Each year, IMBA recognizes outstanding mountain bike trails and locations with the Model Trail awards. The goal of this program — which encompasses Epics, Flow Trails, Gateway Trails and Ride Centers — is to inspire and inform, so we all have more great places to ride.
The good news is that the plan seems to be working. Each year, we add new rides to the IMBA Model Trails roster. The announcement garners solid media attention for the winners, and inspires the unsuccessful candidates to step up their games in hopes of earning future accolades.
So, what’s the bad news? Not enough riders get the chance to experience a Model Trail. What would it mean to your community if there was an IMBA Ride Center within easy riding distance? Would you enjoy taking an afternoon ride on a near-to-town Epic trail? How about a quick Flow Trail session after work?
We can’t think of anything better. That’s IMBA’s goal — putting more of these facilities in places where everyone can experience the best the sport has to offer. It’s starting to happen, especially in places where IMBA Region Directors can coax along the best new opportunities (that’s why we’re adding more RDs and new regions as fast as we can).
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