Driftless Dirt – Bentonville Series

Bentonville Special #5 – Gary Vernon

ABOUT THE EPISODE

Josh sits down with Gary to discuss mountain biking and Bentonville, and how the expansion of trails has happened in Arkansas.  

Topics Covered:

  • Gary’s backstory
  • How Bentonville started with a 5-mile trail system and got to where it is today
  • OZ Trails and the backstory behind the brand / region known as OZ Trails
  • Women of OZ 
  • State Parks and Monument Trails
  • 2022 UCI Cyclocross World Championships
  • The Future of OZ Trails and their goal of being the epicenter of cycling in the world 
  • Community Development through Trails and Cycling by creating the lifestyle

The Bentonville Series has been brought to you by Evolution Trail Services. For more information about Evolution Trail Services check out www.evotrails.com

RELATED SHOW LINKS

Gary Vernon: https://www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org/stories/gary-vernon
OZ Trails: https://www.oztrailsnwa.com/
Friends of Arkansas Single Track: http://fasttrails.org/
Women of OZ: https://www.arkansasoutside.com/oz-trails-off-road-dedicated-to-women-of-oz/
Coler Mountain Bike Preserve: https://www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org/coler-mountain-bike-preserve
Jones Center Pump Track: https://www.thejonescenter.net/bike-park
Eureka Springs / Lake Leatherwood: https://eurekaparks.com/trails/
Great Passion Play Trails: http://www.greatpassionplay.org/trails.html#.XoyvEohKiM8
Arkansas State Parks – Monument Trails: https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/trails/monument-trails
2022 UCI Cyclocross World Championships: https://fayetteville2022.com/
Bike NWA: https://www.bikenwa.org/
Trail Forks Mapping: https://www.trailforks.com/region/ozarks/
Crystal Bridges Art Museum: https://crystalbridges.org/
Momentary Art Museum: https://themomentary.org/ IMBA Trail Lab was created to help communities do what Bentonville has done. For more information on IMBA Trail Lab go to: https://www.imba.com/trails-for-all/trail-labs

Bentonville Special #4 – Rich Drew

ABOUT THE EPISODE

Josh sits down with Rich to discuss Mountain Biking and Bentonville. Rich now calls Bentonville home, but that wasn’t until recently when he decided to take the leap from Texas to OZ. Topics Covered in this show:

  • Rich’s backstory
  • How Rich discovered Bentonville and then made the move east
  • How the Bentonville Community Rallies around cycling and mountain biking
  • The Ride Series and how that came about
  • In depth about the various options with The Ride Series
  • A discussion about new riders and how to get them on the right gear so they have better riding experiences right away.
  • YARD – Young Aspiring Rider Development
  • YouTube How to Videos and a deep dive into Drops, and the Update to Drops Video
  • YouTube Bike Reviews and a discussion on the new Pivot Switchblade
  • We wrapped up with a listener question from John DeGeorge about if people are “Over Biked” these days.

The Bentonville Series has been brought to you by Evolution Trail Services. For more information about Evolution Trail Services check out www.evotrails.com

RELATED SHOW LINKS

The Ride Series – https://www.therideseriesmtb.com/
How to Videos: Drops – https://youtu.be/VaD4gxDEtRA
How to Drops Update – https://youtu.be/Yp8_FKX2py0
Game of Bike at Sedona Mountain Bike Festival – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-y_S3oWioM
Rich Drew YouTube Video –https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRebP4wYkzzYvKCC7ej4k_g/videos
Pivot Switchblade – https://www.pivotcycles.com/en/bike-switchblade-1 YouTube Review on the Switchblade – https://youtu.be/iMa8i4FcHIM
Zoic – https://zoic.com/
Kali Protectives – https://kaliprotectives.com/
Cush Core – https://www.cushcore.com/
Scratch Labs – https://www.skratchlabs.com/
Arkie Apparel – https://arkieapparel.com/

Bentonville Special #3 – Travis Greenlee

ABOUT THE EPISODE

Josh sits down with Travis Greenlee, who is the owner of Kreadiv Nadiv Concepts, a trail building company based out of NW Arkansas.   Topics Discussed:

  • Travis’ back story
  • Arkansas State Parks / Monument Trails Program
  • How Travis got into trail building and companies he’s worked for before starting Kreadiv Nadiv Concepts
  • What makes a good trail
  • The discussion of trails in general, as well as the diversity of trails
  • How the community of Bentonville has embraced mountain biking
  • Travis and coaching with the local NICA Program
  • The power of getting people on bikes

The Bentonville Series has been brought to you by Evolution Trail Services. For more information about Evolution Trail Services check out www.evotrails.com

