Ozark Off Road cyclists host 12th annual Buffalo Headwaters Challenge

Ozark Off Road Cyclists will host the 12th annual Buffalo Headwaters Challenge Jan. 27-29 in Red Star, located about 50 miles east of Fayetteville.

The three-day event is free to current OORC members, and includes food, drinks, camping and plenty of mountain biking.

Festivities begin Friday evening with the Birthday Bonfire and dinner highlighting 20 years of volunteer trail advocacy.

After breakfast on Saturday, the annual Buffalo Headwaters Challenge Ride will begin at around 10 a.m. sending riders through the Upper Buffalo Mountain Bike Trail System. Participants can choose between multiple routes including the 40-mile Challenge, the 26-mile Half-Challenge and a newly created 17-mile course.

Post-ride afternoon activities include a recovery meal, followed by live music from Arkansauce and Outlaw Hippies and a Jambalaya dinner around the campfire Saturday evening.

Sunday morning’s breakfast of pancakes, biscuits and chocolate gravy will be followed by a new event for 2017 – the Hoot ‘N Holler enduro-inspired ride.

The Hoot ‘N Holler begins at Knuckles Creek Trailhead with a downhill route through scenic Azalea Falls. Once at the bottom, riders can take a shuttle up the mountain to Fire Tower Trail, one of the longest downhill routes in the Ozarks.

For more information on the weekend or to renew/become an OORC member, visit ozarkoffroadcyclists.org.