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Monday, November 07, 2011

Park City Designated Gold Ride Center By International Mountain Biking Association

The International Mountain Biking Association has given its highest award to Park City, which has become a major biking center. Below is information provided by the association.

Park City (UT) Gold-level

A few years ago, IMBA was on the lookout for an ideal location to host our World Summit mountain bike gathering — we settled on Park City, Utah, because it offered a successful local mountain bike community, diverse riding opportunities and jaw-dropping natural beauty.

That was 2008, and since then Park City has continued expanding and improving its facilities, so much that IMBA enthusiastically awards our highest designation to this amazing mountain bike destination.

How did Park City become a gold-level Ride Center? "It all stems from a commitment to master planning," says IMBA Regional Director Ryan Schutz. "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." No location better exemplifies the Ride Center ideal of offering great options for any level of rider and any style of riding. From standout beginner-to-intermediate trails like the Round Valley Trail System and Lost Prospector to technical challenge and expert-only terrain on Dead Tree and Sweeny’s, the options are expansive. You'll also find lift-served downhill runs and top-shelf bike parks.

Of course, Park City offers all the lodging and dining options you'd expect from a world-class resort. At the heart of it all, the IMBA-affiliated Mountain Trails Foundation pulls riders into a true mountain bike community and keeps them energized with new projects. It all works together at Park City and that's what's pushed them to the gold standard.


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