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Wheel A’ Mena Bike Tour Attracting Cyclists from Around the Region

BY MELANIE BUCK –

The Rotary Club of Polk County / Mena has announced it’s 3rd annual Tour to the Top Wheel A’ Mena bicycle tour will be held Saturday, September 20.

Cyclists will line up in Janssen Park to begin their race at 8 a.m. There are two tour distances available – a 30-mile route or, for the most experienced cyclists, a 70-mile route.

The ride has become very popular with avid cyclists for the challenge of the steep hills and the scenic views that the Ouachita Mountains provide through the Talimena Scenic Drive.

For the first 15 miles, the routes will be the same, taking cyclists through Mena and Acorn to Rich Mountain Community where the 30 mile route will turn towards Queen Wilhelmina State Park, the 70-mile route will continue through to Oklahoma, then to the Talimena Scenic Drive. Both routes will go through Queen Wilhelmina State Park before ending at Janssen Park.

Last year, over 70 riders from five different states participated in the 2nd Annual Wheel-A-Mena Bike Tour that serves as a fundraiser for the local Polk County Rotary Club.

If you are interested in participating in the race or route maps, you can visit www.BikeReg.com or visit www.wheelamena.org or the Rotary’s Facebook page by searching Rotary Club of Polk County/Mena.

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