IMBA Ride Centers
The Ride Centers™ designation recognizes the pinnacle of mountain biking communities. These are large-scale facilities with something for every rider, from a variety of riding experiences to a variety of ways to have fun off the bike.
Ride Centers™ feature extensive trail networks, masterfully designed for mountain bikers of every skill level and built by professional trailbuilders and local volunteers. 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. Ride Centers™ range from renowned gold-level destinations like Park City, UT, and Oakridge, OR, to smaller towns that totally revolve around the ride like McCall, ID, or Marquette, MI.
The IMBA Ride Centers™ 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.
Ride Centers™ will also bring major economic benefits to their host communities. IMBA has compiled online resources that describe the ways that mountain biking supports tourism and enhances economic development in communities around the globe.
Applicants, who can be communities, land management agencies, private landowners, Chambers of Commerce, local IMBA Chapters, cycling organizations, and others, will be encouraged to perform a self evaluation of their trail system to determine if they are prepared take the next step in starting the review process.
While the application and self evaluation will be made available to all interested parties once a community decides to initiate the review there will be fees associated.
NOTE: There are different processes for new Ride Center applicants, renewals, and status upgrades.
If a proposed Ride Center is approved it will be assigned a rating based on the Evaluation Criteria score and subjective input from the evaluative committee. The ratings given are Bronze, Silver, and Gold. The ratings will allow for gradation, encourage improvement, and foster feedback to applicants without implying criticism.
The status implied by a given rating will be an effective method for attracting riders to a Ride Center. When an existing Ride Center is being reviewed the evaluation committee can confirm, advance, or demote the current rating. This will encourage applicants to continually maintain or improve their Ride Center.
Meet the crew
Interested in gaining recognition as an IMBA Ride Center? Contact us.
Shane has been a trail builder and an advocate for mountain biking since 1992. He has focused on the design and planning of trail systems that integrate destination quality mountain biking into growing communities. Shane’s planning work is known for it’s imaginative use of terrain and careful attention to managing users by providing opportunities and progression. He has extensive experience guiding the development of destinations all over Europe and North America.Meet our team