- Thanks to Kona Bicycle Company's generous support,
seven IMBA clubs will receive $1,000 cash grants to
help create new freeriding, downhilling and dirt jumping
opportunities. IMBA received many applications for the
2006 Kona/IMBA Freeride Grants, and the field of applicants
demonstrated an impressive level of sophistication.
Each application featured detailed maps and budgets
and evidence of good relationships with local land managers.
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
are the 2006 winners:
Hills Mountain Bike Association, Rapid City, South Dakota
BHMBA has gained permission from Rapid City Parks and
Recreation to construct a dirt jump park in an underutilized,
heavily shaded cottonwood grove on city land. The club
has cleaned huge amounts of trash and is assisting the
city with a controlled burn to prep the area for the
construction and control invasive plant species.
Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association, Grand Junction,
COPMOBA will be designing and building the first purpose-built
downhill trail in the Grand Junction area. The trail
design provides for shuttle access and will include
a number of freeride play areas.
Velo, Hood River, Oregon
Disco Velo is leading the charge in developing the Hood
River Bike Park, a gravity-fed jump trail within a small
municipal park that will also meet specifications as
an American Bicycle Association BMX track.
Mountain Bike Association, Indiana
HMBA, working with the managers of Rangeline Nature
Preserve near Anderson, IN, have built a great cross
country trail system and are now ready to add some spice
to the trails with the addition of optional freeride
features within the existing trail corridor.
Trails Association, East Burke, Vermont
Kingdom Trails Association is developing plans for a
progressive skills area that will initiate youth and
novice riders to berms, jumps, and narrow bridges in
a controlled environment that minimizes risk of injury
and allows for active instruction.
Bike Club Council, Coquitlam, British Columbia
Pipeline Bike Club Council has partnered with the city
of Coquitlam, British Columbia, to build a dirt jump
park. The park consists of a pump track, several dirt
jumps and a racing track. Construction in 2006 will
include a new rhythm section for the racetrack and intermediate
and beginner jump lines.
Off-Road Cycling Enthusiasts (SORCE), Surrey, British
SORCE is working with Surrey Parks Division to transform
an unused open field into a high-skill, low-risk bike
park within the city limits, accessible via the Surrey
Transit system and local trails and bike lanes.
Kona/IMBA Freeriding Grant program builds on Kona's
time-tested, outstanding support of mountain biking
advocacy. Kona has been a leading IMBA corporate supporter
since 1994, and has developed several creative fundraising
projects, including the Kona Buck-A-Bike program, the
ongoing Kona Bro Deal program (which asks all bro deal
purchasers to become IMBA members), and the highly successful
more information, visit IMBA
Mark Eller, IMBA Communications Manager