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wmr
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Bentonville/NWA cycling.
People are always asking for suggestions on what to do or see when they visit the far off land of NWA. Here's a good article today about the cycling culture, and includes a video of an annual MB event in Bentonville (with a Lance Armstrong cameo).

Cycling's Low Key Wizards of Oz

2018 Oz Trails Offroad YT video

Bentonville has surpassed Fayetteville in many ways. Walmart money works wonders.
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Numberwang
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re: Bentonville/NWA cycling.
Ha. They're asking people where they're from. Lance just goes "Austin, Texas".

He also says Bentonville is the best kept secret in the cycling world. Good video. I have never ridden their trails up there yet. I just slum it in Fayetteville at Kessler and the greenway.

Fayetteville is getting surpassed quickly in a lot of areas by Bentonville. I think we all knew it was coming, but damn. That photo from the article, they're cycling past The Momentary which opens in February. Another big-time arts addition for Bentonville. We got Theatre Squared and the WAC, but Bentonville is getting everything else. Rogers got the Ampitheatre and next year Top Golf.

Centennial MB Park in Fayetteville, which will host the Cyclo-cross Championships, should be awesome when it's fully built-out.

Centennial Park at Millsaps Mountain
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Stonehog
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re: Bentonville/NWA cycling.
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Bentonville has surpassed Fayetteville in many ways.


Yeah because we have a dip shite hippy city council that would rather paint murals than fix the traffic issues. Don't even get me started. I used to work for the city, they would always bemoan the "lack of affordable housing" while rubber stamping every single townhouse project where all the houses start in the four hundreds. They're all full of shite.


wmr
Arkansas Fan
North of Dickson, South of Herman's
Member since Mar 2009
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re: Bentonville/NWA cycling.
I can't stand our mayor or most of our city council.

They live in fantasy-land most of the time.



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Arksulli
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re: Bentonville/NWA cycling.
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Fayetteville is getting surpassed quickly in a lot of areas by Bentonville


In part this was over due. Bentonville/Rogers lagged way behind Fayetteville not that long ago.

But with tons of people still moving to the area on a yearly basis there wasn't much room left in Fayetteville, particularly with the emphasis being on high price properties now in construction. Meanwhile, just a short drive up the road, Bentonville has a booming economy and its dirt cheap.

Now all that growth that propelled Fayetteville is settling in Bentonville. They have money to spend and plenty of opportunities to do so.

Yeah, I'd say Bentonville/Rogers has passed Fayetteville. And they still have more room to grow. Am I saying Fayetteville is about to turn into Jonesboro? No. The prosperity however, is no longer limited to Fayetteville and is spreading across the area.


Clark14
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re: Bentonville/NWA cycling.
It's unreal how that area has grown since the 70's.

It seems one town just abuts the other now.



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hogfly
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re: Bentonville/NWA cycling.
Not riding in NWA is like living in Colorado and not skiing or boarding. Get a freaking bike and hit it, if you haven’t already.


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MIZ_COU
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re: Bentonville/NWA cycling.
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But with tons of people still moving to the area on a yearly basis
yeah, that will make it nice


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wmr
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re: Bentonville/NWA cycling.
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Bentonville has a booming economy and its dirt cheap.


Bentonville isn't cheap at all. The only areas I'd say are cheap around here are some Rausch Coleman shit-developments, West Fork, parts of Springdale and maybe Siloam Springs.



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City Ham
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re: Bentonville/NWA cycling.
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Fayetteville is getting surpassed quickly in a lot of areas by Bentonville.


That's one way of putting it. They can have the museums and chain restaurants. We'll keep the homes under $300/sf


wmr
Arkansas Fan
North of Dickson, South of Herman's
Member since Mar 2009
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re: Bentonville/NWA cycling.
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They can have the museums and chain restaurants. We'll keep the homes under $300/sf


That's one way of putting it.

I can't believe someone called Bentonville "dirt cheap".

Even shitty Centerton up there isn't cheap, and it's ugly and basically Little Plano.

Benton County has really high incomes, and subsequently, very high property prices.

People can frick off with moving here. We're good.


City Ham
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Northwest Arkansas
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re: Bentonville/NWA cycling.
As a Washington County resident, I can drive to any of that Benton county shite. But I'm happy I'm not living in it


SouthernHog
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Arkansas
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re: Bentonville/NWA cycling.
Just left NWA back to Central Arkansas, ya'll can have that mess. Too many people, hipsters and liberal bullcrap.


ATLabama
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re: Bentonville/NWA cycling.
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Just left NWA back to Central Arkansas, ya'll can have that mess. Too many people, hipsters and liberal bullcrap.


When you hear comments like this... you know the town is prosperous.

Went recently on a business trip and was super, super impressed with how much it's grown. I loved the trip. Walmart money, is real money.


hogfly
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Fayetteville, AR
Member since May 2014
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re: Bentonville/NWA cycling.
No doubt. The only bad thing about living in NWA is that I sometimes feel a twinge of guilt for not really relating to the rest of the country’s problems, because we live in a freaking pleasantville bubble.


Arksulli
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re: Bentonville/NWA cycling.
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we live in a freaking pleasantville bubble.


It really is. I moved from there to Marion, Ar. to take care of my mother after my father passed away and it is like living in a different country.

It is not so much that Marion is a small town, it is, but I'm closer to Memphis then most of Memphis. We aren't out in the boonies.

It is more the vibe of the place. Here and in Memphis everything seems kind of rundown (except for the newer suburbs) and the local government never seems to have the cash to fix things. In NW Arkansas it seems like the local government runs out of things to spend their cash on.


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