Twelve Finalists for Bell Built Grants - $100,000 in Grants

Mar 8, 2013 at 0:07
Mar 8, 2013
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Bell Helmets and the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) today introduce the 12 finalists for the 2013 Bell Built Grants and ask for the public to help vote for the three winners. More than 100 exceptional applications were received from IMBA chapters and clubs as well as land management agencies across the country.

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Bell Helmets is providing $100,000 in grants to fund three, mountain bike trail projects that will create places to ride for a broad spectrum of mountain bikers - one each in the categories of bike park/pump track, flow trail and downhill/gravity trail. Out of the 12 finalists, the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite project in each category on Bell's Facebook page that officially went live today. 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 in Monterey, Calif., on April 19.

bigquotesBell Built is about building more places to ride and growing the rider communities around those trails. The thoughtful proposals from our finalists demonstrate leaders in each community speaking for their local riding communities, this program was created to give each of these leaders a forum to tell their story to a larger MTB community and to help us involve that larger MTB community in deciding which final three projects to award the grants to. - Azul Couzens, Bell Helmets Director of Marketing

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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

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Flow trails
• 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

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Downhill trails
• 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

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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.

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About Bell
From humble beginnings in the garage of a Southern California speed shop in the 1950’s to the heads of champions in auto, motorcycle and bicycle competitions all over the world, Bell is synonymous with protection and progression. Part of Easton-Bell Sports and based in Scotts Valley, Calif., Bell is the world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of bicycle and motorcycle helmets and accessories. Bell is online at www.bellhelmets.com.

About IMBA
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great mountain biking experiences. Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trailwork participation and cooperation among different trail user groups. IMBA's worldwide network includes 35,000 individual members, more than 750 bicycle clubs, over 200 corporate partners and about 600 retailer shops. Learn more by visiting imba.com.
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102 Comments

  • + 29
 I like the Idea of spreading Mt biking to places you wouldn't necessarily think of it in ( Alabama / Indiana / NYC ) as opposed to say TAHOE .... Colorado ... cmon spread the love ! ( Not that I have anything against them requesting , wish someone in NM would've done the same )
  • + 4
 I agree, quality trails in the midwest states are few and far between. They definitely need all the help they can get.
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 Yes please help the midwest! Vote Elm Creek for Bike Park, Copper Harbor for DH- we are in desperate need for some good dh and bike parks! and brown County IN for flow!
  • + 5
 I don't know how common MBT trails are near massive population centers like Philly and NYC. If we want to grow our sports we'll need trails where the people are.
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 Elm Creek is in the middle of the Twin Cities, St. Paul/Minneapolis area 3+ million people... check out www.morcmtb.org! they do a great job trying to grow our sport and they need help expanding into alternative riding areas such as bike parks, freeride and gravity, they currently almost 90miles of single track but no bike parks or gravity trails
  • + 1
 VOTE SANDY RIDGE
  • - 3
 I agree with PHeller! But that's why you should vote for Sandy Ridge. That trail is right outside of Portland, OR.
  • - 5
 mid west? how about the pacific northwest! we have nice dirt and miles of forest...
  • + 1
 Vote for the Belltway trail at Launch Bike Park! Just 35 minutes outside of the city of Philadelphia, which has a surprisingly large amount of mountain bikers... It would be a massive hit!
  • + 1
 3 million people in Minniapolis is pretty good. In nyc each of the 5 boroughs has 6-8 million people, basically 30-45 million total here on average day. Staten Island in desperate need of help after hurricane sandy and trails could lift the spirits out there. The best case scenario is every city gets funding for trails. Yes we have been buildings trails in NYC city limits for over 20 years and counting. Any legal action or funding for trails would be great appreciated.
  • + 1
 we need a Rays indoor park for winter here in Colorado
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 Santa Cruz CA
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 Spend money in areas where man made objects are the highest points? Fail!!!

