under the canopy of typically gnarled and twisted Ozarks-esque trees. It is the kind of place that a family could spend a whole day as there would be something for everyone. Conveniently the trails all leave from the same place at the highest point and connect back to climbing trails at the bottom.

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR
  Local shredder Dustin Slaughter sends one of the drops on Coler.

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR
The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR
The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR

The Back 40; forty miles of singletrack that weaves through the ravines of unused land between townhouse developments, was built using multiple trail building companies. Progressive Trail Designs, IMBA Trail Solutions, and Crossland each took responsibility for a different section to increase the various styles of riding available in one condensed area of quality purpose built trails. The next big expansion will be the Bella Vista trails; 95 miles of trail that will start across the highway from the Back 40 and will extend up to meet the Slaughter Pen network.

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR
The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR
  The Lake Atlanta trails kept all these ladies grinning ear to ear.

The Lake Atlanta trails have a beautiful infrastructure including washrooms, a licensed concession, and a skills park for every age and ability. The design encourages families to spend the whole day onsite experiences the beautiful singletrack around the lake, watching the kids advance their skills, and kicking back with a cold beer after a hot ride.

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR
The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR

In the bigger picture Gary believes that if Arkansas is going to be a world-class mountain biking destination, the non-profits need to work together. The Walton Family Foundation offers grants for trail building throughout the whole state, works with IMBA to support a trail maintenance program, and is constantly searching for new organizations to be involved with, like People for Bikes.

You could spend a week here and not run out of trails to ride, but if you are looking for a fantastic road trip option in the future, Arkansas has an incredible amount of singletrack to offer with 53 state parks currently developing mountain bike trails. It might be time to put Arkansas on your bucket list!

The Unlikely Mountain Bike Mecca of Bentonville AR

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133 Comments

  • + 91
 Who knew? I hope pinkbike starts to feature trails mecca's we've never heard before.
  • + 38
 10 for 10 would read more like this.
  • + 28
 Anyone who watches Seth's Bike Hacks, BKXC, or the Singletrack Sampler, knew about this weeks ago haha
  • + 15
 I just made a visit to Bentonville and rode Coler Preserve and Slaughter Pen on a rental Plus bike. I had so much fun even if that thing had 2.8 HR II's and rolled a little slow. I felt like I was in some sort of mountain bike utopia. Small town with big down amenities thanks to the Walton Family Foundation (Walmart). The folks at Phat Tire bike shop were great and it was an awesome shop that stocked high-end stuff. A "proper" bike shop in a small town. Lots of transplants from other areas makes for a little bit of a metropolitan feel. I can't wait to go back and ride more of Coler, hit The Back 40, and Kessler Mtn. Can't get this place out of my mind. Bike Magazine went to NW Arkansas for "the bible of bike tests" this year and the articles are awesome. A must read. It is the Jan/Feb 2017 issue.
  • + 6
 Quick clip from one of many session worthy parts of Coler Preserve. Can't wait to hit it on a non-plus bike. www.pinkbike.com/video/463041
  • + 2
 Rode Slaughter pen and Two Rivers bike park (about 2 hours from Bentonville) this summer. Can't wait to go back!
  • + 2
 @garrettstories: Looks incredible man! I definitely need to plan a trip out there.
  • + 2
 "Good-night, John-boy"
  • + 2
 @garrettstories: Nice Job on Drop The Hammer!

Was that bike a 19.5? I rented the same one from Phat Tire about three weeks ago! Those HR2's front and rear definitely had some drag but dang were they hard to break loose!
  • + 2
 @jgdblue: Yes! it was the 19.5 trek Fuel 9.something. Light bike for that big meat on there. Yes to slow rolling. Pumping was a challenge. Did you find the bb to be a little low? I still didn't even come close to going through the stroke of the rear shock. Can't say I'm a fan of plus bikes.

