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Santos (FL) Bronze-level

Photo by Leslie Kehemier.

Santos moves from the Epic category of Model Trails to bronze-level Ride Center recognition. Located about an hour northwest of Orlando, Santos lies within the boundaries of Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway. Once a hotspot for unauthorized stunts and unapproved trails, it’s emerged as a model trail system, with flowing singletrack, bombproof structures and a bike skills park with progressive challenges — including opportunities for huge air at the Vortex freeride area.

In addition to drawing the top riders in the region, Santos is the perfect place for beginner or intermediate riders to hone their technical skills. Progressive features let you try the small stuff before moving to the next skill set. All this, plus copious trail riding and convenient camping, bike stores and other amenities make for a great experience.

Visit the Ocala Mountain Bike Association website for more info.

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 and Ride Centers — is to inspire and inform, so that we can all have more great places to ride.

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