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The IMBA Epics

2013 Epics® Awards

IMBA has used the Epic® designation for more than a decade. With the addition of new Model Trail classifications in recent years, IMBA has returned the Epics to the original intent of the designation—demanding, singletrack adventures in a natural setting. The 2013 class of Epics celebrates true backcountry riding experiences that are technically and physically challenging, more than 80 percent singletrack and at least 20 miles in length. All of theses Epics offer amazing opportunities to interact with the natural world. Existing Epics that meet this criteria will retain Epic status. We created an IMBA Epics Hall of Fame to recognize rides we have honored in the past, but that no longer meet the new criteria.

Submit an online nomination if you think you know a trail worthy of Epic status.

Here are the 2013 Epics:

  1. Cooper's Gap, Rothrock State Forest, Pennsylvania, USA — This 27-mile ride features extended downhills, flowy technical sections, narrow singletrack, ample solitude and views of the Kishacoquillas Valley.
  2. Alps Trail Davos, Davos, Switzerland — This 27-mile (45 km) ride takes you across Sound-of-Music landscapes. Mostly singletrack, you’ll ride through alpine meadows, forested valleys and idyllic farmland, and pass by a brewery that claims to be the highest in the Alps.
  3. Park City Epic, Park City, Utah, USA — This ride serves up 26 miles of singletrack-intensive riding, 360-degree views of the mountainous, alpine landscape, and a 10-mile climb up to 9,884 feet.
  4. O'Leary Loop, Mackenzie River, Oregon, USA — This is the burly, backcountry brother of the nearby McKenzie River Trail, with 20 miles of riding on 100-percent singletrack that rewards your 4,000 feet of climbing with 5,000 feet of descending.

 

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