Learn more about the devoted members who work to improve the OORC's operations.
Chuck Maxwell - President
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.
Mike "Lewie" Lewis - Vice President
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.
Richard "Rick" Barrett - Treasurer
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.
Milah Pack - Secretary
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.
John Sage - Trails Coordinator
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.
Brannon Pack - Events Coordinator
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.".
Brian Hess - Rides Coordinator
Brian got bit by the cycling bug early, when a friend gave him a copy of the book Bicycles North! A Mystery On Wheels . But the bug bit hard when Greg LeMond won his first Tour de France the old-fashioned way, and Brian started mountain biking at Devil's Den while attending the University of Arkansas in the late 1980s (thanks, Highroller!). Subscribing to Eddy Merckx’s training advice -- “Ride lots” -- Brian’s been thrilled to see the growth of riding options for all kinds of cycling in Northwest Arkansas in recent years. He was recognized as a Volunteer of the Year by the OORC in 2014.