Bentonville Trail Challenge
In April of 2021, Payson set out to ride all 140+ miles of singletrack in the Mountain Biking Capital of the World in one day, and learn about the people that make the special bike community of Bentonville, Arkansas what it is along the way. For those ambitious riders looking for an adventure of their own, Payson is inviting you to go ride all of Bentonville's trails on you own time as well and earn a chance at a huge gear giveaway from his sponsors. Two lucky winners will take home a $1,500 shopping spree at Osprey Packs, a three year supply of Orange Seal tire sealant, a Smith Trace helmet and Shift Mag glasses, Hammerhead Karoo 2 bike computer, GU Energy ride food, and a $100 gift card to The HUB Bike Lounge in Bentonville. Your 3 steps to participating in the Bentonville Trail Challenge are below:
Ride all of Bentonville's trails by Dec. 31st, '21. You can do it all at once as Payson did, or take it in smaller chunks at whatever pace you like. Scroll down for a complete trail list.
Document and share your progress on Instagram with the hashtag #BentonvilleTrailChallenge, and save your posts as a highlight on your profile. The most compelling/inspiring/creative stories win. If you're a retro grouch and don't have Instagram, you can write us a beautiful essay and/or submit your video(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the Bentonville Trail Challenge STRAVA club to prove your progress. Payson's ride file can be viewed here and downloaded as GPX to guide your ride: https://www.strava.com/activities/5175866201
Note: not all the trails below are listed on Trail Forks or other mapping apps. The best bet is to use this list as a guide, but cross reference with Payson's GPX file (linked above in Step 3). Do your best, have fun, and don't stress the details. The idea is to ride at least "most" of every trail in Bentonville and Bella Vista, but we know that with the rate of trail development in the area, that can be quite the moving target. Good luck!
Rock Ledge Trail
Peak A Boo
Black Apple Creek
The Urban Trail
Seed Tick Shuffle
Armadillo's Last Stand
Bella Vista Lake
Through the looking glass
Lower Mad Hatter
Rabbit Hole Loop
Blowing Springs Loop
The Back 40 Loop
Danger Will Robinson
Shock & Awe
Cease and Desist
The Ridge Line
Drop the Hammer
THE PRIZES: WHAT'S UP FOR GRABS?
$1,500 shopping spree at Osprey Packs
3 year supply of Orange Seal tire sealant (64 oz supplied per year).
GU Energy assorted ride food.
Smith Optics Trace helmet and Shift MAG eyewear.
Hammerhead Karoo 2 GPS head unit.
$100 gift card to The HUB Bike Lounge.
$3,000 total prize package value! Two lucky winners will take home everything above. Good luck and have fun!