Learn more about the devoted members who work to improve the OORC's operations.
Phil's first unforgettable biking experience happened when he was 10. He and a friend had built a BMX course in the woods behind his house. The first day he rode the course he smacked a tree with his left handle bar which later that evening led to surgery to put a pin into his exploded knuckle.
About 12 years later, he and a college friend were attending AMBCS races--regionals and some national races for the next 15 years. Phil has hung that jersey up for the time being so that he can give back to the sport he loves so dearly.
Phil heard about the OORC in 1999 and joined in 2000 at the 71 Classic. He was elected President in late 2008 and re-elected for his second term as President in late 2011. Phil's focus is to help make NWA one of the top MT. bike destinations in the U.S.
So he will build trails!
John Sage, Treasurer
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.
Jonathan is a native Arkansan who moved to Northwest Arkansas from Little Rock in 2005 when he came to the University of Arkansas to complete a degree in outdoor recreation. Jonathan left NWA to pursue a Master's degree at Clemson University in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management. While there he worked for the Clemson Outdoor Recreation and Education program for two years facilitating a variety of outdoor recreation programs including instructing mountain biking courses to students for educational credit. After completing his degree in South Carolina, Jonathan returned to Fayetteville to work full-time for the University Recreation department at the University of Arkansas as the Coordinator of the Outdoor Connection Center (OCC). Jonathan shares his passion for mountain biking daily by promoting outdoor recreation to the University community through the OCC's bike shop and mountain biking programs. Jonathan has a passion for education and has completed the instructor course offered by the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) Instructor Certification Program (ICP) to hone his skills in teaching beginners the confidence and safety needed when tackling the expansive trails available in the Ozarks. Since his first OORC meeting, Jonathan has been eager to be involved in the OORC and promote sustainable trail building in Northwest Arkansas.
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 newly elected to Trails Coordinator in January 2012, becoming a more active member of the club.
Mike "Lewie" Lewis, Events Coordinator
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 trials 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 OffRoad 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.
Born and raised in NW Arkansas, he spent 10 years on the west coast as a young adult, returning to the area in 1980. He began mountain biking in earnest in 2010 due to the influence of close friends involved with the OORC. As a retired firefighter/paramedic, Larry works with the volunteer medical staff at all of the local events and looks forward to serving as Rides Coordinator, offering riding experiences for the novice as well as the expert. He also enjoys trail building and sustainment.