This is one of those contests where everyone is a winner. Really. Bell Helmets
and the International Mountain Bicycling Association
(IMBA) have teamed up to award $100,000 in trail building grants. The winners get to improve trails or create new ones and every mountain bike rider has the opportunity to ride them. This is a win-win program. Here is how it works.
FROM BELL HELMETS
The Bell Built program returns and will once again consist of $100,000 in grants to fund three mountain bike trail projects that create places for a broad spectrum of mountain bikers to ride (this includes any combination of bike park/pump track, flow trails and/or downhill/gravity trails).
When: Accepting applications from January 13 - February 28
How: Applications for entry and additional details can be found here BY CLICKING HERE
On or before March 7, the 12 regional finalists will be contacted and asked to submit video content, graphics and photographs to help promote each project to voters. Content must be received by Bell Helmets on or before midnight (PST) March 26, 2014. Content will be adapted into a web site voting tool hosted by Bell Helmets.
There will be 3 winners (1 from each region: West Coast, Central and East Coast).
Funding is available for the following types of projects:
Pump Track/Bike Park: A feature-laden area, either in an urban area, at a ski resort or adjacent to a larger singletrack trail system that includes pump track/s, dirt jumps, slope-style lines, skills areas and/or wooden features.
Flow Trail: A diversity of challenging singletrack trails with various features including relatively high berms, rollers, jumps and wooden features, with alternate lines to encourage progression. More challenging than cross country singletrack, includes grade changes and technical sections of rocks, drops and root systems but not as challenging or steep as a gravity or downhill trail.
DH/Gravity Trail: Effectively a downhill trail with a constant stream of larger-than-average features such as jumps, rollers and berms. One-hundred-percent optimized for mountain bikes. Features expert lines that also have high-intermediate level alternate lines to encourage rider progression.