Race Recon Reports

Ouachita Challenge in Oden, AR

Race Type: Cycling
Distance: 100K (62 Miles)
Entry Fee: $100

Overall Rating:

Why they rated as such:

Good weather, nice trails, driving distance, actual mountain bike trails!

Did they travel?

Did travel impact their race?

I got to drive so I was able to bring all the supplies I needed for any scenario, so it helped me. There’s nowhere to fly into for this race from the DFW area.


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Course Details:

This is a mountain bike race/tour. The trail part is on two major trials through National Forest area, the Womble, and the Ouachita trails. The dirt roads are well maintained forest service roads. I raced single speed and it was fun, but my gearing was way off. These trails are not supposed to be ridden any other time during the year so it’s a good chance to do so.


Weather Details:

Upper 50s and cloudy at the start and getting into the upper 70s and sunny towards the end. Trail was nice and tacky and the creek crossings were ice cold.

Was the weather normal? Yes


Link to Garmin/Polar/Etc. Course File: https://www.strava.com/activities/47864302/embed/2aa83b7245802cc7bf2fb712dc72a3532612a269
Other Comments:

The community really comes out and helps a bunch. The race proceeds go to the local community too.


SWAG Rating: 4
About the SWAG:

Shirt, lube and some discount cards, but I didn’t do it for the swag.


Spectator Friendliness Rating: 1
Spectator Comments:

A big 60ish mile loop through the woods. Unless you’re Bambi, you’re not seeing much.

Submitted by: Harvey Stearns La Seur IV

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