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Bell renews trail grant program with IMBA

Published December 20, 2013

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA (BRAIN) — Bell Helmets is teaming up with IMBA for the second year to provide grants for trail building. Like last year, Bell will offer $100,000 to fund three mountain bike trail projects, including any combination of bike park/pump track, flow trails and downhill/gravity trails.

Bell Helmets and IMBA received more than 100 grant submissions in 2013 from IMBA chapters, clubs and land management agencies, and it expects the number of applications will increase in 2014. IMBA Trail Solutions built and designed the three winning trail projects and will do so in 2014 with local volunteers.

Bell Helmets and IMBA will begin taking applications in January with finalists named in the first week of March. Voting by fans for their favorite projects will take place from April to May. Winners will be announced in May with trail construction beginning in June.

Last year's winners included a pump track/bike park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado; a flow trail in Burke, Vermont; and a downhill trail in Copper Harbor, Michigan. Check out the videos at the links below:

•   Pump track/bike park – Eric Routt, County Riders, Steamboat Springs, Colo. 

•   Flow trail – CJ Scott, Kingdom Trails Association, Burke, Vt. 

•   Downhill trail – Aaron Rogers, President/Trails Coordinator, Copper Harbor Trails Club, Copper Harbor, Mich. 

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