For the next few weeks, Indiana outdoor enthusiasts can help bring more world-class mountain bike trails to Brown County State Park in Nashville, Ind., simply by voting on Facebook.
Bell Bike Helmets is partnering with the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) to give away $100,000 in trail grants in its Bell Built Facebook contest. With more than 100 applications submitted, twelve trail projects have been selected as finalists in three different categories – Pump Track, Flow Trail and a Downhill. One winner will be chosen in each category.
Hobbs Hollow is Brown County’s entry in the Flow Trail category. This brand new 3-mile segment of trail will be jam-packed with bermed turns, step-ups, rock drops, and tabletop jumps along its a 2-mile descent with 360 feet of vertical drop, more than any other trail in the state. Other finalists include Kingdom Trails (Burke, VT), Coldwater Mountain (Anniston, AL) and the Corral Trail (Lake Tahoe, CA).
“If this grant is truly about impact and truly about using these funds to make a difference in our sport, then Brown County is the place that deserves your vote in the Flow Category in this contest,” IMBA Midwest Regional Director Hansi Johnson said in a recent blog post. “This place truly exposes the core of our country to the positive aspects of off-road cycling, it’s creating new riders and thus new constituents in what most folks consider the flyover zone…. professionally, thinking of "impact" on the sport I would say Brown County needs your vote and thus this grant more than any of its competition.”
Brown County is already a Midwest mountain bike destination with more than 25 miles of flowing single track for all levels of riders. Trails are built and maintained by volunteers with the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association and are enjoyed by mountain bikers, hikers, trails runners and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and types. In 2011, Brown County was designated an IMBA “Epic” – a distinction given to only 63 trails around the globe in the past 11 years. The Hobbs Hollow flow trail will kick off the next wave of construction with 15 additional miles planned over the next few years.
To vote, visit http://www.facebook.com/BellBikeHelmets/app_228716427271717 before the contest ends April 12. Voting does not work on mobile devices.
More information about Brown County can be found at www.browncountymountainbiking.com and www.imba.com/epics/brown-county.