Glad to see someone else put that bike through it's paces too!
  • + 2
 @garrettstories: Yup, the bottom bracket with the plus tires is a little low, but I adjusted pretty quickly and it wasn't a problem. The only time I bottomed it out was hucking a good sized drop to flat after some peer pressure. I ordered that exact bike along with some carbon 29er enduro wheels, I'm going to convert it to 1X and it should be a trail smasher, can't wait to run it down Rock Solid at Coler!
  • + 2
 @jgdblue: Dude, that thing is gonna rip. Congrats on the new sled!
  • + 2
 @garrettstories: Thanks for that clip.......looks fun as hell!
  • + 2
 @garrettstories: Hey man, I rode with you at Coler that day. Glad you liked it here and hope to see you back!
  • + 11
 There is a Wal-Mart museum (quaint, funny, etc), but also Crystal Bridges Art Museum which is a completely different thing - it's a world class art museum that actually connects to the Slaughter Pen trails network. And it's FREE

For potential visitors-> Bring tough tires! Sidewall protection is a must. There are a lot of sharp rocks. The trail surface is mostly crushed rock. This means it drains really well, but things are pretty loose. This is part of the reason you will find so many berms. Also, you can get cut up pretty bad if you crash- which is why you will see some locals wearing full face helmets and pads while out riding XC loops.

I moved to the area back in August, and it's everything the article claims. There is a great mix of new-school machine-built singletrack (Back40, Slaughter Pen, Coler, etc) and great epic old-school rides (Lake Leatherwood, Mt Kessler, Buffalo Headwaters, Lake Lincoln) - I ride 2-3 times per week and often don't see the same section of trail more than once per month. And they just keep building more!
  • + 1
 All good dope! Crashing on our trails is like going down on a cheese grater. I always ride knee pads and light elbows except in the hottest weather. You'll be bummed if you bring your 120tpi xc rubber.
  • + 14
 I'm holding out for the rumored Target™ trail network to open up on the opposite side of town.
  • + 8
 The trails look killer for sure.

I wonder if all 15 walmart employees that actually make enough money to buy a bike AND pay their bills ride there?
  • + 6
 Its walmart corporate HQ so the jobs there are more white collar compared to those at your typical walmart store. Former coworker of mine moved from Austin to Bentonville last year to do software dev. for walmart. He said lots of transplants from bay area and other tech hub cities on his team and pretty much all of them came for the trails, smart move by walmart funding the trails in order to attract talent.
  • + 4
 The eldest Walton is a mountain biker and has been throwning millions into trail development there for a few years now.
  • + 4
 too bad they didn't pay their retail employees enough to live off of foodstamps and MAYBE enough to buy a *gasp* bicycle. Womp.
  • + 2
 @t4ngent: Yep. Just got back from Bentonville last week. Nothing but mercedes and BMW's parked downtown. Even saw a couple of G-wagon's and a Lambo Huracan. Rich town for sure.
  • + 5
 If I had to choose between spending millions of dollars on more trails, or less people working terrible jobs that don't even pay them enough to eat, I'd never build more trails.
  • + 2
 @t4ngent:

I think you may have missed the point of my post.
  • + 8
 Deliverance was not filmed in Arkansas FYI.
  • + 5
 I love reading about communities that embrace mountain biking. Living in Marin you feel like everyone is against you. Well done Bentonville.
  • + 7
 Is there a greeter at he trailhead?
  • + 3
 I was there for the IMBA World Summit and had a blast riding all those trails in Bentonville and nearby. BTW is Atalanta not Atlanta as mistakenly mentioned in the story, I did that at first too. Wink
  • + 5
 Looks like the nicest place to visit (and ride, of course!).
Loved the long stripes socks Smile
  • - 2
 I do want to go there.....as much of a undercover ponzi, pander, Walmart slave project it does seem to be, it seems pretty good.
  • + 2
 @Kramz: Walmart money is gushing throughout nw Arkansas, many new buildings everywhere and new projects always going on. Lots invested in the town
  • + 15
 Too bad they don't invest as much in their people
  • + 6
 The Walton name is a good name in NW Arkansas, Walmart not so much. I speak from experience, lived here all my life. The Walton's are good, home grown people who like to invest their money for other people's interests. But since you can't have the Walton's without Walmart, I'll just say we are blessed that they chose NW Arkansas!
  • + 0
 @robwhynot: fully agree. I will never spend my money at Walmart. They pay slave wages to their staff while putting sustainable small businesses under left and right. Walmart is pure greed and exploitation. No thanks.
  • - 3
 Better than the commie bastards at Target!
  • - 3
 Walmart's cancer to society.
  • - 13
flag therealtylerdurden (Dec 27, 2016 at 10:09) (Below Threshold)
 Letting men in the women's restroom and banning the very tool that created this country from their stores makes Target the real cancer to American society. You're not as enlightened as you think you are, pal.
  • - 1
 @therealtylerdurden: walmart, where the sheeple shop.
  • - 1
 @Golden-G: I'd hazard the opinion that those at Target are more of sheeple than those at Walmart.
  • + 0
 @therealtylerdurden: but sir you tell the truth
  • - 2
 @preach: but facts don't matter to those who have a cognitive bias, aka those who pass ineffective, feel good laws, aka liberals (sorry not sorry lol). Happy new year, Preach!
  • - 1
 @therealtylerdurden: keep shopping at walmart, don't forget to stop and grab some food at McDonald's on yer way out! Oh and keep believing there is a difference between Republicans and Democrats. Then go Be All You Be and go fight for freedom by invading a muslim country, it doesn't matter which one.
'Muricah!
  • + 2
 @therealtylerdurden: it shouldn't be a battle of which one's worse. they both are two of the worst stores our planet has to offer. I just find Walmart more trashy
  • + 3
 @FrozenTreads56: While I won't comment on whether they're the 'worst stores the planet has to offer', I will concede that Target is nicer- in large part because it was from the beginning marketed to and built as a place for women to shop. I just don't agree with any of their politically driven store policies.
  • + 2
 @Golden-G: You literally don't have a f*cking clue what you're talking about. With that said, I don't feel right knocking someone's dick in the dirt, no matter how wrong I feel they are, and at this point in the conversation, I see that as an inevitability- so happy trails, and happy new year.
  • + 1
 *generally don't feel right knocking someone's dick in the dirt. We all have our moments lol.
  • + 1
 @therealtylerdurden: haha I know there are for sure worse stores than Walmart out there. but they have to be one of the worst chains hahaha. cheers mate!
  • - 1
 @therealtylerdurden: lol at the liberal spout off.

Let's talk about the party that makes so much stupid legislation about where to force people to pee they're losing billions in tax revenue.

Cognitive dissonance. Google that shit. Unless Google is part of that MSM conspiracy idiocy you boneheads cling to like your Rambo gun fantasies.
  • + 6
 @schofell84
@therealtylerdurden

Both of your preferred political parties f*cking blow. Your punchlines are played out. Your partisan bullshit is tired. This is a bike website. Happy New Years.
  • + 3
 @Session603: you've got a point. this is a bike website. options about Walmart and politics are kinda not relevant. cant we just talk about how cool those trails are in Bentonville?
  • + 3
 @Session603: good point. Not really an appropriate forum.
  • + 3
 @therealtylerdurden: happy new year! All the best!
  • + 2
 @schofell84: lol no one's forced to say in their respective restroom, there's just consequences if they don't.

I know what cognitive dissonance is. And I have to say, I'd imagine the lefts' brains hurt when they're a member of PETA, and support wind generators, the day that they find out about all the poor birdies that are killed by said wind generators. Maybe nuclear power ain't so evil after all!

I think that for the most part, we can all leave this little discussion on good terms. As far as guns and Google, if you'd like, we can debate the shit out of that on the Pinkbike political discussion thread. It's an open thread, so any and all who wish to yell at each other on the internet come by! Haha happy New Years!
  • + 2
 @Golden-G: You as well! Happy trails! Beer
  • + 2
 @Session603: You honestly may be right.. I've only recently given a damn about politics, and even then, mostly about the 2nd Amendment. It is a necessity for this country, and that is my one truly partisan belief. I do cherish conservative values, but personally, I'd be willing to concede on some things if the 2nd Amendment wasn't even brought up as an 'issue'.

