If we build a quality trail system in Payson, the riders will come. Payson is very close to the Valley. Mountain bikers would be thrilled to travel to Payson to ride in the summer months. They will rent hotel rooms, buy groceries, pump gas and eat at our restaurants.
I know this because when I lived in the Valley, I would take mountain bike trips on a regular basis to Sedona and Flagstaff.
Payson is the ideal location, we just need the trails.