IMBA announces 2017 EPIC rides

Aspen, Taos, Finland, New Zealand among featured locales

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2017 IMBA Epics

New Zealand’s stunning Heaphy Trail is among the latest destinations to receive IMBA Epic status. Photo courtesy IMBA

The International Mountain Bicycling Association has announced its 2017 class of IMBA EPICS. Nine new trails and rides have been added to the list of demanding, mostly singletrack experiences in remote, backcountry settings.

The 46 current IMBA EPICS are each more than 20 miles in length and 80 percent singletrack. (Check out the full map of rides here.) They can be found in many regions of the U.S., plus Australia, Canada, Finland, Iceland, New Zealand and Wales. These “epic” routes are nominated by local riders and serve to offer inspiration. They should be on every mountain biker’s bucket list.

The new class of IMBA EPICS range from a 50-mile backcountry ride in New Zealand that winds its way through remote valleys, across mountain tops and down river gorges and should only be attempted by experienced, self-sufficient riders; to the well-loved and well-known Tsali Loops along North Carolina’s Fontana Lake.

2017 IMBA Epics

The MTB hotbed of Aspen, Colorado, has joined the IMBA Epic list. Photo courtesy IMBA

Full List of 2017 Rides

For more than a decade, IMBA’s EPICS and Ride Centers designated through the IMBA Model Trails program have become iconic mountain bike destinations that influence communities across the country and the world to raise the bar on great places to ride. Local mountain bike groups have often leveraged their local IMBA EPICS as event locations for fundraising and community building, and as a way to secure dollars and volunteers to keep their favorite adventures alive.

How many of these trails have you ridden? Which are your favorites?


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  • John says:

    IMBA is no longer working towards their own mission statements. Having announced that they are opposed to Mountain bikers ever entering Wilderness area, they are clearly just advocating hikers at this point. Please join me and all other bikers who enjoy riding responsibly on the trail in directing funds away from IMBA. Please boycott IMBA until they prove themselves as an organization that cares about mountain bikers and trail access advancing.

  • Plusbike Nerd says:

    IMBA has lost its way. Not only are they not advocating for mountain bike access in wilderness areas, they are also advocating for e-mopeds(e-bikes) on non-motorized trails. IMBA no longer speaks for mountain bikers. Do not support IMBA with donations and boycott their activities!!!!

  • Jwilli says:

    Yep, IMBA is not getting any more of my money until they get this cleared up!

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