Some news from the “very cool” department. Bell has announced the 12 finalists in their Bell Built Grants program. $100,000 in technical assistance money put up by Bell for three bike projects to be built in 2014 by IMBA Trail Solutions. Public voting to choose the winners begins April 7 and ends May 18, with winners announced May 19.
There are four finalists representing each of the following three regions: West Coast, Central, and East Coast.

YOU choose the winners in the Bell Built Program!
YOU choose the winners in the Bell Built Program!

The 12 finalists

West Coast

  • 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

Central Region

  • Cottage Grove Bike Park, Cottage Grove, MN
  • Andres Bike Park, Carpentersville, IL
  • Hobbs Hollow Flow Trail, Nashville, IN
  • Chapman Bike Park Project, Durango, CO

East Coast

  • 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

You will be able to vote for your favorite project in each region after checking out photos, videos and descriptions from each location on Bell Helmets’ Facebook page. The voting begins April 7, and is scheduled as follows:

  • April 7-20: West Coast Regional Finalists
  • April 21-May 4: Central Regional Finalists
  • May 5-18: East Coast Regional Finalists

The project that receives the most votes from each of the three areas above will win one of the three Bell Built grants. Any combination of trail types (pump track/bike park, flow trail, DH/gravity trail) may receive the grants.
Keep your eyes on the Facebook pages for IMBA and Bell Helmets to see when voting begins. This is really cool stuff, check out some video footage of last year’s winners on IMBA’s Vimeo page. There’s also a cool “special edition” Bell Built Super helmet, available in awesome matte titanium/red star color scheme.

The special edition Bell Super helmet, a leader in the trail riding world.
The special edition Bell Super helmet, a leader in the trail riding world.

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