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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Rest in peace, Laura Wooldridge

Much has been written about the shocking, sudden loss of Laura Wooldridge.  I think Joe and Lisa really got to the heart of things with a piece they wrote in Arkansas Outside (We Lost a Hero).

While cyclocross was far from Laura's #1 cycling passion, she still made her presence felt.  When we needed an official's assistant for the 2012 Reservoir Cross race, she filled in without hesitation.  I ran into Laura at one of this year's downtown crits, and she spoke with excitement about working towards her USAC officials license and asked if we'd need officials for the upcoming CX season.  She was always a joy to see, whether on the trail or at the race.

We strongly encourage people to support the Laura Wooldridge Memorial Fund, which will be used to help meet her family’s immediate needs, and also support a memorial in Laura’s name at Pfeiffer Loop, on the north side of the River Trail.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Back to Boyle, June 28

Boyle Park is a great CX venue and there's going to be a work party on June 28.  From Norm Berner:

Dear friends,

On June 28 from 9 am - 12 pm, there will be another important work project taking place at Boyle Park.  We will meet out by Pavilion #3 and divide into various work teams, according to the volunteers who show up to help and the type of equipment that they bring.  We will continue from where our team left off on June 7th, during our recent work session.

A wonderful team from AmeriCorps will be joining us.  Our great friends from Milestone Volunteers at Little Rock Air Force Base who have been providing lots of help over the past couple of months, will be back in town to lend their valuable support.  Between the two of these groups, we ought to be able to "knock down" a lot of brush and weeds!

We need people to bring brush-cutting tools, so that we can continue clearing over-growth and low-hanging limbs.  Gas-powered brush cutters, small chainsaws, limb loppers, swing blade cutters, and any other of your favorite tools to help you cut through the invasive growth, are needed.

Please share this message with all of your members and friends in your various organizations and post on your websites and social media outlets. We still have lots of work to accomplish before Arkansas Outside holds their "Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day" event out at Boyle Park, on October 4th.

Contact me via email, if you have any questions.  So that I might have a better idea as to how many people can come and help out, please have everyone RSVP to this email address.

*** For those of you who have a few extra hours on June 26 from 8:45 am - 11:30 am, I will have 110 youth ages 14-19 from an area 4-H Club coming out to Pavilion #3 at Boyle Park.  This group will be performing a community service project with me, as part of their leadership training requirement.  A few more adults to help coordinate a few projects that will be performed, would be of great help to me.  We are looking for as many leaf rakes that can be rounded up, as possible.  If any of you could help locate some additional rakes and bring them to me on the morning of the 26th, I would appreciate your assistance.  Please mark the name of the owner on the handle, by using a marker.  I will have a sheet to log-in these rakes with the name of the owner and your name and phone number.


Norm Berner | Volunteer Park Ranger Program Coordinator
501-371-6856 office | 501-353-9519 cell | 501-371-6832 fax
500 W. Markham | Rm 108 | Little Rock, AR 72201
nberner@littlerock.org | ParkRanger@littlerock.org | www.lrpr.org

Monday, May 19, 2014

2014 Arkansas Super-Prestige p/b The Dillon Group

As always, spring is a relatively quiet time at this website. But the cross monkeys have been working behind the scenes ensuring that the 2014 cyclocross season will be the BEST YEAR EVER.

The Dillon Group Custom Homes has once again stepped up as sponsor of the series. If you ever need any home or business construction or remodeling done, give them a call and tell them cyclocross sent you. They do excellent PRO work and you won't be sorry.

The racers have spoken and we have listened.  There are a few tweaks lined up for 2014:
  • SINGLESPEED.  The singlespeed race is open to all comers, lasts 40 minutes, and starts on the same wave as the masters, women 1/2/3/4, and men's cat 4.
  • SLEEP AN EXTRA HOUR.  Sunday events start at 11am.  Last year's state championships was weather-delayed an hour and nobody had any trouble getting home in time for dinner.
  • OPEN* RACE.  You must have an annual USAC license with CX cat 4 or higher to compete in the Open* race.

Here's the Sunday race-day lineup. Saturday races typically start later in the day.

11:00am (40min) Women 1234, Masters 40+, Men 4, Singlespeed
12:15pm (30min) Men 5, Women 4, Junior 10-18
1:00pm Kid’s race
1:30pm (50min) Open*

Race duration is approximate. Race leaders are timed for the first lap or two, and then laps-to-go are displayed at the finish line.

Get out and ride. It's beautiful out there.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Keep Little Rock Beautiful this Saturday at Western Hills!

This is a great way to earn yourself some trail karma.  Fantastic plans for putting in trails, world-class frolf course, etc.  See some details in the press release below, come out to Western Hills on Saturday, and wave the Central Arkansas Trail Alliance (CATA) banner.

Fifth Annual Citywide Cleanup in Little Rock Set for March 8
Citywide effort promotes litter pickup, community improvement

Keep Little Rock Beautiful (KLRB), a certified local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, will host its fifth annual Citywide Cleanup Saturday,  March 8, to promote litter pickup, recycling, beautification and community improvement in the capital city.

The 2014 Citywide Cleanup will kick off at Western Hills Park (5207 Western Hills Avenue) in the historic Western Hills Neighborhood in Little Rock at 8 a.m. on March 8. Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola will issue a proclamation about the citywide cleanup and highlight the work of the Western Hills Neighborhood Association volunteers, who continue to lead successful cleanup initiatives in the neighborhood. There will also be a recycling trailer available at Western Hills Park during the Cleanup for volunteers to recycle plastic, aluminum and glass to help raise awareness about the recycling services offered by the City of Little Rock.

KLRB has chosen to host the Citywide Cleanup kickoff at Western Hills Park to celebrate the great strides that are being made to develop this large area in a way that maintains its natural beauty, while also offering state-of-the-art amenities and activities.

“Throughout this development process, we have received tremendous encouragement from neighborhood and city residents to preserve, protect and promote the natural beauty of the Western Hills Park area,” said Norm Berner, KLRB Board Member and Public Affairs Coordinator for the adjacent Meadowcliff/Brookwood Neighborhood Association. “Folks don't want to see the land bulldozed to build ball fields, soccer fields, or buildings with parking lots, or destroy the wonderful trees. Having all of this natural beauty and open space in just about the center of our city is quite unique and one of the best kept secrets around.”