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Model Trails

Model Trails Update, Effective May, 2016

In 2016, IMBA's Model Trails program is on hold so we can consider how to reshape and improve it. We will not be accepting applications for Epics or Ride Centers, and all existing honorees will enjoy a grace year with no review required to uphold their current rankings. We apologize for this hiatus, but it is imperative that we reformulate resources and outputs, so IMBA's Model Trails offerings can take a new step forward in 2017. The remainder of the info on this page is being left intact for reference. 

IMBA recognizes outstanding mountain bike trails and locations with the IMBA Model Trail awards. The goal is to inspire and inform, so that we can all have more great places to ride.

We are confident that these awardees should go on your short list of riding destinations. These are the trails worth traveling to, the best places to introduce someone to the sport we all love and are the facilities builders and advocates should look to for inspiration. They vary from gorgeous adventures in the backcountry to innovative trail systems located amidst population centers.

Each year, as 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.

Unfortunately, not enough mountain bikers get the chance to experience a Model Trail. What would it mean to your community if there was an easily accessible IMBA Ride Center nearby? Would you enjoy taking an afternoon ride on a near-to-town Epic?

We can’t think of anything better, and 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 assist the best new opportunities.

We invite you to explore the IMBA Model Trails, linked at right, and let your imaginations run wild.