The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and Bell Helmets are pleased to announce the 12 finalists for the 2013 Bell Built Grants. More than 100 exceptional applications were received from IMBA chapters and clubs and land management agencies across the country. Bell and IMBA wish to extend a sincere "thank you" to each applicant for the time and effort that went into their proposals and—most importantly—for their passion for the sport of mountain biking.
Bell Helmets is providing $100,000 to fund three mountain bike trail projects, one each in the categories of bike park/pump track, flow trail and downhill/gravity trail. Out of the 12 selected as finalists, the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite project in each category on Bell’s Facebook page, beginning March 5. These trails will be built by Trail Solutions.
"Bell Built is about more than just building legal and accessible trails; it’s really about helping to grow the rider communities around the trails," said Azul Couzens, Bell Helmets Director of Marketing. "Bringing in the social media voting component allows us to invite online audiences to take part in choosing where those trails should be built, which parks get new features and—ultimately—which projects get the funding."
The 12 finalists are:
Pump tracks/bike parks
- Elm Creek Bike Park: Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists, Maple Grove, MN
- Rock Hill Skill Park: Rock Hill Bicycle Club, Rock Hill, SC
- Wolfe's Pond Park: New York City Mountain Bike Association, Staten Island, NY
- Bear River Bike Park: Routt County Riders, Steamboat Springs, CO
- Coldwater Mountain: Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association, Anniston, AL
- Burke Bike Park/Jay Peak Resort: Kingdom Trail Association, Burke, VT
- Hobbs Hollow Flow Trail: Hoosier Mountain Biking Association, Brown County, IN
- Corral Trail: Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association, South Lake Tahoe, CA
- Sandy Ridge Trail System: NW Trails Alliance, Bureau of Land Management, Brightwood, OR
- Overflow Trail: Copper Harbor Trails Club, Copper Harbor, MI
- Zapata Falls Rec. Area: Bureau of Land Management, San Luis Valley, CO
- The BELLtway Trail/Launch Bike Park: Philadelphia Mountain Bike Association, Philadelphia, PA
The final grant recipients will be chosen based on a combination of public vote and input from Bell and IMBA staff and announced at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, Calif., on April 19. IMBA Trail Solutions will design and build the trail projects in 2013-2014 with help from local volunteers. Stay tuned to the Bell Bike Helmets Facebook page for updates, the opportunity to weigh in and a chance to win great prizes.