IMBA/Bell Built Video 2: Chapman Bike Park – Durango, Colo.

Voting now open for Central Region finalists


Video: Bell Built video for the Chapman Bike Park in Durango, Colo.

Voting for the Bell Built trail building grant program is open for the Central Region division finalists squaring off in a video throw-down to see who gets their share of the $100,000 the helmet maker has earmarked for the projects. Polls will remain open for the Central Region finalists through May 4, with the winner being announced on May 5.

The four Central Region finalist projects are the Andres Bike Park in Carpentersville, Ill.; the the Chapman Bike Park in Durango, Colo.; the Cottage Grove Bike Park in Cottage Grove, Minn.; and the Hobbs Hollow Flow Trail in Nashville, Ind.

All week Mtbr will feature Central Region finalist videos. Please check them out, then visit the Bell Built page to vote for your favorite project.

Out of more than 100 entries, Bell in partnership with the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) selected four projects in each of three regions—West Coast, Central and East Coast—as finalists for the program. One winner in each region will be selected to get a portion of the $100,000 in technical assistance money put up by Bell for three bike projects to be built in 2014 by IMBA Trail Solutions.

Last week IMBA and Bell announced that the Fort Tuthill Bike Park in Flagstaff, Ariz. had won the West Coast grant after voting closed for that region on April 20.

After the Central Region closes on May 4, the voting moves to the East Coast from May 5-18. 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.

About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry that landed him at his current gig with Santa Cruz bicycles. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.

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  • Steelisreal4130 says:

    Durango need more riding like a fat kid needs cake. Give it to one of the areas where folks actually need more places to ride.

    • Viv Jones says:

      I agree – places with flatter terrain need more financial support as it actually requires a lot more work to build “fun” trails….. vote for Cottage Grove bike park !

    • Sb says:

      it does blow my mined that THE destination for MTB a bucket lister per say, even qualifies for this against flat landers. But as a friend of mine says “every one gets to apply”

  • Carl says:

    I hear you. With town and Trails 2000 support, the Chapman Bike Park is going to fill a need and demand that is growing every day…from our Devo kids, college athletes, fun loving locals and other aspiring racers – Chapman will see amazing amount of use. There is a tremendous excitement about the area, especially due to the unfortunate fact that our gravity riders don’t have much (almost none) to choose from.. We are surprisingly limited in that area and this type of park is overdue. The riders of Durango would appreciate your vote!

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