VOTE SANDY

Advocacy within BLM is hard to beat. Pacific Northwest or bust!
  • + 1
 You guys shouldn't rely on other people to build some trails, go out there with a shovel and a open mind a go BUILD!! You will enjoy your trails more if build them yourself. Trust.
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  • + 18
 I will think of bell for my next helmet
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  • + 13
 Why limit the voting to Facebook users...? I have a life and am not on Facebook, so I can't vote? Fugging morons...
  • - 1
 Sorry...that link won't work.
  • + 2
 Word, i have never and will never be on facebook but would love to cast my vote, as with many contsts nowadays
  • + 1
 @jr i have fb i live in the uk so wasn't going to vote. i can vote for you if you tell me who you want the vote to go to Smile
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  • + 6
 Launch Bike Park! The volunteers there have done a super job there, moving tons of dirt by hand, and building some great features.Launch has guides on hand that are happy to show new riders the trails and features,then shred it with you! You guys rule.
  • + 1
 Anddddd who wouldn't want to be a bike park tour guide...getting paid to ride without having to be a pro...Where can I apply?
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  • + 6
 The Facebook app unfortunately is flawed. The first day voting didn't work at all then they fixed it and relaunched the next day. Now if I go to vote this morning I get to vote on the pump track and flow trail but not the down hill. Strange. This is a great offer they put together and I'd hate to have there be voting issues to determine a winner. I understand why they are using Facebook but there are still a lot of people that do not use it.
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  • + 5
 Launch Bike Park has a super valid need. ALL of the trails so far have been built by volunteers, because we are in DIRE need of some DH trails near our city. Spring Mountain is a small mountain (hill), like 500' vertical, family owned business; they are not some huge corporate business making tons of money in winter. We begged and pleaded with them to open 1 lift for us in the summer, and told them we will build all the trails ourselves! We have been running now for 2 full years and the terrain is super rocky gnar, which is awesome for expert level riders, but we need an easier trail made from dirt with berms, berms, berms, berms, some small jumps and drops and flow, so we can get more people out to ride the trails, develop their skills, get hooked on DH and help support the lift operations. There is a HUGE market of potential riders that will need new helmets (BELL) and bikes and all the gear!

PLEASE HELP US DEVELOP and then get your ass to Philly, look me up, and we'll go shred the place.
  • + 1
 You said it perfectly!
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  • + 5
 Philly needs this most! Please Vote for launch DH trail! It will be a great opportunity to make lift accessed biking accessible to a large urban area that needs it.
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  • + 7
 Vote Launch, east coast needs some more flow.
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  • + 3
 WHAT a p!ss take that is, nothing this side of the water!! We have the best collection of riders in the world and no funding from the government and no funding off you guys!!! Cheers anyway just wanted my view on the matter to be heard.!!!
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  • + 7
 Copper Harbor for sure!
  • + 2
 These guys really know how to do it right!
"Good riding and good people made this one of my favorite adventures of the year." -Aaron LaRocque
Andrew Shandro @ Copper Harbor 2012 www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN9btRzqsvA&feature=player_embedded
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  • + 6
 More options this side of the Atlantic please!
  • + 4
 For sure you can't do shit over here without someone destroying the trails
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  • + 6
 Not even one Canadian trail finalist? Really?
  • + 3
 You guys in BC already have so many amazing trails though!
  • + 1
 Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think IMBA Canada had any say in this. I know DMBA would love to take some of the money and put it towards the numerous build projects for 2013.

www.imbacanada.com/blog/durham-mountain-biking-association-2013-setting-stage-impressive-year-ahead
  • + 4
 The west coast of Canada has tons trails in most of the towns, or near cities, due to the community support, volunteers, and our bike park/resorts. This would be great opportunity for the maritimes and Newfoundland to get involved in. Most of the parks in the Eastern provinces such as New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, and Newfoundland are XC based. There are no mountain bike parks. Even the ski resorts that we have do not have daily lift access (unless there is an event). To sum this up, if this were up to me, I would look to the provinces where riding may not be as mainstream (compared to British Columbia), but certainly have a lot of potential. Hopefully we'll see this in the near future for Canada.
  • + 1
 As much as I agree about the Atlantic Provinces not having enough bike parks, don't forget about Sugarloaf up northern New Brunswick;

A href="http://parcsugarloafpark.ca/bikepark/">http://parcsugarloafpark.ca/bikepark//A>

