BCBR goes to Bentonville

BCBR goes to Bentonville

One of the best things about riding bikes is how it brings people with a common interest together and connections are created. Last November when BC Bike Race attended ROAM Fest in Sedona, we met 300 other women who are equally passionate about mountain biking, and about exploring new places and new trails.  Karen Stark, our Marketing and Retail Manager connected with Ashley Patterson from Bentonville, Arkansas.  By the end of ROAM Fest, plans were in the works for a riding adventure in Bentonville.  In February, Karen headed south to ride bikes with new friends in new places. Bentonville is the fastest growing mountain bike region on the continent with 2 miles of trail being built every week.  Dirt is trucked in from 30 miles away to build a broad range of flow, technical and machine groomed trails.  The clay doesn’t drain so riding is not possible in the rain but there’s a large enough trail network that you can usually find somewhere to ride.  People are paying attention and it’s estimated that 50% of the riders on the trails are from out of town. With only 3 days to ride, the locals had to choose where to take their out of town guest.  They hit trails in the Coler network as well as The Hub and Slaughter Pen areas.  The Blowing Springs, Back 40 and Little Sugar networks will have to wait for the next time unfortunately.  Too many trail networks with not enough time to ride them all is a great problem to have. The trail development is funding largely by the Walton Family Foundation. The Walton...
Patty McKeeman – 2020 Racer Profile

Patty McKeeman – 2020 Racer Profile

Patty McKeeman is the only woman over 60 on our start line for 2020.  We’re in awe and wanted to learn more about her.  Here’s what she had to say. The first real trail I ever rode was Stanley Gap in the North Georgia Mountains which is still one of the toughest trails in the area.  It was the early 1990’s, and I rode a fully rigid steel bike. I can’t count how many times I crashed, but I fell in love with the sport!! At the time, I was in the middle of an Olympic Sailboarding Campaign but never made it to the Olympics. After the trials, I bought a mountain bike and never looked back. Because of competing so much with sailboarding, I had no desire to compete in MTB races.  I just wanted to be in the woods on my bike. To motivate and challenge myself, I enter a few long-distance events a year. My passion for mountain biking continued to grow through the years as it is a sport that can be done anywhere in the world and isn’t as dependent on the weather as sailing is. Soon after discovering the sport, I found that there were great trails in (believe it or not) central Florida, which are pretty technical. I can ride year-round in our backyard, and now, 25-years later, I’m taking my grandson with me!! I am very nervous about the BCBR for several reasons.  First the logistics of getting there and making all the travel arrangements.  Also all the thoughts that go through my head: am I ready, have I trained enough,...
The Gravel Lot Podcast | Moniera Khan

The Gravel Lot Podcast | Moniera Khan

Our Racer Relations Manager, Moniera Khan, was a guest on The Gravel Lot podcast.  Give it a listen - it will give you a good feel of the vibe at race week. If Dre is the brain behind BC Bike Race, then Race Relations Manager Moniera Khan is the soul. Her love of all things outdoor is only surpassed by her desire to make those around her happy and feel comfortable. We talk with her this week about what new riders can expect during their week at...