ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Could Roanoke be the next mountain biking destination?
There's an International Mountain Bicycling Association panel in town looking at the region's recreational options to see if Roanoke qualifies for a prestigious Ride Center designation.
The committee arrived Sunday and is looking at Roanoke-area trails and related businesses. There are a lot of local organizations, like Hotel Roanoke, installing bike stations and making other accommodations to make the area more bike-friendly.
"We have absolutely been working behind the scenes to make sure that we are ready for the mountain bike reviewers," Catherine Fox, of Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge, said.
Fox says they applied for the designation in late July, and the committee is in Roanoke through Friday.