Video: Bentonville, Arkansas is Well on Its Way to Becoming a Cycling Mecca

May 23, 2019
by WD-40BIKE  

One town. 400 miles of trails. These easily-accessed four-hundred-reasons-to-get-outside are why “cycling mecca” has become a common phrase used to describe the city of Bentonville in northwest Arkansas.

"The goal of WomenShred is to get more women on mountain bikes." — Kenny Belaey, Event Co-organizer



“You can go straight from the [town] square and just ride,” says 7-time BMX National Champion Payton Ridenour — visiting Bentonville for the first time to attend the WomenShred event in early May.




One visit to Bentonville is all it took for bike mechanic Morgan Barkley to become a permanent resident. “It was apparent visiting here that there was a pulse,” says Barkley, who now works at the local Phat Tire Bike Shop. “I’m beyond stoked to be somewhere I can ride year-round. Never thought I’d be calling Arkansas my home base…”




Enthusiasm for cycling is growing thanks to the support of the city’s largest employer, Walmart, that is headquartered in Bentonville. Beyond being one of the world’s largest retailers of entry-level bicycles, the brand along with the Walton Family Foundation advocate for healthy lifestyles in the communities that their stores are located — and it starts at home.




In Bentonville, the bicycle is more than just a vehicle for mobility, it is delivering fitness and fellowship — bringing people together.




Out-of-towners journey to this Arkansas city as a destination for unique experiences. “The WomenShred event brings together women, and men,” says Ridenour, “To ride BMX, pumptrack and mountain biking.”


Co-organizer of the WomenShred event, Fien Lammertyn, gets cleaned up after a successful weekend



With so many cycling possibilities, those who call Bentonville “home” are finding that daily journeys can be their destination. “There’s a huge cycling community,” says Barkley, “And there are a lot of women that keep the tempo going — group rides, workshops and maintenance clinics.”




Natives and transplants, all led to one city by cycling — and led out of town by a great facilitating network of trails and people.

That’s Bentonville, Arkansas: 400 miles and riding.


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  • 12 0
 I have been riding bikes in the NWA area for many years. The explosion of trail systems & biking infrastructure in North West Arkansas the last few years has been staggering. Bentonville has def lead the way but all the surrounding towns have jumped on the bandwagon as well. The toughest thing these days is trying to decide where to ride any given day.

BTW I'm hitting Slaughter Pen in the morning!
  • 13 0
 The quality of the trails too. Shoutout to the trail builders
  • 14 6
 WD40 on brake rotors is the best!
  • 4 15
flag freestyIAM (May 23, 2019 at 14:23) (Below Threshold)
 How to instantly discredit yourself as a competent bike owner in one easy step: Use aerosol based anything on your bike.
  • 13 1
 It's W-degreaser not original Water Displacer-40. Geez.
  • 6 0
 @endlessblockades: Right, it's a newer bike product specifically made for cleaning drivetrains and this photo is exactly how the company tells you to use it
  • 4 0
 @showmethemountains: Yeah for sure they huge in the MTB lube/clean/sponsorship game nowadays

www.wd40bike.com
  • 3 2
 @endlessblockades: great. I love getting oversray degreaser on my rotor and pads. The degreaser squeal is so much more refined than the water displacer based squeal. SMDH
  • 2 1
 @freestyIAM: OK fair enough but like the graf heads say, it's all about can control breh.


PS

what you write?
  • 2 3
 @endlessblockades: I don't understand what you are asking when you said, "PS what you write?"
  • 3 0
 @freestyIAM: it's graffiti code talk
  • 2 0
 @showmethemountains: exactly how the company tells you to use it -- off the drivetrain and into the grass? When I change the oil in a motorcycle engine I usually use a catchpan, otherwise people tend to complain.
  • 2 0
 I'm no fan of spray cans either. Be it anything bike related, shaving foam, paint... You're buying more waste (packaging and residue) than material you're actually using. You'd say since Guy Martin released his products, everyone would just use his stuff and be done with it.
  • 3 1
 The Lake Leatherwood trails in Eureka Springs are amazing. They lack in total elevation change, but are some of the best planned and executed trails that I've seen at any bike park.

The main downside to the area is the same downside that keeps me from going out to Windrock in the summer. 90-100% humidity, 85-95* temperatures, a wide array of ticks and biting flying insects, and minimal free campgrounds.
  • 3 0
 Eureka Springs is a gem. Five-minute Shuttles 7 days a week in the summer, some big bike park features, etc. Here's a taste of Eureka I produced for @OzTrails. Sound up!

www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=10&v=Ci_4uYlIph8
  • 2 0
 @garrettstories: nice edit. I was out there when you were filming at Lake Leatherwood, and was wondering when I'd see the result
  • 2 0
 Just walked In the door from my 10hr drive back home from Eureka. My second trip there this year already. Unfortunately DH 2 and 3 were closed both trips but I can’t wait to go back. @garrettstories:
  • 3 1
 I know the Walton Family Foundation money derives from WalMart, but I do wish that people more clearly understood that they are two very, very different entities. It would be like just equating the Bill and Melinda Gates Foindation with Microsoft.
  • 2 0
 Actually: it would be like if Bill and Melinda Gates were dead and their grandchildren were running the charitable foundation, and people were still equating it to Microsoft.
  • 2 0
 Kenny Belaey!! Love him. Is one of Belgium's greatest trials rider ever, he sits next to to Martin Maes, Nico Vink, Thomas Genon,...
  • 2 0
 I am literally closing on a house there today. I'll be riding there by next weekend, can't wait. Buh-Bye NorCal!
  • 1 0
 You need to be here this weekend. Hero dirt as far as the eye can see. Smile
  • 1 0
 @Hogfly: Not gonna make it. Packing up in California this weekend.
But I have a house in Bella Vista waiting for me Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Who makes those portable Pump Tracks? I want one! ????
  • 1 0
 That's from Progressive Bike Ramps, I believe.

www.progressivebikeramps.com
  • 2 0
 I like women
  • 3 3
 They can have our Wallmart too. I have no use for it.
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