Contenders from California, Nevada and Oregon vie for the chance to represent the West Coast in nationwide $100,000 grant contest


Exchequer Mountain Bike Park in Mariposa, CA is one of three contenders vying to represent the West Coast at the Bell Built finals.

Bell Helmets – in association with the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) – is at it again, offering a staggering $100,000 grant to fund a downhill trail building project … and the public gets to choose which project wins.

This year, the focus is on new black or double black diamond level gravity trails designed with a 300 foot or more elevation drop and features such as berms, rollers and jumps, plus particularly steep sections.

Voting for the West Coast is now open at and includes contenders from California, Nevada and Oregon. The West Coast finalist will be chosen on April 27. Central and East Coast regions will vote for their respective finalists, then all three regional winners will face off with a final vote to determine who takes home the pot of gold.


Exchequer Mountain Bike Park in Mariposa, CA • Sponsored by Merced Irrigation District

The Bell Built trail will be a highlight of a new bike park located within two hours of the Bay Area, home of hundreds of thousands of mountain bikers. With a handful of trails already in place the gravity run will challenge riders and offer panoramic views of the open terrain.

Sky Tavern Bike Park DH Trail in Reno, NV • Sponsored by Sky Tavern Bike Park Advisory Group

With lift-served access on the outskirts of Reno, the Sky Tavern Bike Park already provides a downhill track and a dual slalom course. The proposed new trail will feature a mix of natural features and machine-built sections, including natural rock gardens, steep rolldowns, jumps, and berms, dropping 650 vertical feet.

Chutes and Ladders (Alsea Falls) in Alpine, OR •  Sponsored by BLM +Team Dirt

Tucked into the Oregon Coast Range, “Chutes and Ladders” will be the most difficult trail in this rapidly developing network. The steep, forested terrain will offer opportunities for chutes, roots, rocks, and built features over the 900′ vertical drop.

Cast your vote through here through April 26: