The region’s network of mountain biking trails is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the country’s best with accolades in several magazines and blogs over the last few years.

A crew of 10 writers, editors, photographers and videographers from bike magazine rode the region’s trails for two weeks last fall to test out the 2017 model mountain bikes for its annual “Bible of Bike Tests” article, which acts as a gear and destination guide. It published in January.

Nick Hancock, a category 3 racer from Russellville, fords a creek Sunday, July 16, 2017, during cross countr…

Andrew Files (1045) of Little Rock leads his heat in the men’s category 3 race off of the starting line Sun…

Some mountain biking equipment is necessary for safety and comfort on the trail. Here, Max Sawyer, sales manager at Phat Tire, models the basics.

Mountain Biking in Northwest Arkansas

National Geographic in May named Bentonville one of America’s 20 Best Mountain Bike Towns, although the article notes trails throughout the region. The towns were selected for their “bucket- list rides, new trail development and a variety of outdoor recreation, and a fun, bike-friendly vibe,” according to its website.

Other towns included well-established mountain biking meccas like Moab, Utah, and Crested Butte, Colo.

Bentonville made Outside magazine’s list of “The 28 Best Trips of 2016” and again as one of “The 25 Best Towns of 2017,” with its trails cited as a highlight.

The numerous, glamorous reviews reignited Chris Strobel’s interest in mountain biking.

“I kept seeing really good, really, really good reviews. People from…

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