A series of four “casually competitive events” has been added to the 2021 schedule of events for mountain bikers and runners at Hot Springs’ acclaimed Northwoods Trail System.
“The Summer Fun Series events will include a time trial race, a looped XC race, a duathlon and a six-hour mountain bike race,” Visit Hot Springs Trails Coordinator Traci Berry said. “Registration for the Summer Fun Series is open now at this website: https://www.bikereg.com/taco-summer-fun-series .
“The 2021 spring and summer event schedule will include group rides for mountain bikers of all skill levels and competitive events for runners and mountain bikers alike,” Berry said.
The popular Full Moon Ride series, which takes place on the evening of each month’s full moon, will be continued, she said. Full Moon Ride groups are led by the Northwoods team for casual, fun-paced rides through the trail system. Mountain bikers can expect five-mile rides lasting 60 to 90 minutes each month from March through September. Participants should ride with headlights, depending on the time of the sunset, Berry said. Check event listings for ride times and trailhead locations.
The new Summer Fun Series will include “casually competitive” events during May, June and July. The series benefits the Trail Advocacy Coalition of the Ouachitas (TACO), which assists in maintaining the 26-plus miles of trail in the Northwoods.
“TACO has partnered with Northwoods and several local businesses to create the Summer Fun Series,” Bucky Monreal, president of the group, said. “This four-event series will allow us all to race around the best trail system in Arkansas like never before. Our goal is to provide a fun and casual way to train for the upcoming race series or to just get out to the trail throughout the summer. So gather up all your friends and make plans to join us at the 2021 Summer Fun Series.”
The Third Annual Güdrun Mountain Bike Festival is scheduled for November 12 – 14. Visit https://www.northwoodstrails.org/events/gudrun/ for more information.
The Northwoods Trail System was voted best trails in Arkansas in 2019 and 2020 by the readers of Arkansas Times and Arkansas Outside.
The Northwoods System includes 26-plus miles of single-track trail for mountain bikers, trail runners and hikers. There are four trailheads: Pullman, Waterworks, Cedar Glades and Bull Bayou. Hours of operation are from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Visit https://www.northwoodstrails.org/ for more information.
The Spring-Summer Northwoods event schedule:
• March 27 — PIVOT Mountain Bike Demo
• March 28 – Full Moon Ride
• April 26 – Full Moon Ride
• May 1- Summer Fun Series – Freeman Time Trial MTB Race
• May 22 – Summer Fun Series – Looped XC MTB Race
• May 26 – Full Moon Ride
• June 12 – Summer Fun Series – Bike/Run/Bike Duathlon
• June 24 – Full Moon Ride
• July 4 – July Fourth Firecracker Trail Run
• July 10 – Summer Fun Series – Six-hour MTB Race
• July 23 – Full Moon Ride
• August 22 – Full Moon Ride
• September 20 – Full Moon Ride
• November 12 – 14 — Third Annual Güdrun Mountain Bike Festival
For more information call Traci Berry at 501-321-2027.