RELATED SHOW LINKS

Kreadiv Nadiv Concepts – https://kreadivnadiv.com
Kreadiv Nadiv Concepts Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/KreadivNadivConcepts/
Kreadiv Nadiv Concepts Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/kreadivnadivconcepts/

Bentonville Special #2 – David Wright

ABOUT THE EPISODE

This is the second episode of a 5-episode special recorded on location in Bentonville, Arkansas. Josh sits down with David Wright, the Director of Parks & Recreation in Bentonville, Arkansas. They discuss how recreation plays an essential role in developing and sustaining an active, involved, and successful community.  The Bentonville Series has been brought to you by Evolution Trail Services. For more information about Evolution Trail Services check out www.evotrails.com

RELATED SHOW LINKS

Bentonville Parks & Rec – https://www.bentonvillear.com/350/Parks-Recreation

Bentonville Special #1 – Luke Hall

ABOUT THE EPISODE

This is the first episode of a 5-episode special recorded on location in Bentonville, Arkansas. Josh sits down with Luke Hall who is a Bentonville local with a very diverse background in cycling. They discuss Luke’s journey towards finding the bike again – his own Freedom Machine.   During the show they discuss the backstory behind why Luke decided to move to Bentonville from Kansas City.

The guys also review the various jobs Luke has had related to cycling in the Bentonville region, which include: AirBnB host, web developer, bike shop employee, Rapha Popup Shop employee, multiple positions at Bike NWA, and most recently the coach of the H.S. Gravel Racing team, quite possibly the first and only H.S. Gravel Racing program in the nation.   They also go deep into why gravel riding and racing is important to Luke, as well as his thoughts on the humanization of cyclists and vehicles finding a common ground on gravel roads. Luke discusses what it was like to be invited on the preview ride for the first ever Big Sugar Gravel Race which will be hosted in October of 2020.   Currently Luke is a freelance Web Designer and Graphic Artist – Reach out if you are looking for those services.   The Bentonville Series has been brought to you by Evolution Trail Services. For more information about Evolution Trail Services check out www.evotrails.com  

RELATED SHOW LINKS

Luke Hall Contact: https://loukalldesign.com/
Thaden School: https://thadenschool.org/
Thaden School Velonews Article: https://www.velonews.com/2020/03/culture/meet-the- high-school-cycling-team-thats-ready-to-storm-the-mid-south_507461
Bike NWA: https://www.bikenwa.org/
Big Sugar Gravel: https://www.bigsugargravel.com/ (Note, Luke is the face of suffering on the opening page of this site).
IMBA Trail Labs: https://www.imba.com/trails-for-all/trail-labs

ABOUT DRIFTLESS DIRT

Driftless Dirt is based out of La Crosse, WI which is nearly centered in the Driftless Area. The Driftless Area is a region of the Upper Midwest comprised of SW Wisconsin, NE Iowa, NW Illinois and SE Minnesota. Known for its steep jagged blufftops, massive rock outcroppings, rivers, and spring-fed streams, this area provides excellent topography for nearly all things outdoors. Spared from the glaciers of the last Ice Age, the steep peaks and valleys were formed.

While mostly unknown, the Driftless Region has a rich history in Mountain Biking spanning back to the mid 80’s. Paired with seemingly endless miles of paved and gravel roads, this area is a cyclists dream.

While cycling may be a large part of this show, we will also bring you the various aspects that make this area great.

ABOUT THE HOST

Josh Blum is a father, husband, and doer of stuff – paired with Advocate, Builder of Trails and Community. Originally from La Crosse WI, Josh has been enjoying the outdoors, trails, and mountain bikes since a young age. Always curious and learning about better ways to improve trail users’ experiences. Josh is employed by WisDOT, and is the owner / operator of Evolution Trail Services.

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Author: Ben

Ben is originally from Southeastern Wisconsin. After graduating college at UW La Crosse, he lived in several Midwestern cities, Denver, and Western North Dakota before relocating to Hayward, Wisconsin in 2017, providing a lot of opportunity to experience the outdoors throughout the country. Ben started mountain biking in 2006 after five years of other endurance sports including running and triathlons of various distances. In 2012, he created Mountain Bike Radio and has been dedicated to mountain biking since. He has a lot of experience racing all distances, including 24 hour solos, 12 hour solos, 100 miles, 50 milers, XC distance, fatbikes, gravel, and everything in between. He’s married to wife, Amy, with two young children – Claeson and Paige. Ben hopes that his passion for mountain biking and the outdoors drives his commitment to creating, improving, and maintaining opportunities in the outside world.

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