Hopefully other spots will follow suit and enjoy a little tourism bump.
  • + 1
 pesky links
  • + 2
 Hey - I work for IMBA Canada. Unfortunately, the Bell Built grant program was for trails and groups in the US only. So it wasn't that there are no Canadian finalists, there were never any nominated to begin with. - Rachael Raven (IMBA Canada Communications Specialist)
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  • + 1
 Hans Rey says "Vote for Launch Bike Park for the Downhill Project section of the Bell Built Grant!"
Link to see Hans showing his support: sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/550020_10151435555646406_602271367_n.jpg

Go to www.facebook.com/BellBikeHelmets/app_228716427271717
(from your computer, doesn't seem to work from your phone)
- Choose "Downhill Trails"
- then select project "Launch Bike Park - the BELLtway Trail"
- then Submit Your Vote!

Thanks for your support!!!
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  • + 1
 Vote for Launch Bike Park please, the crew there has been using their own personal money on these trails, building wooden features and such, all the dirt has been moved by hand with many man hours put in. They could really use the help to really take off. Launch has a cool group of guys that are always willing to help new riders!!!!!
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  • + 4
 Why are pay to play places included?
  • + 1
 They allowed them. It's in the rules on the application.
  • - 4
 That is why you should vote Elm Creek over steam boat springs!
  • + 3
 good question? heres another why are BLM "a government agency" applying for a grant? pay to play and government agencies already have budgets and profits to build. bike clubs and individual trails systems need the support more.
  • - 1
 actually the Bear River park in Steamboat isnt pay to play. Which would be nice cause everything else around here is so godforsakin expensive. The first two pictures (dude railing a berm and me and my buddy running a plate compactor) are from places that have been torn down. We need stuff to ride!
  • - 1
 After living in steamboat for last spring and summer, one of the things I miss the most is the powerline jumps and slalom, that corner in the pic was stupid fun. Just because steamboat is in colorado, don't think they have the same mentality as the rest of the state. That town is so ass backwards on bike progression it's disgusting. They need something to show the city what the people really want, not what the rich guys on 15k road bikes want...
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  • + 2
 Sandy ridge is an amazing place to ride near portland and all volunteer built but its still small. Help us grow and get portland riders out there.
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  • + 1
 It does suck getting passed over in Canada. I guess we'll just have to go out and ride where ever we want, build wherever we want with out fear of being sued, shot or being an american. Just keep buying Giro.
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  • + 0
 Bell is truly giving back to the sport of mountain biking. I hope this is incentive to other bike companies contributing to the sport.
If your area /trail isnt covered then get out to your local trail and contribute with a shovel.
There is actualy someone else other than me that thinks Face book is a waste of time!
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  • + 0
 The Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists (MORC) is supporting the project candidates in the Midwest! (Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan) Vote: Elm Creek (MN) for "Pump Track Projects", Hobbs Hollow (IN) in the "Flow Trails Projects" category, and the Overflow trail (MI) in "Downhill Projects".

