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IMBA Announces 2017 Class of EPICS

IMBA Announces 2017 Class of EPICS

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Contact Eleanor Blick
IMBA Communications Manager
(720) 900-4622

(Boulder, Colo. December 7, 2017) The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is pleased to announce the 2017 class of IMBA EPICS. Nine new trails and rides have been added to the list of demanding, mostly singletrack experiences in remote, backcountry settings.

The 53 current IMBA EPICS are each more than 20 miles in length and 80 percent singletrack. They can be found in many regions of the U.S., plus Australia, Canada, Finland, Iceland, New Zealand and Wales. These “epic” routes are nominated by local riders and serve to offer inspiration. They should be on every mountain biker’s bucket list.

The new class of IMBA EPICS range from a 50-mile backcountry ride in New Zealand that winds its way through remote valleys, across mountain tops and down river gorges and should only be attempted by experienced, self-sufficient riders; to the well-loved and well-known Tsali Loops along North Carolina’s Fontana Lake.

Here’s the full list of 2017 designees:

Aspen Snowmass Mega Loop, Aspen, CO

Galena Grinder, Sun Valley, ID

Heaphy Track, Nelson, New Zealand

Johnson Pass, Kenai Peninsula, AK

Mohican State Park MTB Trail, Loudonville, OH

Old Ghost Road, Nelson, New Zealand

Sininen Saavutus Trail, Hossa National Park, Finland

South Boundary Trail, Taos, NM

Tsali Loops, Bryson City, NC

For more than a decade, IMBA’s EPICS and Ride Centers designated through the IMBA Model Trails program have become iconic mountain bike destinations that influence communities across the country and the world to raise the bar on great places to ride. Local mountain bike groups have often leveraged their local IMBA EPICS as event locations for fundraising and community building, and as a way to secure dollars and volunteers to keep their favorite adventures alive.

Explore the full list of every EPICS route. Ride one today and tag #IMBAEPICS to showcase your experience. 

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational association established in 1988. Its mission is to create, enhance and protect great places to ride mountain bikes. Learn more at


Eleanor (she/her) was raised a two-wheeled advocate in the rolling hills of Wisconsin. From racing to riding to work and every trail in between, pedaling is her natural state of motion. Prior to joining the IMBA team she worked in journalism and nonprofit communications in Chicago while leading…

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