LMBC NW Arkansas Trip 2022

April 15th-17th

Join the Lawrence Mountain Bike Club for a weekend of awesome trails, friends, and fun! Come down for the day, camp out for an overnight, or rent an AirBnb for the weekend! There are trails and lodging options for everyone. We’ll be riding some of the best hand-cut singletrack, world-class downhill lines, and professionally sculpted dirt jumps in the Midwest!

The group coordination will be informal, so everyone is on their own to find campsites and lodging accommodations. We will be working to coordinate a group dinner on Saturday night, so we’ll communicate more on that as the date approaches. Please reply to the email if you are planning on attending, so we can get an idea of attendance and where everyone is staying.

The club will gather each morning after coffee and breakfast and break up into groups based on riding style and location. There will NOT be guided rides, but there will groups of varying skill levels, speeds, and riding styles that everyone is welcome to join!

Camping Locations:

  • Coler Mountain Bike Preserve: The newest campground in Bentonville, right in the heart of the city. It is complete with a brand new bathroom and shower-house facility, elevated tent platforms, and parking spots for van and truck camping. We recommend booking your site ASAP, as these sites get reserved quickly!
  • Blowing Springs Park: Just north of Bentonville in Bella Vista, Blowing Springs has options for tent camping, RV hookups, and now Tiny Cabins! It also backs up to the Blowing Springs trails and the Back 40 Trails.
  • Hobbs State Park: If Coler and Blowing Springs camping is full, there are numerous camping spots surrounding Beaver Lake, Hobbs being one of the best.

Vacation Rental Options:

  • The Bike Inn Bentonville: a bike-centric motel-style inn in downtown Bentonville. The Bike Inn
    has a ton of bike-specific amenities, like washing stations, tools, van hookups, and more.
  • VRBO.com & AirBnB.com: if you are averse to sleeping on the ground and want to relax in more comfortable accommodations, there are plenty of sweet spots available for rent!

LMBC celebrates 25 years

LMBC was founded in 1996 which makes us 25 years old! To commemorate this occasion, we have been working to create some apparel. Watch for t-shirts, hats, socks and jerseys around town. In addition, we will host a race on the first weekend of October (Oct. 2), called the River Trail Riot. You can find more information here:  https://www.lawrencemountainbikeclub.org/river-trail-riot/

The foundation story as I understand it is that some people were getting together to ride the Lawrence River Trail and riding pub crawls when they got the idea to form an official group to ride and maintain the river trail and the Lawrence Mountain Bike Club was born. We talk about the first official ride was a New Years day ride, which is why we make a big deal out of that ride.

These original members were:
Curtis Martell
 Chad Lamer
 Mike fine
 Greg Schrader
 Neil Taylor

The club membership has grown over the years and the records I have go back to 2007 where we have generally had 80-180 members. Over the past 25 years, our club has been lead by a team of elected officials and board members.

Past Presidents:
Dan Brobst
Greg Schroeder
Lee Merrill
Gerard Arantowicz
Neil Taylor
Jeff Arnaud
Justin Eddings
Michael Mathews
Rod Hernandez
Sam Jones

The Lawrence Mountain Bike Club exists because of all of the great members who have come together to ride, laugh, take care of the trails and build this great community of mountain bikers here in North East Kansas where most folks think mountain biking doesn’t exist.

Here’s to another 25 years!

Group gathers for a recent Friday Night Ride. The FNR happens every Friday night at 6:30 if the trails are open.

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