Bell Helmets is awarding a $100,000 grant to the trail network that earns the most votes in its annual Bell Built Grant program. Exchequer Mountain Bike Park in Mariposa, California, was chosen in the West bracket and Spirit Mountain Bike Park won the Central division.
Now the East voting is live through May 24 and your vote will help determine the winner. The top project from each of the three divisions will face off in the final round of voting beginning May 27.
Urban Wilderness Gravity Trail – Knoxville, Tennessee
Sponsor: Appalachian Mountain Bike Club
Situated in the heart of Knoxville, this bike park is being constructed with a range of trails that will appeal to a variety of riders. The highlight will be the proposed gravity trail that will feature rock gardens, drops, and constructed features in a highly visible area that will draw attention to this regionally unique trail.
Timber Trail – Anniston, Alabama
Sponsor: Northeast Alabama Bicycling Association (NEABA)
Rock, rock, and more rock will rattle and test the skill of any gravity rider who descends the Timber Trail. Already flush with a range of singletrack, Coldwater Mountain will be augmented by this gnarly, techy trail that will feature car-sized boulders, steep rollovers, and drops.
Gorges Jump Line – Brevard, North Carolina
Sponsor: Friends of Gorges State Park
A stronghold of East Coast riding, Brevard has the terrain to lay down a steep, rocky trail peppered with jumps and drops. The scenic waterfalls and deciduous forest will add to the experience of any visitor and make for a photogenic ride.