Maybe it would be possible for the left and the right to learn to compromise on enough issues to join forces for the greater good. Passion is a beautiful thing, but when it becomes an obsession, it's as destructive as apathy.

I will say, the prohibition on legal marijuana is just plain stupid. That doesn't mean we have to go balls out and legalize heroin and meth just because.. But much like passion.. A balance is needed.

Cheers!
  • + 1
 @therealtylerdurden: I consider myself pretty liberal.

I own guns, several of them may be of the evil "assault" variety. I make most of my income in nuclear and fossil fuel power plants. One of my best friends and main riding partner actually makes a living doing environmental studies on windmills. Mostly of the impact on fowls.

You're arguments are bullshit.

Have a nice day.
  • + 1
 @schofell84: I would honestly like to talk to you privately sometime as to why you think Republicans are loony gun nuts yet you own "assault weapons." Not debate, not argue, but just discuss, because quite honestly, it doesn't make sense to me.

Do you believe the 2nd Amendment was created as the Peoples last defense against tyranny?

f*ckin a, have a great day too. Looking forward to chatting sometime! Beer
  • + 1
 @schofell84: also, *your. Sorry, I had to! Lol
  • + 0
 @therealtylerdurden: autocorrect does funny stuff with your you're etc. Thanks for the correction, wizard.

Stay with the cycling, not the politics.
  • + 2
 Damn you pinkbike! Seriously, you said it was just one ride and you could keep it secret. Now everybody knows. It's as good as it looks. But, if you don't believe it stay away. More for us. As the article suggests, if you see a local we are always stoked to tell you about our trails and where to get a good after ride beer.
  • + 3
 Planning a road trip out there in April. For those who have been there... Rowdy hardtail (yelli screamy) or AM bike (norco range)?
I don't want to be under-biked. Anything over there worth bringing the 6" bike?
  • + 2
 There is a downhill flow trail right in town that the Norco will be good for, and the Yelli is more than enough bike to handle almost anything there. I'd personally bring the Norco, because of the huge amount of rocks and tech there. You will get rattled to death with the Yelli Screamy. Your back will be screaming at you. There are the machine built trails that either will be good on, but the old school singletrack will be better served with full suspension.
  • + 3
 Either would be great, but if you are planning on several days of riding the Range will be more comfortable. Coler has some rocky downhill lines and also some 6-8ft drops so yeah, you can make use of that travel. Lake Leatherwood also has a great 'challenge dh' line with some big features. It's not on MTB project yet, but if you go the Miners Rock TH you will see it. (that's over in eureka springs, about 1hr away) - I have a Kona Honzo SS and a 5010, and both have their place here in NW Arkansa. If I could only keep one it would be the 5010. I suggest hitting up one of the more 'epic' trail rides like Lake Leatherwood or Back40 first, then Coler, and finally Slaughter Pen. SP has so many short trails and bailout options, that even if your legs are getting worn out you can still have a blast. And when you get tired, you aren't far from a great beer.
  • + 2
 @MrMentallo: Thanks for the info...
I ride in Pisgah on the hardtail fine and can handle chunky rocks no prob. If its an 80/20 mix of flow/tech the hardtail is the weapon of choice. The Norco is fun but its an anchor on anything that isnt steep or fast.
  • + 1
 I live here and my one and only bike is a 160mm front - 150mm rear. I've ridden everything here, repeatedly, with it. Uphills feel like uphills but aren't 1500ft vert that you have to conquer out west. All the trails tend to be a couple hundred up, if that, and then a nice decent. High travel bikes aren't too big for the area. I've ridden the trails with a steel hardtail, mid-travel and high-travel bikes. they all feel great. I just prefer the feel of 6"-7" under me.
  • + 1
 I'm old so like a bit of cushion out back, most of it you will be happier with the hardtail. Especially if that is your usual ride. My usual ride is a trek fuel ex 29 with 130front 120back. Good for all but the biggest drops at Coler, the leatherwood DH course, or the Railyard slope style course at lake Atalanta. I ride a spec Enduro for the biggest stuff but it is really too much bike for here. A 140mm bike would be a one bike quiver for NWA. I would bring a bike that can climb because we are climb descend climb descend instead of big long climb for big descend. Send me a message if you have more questions. It's a great place to ride.
  • + 1
 You can handle all the chunk on the hardtail and will appreciate the speed on most of the color stuff. Ive been riding it on my hardtail and its so manicured all you get is a little head bob on the landing. Pedaling the range would be tedious and our downhills while rockier than pisgah are only a third the length at the longest spot. It's a little haul, but plan a long day out at the buffalo headwaters trail, and don't follow the mtb project suggested route, it takes you up one of the best downhills.
  • + 1
 @vaedwards: Son, we use TRAILFORKS 'round these parts.
  • + 1
 This is great that the Whalton family is so into supporting bikes. I have a great deal of trouble with this company and don't shop there. I won't get into all the reasons why on this forum as it isn't the right place for it. But the most glaringly obvious question that occurs to me is this one: Why oh why does this family pour millions into trail development and advocacy programs (all very positive stuff) yet doesn't sell a single bike in their stores that would be able to ride any of this stuff? Those mongoose Walmart bikes are simply horrid. Unfortunately those are the bikes that every uneducated parent buys for their kids because the only parameter in their mind is price. If Walmart wants to support bike advocacy so much why not put some decent bikes in their stores along with paying some knowledgeable staff to steer parents and adults who want to ride toward a better bike? I don't get it.
  • + 2
 Walmart employs 2.1 million people. The Walton Foundation donated $3 million for trails in Bentonville.

