Apply for $100k Bell Built Trail Grants

Bell Helmets has once again partnered with IMBA for the Bell Built Grant—a funding program that offers U.S. mountain bikers up to $100,000 to build trails in 2014/15.
If you have a shovel-ready trail building project, we want you to apply.
Bell Helmets will award three technical assistance grants, allowing IMBA’s Trail Solutions team of professional trail builders to help you design and build any of the following types of projects in your hometown:

Pump Track/Bike Park
Flow/All Mountain Trail
Downhill/Gravity Trail

For your chance to win, please read the grant criteria, download an application and submit …

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[14 Aug 2013]
Celebrate Chattanooga’s New Stringer’s Ridge Park

After years of grass roots efforts, headed up by the Trust for Public Land, Stringer’s Ridge will open as Chattanooga’s newest park, with a brand new network of mountain bike accessible trails.
The public is invited to attend the Grand Opening on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 10:30 am at the Spears Avenue Trailhead.
Nestled in the heart of Chattanooga’s North Shore, Stringer’s Ridge is an urban forest just five minutes from downtown from the heart of downtown.  For decades the undeveloped land was privately owned which the community used as an …

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[21 Jan 2013]
ACTION ALERT: Park Service Considers Important Mountain Bike Connector Trail

The National Parks Service is considering a new parks management plan for its Chattanooga National Military Park, which could including opening an additional trail to mountain bikers.
Currently mountain bikers are restricted to a few miles of double track trail in the park, which cannot be accessed by bordering Covenant College mountain bikers as the only trail from the trail to the park is restricted to hikers.   The proposal calls for a new trailhead at the Ochs Gateway near Covenant College.
Ensuring that this trailhead and connector trail are open to mountain …

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[9 Jul 2012]
Forest Fires Threatens Chilhowee Trails

Update – July 10, 2012:
The Chilhowee forest fire continues to burn after consuming nearly 1600 acres.  The entire Chilhowee recreation area (camp ground) remains closed.
All of the mountain biking and hiking trails remain closed.  It is unknown if the fire has affected the trails, however the current fire line is reported to be two miles south of the recreation area, which is an area that includes portions of many of Chilhowee’s most popular trails.
Authorities state the fire was started last Thursday as a result of a tree falling on a …