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IMBA opens application period for Ride Center designations

Published May 26, 2017

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) —  The application period for International Mountain Bicycling Association Ride Centers will open June 1 and run through July 31. The program gives IMBA Ride Center designations to communities showing a commitment to mountain bikers and places to ride.

"These designations become a strong asset for communities looking to attract mountain bikers and build local economy around high quality trails," said Dave Wiens, IMBA Executive Director.

IMBA revised the Ride Center program last year and this 2017 relaunch was designed to strengthen the relationship between reviewers and applicants. The review process will act as a blueprint for communities to continue improving their local trails.

"The Ride Center review is a valuable opportunity for IMBA's experts to be on the ground with local applicants," said Andy Williamson, IMBA Director of Program Development. "It will help IMBA chapters, community stakeholders and land managers understand the strengths of a trail system as well as identify areas for improvement."

An in-person, in-depth review of each application by an IMBA reviewer will take place between late summer and fall 2017. Following the professional review process, a comprehensive report for each applicant will be developed and Ride Center designees will be announced in April of 2018. Tiered fees will be associated with the application and review process, based on the length of review required and optional additional technical support requested by applicants.

For a complete list of current Ride Centers and Epics, visit imba.com. For more information and applications visit imba.com/model-trails.

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