IMBA Silver Level Ride Center
Check-out Trek pro mountain biker Andrew Shandro visiting Copper Harbor!:
Initially receiving an IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) “Epic Ride” recognition in 2009, the Copper Harbor Mountain Bike Trails were designated as an IMBA “Bronze Level” Ride Center in October of 2011. This designation was trumped in 2012 with that of an IMBA “Silver Level” Ride Center! Points were scored on our variety and quality of gateway, cross-country, flow and gravity trails, in addition to being considered as a mountain bike friendly community, complete with a bike shop and a brew pub!
IMBA now recognizes the Copper Harbor trails as being some of the best of the best…something we’ve known for many years, but it’s great to have this affirmation on the world-wide stage! Truly unique to this part of the country, the Copper Harbor Trail System provides a mountain bike experience that’s guaranteed to make you smile and will keep riders coming back for more!
Copper Harbor’s sweet singletrack trails are a result of thousands of cumulative hours of sweat-equity every season. Originating from a handful of local mountain bike enthusiasts in the late 1990’s, the more formally organized Copper Harbor Trails Club was established as a 501c3 non-profit organization in 2008. Today the CHTC has over 200 members and dozens of business donors who support the Club’s efforts through both volunteer and monetary contributions. CHTC has been able to hire full time, professional trail builders and purchase some mechanized equipment (including two mini-excavators) which have helped to bring the trails to their current status as a result of these fundraising efforts.
Now established as an IMBA affiliate chapter, the CHTC has been recognized as a “model club” on both the regional and national levels. The Copper Harbor Trails Club has helped to establish a standard by which others are compared to and is constantly working every year to build new and innovative trails to enjoy…stay tuned for further developments!