Slippery roots. Exposed wet granite. Impossibly steep climbs. Black flies. Tight singletrack beneath a deep green forest canopy. As any hearty Vermont mountain biker will tell you, these are the traits that distinguish New England riding. Some of the best riders in the world got their start in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Chances are, if you can handle the technical challenges found here, you can stay upright anywhere.
Like any vintage West Virginia ride, the Gauley Epic begins with a plunge into a classic East Coast hardwood forest. Thank your fork manufacturer as you bounce over a long section of 80-year old logging railway, complete with original ties. It's all about rhythm and momentum here. Keep it up and you'll sail through the day.
Think of it as a "Super Epic." The Pinhoti Trail covers about 140 miles of prime terrain in northern Georgia -- nearly 100 miles of this is off-road, the other 40 are blazed road routes. The Georgia Pinhoti Trail Association (GPTA), in conjunction with the Conservation Fund, is continually acquiring land and easements to move as much of the trail to off-road status as possible.
Dupont State Forest is the latest addition to North Carolina's state forest system, but it already boasts more than 90 miles of trails. Trailside attractions include no less than four waterfalls all of which earned screen time in "The Last of the Mohicans". Dupont also proves that slickrock isn't endemic only to Utah, as two trails, the Cedar Rock and Big Rock singletracks, traverse huge exposed granite domes interspersed with gnarled scrub pine, creating spectacular riding conditions and unobstructed views.
Forks Area Trail System - better known as FATS - is a testament to the power of a well-organized mountain bike club. The Southern Off- Road Bicycling Association (SORBA) has harnessed the power of more than1500 volunteer hours and grants totaling over $200,000 to create one of the Southeast's premier trail systems. "Beautifully built trails with swooping turns and rolling hills" raves one web review - and that's from a hiker's perspective!
Cortina is big: it's got twice the vertical of Vail or Mammoth Mountain. Cortina is dramatic: located in the heart of the Dolomites near Italy's northeast corner, it's an exceptionally sharp and rocky cluster of limestone peaks. Cortina is famous: host to the 1956 Winter Olympics, Cortina has been one of Europe's premier ski resorts ever since.
The guidance on this website, and in other IMBA documents, is for reference only and should not be interpreted as a standard, specification or regulation. Mountain biking is inherently risky and could result in injury or death.