For the second year in a row, Bell Helmets is stepping up to the plate with IMBA to provide cash for new trails. Last year, they shelled out $100,000 for three new trails, a flow trail in Vermont, a downhill trail in Michigan and a bike park in Steamboat Springs, CO.
They are doing it again this year.
Last year, WNYMBA submitted for funding for our approved trails in Allegany State Park. We weren't selected, primarily due to the remote location of the trails (which limits publicity opportunities for Bell), the length (not feasible for the amount of funding available) and lack of matching funds.
This year WNYMBA is back with a proposal that remedies all these deficiencies. The 2014 WNYMBA proposal is to develop a new 2-mile flow downhill trail at Holiday Valley. This will be right in the heart of the summer action at Holiday Valley, providing plenty of visibility for Bell, and is a more manageable length than the Allegany trails. Best of all, Holiday Valley committed to chipping in funding and support to help make this project a reality.
Check out the proposal at the above link for the proposed route of the new trail, and stay tuned to imba.com to find out later this week whether we are selected as a finalist. Thanks to all who wrote letters of support/endorsement!