Tom Walton says the organizers thought “landing an event like this would set us up for what we want to become in the future: A place that holds world-class bike races across all disciplines.”
Walton thinks Fayetteville is ready.
“I feel good about the amount of cowbells,” Walton says.
Recreational kayak manufacturer Eddyline Kayaks has picked up a minority growth investment from Bentonville investment firm RZC Investments. The investment will support various growth initiatives, including the company’s plans to set up a physical presence in Northwest Arkansas.
“I believe that with today’s announcement about the selection of Katherine Andrews to lead the new Outdoor Recreation office with a dedicated team, we will make Arkansas a formidable competitor in tourism, talent and industry recruitment, and of course, outdoor experiences that rival the best in the nation.”
~ Tom Walton, Co-founder, Runway Group
The brothers think Arkansas has a chance to be viewed as the “Colorado of middle America”–a place with abundant outdoor recreational and job opportunities, minus the high cost of living on the West Coast or East Coast.
If you’re a cyclist, few cities anywhere have the resources that Bentonville does. With 150+ miles of greenway and bike path, 340+ miles of mountain bike trails, and an entire infrastructure seemingly built around the bicycle, it’s hard to imagine somewhere better.