Conway Regional Biketoberfest 2021

The second annual Conway Regional Health System Biketoberfest kicks off a month-long celebration of the cycling community in Conway on Oct. 1. 

Conway Regional Health System Biketoberfest will highlight group rides and popular routes and provide cycling tips, nutrition and wellness information, and expertise from Conway Regional physicians. 

Biketoberfest will highlight rides that include long-distance, mountain biking, gravel and leisure rides, and feature four weekly themes: introduction to cycling, exploring your city through family and community rides, corporate wellness and community resources.

2021 Calendar of Events

Check out what’s happening this year for Conway Regional Health System Biketoberfest. For updates, visit us here and on Facebook!

Bike 101 Class, hosted by The Ride 

Saturday, Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. 

Location: Brick and Forge Taproom

Come learn the basics and the proper care and maintenance of your bicycle with Erik from The Ride. You’ll also learn some basic troubleshooting techniques like how to change a flat and what to do if you drop your chain.

You will not need to bring your bicycle for this class just an appetite for food and for learning. Complimentary appetizers and drinks provided.


Biketoberfest Kick-Off Ride 

Sunday, Oct. 3 at 1 p.m.

Location: Stoby’s

Join the Conway cycling community as we kick-off Biketoberfest.

Biketoberfest is a month-long series of programming designed to educate, advocate and celebrate the cycling community plus attract others to this growing sport and recreation. So bring a friend and afterward enjoy complimentary food from a Conway staple: Stoby’s.

Cyclists will have a 40-ish or 20-ish route option to choose from. Routes will not be marked and will be open to traffic.

Download the route to your GPS enabled computer by clicking the links above and/or print off a map. Join us after the ride for food provided by Stoby’s.

Spin Class 

Sunday, Oct. 3 at 1:30 p.m. 

Location: Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center 

Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center is excited to host three indoor cycling sessions FREE to the community! Amanda Castillo, ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Schwinn® Indoor Cycling instructor will lead the 50-minute rides.

Spin shoes are not required as bikes are compatible with clip-in or athletic shoes. If this is your first time to participate in an indoor cycling class, be sure to arrive a little early so Amanda can assist with your setup.

Conway Regional Health System Biketoberfest is a celebration to recognize our growing community of cyclists. The city of Conway has many opportunities for cycling — and Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center is proud to offer an expansive indoor cycling space for community rides.

Register here. Join us after spin class for food provided by Stoby’s.


CAB Group Ride 

Monday, Oct. 4 at 5:30 p.m. 

A Group: The A group is a 20 plus mph ride of about 35 or 40 miles. A group is for experienced fast riders.  

*B Group:  The B group is a 15-17 mph ride of about 25 miles.  

*C Group: The C group is a 10-12 mph ride of about 15 miles.  

*Both B and C groups are no drop rides. A no drop ride means no one gets left behind. B and C groups have ride leaders to make sure everyone is okay.   

Check Strava, the CAB Facebook group and website, and #BikeConway Facebook group for more ride information. 


Taco Ride

Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. 

Location: Caldwell Toyota

If you’re looking for an easy ride or something a little more challenging, this 15-, 20- or 25-mile circuit course is for you.

The group will leave at 5 p.m. from Caldwell Toyota and head to Sturgis Road for a 4-mile lead-in to a 5-mile hilly circuit loop. When you finish your loop or loops, head back for a complimentary taco dinner provided by Caldwell Toyota.

Those who want an easy ride, take the loop once. For a little more of a challenge go for two loops. Hang in with the fast crew and push yourself for three loops. Here is the circuit course.

Tacos will be ready by 6:30 p.m., so ride as many loops as you can by dinner time! Front and rear lights are required. The Oct. 6 CAB Group Ride will coincide with the Taco Ride.


Join members from the Conway Advocates for Bicycling (CAB) for a gravel or family and friends Downtown Conway ride in partnership with Biketoberfest!

Join us after the Oct. 9 Menifee Gravel Ride, Downtown Conway Ride and Spin Class for burgers and brats served by First Security Bank and The Teal Grill from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Security Bank in Downtown Conway at 1001 Front St.

*Menifee Gravel Ride 

Saturday, Oct. 9 at 8:30 a.m. 

