Model Trails Designations
The IMBA Model Trails Program recognizes outstanding, destination-worthy mountain bike trail systems as Ride Centers™ and iconic, adventurous, backcountry trails as IMBA EPICS. 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.
Ride Center: Cuyuna, MN
After mining left the region, leaving a scar on the landscape and a hole in the local economy, the northern Minnesota town of Cuyuna turned to mountain biking to bring back visitors and residents alike. This Silver-Level IMBA Ride Center sees tens of thousands of visitors annually who come for the trails and contribute millions of dollars to the local economy.
The Ride Center™ designation represents IMBA’s recognition of large-scale mountain bike facilities that offer something for every rider. From backcountry adventures to shuttle-served gravity trails, and from expert-only to family-friendly, you’ll be able to ride for days and encounter the best mountain biking has to offer. Ride Centers applications are accepted annually and fully vetted by trail professionals. Find them on the map below.
IMBA EPIC: Rothrock, State College, PA
Ride along at Pennsylvania's Rothrock IMBA EPIC as Kerry and Emily tackle rocks, rocks and more rocks. Rothrock is one of 53 IMBA EPIC trails across the globe. IMBA EPICs designate all-day backcountry adventure rides that test the mettle of any mountain biker: long miles on challenging singletrack in remote locations. Check out IMBA's EPICs playlist on YouTube for more ride guidance.
The IMBA EPICS designation denotes a true backcountry riding experience. IMBA EPICS are what many mountain bikers live for and make travel plans around: immersive rides that are technically and physically challenging, beautiful to behold and worthy of celebration. EPICS are more than 80 percent singletrack and at least 20 miles in length. The list is crowd-sourced with nominations accepted on an annual basis. Find them on the map below.Find IMBA Epics
Positive trail vibes for all
Responsible riding is a simple and powerful tool that all mountain bikers can use to create a positive trail experience for all. We can make trails places of respect, inclusivity, safety, and enjoyment.Spread good trail vibes