The rain is moving out this weekend as good riding weather (finally!) moves in. There are plenty of events to help you celebrate and dry out on Saturday and Sunday.
Build-a-Trail Work Day
Build up some good karma on Saturday while building trails for local students. Ozark Off-Road Cyclists and the Fayetteville School District are seeking volunteers to help build singletrack for students near Vandergriff Elementary and McNair Middle School. The day’s labor will include clearing and prep work for trail builders.
Volunteers should douse with bug repellant and bring water and work gloves. The group will meet on the west side of Vandergriff Elementary at 8 a.m. For more information, call 479-527-3600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tour de Cave
What better time to learn about our waterways than after the historic rainfall we’ve experienced this month? The Illinois River Watershed Partnership will lead its 2nd annual Tour de Cave Bike Tour this Saturday with two routes for cyclists.
The Watershed Challenge ride will take participants 20 miles along the Razorback Regional Greenway to Lake Springdale and back. Plein Air Artist, Becky Christenson, will painting along the Watershed Challenge route to capture the beauty of our trails and waterways in her brushstrokes!View the route here. For a more leisurely ride, choose the 10-mile version to the Razorback Regional Greenway and back. The route is viewable here.
Both groups will leave from the IRWP Watershed Learning Center at 221 S. Main St. in Cave Springs at 10 a.m.
Shop ‘Til You…Bike
Take a break from the saddle to shop along the Razorback Regional Greenway at The Little Craft Show – Spring Edition. About 75 vendors from around the country will be selling their unique, handmade goods at Shiloh Square in downtown Springdale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Ice cream and other food vendors will also be selling from Shiloh Square in what promises to be the coolest shopping event of season. More info here.
June Bug Jam and Frolic
Ride the Upper Buffalo Mountain Biking Trails with Ozark Off-Road Cyclists on Saturday at the June Bug Jam. The group will lead different levels of rides and enjoy the pristine water at the Buffalo Headwaters. Five routes are planned – three easy and two difficult.
Rides will be followed up with food at the Headwaters School and music by Cutty Rye and Tyrannosaurus Chicken. Sign in time is 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Headwaters School, with the rides starting at noon. Limited shuttle service will be available to the trailhead.
A $20 fee includes an evening meal, entry into the Jam and camping on site. More info here.
Bike to the Ballpark
Nothing says summer like baseball, bikes and barbecue nachos. Combine all three on Sunday at Bike Springdale’s first Bike to the Ballpark event. Cyclists will meet up at Helen Tyson Middle School at 1 p.m. and ride together to Arvest Ballpark to watch the Northwest Arkansas Naturals take on the San Antonio Missions.
Bike parking will be available at the ballpark. More information is available on Bike Springdale’s event page.
As if the above events weren’t enough, you can also join one of the many recurring Saturday rides around Northwest Arkansas. Rides include the Boston Mountain Cyclists Big Ride, Ozark Cycling Adventures Road Ride, Ozark Velo Road Ride, Lewis & Clark Road Ride and Girls Bike Bentonville Road Ride. Check out nwatrails.org/events for more information or links to the Saturday rides.