Location: Menifee Municipal Building

If you’re interested in the gravel ride, three route options are available: 20, 36 and 48 miles all leaving from the Menifee Municipal Building parking lot at 8:30 a.m.

No route support.

*Downtown Conway Family and Friends 3-Mile Ride 

Saturday, Oct. 9  at 10:30 a.m.

Location: First Security Bank (1001 Front St.) 

Downtown is one of Conway’s best destinations for cycling, and the Downtown-Old Town Route features some of the area’s finest sights.

This ride will begin and end at the First Security Bank Downtown (1001 Front Street) location. With low vehicular traffic and new bike lanes, enjoy views of the picturesque historic homes and churches along the avenue.

At approximately 3 miles long, this route is the perfect sample of everything Downtown and Old Town Conway have to offer. All cyclists are required to wear a helmet and a parent/guardian will be required to sign a waiver of liability for each child participating.

*Spin Class 

Saturday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. 

Location: Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center 

Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center is excited to host three indoor cycling sessions FREE to the community! Amanda Castillo, ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Schwinn® Indoor Cycling instructor will lead the 50-minute rides.

Spin shoes are not required as bikes are compatible with clip-in or athletic shoes. If this is your first time to participate in an indoor cycling class, be sure to arrive a little early so Amanda can assist with your setup.

Conway Regional Health System Biketoberfest is a celebration to recognize our growing community of cyclists. The city of Conway has many opportunities for cycling — and Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center is proud to offer an expansive indoor cycling space for community rides.

Register here.

*Join us after the Oct. 9 Menifee Gravel Ride, Downtown Conway Ride and Spin Class for burgers and brats served by First Security Bank and The Teal Grill from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Security Bank in Downtown Conway at 1001 Front St.


CAB Group Ride 

Monday, Oct. 11 at 5:30 p.m. 

A Group: The A group is a 20 plus mph ride of about 35 or 40 miles. A group is for experienced fast riders.  

*B Group:  The B group is a 15-17 mph ride of about 25 miles.  

*C Group: The C group is a 10-12 mph ride of about 15 miles.  

*Both B and C groups are no drop rides. A no drop ride means no one gets left behind. B and C groups have ride leaders to make sure everyone is okay.   

Check Strava, the CAB Facebook group and website, and #BikeConway Facebook group for more ride information.


CAB Group Ride 

Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 5:30 p.m. 

A Group: The A group is a 20 plus mph ride of about 35 or 40 miles. A group is for experienced fast riders.  

*B Group:  The B group is a 15-17 mph ride of about 25 miles.  

*C Group: The C group is a 10-12 mph ride of about 15 miles.  

*Both B and C groups are no drop rides. A no drop ride means no one gets left behind. B and C groups have ride leaders to make sure everyone is okay.   

Check Strava, the CAB Facebook group and website, and #BikeConway Facebook group for more ride information.


Cycling Community Meet-Up 

Thursday, Oct. 14 from 6-8 p.m. 

Location: Twisted Taco


Introduction to Mountain Biking and Group Ride (10 years and older) 

Thursday, Oct. 14 from 5:30 p.m.

Location: Gatlin Park (2325 Tyler St.) 

Interested in learning more about mountain biking? Are you currently mountain biking, but want to improve?

If so, bring a bike, helmet, drink bottles and be prepared to ride! Join us for this introduction to mountain biking class where the group will be working on fundamental skills. This class will begin at Gatlin Park heading toward Pompe for demos.

Approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours.   


Smart Cycling Complete Class led by CAB 

Saturday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon 

Location: First United Methodist Church of Conway; class instruction hosted online 

This course is designed to give beginning as well as more experienced cyclists the training they need to ride safely and legally in traffic and on trails. The course covers bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike skills, riding in traffic, and crash avoidance techniques.

To learn more and/or register for the course click here. Space is limited.


CAB Group Ride 

Monday, Oct. 18 at 5:30 p.m. 

A Group: The A group is a 20 plus mph ride of about 35 or 40 miles. A group is for experienced fast riders.  

*B Group:  The B group is a 15-17 mph ride of about 25 miles.  

*C Group: The C group is a 10-12 mph ride of about 15 miles.  

