The Oz Trails Off-Road Spinning into Arkansas this Weekend
9 Oct, 2019
The second annual Oz Trails Off-Road takes place on October 11-13 in northwest Arkansas. From beginner riders to seasoned professionals, the event is part of the Epic Rides Series.
The Oz Trails Off-Road is the grand finale for the 2019 Epic Rides off-road season, where the pro men and women will compete for a US$62,000 cash purse; US$2,000 of which will be handed out on Friday evening after the El Yucateco Fat Tire Criterium in downtown Bentonville, and US$60,000 of it on Sunday in the V8+ Energy Backcountry Race.
Mountain bikers of all ages and experience levels can choose from a 15-, 30- or 50-mile course distance, with all finishers receiving a custom mason jar award for their completed distance. Meanwhile, more than 50 vendors will be showing their wares in the Bike + Gear Expo.
Th organizing team at Epic Rides notes that ‘Even for those who don’t ride mountain bikes, the Oz Trails Off-Road is still rich with activities for the whole family.’ Downtown Bentonville boasts a long list of top-rated restaurants as well as the Crystal Bridges Museum of Contemporary Art. Families can also take part in the Shimano Kids’ Fun Ride on Sunday morning.
All weekend long the Bike Rack Brewing beer gardens will be pouring adult beverages, while free live music will keep the energy high, culminating with a performance from music headliner, Samantha Fish, an award-winning blues guitarist.
All Oz Trails Off-Road registrants receive an official event t-shirt, limited-edition poster, goodie bag and finisher’s award. ‘The growing popularity of the Epic Rides Series has resulted in all events filling to capacity in advance, so participants are encouraged to register as early as possible.’
Founded in 1999, Epic Rides produces events that celebrate mountain biking. Events such as the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo presented by Tucson Medical Center, Tour of the White Mountains, Grand Junction Off-Road, Whiskey Off-Road, Carson City Off-Road and the Oz Trails Off-Road offer ‘challenging, fun riding and emphasize the joy and camaraderie inherent in the sport.’