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Cycle September is an invitation for riders all over Northwest Arkansas to take part in Love to Ride’s global bike challenge. Not into challenges or free prizes? No worries, this bike-friendly post is peddling more than the month of September.

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The Deets

Cycle September

During May, Northwest Arkansas saw 1,355 riders, 129 new riders, and 67 organizations participate in National Bike Month. If you’re new to the National Bike Challenge, you just need to join the Love to Ride platform. The platform allows you to track your miles online by downloading the app or syncing with your Strava or Map My Ride account.

BikeNWA will be offering some sweet prizes throughout the month from partners like Wahoo, Burley, Phat Tire, and more. Challenges range from logging at least one ride to riding for transportation to riding five times in a week.

Register for free today and start logging your rides on September 1!

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What's New?

Beautiful Views

Oz Trails published a fresh piece to the trail blog entitled New Adventures in Bella Vista. In it, you’ll discover quick links to the Back 40, Blowing Springs Park, and Little Sugar trail systems, plus learn about new spots to visit on the Bella Vista trails including Bella Insta, Blowing Springs Gear Garden, and Clank.

Bonus: The City of Bella Vista announced the official opening of the Blowing Springs Greenway, a three-mile paved trail connecting Metfield Park in Bella Vista to the current northern terminus of the Razorback Regional Greenway at Blowing Springs Park. This stretch of trail creates a continuous paved trail connection from Metfield south to Fayetteville — a total of 46 miles one way.

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@peaches.the.vizsla on IG
@peaches.the.vizsla on IG
What's New?

Beautiful Views

Oz Trails published a fresh piece to the trail blog entitled New Adventures in Bella Vista. In it, you’ll discover quick links to the Back 40, Blowing Springs Park, and Little Sugar trail systems, plus learn about new spots to visit on the Bella Vista trails including Bella Insta, Blowing Springs Gear Garden, and Clank.

Bonus: The City of Bella Vista announced the official opening of the Blowing Springs Greenway, a three-mile paved trail connecting Metfield Park in Bella Vista to the current northern terminus of the Razorback Regional Greenway at Blowing Springs Park. This stretch of trail creates a continuous paved trail connection from Metfield south to Fayetteville — a total of 46 miles one way.

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What's New?

Guides and Rides

Brice Shirbach offered up a stunning visual tour of Arkansas’s Monument Trails for Pinkbike. The piece features some background on Monument Trails and highlights trail systems at Devil’s Den and Hobbs State Park in Northwest Arkansas.

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Guides and Rides

Meanwhile, Outside Magazine gave a nod to Natural State Rock and Republic in Springdale as one of their favorite new cycling base camps. Founded by two former UCI Pro Road cyclists, Natural State Rock & Republic is a multi-faceted cycling retreat in Springdale, Arkansas. With cycling-themed guest accommodations, tours and expeditions, artists gallery, bike fitting, and more.

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@naturalstaterockandrepbulic on IG
What's New

Guides and Rides

Meanwhile, Outside Magazine gave a nod to Natural State Rock and Republic in Springdale as one of their favorite new cycling base camps. Founded by two former UCI Pro Road cyclists, Natural State Rock & Republic is a multi-faceted cycling retreat in Springdale, Arkansas. With cycling-themed guest accommodations, tours and expeditions, artists gallery, bike fitting, and more.

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Hiring Now

New Gigs

BikeNWA currently has three job postings listed on its website. The organization is looking for a full-time Project Designer with experience in Landscape Architecture/Design and GIS to support the planning and development of soft-surface (MTB), shared-use paved trails, and on-street bicycle infrastructure projects, maintenance of soft-surface trails systems, and special outdoor recreation projects.

They are also hiring part-time/seasonal Slow Streets Crew Leaders ($20/hr) and Crew ($17.50/hr). The purpose of the Slow Streets program is to calm traffic on neighborhood streets and to create safer places for people to walk, bike, and explore their cities for recreation and transportation. On these streets, residents can exercise, make trips to local businesses, and explore the community.

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New Gigs

Rapha, a global brand for cycling gear and apparel, has an array of open positions in Bentonville. The London-based cycling company moved its North American headquarters from Portland to Northwest Arkansas earlier this year.

The list of posted positions includes both full and part-time Pop-up Clubhouse Associates, Customer Service Agent, Regional Activation Manager, Regional PR Manager, Content and Social Media Manager, Graphic Designer and Head of Retail.

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Additionally, the Bentonville-based cycling startup Buddy Pegs is seeking a Marketing and Events Coordinator. Buddy Pegs is a youth bicycle education center, bike shop, and children’s media company that helps children develop a love for cycling.

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@raphamtb on IG
Hiring Now

New Gigs

Rapha, a global brand for cycling gear and apparel, has an array of open positions in Bentonville. The London-based cycling company moved its North American headquarters from Portland to Northwest Arkansas earlier this year.

The list of posted positions includes both full and part-time Pop-up Clubhouse Associates, Customer Service Agent, Regional Activation Manager, Regional PR Manager, Content and Social Media Manager, Graphic Designer and Head of Retail.

View Open Roles

Additionally, the Bentonville-based cycling startup Buddy Pegs is seeking a Marketing and Events Coordinator. Buddy Pegs is a youth bicycle education center, bike shop, and children’s media company that helps children develop a love for cycling.

View Role
@the_ryanc on IG
SEA --> XNA

New Co.'s

Hellion Bikes, a small-batch American-made bike brand, relocated their HQ from Seattle to Bentonville, Arkansas. The new location is currently undisclosed as the business puts the final touches on its production and retail sales location, which will also include a restaurant and bar. In the meantime, you can find the brand at Mojo Cycling in Bentonville. Learn more about the bike builders below.

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SEA --> XNA

New Co.'s

Nate Nead, who recently relocated here from Seattle with his wife and four children as part of the Life Works Here talent initiative, launched Bike.co to fill a niche in the region. The company will offer regional rentals and mobile bike service for tuneups and repairs.

Bike.co will serve six Northwest Arkansas cities and allow customers traveling to the area to book a service or rental in advance of arrival via the website.

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SEA --> XNA

New Co.'s

Nate Nead, who recently relocated here from Seattle with his wife and four children as part of the Life Works Here talent initiative, launched Bike.co to fill a niche in the region. The company will offer regional rentals and mobile bike service for tuneups and repairs.

Bike.co will serve six Northwest Arkansas cities and allow customers traveling to the area to book a service or rental in advance of arrival via the website.

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Getting pumped!

ICYMI

  1. The Centennial Park Pavilion is now under construction. Designed by Modus Studio, it will serve as a central gathering point in the newly created cycling-activated park with state-of-the-art cyclo-cross and mountain biking facilities. The park will host the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup on October 13, 2021, and the prestigious 2022 Cyclo-Cross World Championships on January 28-30, 2022.
  2. The 2021 USA Pump Track Championships Final will take place at the Velosolutions Pump Track in Springdale on September 4! The winner of the 17+ class men and women will win an expenses-paid trip to the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships in Lisbon, Portugal on October 15-17 to represent the US.
  3. In Northwest Arkansas, you can now go to college for bikes. The Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville officially launched the first-ever Bicycle Repair Technician Program.

Big Announcement Coming this Fall! NWA Trailblazers and BikeNWA have merged. Subscribe to BikeNWA’s newsletter and stay tuned to find out what this means for the region!

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