*Both B and C groups are no drop rides. A no drop ride means no one gets left behind. B and C groups have ride leaders to make sure everyone is okay.   

Check Strava, the CAB Facebook group and website, and #BikeConway Facebook group for more ride information.


CAB Group Ride 

Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 5:30 p.m. 

A Group: The A group is a 20 plus mph ride of about 35 or 40 miles. A group is for experienced fast riders.  

*B Group:  The B group is a 15-17 mph ride of about 25 miles.  

*C Group: The C group is a 10-12 mph ride of about 15 miles.  

*Both B and C groups are no drop rides. A no drop ride means no one gets left behind. B and C groups have ride leaders to make sure everyone is okay.   

Check Strava, the CAB Facebook group and website, and #BikeConway Facebook group for more ride information.


Intermediate Mountain Biking and Group Ride 

Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 5:30 p.m. 

Location: Gatlin Park (2325 Tyler St.) 

For more advanced riders looking to improve skills such as advanced cornering, drops and jumps, you won’t want to miss this class. 

Participants will be on their bikes so come prepared with a helmet, nutrition and hydration for the class. The class will begin at Gatlin Park, but proceed to the flow trail at Pompe right after the start. 

Approximately 2 hours.  


Cycling Community Meet-Up 

Thursday, Oct. 21 from 6-8 p.m. 

Location: Twisted Taco


Spin Class 

Saturday, Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. 

Location: Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center 

Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center is excited to host three indoor cycling sessions FREE to the community! Amanda Castillo, ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Schwinn® Indoor Cycling instructor will lead the 50-minute rides.

Spin shoes are not required as bikes are compatible with clip-in or athletic shoes. If this is your first time to participate in an indoor cycling class, be sure to arrive a little early so Amanda can assist with your setup.

Conway Regional Health System Biketoberfest is a celebration to recognize our growing community of cyclists. The city of Conway has many opportunities for cycling — and Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center is proud to offer an expansive indoor cycling space for community rides.

Register here for spin class.


Bike 101 Class, hosted by The Ride 

Sunday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. 

Location: The Ride

Come learn the basics and the proper care and maintenance of your bicycle with Erik from The Ride. 

You’ll also learn some basic troubleshooting techniques like how to change a flat and what to do if you drop your chain. You will not need to bring your bicycle for this class but a folding camp chair may be helpful. 


CAB Group Ride 

Monday, Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m. 

Check Strava and #BikeConway for mo

A Group: The A group is a 20 plus mph ride of about 35 or 40 miles. A group is for experienced fast riders.  

*B Group:  The B group is a 15-17 mph ride of about 25 miles.  

*C Group: The C group is a 10-12 mph ride of about 15 miles.  

*Both B and C groups are no drop rides. A no drop ride means no one gets left behind. B and C groups have ride leaders to make sure everyone is okay.   

Check Strava, the CAB Facebook group and website, and #BikeConway Facebook group for more ride information.


CAB Group Ride 

Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 5:30 p.m. 

A Group: The A group is a 20 plus mph ride of about 35 or 40 miles. A group is for experienced fast riders.  

*B Group:  The B group is a 15-17 mph ride of about 25 miles.  

*C Group: The C group is a 10-12 mph ride of about 15 miles.  

*Both B and C groups are no drop rides. A no drop ride means no one gets left behind. B and C groups have ride leaders to make sure everyone is okay.   

Check Strava, the CAB Facebook group and website, and #BikeConway Facebook group for more ride information.


Cycling Community Meet-Up 

Thursday, Oct. 28 from 6-8 p.m. 

Location: Twisted Taco

Routes

COMMUNITY ROUTES

Downtown-Old Town Route
Sponsored by Rogers Group Inc.

Downtown is one of Conway’s best destinations for cycling, and the Downtown-Old Town Route features some of the area’s finest sights. Beginning at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, ride up Front Street to Main, cross over the tracks, and hit the newly paved Robinson Avenue. With low vehicular traffic and new bike lanes, enjoy views of the picturesque historic homes and churches along the avenue. The route concludes with a short climb to the top of Front Street, coasting past the new and historic Front Street developments back to St. Joseph’s. At 3 miles long, this route is the perfect sample of everything Downtown and Old Town Conway have to offer. 

