Park City Named First Gold-Level Ride Center for Mountain Biking

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Park City Receives Top Honors from International Mountain Bicycling Association

Park City, Utah (May 14, 2012)- Park City, Utah has been named the first and only “Gold-Level Ride Center” by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), the largest mountain biking and trail advocacy group in the world.

IMBA has distinguished Park City for its accessible and well-marked trail systems, terrain variety, consistent weather conditions ideal for biking, guided tour opportunities and post-pedal activities within the destination.

“Park City is extremely honored to be named the first IMBA Gold-Level Ride Center,” says Bill Malone President and CEO of the Park City Chamber & Visitors Bureau. “This designation, coupled with accolades the city has received for its dining, lodging and nightlife, make Park City a truly superior biking destination.”

From the family-friendly Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail, to the 22-mile, single track Mid-Mountain Trail, Park City offers a full range of rides for mountain biking enthusiasts of all styles and skill levels.

“The sheer miles of trails are fantastic, but what’s really important is that they function as a cohesive network, with signage and trail connections that create a model riding area,” says IMBA Regional Director Ryan Schutz.

Trail improvements implemented since 2008, including the opening of the Trailside Bike Park in 2011 as well as new gravity trails and features at Deer Valley Resort and Canyons Resort, positioned the destination above others worldwide, according to IMBA.

Another distinguishing factor is the 400 miles of interconnected, lift-served trails throughout Canyons Resort, Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort. Park City is also one of the most accessible mountain biking destinations in America, just 36 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport.

The IMBA defines Ride Centers as large-scale mountain biking areas that offer trails for beginner, intermediate and expert riders. All candidates are invited to apply for this status by IMBA. Park City is one of seven areas that have been evaluated worldwide. The remaining designations consist of one silver level and five bronze level Ride Centers.

For more information on the IMBA rating system, visit www.imba.com.

About Park City
Park City is one of America’s most accessible mountain recreation destinations, located only 36 miles from the Salt Lake International Airport. With its wide range of summer activities, events, the arts, spas, and dining options, Park City offers something for everyone. For more information, please visit www.visitparkcity.com.

Source: Brittani Wood

 

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