Blue Ridge Ride Center Initiative

Roanoke IMBA is in the process of applying for Ride Center Status from the International Mountain Bicycling Association

From IMBA’s website:

The Ride Center™ designation represents IMBA’s Model Trail recognition for large-scale mountain bike facilities that offer something for every rider. 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.

The 2015 class includes our first round of renewing Ride Centers: Each location is now required to resubmit an application every four years. To maintain a high level of consistency a reviewer from IMBA’s Trail Solutions team conducts an on-site visit to evaluate the center’s trail system, bike amenities and other criteria. “Earning a top-tier score keeps getting more difficult,” says IMBA Field Programs Director Chris Bernhardt. “We want to continually set the bar higher—just as riders’ abilities are always expanding and improving, so should the facilities that we recognize as the best places for mountain biking.”

From our Regional Director Anthony Duncan,

Mountain biking is increasing in popularity every year across the country and the city of Roanoke and the greater Roanoke region are no exception. Over the past several years, Roanoke IMBA has been working with various stakeholders, including the city of Roanoke, Jefferson National Forest and other various outdoor recreation groups to create world-class single track trails in the greater Roanoke region. These efforts have produced 46 miles of trail at Carvin’s Cove with an additional 40 miles to be developed, 10 miles, and counting, of trail on Mill Mountain with access from downtown, 34 miles of trail on North Mountain in the Jefferson National Forest and now a city bike park is in the plans for Blacksburg.

First Ride Center Committee Meeting
First Ride Center Committee Meeting

These efforts are helping Roanoke quickly become an outdoor recreation destination for mountain bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. Increasingly, these outdoor enthusiasts look to groups like IMBA (nationally) and Roanoke IMBA (locally) for information on recreation destinations. One recreation designation that has become the pinnacle of mountain biking is the IMBA Ride Center™ program. The Ride Center™ designation represents IMBA’s Model Trail recognition for large-scale mountain bike facilities that offer something for every rider. From backcountry adventures to shuttle-served gravity trails, and from expert-only to family-friendly, mountain bikers will encounter the best the sport has to offer at these locations.

Kickoff agenda – Google Docs

April 2016 Update

Roanoke IMBA Chapter Vice President Richard Blackwood is heading a sub-committee to complete the self-assessment of our regional offerings based on the evaluation criteria put forth by IMBA.

June 2016 Update