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First ever deaf bike festival kicks off in Bentonville

First ever deaf bike festival kicks off in Bentonville

More than 100 deaf cyclists traveled from across the country to attend the event which included skills clinics, group tours, and an informative panel discussion.…

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More than 100 deaf cyclists traveled from across the country to attend the event which included skills clinics, group tours, and an informative panel discussion. BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Bentonville is known for its infamous biking trials and this weekend, the city hosted its first "Bike Boom Series", a four-day event for deaf cyclists.

More than 100 deaf cyclists traveled from across the country to attend the event which was filled with skills clinics, group tours, and a panel discussion to learn more about deaf experiences.

"It’s rare we get the opportunity to ride with them. You know we only know them through social media and the internet but never in person. So this weekend has been full of opportunities to ride with friends that we’ve met online and now we’ve been in person it’s been very fun," said Mark Wynne, Deaf Cyclist team manager.

Bike festival organizers say deaf individuals have been underserved, which makes it difficult to afford a mountain bike or even find riding partners who communicate in sign language.

"Many of us don’t have access to clinics with an interpreter but this opens up the learning opportunity for many of us that we didn’t have before," Wynne explained.

Ciara Logan is a local deaf cyclist who had surgery a few years ago to allow her to hear most of the time.

"It’s frustrating because hearing people – they think oh it’s fine she can hear but when I get my helmet on I can’t hear anything and in the deaf community it’s […]

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