Last Day to Vote: Help Pick the Bell Built Grant Winners - $100,000 in Funding

Apr 11, 2013 at 0:02
Apr 11, 2013
by Mike Kazimer  
 
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If you haven't already, there's still time to vote to choose the Bell Built grant winners. The pool has been narrowed down to 12 final contenders for the $100,000 in funding that Bell has donated, from which three winners will be chosen, one in each category. The categories are: pump tracks/bike parks, flow trails, and downhill trails. Trail locations are spread across the United States, from Vermont to California.

Voting closes on April 12, 2013, and the winners will be announced April 19 at this year's Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA. IMBA Trail Solutions will be designing and constructing the project with the help of local volunteers.

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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

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

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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60 Comments

  • + 67
 good job bell, 100k is a lot. Sponsoring pros is cool but support like this is a way cooler way to get your brand out there!
  • + 23
 This is what more companies need to do. I will definitely consider bell for the next helmet I buy.
  • + 10
 Agreed. Bell really stepped up to the plate. Colour me impressed.
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  • + 13
 I've worked with the all volunteer crew at Launch Bike Park and they could really use the votes. Their small mountain is all rock so they have a difficult time each year moving dirt. Please vote for them in the downhill trail section!
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  • + 13
 Launch bike park needs help, it's a small place with lots of potential. All other bike parks are like 4 hours away or more.
  • + 7
 Agreed, All the other places have bike parks near them. Launch is my local park and It could defiantly used the grant. It would create many downhillers in the area
  • - 6
 Move somewhere closer to one, makes sense?
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  • + 11
 Love the fact they are putting money into trails but why is everything in he states?????
  • + 12
 I thought that, the UK is in dire need of investment in trails and bike parks... the money would have been well spent here or in another country where the scene is a little less developed than the US or Canada in my opinion.
  • + 2
 This is the first year, let them know, maybe they can and will open it up to more countries or have separate grants for different countries in the future. This was so quickly thrown together it was crazy. They announced the grant and you had 4 weeks to submit an application that needed a bunch of letters and proof of approval and shovel ready and then when they called to tell you, you were picked they gave you 5 days to provide media, photo's video of riding and video testimonial so they could make a video for you and you couldn't submit it electronically they had to be mailed... they are still working things out, but I agree, have multiple grants or open it up north america and europe maybe?
either way, this year vote midwest! we need cool places to ride! Elm creek Bike park, Copper Harbor DH, Hobbs Hollow, BC, IN. for flow!
  • + 4
 I don't actually know this, but just a guess: because bell is an american owned company, and if they donate this money to a community for trail building it is likely used as a tax reduction. If they do it anywhere else they couldn't use it as a deduction?
  • + 3
 That is a good point ebehn that could be the reason right there. So all no US riders hopefully a local company will step up and work with IMBA or another organization and do something like this in your country!
  • + 11
 Hey guys, cglasford is spot on in this case. This is a first year program and we've been absolutely overwhelmed with the response in the States. And, we love heearing the enthusiasm from around the world. If we're able to do something like this again next year, we're already thinking of ways to open it up to our friends in Canada and in Europe.
  • + 3
 Trails dont need cash flow as much as they need time and graft! Get on it!
  • + 1
 @ cglasford, ask HOPE to help you guys out over there(just a thought).
  • + 2
 Bell is a company founded in the US (Cali to be more specific.) It would make sense for them to want to foster the riding scene in the US, because let's all be honest here, the MTB scene in the US is not as developed as it is elsewhere. Not to say we're on the bottom of the totem pole, but it's very understandable why this is centered towards US trails.

If anything, instead of complaining, I would be contacting companies big in the MTB world founded in your countries to do similar things such as this. It benefits the companies founded in those countries, as well as the scene there. Win freaking win!

Also, true that James-Carey. I spend about 6-10 hours a week out in the local trails doing work (More so this week, broken ribs after a high speed corner wipe out). People give me crap for what I build, but I have permission, and I don't see those people out there building or helping out, but I damn sure see them riding my work. Building trail and just spending hours scoping the landscape and I guess "feeling" the trail come out is some of my favorite time spent, not only in the woods, but just in general.
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  • + 10
 PICK SANDY RIDGE!
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  • + 4
 Please vote for Launch...the website was a little messed up the first couple days of voting, but it's all been ironed out! I just started riding launch last season, and like -car0401, richwantsout and the ranch said, it's a little mountain with ALOT of rock that is very deserving of some help to run this family based mountain!!!
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  • + 6
 My vote is for Corral Trail in South Lake Tahoe. Nothing more fun than that trail.
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  • + 4
 Westcoasters:
Corral Trail, CA for Flow!
Sandy Ridge, OR for DH
Bear River, CO for Pump Track
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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
 I would love to see the majority of the funding from companies go to trails! The majority of riders on the trails really have nothing in common with the Pro Rider, sponsored to the nth. degree. The video's and Slope Style comps. will definitely get you some quality entertainment for maybe an hour or so, but a well funded trail system in your back yard will get the juices flowing for years! As for the advertising on the Pro's bike, i am not a believer. I get ideas for a new bike/part/clothing and such from the long term testing such as takes place right here on Pinkbike, and to a lesser degree from the user opinions that follow.
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  • + 5
 Facebook required to vote!?
Fail if this is the case...
  • + 1
 Totally agree with you. My mission in life is to have a life and not a facebook account. Double fail if this is the case.
  • + 0
 Facebook gives more people the chance to see what's going on and gets people who aren't usually involved in the bike world, the chance to vote and help their communities and possibly get them interested in the sport I don't see how that's a fail? Without a fb account there's a lot that you won't be able to access in the world. It's not all bad
  • + 2
 I'd like to vote but I'm not going to do Facebook. With all the tech, why limit a great opportunity.
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  • + 0
 • Wolfe's Pond Park: New York City Mountain Bike Association, Staten Island, NY!!!!

• Burke Bike Park/Jay Peak Resort: Kingdom Trail Association, Burke, VT

• The BELLtway Trail/Launch Bike Park: Philadelphia Mountain Bike Association, Philadelphia, PA

East Coast Love Peeps!!!!!!!!
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  • + 1
 For more info on the trail need in each of these 12 areas, Bell has posted the submission videos on their page on YouTube to help us make a more informed decision: www.youtube.com/user/BellBikeHelmets?feature=watch
  • + 1
 Haha, shoulda clicked the link first! All the vids pop-up when clicking the "Vote Now" button on their FB page. My bad!
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  • + 4
 It's too hard to choose....
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 • Wolfe's Pond Park: New York City Mountain Bike Association, Staten Island, NY!!!!

• Burke Bike Park/Jay Peak Resort: Kingdom Trail Association, Burke, VT

• The BELLtway Trail/Launch Bike Park: Philadelphia Mountain Bike Association, Philadelphia, PA
we really need more trails close to Md but its just soooooo flat here :-/
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  • + 2
 The Sandy Ridge Trail system is great although I think there was never any doubt they wouldn't win.
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  • + 1
 Mt. Shasta, CA should have been in this competition. their building a bike park there this summer and need all the funds/help they can get.
  • + 2
 Did they apply? Just curious. It wasn't like Bell and IMBA just came up with this list. Mountain bike groups across the country submitted projects that met the requirements of the grant.
  • + 1
 nah they didn't i guess what i was trying to say was that they should have applied.
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  • + 1
 Vote for Corral Trail ... It's a model trail for the entire country and everyone near the 193 million acres of public lands managed by the US Forest Service.
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  • + 1
 That's one of the ways Bell makes money and is able to donate , wake up this is the world we live in
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  • + 2
 Voting link doesn't work for me.
  • + 2
 you need a facebook then
  • + 1
 Are you at school/work? When im at school the filter blocks my facebook so I cant go through the link
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  • + 2
 Would have been great to have an european state in it, not just US ...
  • + 1
 The thing is, in Europe it would take them like 5 years to even get the permission to build anything... or they needed to buy a whole forest as private property first. Haha... not gonna happen Blank Stare
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  • + 1
 This is like chinese for all the other people that arnt Canadian or American...
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  • + 1
 Bell, go big choose more locations than just the states, other riders in other countries wear your helmets!
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  • + 1
 Bell should support it's own local spot here in SOCAL.....Snow Summit - Big Bear! We need some Trails !
  • + 2
 Big Bear! Heard stuff is in the works to open summer of 2014.
  • + 1
 Not this year?
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  • + 2
 we need something like this in the uk
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  • + 0
 Vote launch, they really need the votes, The mountain could really use a smooth trail!
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  • + 1
 Flow Trail: Vote for the Kingdom Trail Association! Do it!
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  • + 1
 my no funding for britain ! Frown
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  • + 1
 Burke/kingdom trails all day!!
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  • + 1
 To think what Digger could do with 100K...
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  • + 0
 VOTE FOR KINGDOM TRAILS FOR THE FLOW TRACK! PLEASEEEE!
  • + 0
 Trust me, I was going to vote of Kingdom Trails at Burke but it requires a facebook account. How stupid is that?
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