2012 Ride Center Awards
Copper Harbor, MI, USA: Designated a bronze-level Ride Center in 2011, Copper Harbor wasted no time in adding additional trails.
Sun Valley, ID, USA: This world-famous ski area also has world-class mountain bike trails, from in-town pump tracks to epic backcountry singletrack.
Taupo, NZ: If the scenery wasn’t enough, the Taupo area has stellar trails for a range of riders topped with healthy serving of Kiwi bike culture.
Central Savannah River Area, GA/SC, USA: The famous FATS trail system is at the heart of this Ride Center’s 150 miles of singletrack.
Mt. Buller, Victoria, AUS: With a trail network by the renown Glen Jacobs, Mt. Buller sets the standard for mountain bike trail development at Australian ski resorts.
2012 Epic Awards
Bangtail Divide, MT, USA: Long climbs are always rewarded with long descents, and earning your turns is even more sweet after cresting the 22 switchbacks to the top.
Warner Lake/South Chilcotin Mountains, BC, CAN: “Epic” is the only way to describe a ride that starts with a float plane.
Bernina Express, Graubünden, SUI: Rocky, challenging trails that weave by cafes at mountain passes and down endless backcountry descents.
Switchgrass Trail, KS, USA: With over 20 miles of twisting trails, this destination has something for everyone, from beginners to hammerheads.
Colorado Trail (southern portion), CO, USA: One of the few iconic long-distance trails that allow mountain biking, the Colorado Trail does not disappoint.
Waldo Lake Trail, OR, USA: Circling its namesake lake, the beauty of the High Cascades await those who ride this loop.
Douthat State Park, VA, USA: Cresting both sides of the valley, this trail offers a hearty mix of rocky and fast singletrack that defines this region of the Appalachian mountains.
Big South Fork/All 5 Ride, TN/KY, USA: Deep forests, rocky faces, and views into river gorges compliment the fun, challenging trails on this ride.
2012 Flow Country Trail Awards
Sand Hog Trail, MN, USA: Part of the Cuyuna Ride Center, the Sand Hog Trail has brought a grin to many a rider from the Midwestern US.
Runca Trail, Laax, Switzerland: The first Flow Country trail in the Swiss Alps winds through forests thick with dense ferns, providing a fun, scenic experience.
The Flow Trail, MI, USA: Although the Copper Harbor Ride Center is overflowing with flow trails, this one was added specifically to appeal to beginner riders.
Flow Country Trail, Bischofsmais Bike Park, GER: Created by Diddee Schneider, one of Europe’s most famous builders, this fun and photogenic trail sets the standard for Flow Country trails.
Interesting items of note:
-I thought Copper Harbor was already a ride center? http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-tr ... e-centers/
-The FATS area is now a ride center!
-IMBA Epic in Kansas! http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-tr ... in-kansas/
-Amazing that the Colorado Trail wasn't ALREADY an epic... and interesting that they're only designating the southern portion. Or was the northern already designated as an epic?
-Individual trails are being designated as "flow trails" within Ride Centers and/or epics. How's that for confusing?