Bentonville Becomes a Global Destination for Mountain Biking
On Saturday, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that Bentonville has been selected as the host city for the next International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) World Summit. The biennial event will be held November 10-12, 2016.
The summit will be a great opportunity to introduce and showcase our trails to a national and international audience. More than 800 participants will get to enjoy our unique system of urban trails throughout the region.
One of the reasons we’re passionate about mountain biking is because it’s a lifestyle sport – and Northwest Arkansas is full of local businesses that cater to this community. From gourmet restaurants to specialty bike shops and breweries, we will be able to impress our visitors on and off the trail.
We are committed to making our state a premier destination for mountain biking. This is why we’re excited to announce our support of a professional crew that will perform maintenance of Arkansas’ five designated IMBA Epic Trails, accounting for nearly 200 miles of mountain biking trails. Arkansas will be the only state to employ full-time professional crews at a statewide level. And that’s just the beginning.
With a new National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) Arkansas League launching in Bentonville in 2016 and more than 27,000 students participating in bicycle programs in local schools, the future of the sport in our home region is truly limitless.
So mark your calendars for November 2016, and let’s enjoy and preserve our trails as the community prepares for this world-renowned event.