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The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) has given the mountain bike trails in Helena, Montana and the surrounding area their highest trail rating by designating Helena a Ride Center.  Helena now joins 16 other communities around the world that share the same designation.

The IMBA Ride Center® designation represents IMBA’s Model Trail recognition of large-scale mountain bike destinations that offer a wide range of great trails for every riding style.  Ride Centers not only invite you to plan a multi-day trip with your full quiver of mountain bikes and the whole family, they take care of you both on and off the trail by being places where mountain bikers are welcomed.  From backcountry adventures to shuttle-served gravity trails, and from expert-only to family-friendly, you’ll encounter the best the sport has to offer.  IMBA staff selects candidates for Ride Center recognition on an invitation-only basis.

This designation for Helena came as the result of cooperative work within the biking community and is supported by many organizations and businesses in Helena, including: The City of Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Prickly Pear Land Trust, the Helena Tourism Alliance, the Montana Mountain Bike Alliance, Downtown Helena, Inc., Helena Non-Motorized Travel Advisory Council, Bike Walk Montana, Helena CVB, The Helena Citizens Council, Montana State Parks, and local bike shops, bike clubs, downtown business owners and all 19 Helena-area hotels.

Official IMBA Press Release: http://www.imba.com/news/imba-announces-2013-model-trails

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