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Your Weekend in Trails: May 8-10

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This weekend is all about moms and bikes. And probably some moms on bikes. If that’s not your thing, how about baseball, beer and bikes? There’s some of that, too.



The City of Bentonville is hosting its first ever CycloFemme ride on Saturday. The CycloFemme ride pairs perfectly with the Bentonville Film Festival, which honors women in film and wraps up this weekend. If you’ve never participated in a CycloFemme ride, it’s inspiring. Women have a way of supporting one another that you don’t see anywhere else. Whether you’re a first-time rider or a long-time racer, you will find a home on this ride.

Options for your adventure are a 10-mile road ride, a 30-mile road ride or 7-mile mountain bike ride. Girls Bike Bentonville will be leading the road rides, while Misty from NWA Trails and Tandie from Ozark Off-Road Cyclists will tag team the mountain bike ride. All will begin at 9 a.m. at the Downtown Activity Center at 215 S.W. A St. Registration fee is $30 and includes a t-shirt and super cool bike necklace. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

The event will be cancelled in case of rain, so check the Northwest Arkansas Trails Facebook page Saturday morning if the weather is poor.

Mother’s Day

What better way to show your mom some love than take her on a bike ride? Or buy her a new Razorback Greenway jersey (shameless plug here):



Or if you have the kind of mom who is into barbecue nachos and baseball, see the next event.

Bike to the Game

Bike Fayetteville is leading a bike ride to a Razorback Baseball game on Sunday, complete with discounted tickets and a free bike valet. Did I mention there will also be free prizes from Hog Heaven for bike riders? The University of Arkansas will be offering free bike rentals to students and HPER members for the event.

You can ride on your own or join in a group ride leaving from the Fayetteville Train Depot. Meet up near the Dickson Street Crossing on the Razorback Regional Greenway for the group ride at about 11 a.m. Wheels roll at 11:30 a.m., and the game begins at 12:05 p.m. The return trip leaves at 15 minutes after the game ends.

If this is successful, how cool would it be to have group rides to football games this fall?

Recurring Events

For recurring events, you can’t do better than Bike Bentonville’s calendar. Be aware that some events may be cancelled for weather, so check with the event organizer.

Rain, Rain, Go Away


If the weather keeps you inside, you can at least watch some cycling this weekend. The Giro d’Italia starts on Saturday. There are few things more entertaining than watching how Europeans react to sweaty men in spandex riding by them on a bike. Here’s a good overview of the monster race.

Looking Ahead

Bike to Work Week starts on Monday. Commit to riding to work at least one day next week. If the trip is too far from your house, there are plenty of spots along the Greenway to park and ride in to work. Nothing starts the day off right like a good ride to clear your head.


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