Posted by Editoress on 04/21/04
2004 Kona/IMBA Freeride Grants Awarded
Thanks to support from Kona Bicycles, five IMBA clubs will receive $500 cash grants to help create new freeriding, downhilling, and dirt jumping opportunities. More than 30 IMBA clubs applied for a grant.
Funding for the program comes from Kona and the Kona/IMBA Bowling Party, an annual Las Vegas fundraiser held during Interbike, the bicycle industry trade show. The program's goal is to support the development of freeriding opportunities on public land. Grants will be used for a variety of purposes, including gaining land manager approval, addressing liability concerns, trail and stunt construction and freeride organization building.
The 2004 winners are
Friends of Breckenridge, Breckenridge, Colorado - The Friends of Breckenridge will use grant money to help create Four O'clock Freeride Woods, a beginner and intermediate freeride trail and stunt area. For more info contact Danica Rice: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gorge Freeride Association, Hood River, Oregon - Grant money will be used by the Gorge Freeride Association to build a beginner trail with drop-offs in the Post Canyon freeride area. The trail will feature four progressively larger drop-offs with safe alternative routes. For more info visit www.gfra.org
Ocala Mountain Bike Association, Tavares, Florida - The Ocala Mountain Bike Association plans to build wooden stunts, including an elevated bridge, two skinnies and a transition ramp, and a dirt jumping area within the Santos Trail System located on the Cross Florida Greenway. For more info visit www.omba.org
South Island Mountain Bike Society, North Saanich, British Columbia - The South Island Mountain Bike Society will use funds to build the first dirt jump park in the Victoria, British Columbia area. The project was initiated in 2002 by two young dirt jumpers and has gained full support from the North Saanich city council. For more info visit www.simbs.com
Peoria Area Mountain Bikers, Peoria, Illinois - Kona grant money will be used by the Peoria Area Mountain Bikers to create a bicycle skills course with jumps and berms at the Farmdale Reservoir Recreation Area. The course is for mountain bikers to improve technical skills in a controlled easily accessible area. For more info visit www.pambamtb.org
The Whatcom Independent Mountain Pedalers (WHIMPs) of Bellingham, Washington were chosen to receive a grant, but due to diligent fund raising efforts the WHIMPs secured funding from a private donor and opted to forgo the grant making it available to another worthy club.
Other outstanding freeride projects were submitted by the Longwood University Cycling Club, the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association, the Keweenaw Trekkers and the Southwest Idaho Mountain Bicycling Association.
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