Keyboard warriors $0 and millions negative words.

Who is making a difference?
  • + 1
 I did a lot of the trails near where the downhill section (the one spot that is shown in 90% of the pictures here) and it was okay but nothing amazing. Better than the riding in Tulsa where I was working but still nothing I would drive more than an hour or two to ride. Worth doing if you're in the area, not worth making a huge detour for. Maybe there just isn't much other riding in the area?
  • + 1
 walmart is evil ,blah blah, i will never spend my money there..blah blah....Grow the f*ck up and when you get out of your moms basement and have a family some day, you bet your ass you will be at walmart. You dont have to buy everything there, but see how far your moms money goes at "mom and pop" small businesses and boutiques all the time. Or when your kid is sick with a fever and needs medicine at 2am. Walmart certinly helps with some things. I buy things like chain lube, bike cleaner, and tire CO2 cartridges from walmart all the time. why the f*ck would i waste money at a lbs and pay double ? I know everyone thinks big companies are evil, and they are far from perfect, but this trail article is a good example of big company money doing good for your own f*cking sport. Another example is during disasters. Here in the US of A, when disasters strikes its the Walmarts, Anheiser Bushes, and Home Depots that donate water , food , and anything else when its needed. i have been on many a deployments to disaster areas and seen it first hand. Now if I can just get to those badass looking walmart money trails in Arkasas.
  • + 3
 Believe it or not, some of us actually mean it when they say "I won't spend any of my money there". If you feel better saving $1.15 per co2 cartridge by shopping at walmart vs. supporting a local shop that survives on bikes (and what goes with them) alone, then you do you partner. At the end of the day it DOES make a difference to the little guys who keep these shops open and sponsor events like group rides and skills classes. So when your kid gets over the fever he had at 2am and feels like he wants to ride a bike so he can chase pop down the trail, make sure you have Hank at the local walmart put his huffy together so he can do so. Cheers.
  • + 2
 Geez ... Some of you people are just plain stupid! Walmart didn't build "any" of these trail in NWA.
The Walton Foundation helped for sure but the cities made it happen. Oh & the Walton Foundation is "not" Walmart.
  • + 0
 If you believe that the Foundation, a Walton family organization, wasn't influenced by WalMart Corp to fund these projects to help recruit and retain local talent, who in turn "worked with" (ie lobbied or directly influenced) municipal government to make these trails happens I'm afraid to say that you perhaps may wear the moniker you attempted to project on others.
  • + 3
 @robwhynot: I live here, all the trolls spouting nonsense do not. I know the people who made the trails, I know how it all started. Walmart didn't have anything to do with it.
  • + 1
 @Darknut:
I was replying to your comment about "the cities made it happen"... which implies that civic leaders had the idea, came up with the funding, initiated the projects and got the building done. I may have misunderstood your point. My impression, from the dozens of colleagues I have who have relocated to AR to sell to WM, is that the article is correct, the original push for this initiative was driven by WM. I guess it's a matter of perspective as to whether that push "made it happen" or if the folks who ultimately got the shovels in the ground "made it happen".
  • + 2
 You had me at Keith Richards/1975. And "unlikely" is right. Who'd have thought this would ever happen in the Ozarks? I guess if you've got Walton money, you could move mountains if need be. Dirty South has made my list.
  • + 2
 This looks awesome, thanks for the write-up. The Waltons have started to invest in cycling in Denver as well. They donated a large chunk of money for a new bike park near downtown that is incredible. Thumbs up!
  • + 3
 How are those trails not coated in Made in China stickers and endless bridges made of Sterilite plastic?
  • + 3
 Yea Ryan. Elbows'r out, fun's on! Smile
  • + 2
