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Model Trails

The 2017 application process for the Model Trails Program will open in May 2017.

The IMBA Model Trails Program recognizes outstanding destination-worthy mountain bike trail systems as Ride Centers and iconic adventurous backcountry trails as IMBA Epics. The goal of the program is to inspire, inform, and engage local stakeholders 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. We invite you to explore the IMBA Model Trails, linked at right, and let your imaginations run wild.

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.

We currently recognize and designate two different model trail types, Ride Centers and Epics.  

Santa Fe, New Mexico: A Silver-Level Ride Center™

Ride Centers: The Ride Center™ designation represents IMBA’s Model Trail recognition for large-scale mountain bike facilities that offer something for every rider. Bring your full arsenal of bikes to these destination-worthy areas. From backcountry adventures to shuttle-served gravity trails, and from expert-only to family-friendly, you’ll encounter the best the sport has to offer.

This designation is designed to support local stakeholders and land managers in their effort to create the ultimate mountain biking destination trail system. This designation is just as much about the process as the award itself. The application criteria serves as the blueprint for achieving and improving a trail system and is comprised of multiple factors with both trail experience and surrounding community amenities being measured.

Epics: The IMBA Epic designation denotes a demanding, mostly singletrack adventure in a natural setting. The Epic ride is a true backcountry riding experience—one that is technically and physically challenging, more than 80 percent singletrack and at least 20 miles in length.

The Edge Loop Hall of Fame IMBA Epic in Fruita, CO

 

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