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Virginia’s Blue Ridge is designated as a Silver-Level Ride Center™ by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).
The region was selected as a Silver-Level Ride Center after an extensive review process by IMBA evaluators that included assessing the quality of local mountain biking trails, bike-friendly community infrastructure and amenities, and general bike culture. Local organizations like the Blue Ridge Off-Road Cyclists, the Roanoke Regional Partnership, and various parks & recreation departments were vital in securing the designation.
Based in Boulder, Co., the International Mountain Bicycling Association promotes Ride Centers as destinations that are the pinnacle of mountain biking communities. From family-friendly riding to expert-only trails, IMBA Ride Centers are selected to represent the best mountain biking destinations in the world and experiences that can accommodate all skill levels.
There are three levels of Ride Centers - Bronze, Silver and Gold.
Virginia’s Blue Ridge is one of only 15 Silver-Level Ride Centers in the world and the only one on the East Coast. There are multiple Bronze-Level Ride Centers on the East Coast, including Harrisonburg & Richmond, VA, and no Gold-Level Ride Centers on the East Coast.
As the only Silver-Level Ride Center in the eastern half of the country, Virginia’s Blue Ridge is establishing itself as America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital!
The designation will also help the Commonwealth of Virginia continue to grow as one of the country’s premier locations for mountain biking. Virginia is one of only four states in the nation, along with Arkansas, Colorado, and Minnesota, to have three Ride Centers.
Mountain bikers utilize the IMBA Ride Centers as a bucket list of the best places to ride in the world, and Virginia’s Blue Ridge is part of that list.
With over 300 miles of mountain bike trails that includes exceptional systems like Carvins Cove, beautiful backcountry riding in the George Washington & Jefferson National Forest, and one of the best urban parks in the United States with Mill Mountain, there are endless opportunities for epic mountain biking.
Visit the Mountain Biking section for more resources and information to help you begin planning your next ride in America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital!