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SMA Teen Mountain Biking Summer Camp Rides "Best Trail System in PA"!

Posted by Jud Millar on Tue, May 6, 2014

Allegrippis Trail system is ‘best in state’

This articel by Candy Price first appeared in the Huntingdon Daily News

The Allegrippis Trail System near Raystown Lake was recently named the best mountain biking trail in Pennsylvania by Teen-mountain-biking-summer-camp  an online mountain biking community, has named the Allegrippis Trail at Raystown Lake the top trail in the state based on reviews from mountain bikers around the world.

Evan Gross, president of the Raystown Mountain Bike Association, called the honor “entertaining.”

“Looking at the map, you see a lot of great trails systems, but (the Allegrippis Trail) is not really characteristic of trail riding in Pennsylvania,” he said, explaining mountain biking trails in Pennsylvania are typically known as technical trails with rough terrain and tree and rock obstacles. “It’s very fast and smooth and flowy and devoid of rocks and any technically difficult riding.”

The rankings from are based on the average review, the number of reviews, number of Singletracks members who have ridden the trail and number of Singletracks members who want to ride the trail.

“It’s tremendous in the fact that we did get the accolades of riders,” Gross said. “Clearly riders rode it, loved it, rated it. It’s no surprise because of how different it is.”

This is not the first accolade for the trail.

“Every major mountain bike publication has carried an article on the trail,” Gross said. “In terms of accolades, we got Top Cross Country Trails in the U.S. from Men’s Health, I think about four years ago; Mountain Bike Magazine has rated it as a Must- Ride Destination; and the pages of Dirt Rag have covered the trails.”

The Huntingdon County Visi- tor’s Bureau (HCVB) is pleased to see the trail named the best in the state.

Price said HCVB has “known it is a great trail system.”

“It is well maintained by the Raystown Mountain Bike Association and the Friends of Raystown Lake; it’s well constructed, it’s not susceptible to a lot of erosion problems and there is enough mileage with the trail system ... to keep the riders happy and give them something new to experience on multiple day trips,” Price said.

The accolade comes just weeks before Dirt Rag Magazine’s annual Dirt Fest, presented by Niner Bikes, to be held on the trail system Friday, May 16, through Sunday, May 18.

The Allegrippis Trail network was completed in 2009 using designs from mountain bikers and the International Mountain Biking Association. The 24-trail system is over 30 miles long with a series of stacked loops ranging in level of difficulty and featuring rollers, banked turns, climbs and long winding downhills that includes scenery from the area’s ridges as far down as the shores of Raystown Lake.


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