The company Bell Bike Helmets is helping out mountain bikers in more ways than one. Famous in the cycling community for their protective gear, Bell is also funding a program that builds bike trails across the U.S. They have teamed up with the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) to break ground on bike projects in 2014.
Through the program called Bell Built Grants the company plans to provide “technical assistance” in the form of $100,000. The money will fund one project in each of the three regions of the country. Regions have been divided into West Coast, Central Region and East Coast project sites.
IMBA Trail Solutions will be constructing each of the projects once the winners are chosen.
The 12 finalists were announced on March 19. There are four finalists from each of the location categories and there will be one winner from each region.
• Prescott Park Flow Trail, Medford, OR
• Stafford Lake Bike Park, Novato, CA
• The Soquel Demo Flow Trail, Santa Cruz, CA
• Ft. Tuthill Bike Park, Flagstaff, AZ
• Cottage Grove Bike Park, Cottage Grove, MN
• Andres Bike Park, Carpentersville, IL
• Hobbs Hollow Flow Trail, Nashville, IN
• Chapman Bike Park Project, Durango, CO
• Holiday Valley Ski Resort Trail, Ellicottville, NY
• Richmond Regional Ride Center, Richmond, VA
• Doe Mountain Recreation Area, Mountain City, TN
• Yellow River Bike Park, Atlanta, GA
The Winners will be decided in an online vote. From April 7 to 20 the public will vote on the West Coast winner. April 21 to May 4 will be the Central region vote and May 5 to 18 is when the East Coast voting will take place. Each region will have one winner and the winners will be announced on May 19.
IMBA has footage of the construction done for last year’s winners on their Vimeo page. And for updates and voting on the 2014 competition, keep an eye on either IMBA’s Facebook page or Bell’s Facebook page.