FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A group of local cyclists are enjoying their bikes, Northwest Arkansas’ natural offerings, and poker for the rest of December.
During umpteen rides, cyclists collect cards for riding certain routes, like the Back 40 Trail System in Bella Vista or the newly-renovated Mt. Kessler trail in Fayetteville. Other rides are hosted on the Razorback Greenway.
At the end of the event, riders with the best poker hand are declared the winner.
Organizers said the idea behind the event was to bring together cyclists from across the state for a little bit of fun during the holiday season, when it can be hard to get out and ride.
Anya Bruhin is a ride leader for some of the rides, and she said part of the event that was unique are the incredible number of offering for local riders.
“There are roughly four rides per day in different parts of Arkansas — Central, Northwest, and everywhere in between and different types of rides,” Bruhin said. “It’s not just mountain bike rides, there are Greenway rides, there are gravel rides.”