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News: Final Days of Voting in Bell Built Grant Program

We’re in the final few days of voting for the Bell Built Grant, a program awarding $100K to be split between three worthy winners. Find out more and place your vote.

Voting for the Bell Built trail building grant program for the West Coast region is fully under way. In the running is Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) — The Demo Flow Trail at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF). MBoSC has partnered with SDSF land manager California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to build this amazing progressive trail located at the home of the Santa Cruz Super Enduro (the California Enduro Series finale!). Hmm, special stage 4 anyone?

The Demo Flow Trail promises to be a swoopy ride through oak, madrone and coastal redwood forest, purpose-built for all rider abilities. The project boasts an impressive four miles of trail with an average 6-7 percent grade and a net elevation loss of 1280’. Progressively designed, with berms, rollers and jumps aplenty, riders from the young (or not so young) beginner to the seasoned downhill pro will get their fill of fun. The trail will intersect the existing Tractor Trail access road in five places, offering ample opportunity to session sections.

Voting for the West Coast region ends April 20, with the winner announced April 21. There are four finalists competing for the top spot and $$$, so please make sure to read the stories and give it some thoughtful consideration. All of the finalists are outstanding. And all will be awesome places to check out and ride, regardless of the who wins the grant money. So vote now and spread the word to help make any of these awesome projects a reality! Visit www.bellhelmets.com/bellbuilt to make your vote. Voting couldn’t be easier, but do be sure to follow the instructions all the way through to ensure your vote counts.

Our roots as mountain bikers. It all comes back to this: building trail. We love to play in the dirt.

Our roots as mountain bikers. It all comes back to this: building trail. We love to play in the dirt.

A sweet peek through the trees at one of the many berms to grace the flow trail at Demo.

A sweet peek through the trees at one of the many berms to grace the flow trail at Demo.

Construction Manager Drew Perkins has a vision.

Construction Manager Drew Perkins has a vision.

Loading up all the hand tools necessary for a big day of work.

Loading up all the hand tools necessary for a big day of work.

Hand finishing. Yes, it's going to be buff.

Hand finishing. Yes, it’s going to be buff.

And this is how you feel after working hard on a trail you'll be pumped to ride later.

And this is how you feel after working hard on a trail you’ll be pumped to ride later.

Don’t forget to vote. Go to the Bell Built Grant page, sign in, and place your vote. Then ride those trails in the very near future.

Photos: All Bogdan Marian, except #2 “sweet peek” Scott McClain

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