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March IMBA News

Bell Helmets Announces Grant Finalists

Bell Bike Helmets and IMBA have announced the 12 finalists for the 2014 Bell Built Grants: $100,000 in technical assistance money to be paid by Bell for three bike projects in 2014. Public voting to choose the winners begins April 7 and ends May 18, with winners announced May 19.

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5 Questions with Mountain Bike Rockstars: Melanie Nystrom, MD

They aren’t famous or sponsored, but they’re people you should know about because they’re making mountain biking better for everyone, and we think they’re rad. We ask everyone five questions, then give them an open opportunity to tell us whatever else they think we need to know.

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5 Questions with Mountain Bike Rockstars: Jim and Cathy, CA

They aren’t famous or sponsored, but they’re people you should know about because they’re making mountain biking better for everyone, and we think they’re rad.

NAMES: Jim and Cathy Haagen-Smit
LOCATION: Auburn-area, California
MEMBERS OF: founding members of the Folsom-Auburn Trail Riders Action Coalition (1995)
ALTER EGOS: Cathy is retired from a job as a paralegal. Jim is semi-retired, working as a software engineer for HP.

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5 Questions with Mountain Bike Rockstars: Brian Hann, TN

They aren’t famous or sponsored, but they’re people you should know about because they’re making mountain biking better for everyone, and we think they’re rad.

NAME: Brian Hann
LOCATION: Knoxville, TN
MEMBER OF: President of the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club (Knoxville SORBA chapter)
ALTER EGO: General contractor specializing in historic restorations/renovations of buildings in downtown Knoxville
PHOTO: Brian with Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero

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5 Questions with Mountain Bike Rockstars: "Tres" Denk, DE

They aren’t famous or sponsored, but they’re people you should know about because they’re making mountain biking better for everyone, and we think they’re rad.

NAME: Jerome George Denk, III
NICKNAME: Tres (for three). Pronounced "Trez"
MEMBER OF: President, Eastern Shore IMBA (Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay)
ALTER EGO: Owner of Independent Tattoo in Ocean City, MD, tattoo artist for 17 years.

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February South Central Region News

Arkansas State Parks Moving Dirt

Arkansas State Parks—Lake Ft. Smith and Wooly Hollow–both have MTB trail projects in progress. Lake Ft Smith has completed 3.5 miles of a proposed 10-mile trail, set to open late 2014. Wooly Hollow Park has completed 3 miles of a proposed 8-9 mile trail.

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5 Questions with Mountain Bike Rockstars: Tim Scott, AR

They aren’t famous or sponsored, but they’re people you should know about because they’re making mountain biking better for everyone, and we think they’re rad.

NAME: Tim Scott (pictured above, left, with former Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Steve and Morgan)
LOCATION: Devil’s Den State Park, Winslow, Arkansas
MEMBER OF: Ozark Off Road Cyclists, since 1997
ALTER EGO: Assistant Park Superintendent (park ranger) at Devil’s Den

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January Updates from the South Central Region

Updates from the South Central IMBA Region from Region Director Steve Schneider

1. The city of Rogers, AR, recently broke ground on a flow/pump bike park and 11.4 miles of singletrack, to be built by Progressive Trail Design (based in NW Arkansas).

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New Multi-Use Trail Group Forms in Central Arkansas

Trail advocates from around Arkansas met on November 15 in Bentonville to advance mountain biking in the state.

Representatives from the newly-formed Central Arkansas Trail Alliance (CATA) and the Arkansas Governor’s Office attended the meeting hosted by IMBA. A dozen trail stakeholders from northwest Arkansas participated in the meeting led by Steve Schneider, IMBA’s South Central Regional Director.

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