IMBA Announces New Model Trails

Every fall IMBA announces its new model trail selections. In years past, their announcements just encompassed the new IMBA “Epic” trails, but in recent years they have expanded the number of model trail categories they offer to include ride centers, flow trails, and gateway trails, as well as epics.

Read on to check out IMBA’s newest Model Trail selections:

Ride Centers

IMBA Ride Centers are true destinations that hold enough riding for you to make a vacation out of it. Not only are the trails excellent, but the amenities in the nearby community are superb as well.

Burns Lake, British Columbia


 Coldwater Mountain, Alabama

Rider: mtbgreg1. Photo: jeff.

Helena, Montana

Photo: warhank.

Livigno, Italy


Rychlebske Stezky, Czech Republic


Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Photo: mtbgreg1.


According to IMBA, “with the addition of new Model Trail classifications in recent years, IMBA has returned the Epics to the original intent of the designation—demanding, singletrack adventures in a natural setting. The 2013 class of Epics celebrates true backcountry riding experiences that are technically and physically challenging, more than 80 percent singletrack and at least 20 miles in length.”

Cooper’s Gap, Rothrock State Forest, Pennsylvania

Photo: alskoj.

Olallie Ridge, Sisters, Oregon

Park City Epic, Park City, Utah

Photo: mtbgreg1.

Alps Trail Davos, Davos, Switzerland


Flow Trails

Flow trails are designed to be rideable by beginner riders, but if you pick up the speed, the challenge and the fun hidden in these trails really begins to show!

Candyland, Spirit Mountain, Duluth, Minnesota


Coldsprings Flow, Coldwater Mountain, Anniston, Alabama


Flow Motion, Sandy Ridge Trail System, Sandy Ridge, Oregon

Photo: jeff.

Gateway Trails

According to IMBA, “Gateway Trails are family friendly, positioned close to population centers and offer natural surfaces with moderate grades to create a widely accessible introduction to mountain biking.”

Big Hollow Trail, Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky


Blueberry Lake Trails, Warren, Vermont


Your Turn: Did a trail not get inducted this year that you think deserves to be on this list? Let us know about it in the comments section below!