Tucker Creek Trail
Sponsored by The Jiles Firm

Conway’s first trail, measuring 3 miles in total, is also the city’s most popular. Perfect for new cyclists, Tucker Creek Trail offers users an option for a short 3-mile ride beginning at the Salem Road trail head or a 6-mile route beginning at Gatlin Park off Tyler Street. If you’re wanting to build your confidence, this route is the perfect place to do so. Start with a shorter route riding down to Hogan Lane and back, then level up by riding the entire length of the trail. As a side note, there are also mountain bike trails that run alongside Tucker Creek for the majority of this route. Tucker Creek Trail ends at Walmart right near the Bunny Slope mountain bike route.

Stone Dam Creek Trail
Sponsored by Engage Management

South Conway is one of the fastest growing residential areas of the city. Did you know your home might be within just a couple miles of a new trail? Beginning at the trail head at Mimosa Drive, Stone Dam Creek ends at UCA and measures 1.8 miles round trip. What makes this route a must-see is the brand new pedestrian bridge over Dave Ward Drive, as well as delicious ice cream, pizza, and other restaurants right near the trail. 

ROAD ROUTES

CAB’s Ride South Loop
Sponsored by The Jiles Firm

This Conway Advocates for Bicycling route is hands-down the most popular road bike route in Conway, a 38-mile special. If you feel like you are ready for an intermediate ride on the road, this is the route for you. You can turn early at Rocky Gap for a shorter ride with more climbing, or cut out the loop behind Mayflower High School to shorten the loop if you please. This route is on roads with very few cars and is mostly flat with a couple of climbs. 

Rocky Saltillo East Loop
Sponsored by Engage Management

The Rocky Saltillo East Loop features the best views of Conway and Faulkner County in one route. This 35-mile route begins at the McGee Center on College, hits some hills on Tucker Creek Trail, then continues down Bruce Street all the way over the new interstate bridge near Conway Commons. From there, ride into Faulkner County, then Saltillo. The East Loop has undulating terrain with some good sections for coasting and high-gear pedaling on good pavement. 

South Hill Repeat Loop
Sponsored by Rogers Group Inc.

Looking for an elevation challenge? The South Hill Repeat Loop is a great route for climbing, climbing, and more climbing. Do it once, twice, or as many times as you can. The route is approximately 20 miles long, but the loop portion is 8 miles. Empy Hill is our “local legend” hill located right at the start of the loop portion of this route. It’s followed by the route’s longest section of relatively flat terrain so you can rest up before starting another climb. 

MOUNTAIN BIKE ROUTES

Cadron Settlement Park 

Do not let the short distance of available trail fool you. This 5-mile trail at Cadron Settlement Park offers a load of fun and a great workout. Cadron consists of an “Outside Loop” that encircles the park and is a little more flowy and fast and an “Inside Loop” that snakes around on the inside and proves to be technical and challenging. Be aware – hikers have beat a path between trails which can lead to some confusion. Follow the Orange arrows for the full trail. Additionally, there is a purpose-built hiking trail at Cadron that is marked with Yellow arrows. This trail can also be ridden by MTB and consists of a pea gravel surface. 

Enders Fault

Located at Woolly Hollow State Park, Enders Fault is a wonderful mountain bike trail with two loops. Choose between the North and South routes or do both! The North Loop is more technical, while the South Loop has a long climb followed by a fun, fast downhill descent. Both loops measure approximately 5 miles in length and can be ridden in either direction. 

Bunny Slope
Sponsored by Car-Son Construction

This short beginner trail is located directly behind Walmart on Dave Ward Drive (35°04’27.1″N 92°29’43.7″W). You can access the trail either from Walmart or Tucker Creek Trail. The entrance from the trail is just past the red bridge. The trail has a loop on either side of a creek/ditch that runs right down the middle and is spanned by a single bridge. The total length is 1 mile and the trail is entirely flat. WARNING: Do not ride or attempt to ride this trail if there has been a recent rain. It will be a muddy and slippery mess. 