 I love how you never know what you're being downvoted for here in PB Wink .
  • - 5
flag AllMountin (Dec 27, 2016 at 8:15) (Below Threshold)
 Who says there's a reason? Some people just down vote for fun.
  • + 1
 @vinay: Most likely people that have been butt-hurt by WAKI in the past.
  • + 1
 @expensivepen: It seems to be fixed now, but that comment (WAKI complimenting Ryan Leech on his proper technique and fun he's having) had some downvote when I posted. PB might want to update their voting system, where people have the option of shortly stating what the down- or upvote is for. If people are willing to start a conversation about it, they can always post in the comment section. But apparently people have an opinion about a comment but don't want a conversation or at least don't want their name under their vote. Sometimes you really don't know what you're being downvoted for so it is nice to have some feedback. Then again maybe the anonymity of the internet where only Google, FB and NSA know who you are could be what some need to write truly nasty stuff. Not sure which side the coin is going to flip here on PB.
  • + 1
 @vinay: I don't really care for props and negrops Smile
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I don't see (neg)props as a goal or something to be avoided either. But when you see neg props for something where you didn't expect it, it makes you wonder what it is. Are people offended/insulted, do people simply disagree or was it just misinterpretation?
  • + 1
 @vinay: once you really don't give a sht it doesn't matter...
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Yeah, maybe I'm not ready for that yet. Still too much shit to give, wouldn't want to keep all that for myself.
  • + 2
 Great place to live and raise a family and a great place to be a mountain biker. Glad to call it home!
  • + 1
 I started MTBing in AR. My first singletrack was on the Womble trail. I am not surprised that AR has become a go to destination.
  • + 3
 All these people butt hurt over Walmart haha. Get a life.
  • + 1
 At least some of that Wal-Mart cash is going to a decent use. On a side note is that Ford in the last picture rocking a Michigan plate?
  • + 3
 It very well could be, these photos were taken during the IMBA world summit.. People came from all over the world!
  • + 2
 To all my Canadian Fam. Stay in Canada for your vacations.
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 The trails here are awesome, well worth a roadtrip
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 The President Bush Push! Soooo gnarly
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 You got a purdy mouth, boy
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 BXXC has some rad videos of the riding down there. Check his youtube channel out.
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 Didn't see that coming?!...
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 A Walmart MUSEUM!?!
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 Yep, and people actually go to it.
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 I'd go
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 I wouldn't exactly call it that! The family donated tens of millions to build it and it's spectacular. Their permanent collection includes van Goghs, Renoirs, and the like. It's the ONLY thing about WalMart that I can support!
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 Do they have a Barbie H. department in that museum? Or is it the one where Jesus rides on a T-Rex?
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 @seeseanrun: I'd have mixed feelings about that. They could have donated 10 mil to the homeless or hungry, but no. Art.
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 @WaterBear: Very true! I have very mixed feelings about it. The museum was first rate though.
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 @WaterBear: They do you idiot.
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 I recently rode here. It's as great as people say. Even more reason to support Walmart.
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 Should have named one of the trails 'blue light special'
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 Oh, it still fits...
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