Come on Midwesterners! Show your support!
  • + 0
 A perfect Midwest trio!
  • - 2
 Midwest Intra-city Neophyte DH Youth... MORC meets MiNDY!
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  • - 1
 Bear river bike park. Steamboat has been neglecting dh/freeride for a long time like its some sort of vd. Its been a long struggle, but we are getting there. This park could be a turning point. If this xc based/hippy town will get behind some flow/dh I think it will be good for the entire biking community everywhere. If this place can do it, anywhere can.
  • - 2
 I agree. Steambot really needs this!
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 I will vote for launch. Volunteers building trails is true dedication.
  • + 1
 Thank You!
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  • + 0
 man i would have thought Bell would have pushed for something like this in the bay area, bummer. Oh well I guess that just makes me jealous for the rest of you who got nominated. Smile
  • + 6
 They people had to apply and the dead line was super short and it had to be a shovel read approved project and only 3 weeks to submit your application this year and then 1 week to submit media if you were chosen but they are to continue next year I believe with more notice so hopefully next year your area can be part of it! Go mid-west! we need more awesome and alternative riding areas to spice up our MTB life! Vote Elm Creek, Copper Harbor and Brown County IN! Thanks!
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  • + 2
 VOTE for Sandy Ridge DH Trail!!!!!!!! Free trail system build by volunteers.
  • + 0
 open the road for shuttles to the top and maybe it should considered.,
  • - 2
 Exactly my thought. Open the road for shuttles, but then the XC Earth Biscuits will freak out and go all Jerry Garcia on everyone. Nonetheless, Sandy Ridge needs this badly.. Wait, who cares? Timberline is going to open a bike park..
  • + 1
 Just across the valley from sandy ridge is where the sick downhill trails were. open wildcat back up and leave the sandy ridge area to the earth muffin high seatposters(the ones who had wildcat shut down).............4.5 mile push on a paved road to the top? give the downhillers a break. the only trails there worth ridding are the ones that aren't on the maps or their plan. you got be like lance asstrong. to climb that on a downhill bike! id push up wildcat for left overs than push up that trail system....
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  • + 1
 Copper Harbor 4 life! The Midwest needs more areas like Copper Harbor. Where all types of mountain biking can be done, not just cross-country riding.
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  • + 2
 HELP OUT LAUNCH THEY NEED AND DESERVE IT!!! IF YOU DONT KNOW WHO TO VOTE FOR, VOTE FOR THEM!!!
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  • + 1
 Vote for Copper Harbor !!!!! Dopest place to ride in the midwest hands down. Absolute world class trails and awesome people.
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  • + 1
 Its nice to hear that there is still large corporations who actually care about their consumers and making a positive change in their lives.
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  • + 2
 we need trails in rockland ontario lots of place and riders
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  • + 0
 lol why do all the videos have to have the same tune, driving me nuts! Awesome that this is happening, wish everyone would get a grant
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  • + 2
 Sandy Ridge Trails!!!! Vote now dummies
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  • + 1
 Besides they just leveled our old pumptrack to make room for a stupid a*s ice castle. One step forward two steps back.
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  • + 1
 wish that money and help would be available here in Vietnam. First we need a mtg community here.
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  • - 2
 @SDKmann, "something tells you?" I would sugest not listening to that voice in your head because "something tells me" that it is holding you back.. Steamboat could really use this. How about visiting first, then talk to your inner voice. You are talking purely out of SPECULATION.. Get the facts, then speak. It's that simple.
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  • + 2
 Is it just me that The videos on the iPad aren't working
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  • + 1
 so you are saying that you will come to my house and help me build a sick trail if I ask you to and you have time? Sweet!
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  • + 2
 Bring some love to Michigan! Vote Copper Harbor Overflow Trail!
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  • + 1
 Get some rain and then i'll vote
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  • + 1
 Vote for Staten Island Jumps!!
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  • + 1
 Are the post office jumps now a pump track?
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  • + 1
 this is what all unemployed should do, build trails for the fun of it
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 Brown County Indiana!!!! Many supporters!
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  • - 1
 So the International Mountain Bicycling Association is just supporting trails in the US for this project? Lame
  • + 2
 meh IMBA is still a US based operation frankly and Bell Bicycle helmets is as well. Atleast trail building isn't illegal everywhere in your country like it is around here. they also don't get any tax deductions for contributing to foreign charity.
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  • + 1
 Needs some Canada EH!
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  • + 1
 WTF SANTA CRUZ!!??
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  • + 0
 Go Burke Mountain! Vermont rules!
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 Burke got my vote
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 Although they probably don't need the help seeing how Kingdom Trails has been slaying it for the past decade and a half, it's safe to say that they really deserve it.
  • + 0
 No Joke- and I have to be honest, I know the owner but have never ridden there! I am ashamed. Smile
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  • + 0
 We need these guys out in California!
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  • - 2
 IMBA Trail Solutions is building Coldwater Mountain in Anniston AL. Guess who I think is going to win?
  • + 3
 so is copper harbor...
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 please vote for steamboat! We really nee this!
  • + 2
 I've never biked in Steamboat but something tells me you guys have plenty of trails as is, lets give the places that don't already have good trail systems (and lots of tax revenue) some money.
  • + 0
 We have plenty of cross country trails but out only dirt jump spot just got torn down last year... We need the grant to build our dirt jumps/skill park. Other wise we have to drive 3hrs to get to any other dirt jumps
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