GRAVEL ROUTES

North Gravel Brewer Lake Loop

At approximately 50 miles, the North Gravel Brewer Lake Loop offers longer saddle time for gravel riders. After the lead up section of road, the route is almost entirely on gravel. There are one or two fairly long climbs and not a lot of flat road, so be ready for a workout. The town of Springfield is a great place to catch your breath and take a water break. You’ll want to ride either a gravel or mountain bike on this route.

North Gravel Union Chapel Loop

Give the North Gravel Union Chapel Loop a go for a good mid-level gravel ride of 35 miles with bits of pavement thrown in for some reprieve. The route has a great mix of hills and coasting. This route also runs through Springfield, a great place to catch your breath and take a water break. If you’re feeling adventurous, there are many off-shoot roads to connect to longer gravel adventures. You’ll want to ride either a gravel or mountain bike on this route. 

South Easterwood Mixed Gravel
Sponsored by
 Car-Son Construction 

If you’re unsure whether you’d enjoy gravel riding, the South Easterwood Mixed Gravel route is your pick. At about 40 miles, this “mixed” ride consists of mostly roads with a few gravel sections thrown in. This route shares many of the same segments as its “sister” road route, CAB’s Ride South Loop, so the gravel can be abandoned in favor of road if it happens to be an overly wet or chunky gravel day.

Sponsors

The Biketoberfest title sponsor is Conway Regional Health System.

For 100 years, Conway Regional has been the community’s hospital, providing high-quality, compassionate healthcare. Our highly skilled physicians and talented medical personnel serve as resources for taking care of the health and wellness needs of our community.

Conway Regional Health System Biketoberfest is an opportunity for new and experienced cyclists to safely engage in physical activity, while exploring our growing community in a unique way. Incorporating cycling into your wellness routine is a notable way to improve your physical and mental health.

PRESENTING SPONSORS


ROUTE SPONSORS

SUPPORTERS

CYCLING COMMUNITY

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board (BPAB) envisions a Conway where bicycling and walking is safe, convenient, and accessible for all. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board (BPAB) recommends ways to become and remain; a Bicycle-Friendly Community as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, a Walk-Friendly Community as designated by the UNC Highway Safety Research Center and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, and achieve the federal and state goals of the Safe Routes to Schools program. To learn more about BPAB, visit their website or Facebook page 

Conway Advocates for Bicycling

Conway Advocates for Bicycling is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working in partnership with all friends of bicycling to promote bicycling in Conway and in surrounding communities in Faulkner County. CAB encourages the development and use of facilities (bike paths, routes, lanes and trails) for bicycling; provides educational information for both bicyclists and motorist, and to defend the rights of bicyclists; provides bicycle safety training and sponsors activities that provide more opportunities for the citizens of Conway to enjoy bicycling. For more information about CAB check them out on Facebook at Conway Cycling.

The Ride

Since 2003, The Ride has been proudly serving all types of cyclists, including new and veteran riders, road and mountain aficionados, and recreation and transportation cyclists. With a selection of in-stock bikes and accessories as well as a comprehensive online catalog, The Ride is here to help you with all of your cycling needs.

Participating Restaurants

Stop by one of these great Conway restaurants, mention Biketoberfest and enjoy these great deals!

Firehouse Subs

10% off total ticket

Jersey Mike’s

Free bag of chips and a drink for the bikers and guest with purchase of a sub

Krab Kingz

Free drink with a meal

Blaze Pizza

20% off full ticket, no other coupons eligible

Conway Family Bowl

First game free for up to 4 people

Smoothie King

$1 off any medium or large and $.50 cents off any kids cup

Rally’s

15% off total bill

Chicken Salad Chick

Free large drink with the purchase of a meal

Bell Urban Farm

Free scoop of Loblolly ice cream

Stoby’s

Free small cheese dip with purchase of entrée and entry into drawing for cheese dip for a year. Must bring in bike helmet.

TGIFriday’s

15% off total bill

Larry’s Pizza

10% off total ticket

Golden Corral

Free drink with purchase of a buffet

Moe’s Southwestern Grill

10% off entire purchase

Naru

15% off any meal purchase OR free order of egg rolls with order of $25 or more.  (Both deals are not valid on the 50% off sushi rolls deals on Tuesday,  Friday and Saturday)