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Cuyuna Lakes (MN) Bronze-level

Photo by Hansi Johnson.

When Cuyuna Lakes held a grand opening this summer, mountain bike legend Hans Rey sampled the trails. "They’re among the best I have ridden — super flowy and fun," reported Rey. "It's good to see Cuyuna Lakes spearheading this evolution of the sport. I loved the trails and riding and I'm sure it will do wonders for the local community, and beyond," he said.

We couldn't agree more. In fact, the parking lots at Cuyuna have been jammed every weekend since the opening — business owners in nearby communities are thrilled. With purpose-built trails for beginners, intermediates and experts, riders from across the region are making the pilgrimage to a new Midwest Mecca.

"There's still room to improve," notes Hansi Johnson, IMBA's Regional Director. "Plans are already forming to increase the options for gravity-fed trails and advanced technical features — once people got a taste of rides like Bobsled, Screamer and Sand Hog they realized that there's more we can offer for the long-fork, high-speed crowd."

+ Visit the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists for more info.

+ For deals on lodging from IMBA Destinations partners, check out Country Inn Deerwood and Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge.

Once a year, IMBA recognizes outstanding mountain bike trails and locations with the IMBA Model Trail awards. The goal of this program — which encompasses Epics, Flow Trails, Gateway Trails, Community Bike Parks and Ride Centers — is to inspire and inform, so that we can all have more great places to ride.