Ozark Off Road Cyclists to form Carroll County branch

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Ozark Off Road Cyclists will host a club branch formation meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at Sparky's Road House in Eureka Springs. The goal of the meeting is to form a branch of the club that will help organize mountain bike trail maintenance and building efforts in Carroll County.

The Ozark Off Road Cyclists (OORC) has been one of the leading advocacy groups for mountain bike trail development in Northwest Arkansas for 18 years. Two of the club's first endeavors were helping develop and build the trails in Eureka Springs and creating the Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival. The city is now home to more than 30 miles of quality public trails. More recently the city of Berryville has created the Pension Mountain Trail System.

The "branch" formation is part of an outreach attempting to organize smaller rider groups outside the Northwest Arkansas corridor and expand its membership base and impact. The growth is part of the International Mountain Bike Association's affiliation with the club, which is now an official IMBA chapter. This year the OORC has already formed the River Valley OORC branch in Russellville while Fort Smith and Siloam Springs branches are in the works.

Riders who join the OORC, automatically become an IMBA member and enjoy the benefits of both clubs. This includes insured rides and work trips;

discounts on gear and goods from the clubs and local businesses; monthly IMBA and OORC email updates; and support for lobbying efforts creating and keeping trails open to mountain bike use.

IMBA updates and maintains the club's membership database, allowing club chapters to focus more on advocacy and less on administrative duties. To find out more about the benefits of IMBA and OORC membership visit the web sites www.imba.com or www.ozarkoffroadcyclists.com.

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