FAST EPIC Ride!
Saturday April 26th
Registration at Phat Tire starting at 9:15, ride begins at 10:00 am sharp
The EPIC Ride is 2 weeks out! Come Join us Saturday, April 26th at the Bentonville Square for the most fun event you and your friends can have on a mountain bike! This is not a race but it is a very challenging ride through some of the best single track trails, creek beds, modified deer trails in the region. You and your friends can challenge each other to navigate technical sections while enjoying the beautiful spring blooms along the way. If… (we mean when) you make it back to the Bentonville you can relax to live music while drinking a cold beverage and eating a warm meal.
This event’s purpose is to promote FAST raise money for our tool supplies and help grow our volunteer base, the more volunteers we have the better maintained and sustainable our trail system will be. Slaughter Pen continues to grow as well as the great trails in Bella Vista
This year we are starting at the Bentonville Square traveling through Slaughter Pen heading to Missouri! We will ride through Blowing Springs Park in Bella Vista and connect on trails that make a loop into Missouri. You will follow a trail marked with green paint and green ribbon. The trail consist of sweet single track, not so sweet single track, deer trail, ATV trail, Gravel Roads and the finest pavement in Bella Vista!
There are some options on the Route:
The Full EPIC!:
Around 34 miles going all the way to the Missouri line then looping back (this year it will be a figure 8 set up). Enjoy Greg Pools Missouri rest stop full of snacks and drinks before heading back south hitting some of the challenging steep climbs and will have to descend the waterfall half mile back down to Lake Ann.
The Epic Short Cut:
Some say 22 miles, others clock 26 (guess it depends on how tired and erratic you end up riding?) when you get to the Lake Ann area you will head east to the intersection of the short cut (a gravel creek bed) follow the back to Bentonville Signs that point you to the Medfield golf course
The Blowing Springs Out and Back:
Just like it says, ride all sweet single track and pave trail from the square to Blowing Springs and back for around 12 miles of great fun. Perfect for beginners who are not quite up to the Epic terrain but still want to have a great time!
• Road Crossing, look both ways do not blindly follow the person ahead of you, when riding a road make sure to just ride 2 abreast do not block roads.
• The trail is well marked with green paint, ribbon and signs, just pay close attention to turns and intersections.
• The Figure 8 set up is new this year. Riders doing the Missouri full Epic will ride about ¼ of a mile of trail connecting the Lake Ann area to the turn off back to Bentonville twice. The second time you see the 22 mile short cut sign “Back to Bentonville” you will turn and head home (unless you want to add even more miles to the route!)
Come join us for the Spring 2014 Epic Ride, you will be sure to have some Epic stories to tell at the finish…. .
We are riding Wednesday New Year’s Day. Meet us at blowing springs park in Bella Vista (front parking lot) at 10am. We are doing a leisurely ride on part of the epic route to Missouri. Route will be around 15 miles. Great way to start the new year.
Over 80 FAST Club Members ventured out on Saturday for the Epic Ride! We had 3 route options, a 12 mile, 25 mile and for the hard core riders a 34 mile route all the way to Missouri and back!. The trail was a mixture of single track, creek beds, deer trail and “other”….Greg Pool hosted the rest stop on the Missouri line with food and your choice of refreshments. The ride back was challenging but riders where rewarded with a BBQ dinner, home brew beer from Bentonville’s own Bike Rack Brewery!
Our next official FAST club ride will be New Year’s Day! Join us at Blowing Springs for a shorter version of the Epic Loop January 1st.
Mark your calendar for the Spring Epic Ride… Saturday April 12th 2014….
Remember, we have FAST trail work days with fun rides the 3rd Saturday of each month. Friend us on FaceBook…Friends at Slaughter Pen Trail.