Are you a business owner? Would you like to sponsor the work of the OORC?
Doug Housley - RVOORC Branch Chair
Jeff Davis - Trails Coordinator
Marcus Broussard - Secretary
You can also check out what the crew down in the River Valley have going on by joining their Facebook Group page here:https://www.facebook.com/groups/RiverValleyOORC/
***Check back soon as we will have more information in the near future!***
Is your mountain bike club or organization interested in becoming a branch of the Ozark Off Road Cyclists?
Contact us for further details on how you and your group can become part of the OORC initiative.
Nathan Griffee - Branch Chair
Denton West - Events/Rides Coordinator
Crystal Rust - Secretary
You can also check out what the crew in Carroll County have going on by joining their Facebook Group page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1564706410460761/
Meetings will be on the second Wednesday of each month at 630 at Sparky's until further notice. Weekly rides will be Thursdays at 530 from Adventure Mountain Outfitters. Monthly rides will follow trail maintenance. The last Sunday of each month will also have a ride before and/ or after the Pints and Pedals function at Brews which is from 5-8pm.
Monthly trail maintenance day will be the first Sunday at 9am. Additional trail maintenance days are scheduled for April 26, May 3, and May 17 at 9am due to flood damage to Leatherwood and the necessity to finish Spring Garden Trail before June 6. This is also an effort to have Leatherwood in the best shape possible before the xterra triathlon May 30 and 31.
Will Wall of Ozark Mountain Ziplines offered a free zipline ride to any member who does 15 hour of trail work on Carroll County projects between now and October.
Chuck grew up in Austin, TX terrorizing the Barton Hills neighborhood on his BMX, and then graduated to a 5 speed cruiser for High School commuting. He bought his first Mountain Bike in 1988, a Specialized Rockhopper. With the Barton Hills Green Belt trails ¼ of mile from his house, he began his enthusiasm for Mountain Biking and trail development. Chuck moved to Fayetteville, AR in January of 1996 and joined the OORC in 1999, continuing his enjoyment of connecting with the Earth. He was elected to Trails Coordinator in January 2012 and since has become a more active member of the club.
A yokel to the area, he was an avid competitor in his college years and took up mountain biking to stay in shape. Of course, life happens, and he stopped biking and exercising and next thing you know medical issues started happening and Obesity is a realization. He had to do something and getting out riding was his “thing”.
When he first started riding the trails he never thought about how the trails were built or how they were maintained. It was as though they magically appeared and took care of themselves. Over time, he realized this was not the case and started volunteering and helping out the Ozark Off Road Cyclists.
He loves that the OORC also advocates to save areas and helps with the development of new trails. He sees this as his way to give back as it allows opportunities for everyone to get out and enjoy the outdoors and live a fuller life.
Rick started biking casually with his daughter and from then made his move to mountain biking. He began mountain biking in 2011 on hand me down mountain bikes and since has built a real appreciation for getting out and enjoying the outdoors on the trails and their natural settings.
Rick was introduced to the Ozark Off-Road Cyclists and all they do for the Arkansas trails through the clubs relationship with the Upper Buffalo Headwaters. He went to high school in Kingston near the Headwaters, where he had a connection with the Upper Buffalo Mountain Trails from a young start. He has helped a couple of years in preparing the trails for the Buffalo Headwaters Challenge and has a firm belief that “If those who ride the trails do not help to maintain them they will cease to exist.”.
Rick is a Certified Public Accountant when he’s not out riding his bike. He hopes to help the OORC as Treasurer in order to further it’s goal of maintaining and creating great mountain biking trails. Northwest Arkansas has some great mountain biking trails in part due to the work of the OORC and Rick hopes to see you at a work day or out on the trails soon.
Raised in the Panhandle Plains of Texas, Milah grew up only dreaming of the days when she’d be able to finally roam great mountainsides. She moved to D/FW in 2000 to pursue college and a career and soon upon settling in found there still wasn't a ton of mountains but there was plenty of dirt and hillsides. She had missed the thrill of riding since being a kid, so soon began riding the inner city trails and what singletrack she could find. Eventually life happens as it does and in the mix of getting married and starting a family she put her wheels and dreams of mountain bike adventures away to focus solely on building a home and a life for her loved ones. It wasn't until relocating in 2010 to Northwest Arkansas that Milah realized she needed to get back on her bike. Little did she know, but she had landed herself in a MTB trail heaven and this time there were mountains.
Milah became an OORC member in 2014 and since has committed her time to being an advocate of the trails and an active part of her new found community doing what she can to help it thrive. In February 2015 she was appointed Secretary of the board and is looking forward to being a part of the clubs future endeavors.
Though John has been an outdoor enthusiast his whole life, he has only recently acquired the taste of mountain biking. He rode Lake Fayetteville for the first time in 2005 on a steel frame and has been addicted ever since.
John joined the OORC in 2008 because he wanted to be more active in building, improving and maintaining trails in Northwest Arkansas. Now, a lifetime member, he continues to support the OORC in its goal to make Northwest Arkansas one of the best places to ride.
Born and raised in the hills of Northwest Arkansas Brannon spent most of his youth on two-wheels. After wrapping up his collegiate career and receiving a degree in graphic design, Brannon relocated to Texas where he spent a decade in the bar and beer industry developing his event coordinating skills. Brannon moved back "home" in 2010 to be closer to family and provide his children with the quality of life that only growing up in the hills of Arkansas can offer. He immediately took advantage of the plethora of trail riding available in the Arkansas Ozarks and with his childhood passion for riding rekindled, joined the OORC in 2014 for the opportunity to make a difference in the community.
Brannon was recognized as a Volunteer of the Year by the OORC for his efforts in 2014 and would be quoted saying "I was part of a team that through blood and sweat, laid down trail that will be enjoyed by my children's children and long after I'm gone. Pretty cool.".
H.B. Fink is a native to Arkansas. Born in Little Rock and raised in Fort Smith, he has called Fayetteville home for the past twenty years. One of the things that keeps him rooted to the area are the great trails! Like Chuck, H.B. got his start in '88 with a Specialized Rockhopper when a friend suggested he buy a mountain bike. He's made lotsof good memories over that time primarily riding in Arkansas and surrounding states but also venturing to places like Moab. Although he's been biking for a long time, he's new to OORC (he was a member for a very short time in the 90's). He decided it was time to give back to the mountain biking community in NWA and make some new memories!
The Ozark Off Road Cyclists is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and maintaining sustainable soft surface trails in the Arkansas Ozarks, giving greater opportunities for mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts to live healthy active lives. Established in 1997, the OORC has been working with local, state, and federal agencies to preserve the natural environment for recreational experience. The OORC regularly partners with a variety of user groups, land managers, and businesses to support and run numerous outdoor recreation events including educational training in sustainable trail building, group rides, races, and trail work days. The Club is a proud Chapter Member of IMBA (The International Mountain Bike Association).
OORC has been instrumental in developing and building trails at Lake Fayetteville City Park, Mt. Sequoyah, Mt. Kessler, Lake Leatherwood Park in Eureka Springs, Devil's Den State Park, Hobbs State Park, Lake Weddington, The Buffalo HeadwatersTrail System, Lincoln Lake and numerous other projects that are in the development stage. The OORC continues to be committed to developing safe sustainable trails to support fitness and enjoyment for people of all ages in our community - and we want you to join us in that successful endeavor.