IMBA des­ig­na­tions

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NEWS - Source: Staff re­port

The In­ter­na­tional Moun­tain Bi­cy­cling As­so­ci­a­tion Model Trails Pro­gram rec­og­nizes des­ti­na­tion-wor­thy moun­tain bike trail sys­tems as ride cen­ters and ad­ven­tur­ous back­coun­try trails as epics.

Ben­tonville, Fayetteville and Hot Springs are Arkansas’ three ride cen­ters, which rec­og­nizes large-scale moun­tain bike fa­cil­i­ties that of­fer some­thing for ev­ery rider and serve as a so­cial and ed­u­ca­tion hub.

North­west Arkansas was given the first and only re­gional ride cen­ter des­ig­na­tion as the Ben­tonville and Fayetteville ride cen­ters are less than 30 miles apart.

Its epic des­ig­na­tion de­notes a a trail that of­fers a true back­coun­try rid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that is phys­i­cally and tech­ni­cally chal­leng­ing, more than 80 per­cent sin­gle­track and at least 20 miles in length.

Arkansas’ four Epic trails in­clude the Up­per Buf­falo Moun­tain Bike Trial in the Ozark Na­tional For­est, the Womble Trail in Mont­gomery County, the Lake Oua­chita Vista Trail near Mount Ida and the 108-mile Oua­chita Na­tional Recre­ation Trail across western cen­tral Arkansas.

The Syl­lamo Trail sys­tem in the Ozark-St. Fran­cis Na­tional For­est near Moun­tain View was pre­vi­ously an Epic but doesn’t meet the cur­rent stan­dards and has been placed in the “Epic Hall of Fame.”

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