Pinkbike Awards 2015: Advocacy Award Winner

Jan 24, 2016
by Pinkbike Staff  
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Advocacy Award Winner

Bell Built Grant Program

Bell Sports' trail advocacy program was launched in 2013; awarding grants for a pump track constructed in Steamboat Springs, Colorado; a flow trail built in Burke, Vermont; and a downhill trail in Copper Harbor, Michigan. The following year, Bell Built Trail Grants funded expansions of Fort Tuthill bike park in Flagstaff, Arizona, for Cottage Grove Bike Park in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, - and the construction of a flow trail in Richmond, Virginia.

Urban Winderness DH Tennessee
Urban Winderness DH Tennessee

For 2015, the Bell Built grant program decided to focus upon making a larger impact upon the local community and rider base by funding one larger sized project. As was the tradition, Bell Built reached out for proposals from local trail building and advocacy organizations, as well as mountain bike friendly communities, and then put the most qualified projects to a popular vote. The winner of the $100,000 USD grant was the "Urban Wilderness Gravity Trail," by the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club in Knoxville, Tennessee.

All told, Bell Built has awarded $300,000 in grants to date and all of them have funded gravity and flow type trails - exactly what most PB members have been asking for. Paradoxically, Bell Built partnered with the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) to assist in the selection process, and to ensure that the grants build stronger bonds within the surrounding communities, as well as better trails. IMBA has been a target of criticism among th PB community for allegedly ignoring the need for more technical trails, but their partnership with the Bell Built program, combined with reaching out to riders to vote on nominated projects, has proven otherwise. The only thing better than legal, well-made technical and flow trails would be creating more of them - and for that, Bell Built earns Pinkbike's 2015 Advocacy award.
Urban Winderness DH Tennessee

Urban Winderness DH Tennessee

bigquotesThe Bell Built grant program strives to identify, fund, and ultimately create new, accessible trails within bike communities. The plan is to inspire new and existing riders to come together for their community, learn what it takes to fund and build a legal riding destination, and ultimately build a trail never ridden before. - Bell Sports


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