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Kona/IMBA 2007 Freeride grants awarded

Funded by Kona, seven IMBA clubs have been chosen to receive $1,000 cash grants to help create new freeriding, downhilling and dirt jumping opportunities. The program's goal is to support the development of freeriding opportunities on public land.

The Black Hills Mountain Bike Association 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 Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association build 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. Disco Velo is developing a Hood River, Oregon gravity-fed jump trail within a small municipal park that will also meet specifications as an American Bicycle Association BMX track. The Hoosier Mountain Bike Association have built a great cross country trail system in Indiana and are now ready to add freeride features to the existing trail. Kingdom Trails Association is developing a progressive skills area in Vermont for youth and novice riders. The Pipeline Bike Club Council has partnered with the city of Coquitlam, British Columbia, to build a dirt jump park. The Surrey Off-Road Cycling Enthusiasts are transforming an unused open field into a high-skill, low-risk bike park within the city limits.

The 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 bowling tournament.

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