SCOTTS VALLEY, CA (BRAIN) — The public can begin voting Thursday to select among finalists for $100,000 in trail building grants being distributed by Bell Helmets.
Bell Helmets and the International Mountain Bicycling Association announced the 12 finalists chosen from more than 100 applications received from IMBA chapters and clubs as well as land management agencies across the country.
The grants will go to three mountain bike trail projects, one each in the categories of bike park/pump track, flow trail and downhill/gravity trail. IMBA Trail Solutions will design and build the trail projects in 2013-2014 with help from local volunteers.
The public can vote on Bell’s Facebook page, which officially went live Thursday. To incentivize the public to vote, there will be weekly sweepstakes giveaways for swag and a grand prize of an all-expenses paid Western Spirit trip for two. 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 on April 19.
The 12 finalists are:
Pump tracks/bike parks
- Bear River Bike Park: Routt County Riders, Steamboat Springs, CO
- 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
- Burke Bike Park/Jay Peak Resort: Kingdom Trail Association, Burke, VT
- Coldwater Mountain: Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association, Anniston, AL
- Corral Trail: Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association, South Lake Tahoe, CA
- Hobbs Hollow Flow Trail: Hoosier Mountain Biking Association, Brown County, IN
- Overflow Trail: Copper Harbor Trails Club, Copper Harbor, MI
- Sandy Ridge Trail System: NW Trails Alliance, Bureau of Land Management, Brightwood, OR
- The BELLtway Trail/Launch Bike Park: Philadelphia Mountain Bike Association, Philadelphia, PA
- Zapata Falls Rec. Area: Bureau of Land Management, San Luis Valley, CO