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IMBA’s Nominate Your Favorite Trail for Epic Status

In upcoming weeks, IMBA staff will select the 2010 class of Epic® mountain bike rides. You can nominate your favorite trail online — just be sure to complete the entire web form, which will require more than a few minutes of research and writing. The rides that make the cut will be announced in the fall issue of our quarterly print newsletter, IMBA Trail News.

What ingredients create an Epic ride? Many Epics are remote backcountry journeys that feature adventurous riding and incredible vistas. We also spotlight riding opportunities that break the mold and deliver innovative solutions, like Ray’s Indoor Bike Park. The essential components of great trails include engaged land managers, skilled trailbuilders, community involvement and dedicated volunteers, so many Epics feature engaging backstories that highlight these elements.

“For me, personally, and for thousands of mountain bikers around the world, Epics are the must-do rides that are worth planning a vacation around or making a special trip to ride,” said Mike Van Abel, IMBA’s executive director. “Part of what makes them so great is that IMBA chapters, clubs and individual members play important roles in developing and caring for these rides.”

Epics are part of IMBA’s Model Trails program, which honors a variety of trail design types ranging from small-footprint Gateway Trails to expansive Ride Centers. Epics rank high among IMBA’s best-known programs, counting more than 50 trail systems that have been honored over the last decade.

Epic rides evolve over time — IMBA needs your help in maintaining and improving our online Epic resources. If you’ve ridden one of the Epics recently and feel that the ride information needs to be improved or expanded, please send an e-mail to with “epics” in the subject line. Many of the ride descriptions currently lack GPS mapping or trailhead latitude/longitude coordinates. Photos and updated logistical information for the rides would also be greatly appreciated.

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