International Mountain Bicycling Association mtb experiences

What makes an IMBA EPIC ride EPIC?

The EPICS designation is designed to recognize the most adventurous and special of mountain bike rides and is awarded by IMBA staff following a comprehensive accreditation process based on the following criteria:

  • Demanding, mostly singletrack trail experience in a natural setting
  • Denotes a true backcountry riding experience in remote settings
  • One that is technically and physically challenging
  • More than 80 percent singletrack
  • At least 20 miles in length
  • EPICS route is mapped on mtbproject.com or other online source
  • ALASKA

    • Johnson Pass
    • ARKANSAS

      • Lake Ouachita Vista Trail
      • Ouachita National Recreation Trail
      • Womble Trail
      • Upper Buffalo
      • Syllamo Trails
      • CALIFORNIA

        • Armstrong to Strawberry
        • Big Boulder From Packer Saddle
        • Cannell Trail
        • Tahoe Rim and Flume Trail
        • COLORADO

          • Aspen Snowmass Megaloop
          • Buffalo Creek Big Loop
          • Colorado trail - the entire mtb route
          • Monarch Crest
          • GEORGIA

            • Bull and Jake Mountain
            • IDAHO

              • Galena Grinder
              • MICHIGAN

                • High Country Pathway
                • MONTANA

                  • Bangtail Divide
                  • NEW MEXICO

                    • South Boundary Trail
                    • NEW YORK

                      • Elliocottville Loop
                      • NORTH CAROLINA

                        • Kerr Scott
                        • Tsali Left and Right Loops
                        • NORTH DAKOTA

                          • Maah Daah Hey
                          • OHIO

                            • Mohican State Park mtb trail
                            • OREGON

                              • North Umpqua
                              • Waldo Lake Loop
                              • Surveyor's Ridge
                              • PENNSYLVANIA

                                • Rothrock TrailMix
                                • Rattling Creek
                                • PHOENIX

                                  • Black Canyon Trail
                                  • TENNESSEE

                                    • Big South Fork
                                    • TEXAS

                                      • Fresno-Sauceda Loop
                                      • Goodwater Loop of Lake Georgetown
                                      • UTAH

                                        • Hurricane Rim Loop
                                        • Mid Mountain Loop
                                        • VIRGINIA

                                          • Southern Traverse
                                          • WISCONSIN

                                            • Rock Lake
                                            • WYOMING

                                              • Curt Gowdy State Park
                                              • INTERNATIONAL:

                                                • Beowulf the Loop, Canada
                                                • Seven Summits, Canada
                                                • Sininen Saavutus Trail, Finland
                                                • Laugavegur Route, Iceland
                                                • Australian Alpine EPIC, Mt Buller Australia
                                                • Heaphy Track, New Zealand
                                                • Old Ghost Road, New Zealand
                                                • W2 Afan Forest Park, Wales
                                                • 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. Below, we have listed all the IMBA Ride Centre destinations for your perusal. 

                                                  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.

                                                  ALABAMA

                                                  • Anniston Bronze
                                                  • ARIZONA

                                                    • Phoenix Bronze
                                                    • Tucson Silver
                                                    • ARKANSAS

                                                      • Bentonville Silver
                                                      • Fayetteville Bronze
                                                      • Hot Springs Bronze
                                                      • COLORADO

                                                        • Aspen Bronze
                                                        • Steamboat Springs Silver
                                                        • Vail Silver
                                                        • FLORIDA

                                                          • Ocala Bronze
                                                          • IDAHO

                                                            • Boise Gold
                                                            • Driggs Silver
                                                            • McCall Silver
                                                            • Sun Valley Silver
                                                            • INDIANA

                                                              • Nashville Bronze
                                                              • GEORGIA

                                                                • Central Savannah River Area Bronze
                                                                • MICHIGAN

                                                                  • Copper Harbor Silver
                                                                  • Marquette Bronze
                                                                  • MINNESOTA

                                                                    • Duluth Gold
                                                                    • Cuyuna Silver
                                                                    • Minneapolis Bronze
                                                                    • MONTANA

                                                                      • Helena Silver
                                                                      • NEW MEXICO

                                                                        • Santa Fe Silver
                                                                        • OREGON

                                                                          • Oakridge Gold
                                                                          • PENNSYLVANIA

                                                                            • Reading Bronze
                                                                            • UTAH

                                                                              • Park City Gold
                                                                              • VIRGINIA

                                                                                • Virginia's Blue Ridge, Roanoak Silver
                                                                                • Harrisonburg Bronze
                                                                                • Richmond Bronze
                                                                                • WISCONSIN

                                                                                  • Cable Bronze
                                                                                  • WYOMING

                                                                                    • Jackson Hole Silver
                                                                                    • INTERNATIONAL

                                                                                      • Silver Star, BC, Canada Silver
                                                                                      • Burns Lake, BC Canada Bronze
                                                                                      • Mt Buller, Australia Bronze
                                                                                      • Rotorua, New Zealand Gold
                                                                                      • Taupo, New Zealand Silver
                                                                                      • Nelson, New Zealand Gold
                                                                                      • Livigno, Italy Silver
                                                                                      • Rychlebske Stezky, Czech Republic Bronze
                                                                                      • Singltek pod Smrkem, Czech Republic Bronze
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