USA Cycling & IMBA award annual Trail Tune-Up Grant to AZ Assoc.
Colorado Springs, Colo. (September 23, 2010) — USA Cycling and the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) have re-vamped their joint Trail Tune-Up Grants Program. This year a single, larger grant has been awarded to the group displaying the highest need and most initiative to complete trail improvement projects. The Mountain Bike Association of Arizona (MBAA), in conjunction with the Flagstaff Biking Organization (FBO), has been awarded a $2,000 grant and a visit from IMBA’s Trail Crew.and a visit from IMBA’s Trail Crew.
With applications from dual USA Cycling and IMBA member clubs from all over the country, the grant was awarded to the MBAA based on their continued efforts to promote, protect and preserve Arizona’s trail experience through advocacy, education and competitive mountain biking. Engaging in numerous volunteer events and mountain bike advocacy throughout Arizona, the MBAA will promote eleven mountain bike races in 2011. All MBAA race series participants are encouraged to take part in trail maintenance and construction events, incentivized through earning points toward awards for at least five hours of trail work during the season.
Funded by USA Cycling, the FBO plans to utilize the grant to hire a local conservation group to build rolling grade dips, clean drains and otherwise maintain roughly two miles of the Lower Oldham Trail and/or Rocky Ridge Trail that is used for multiple bike races that are part of the Arizona State Mountain Bike Racing Series promoted by the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona. Due to the high level of use on these trails, the project is said to be beneficial not only in the prevention of erosion and deterioration of tread, but also to help raise the local perception of the mountain biking community among other trail users.
The USA Cycling/IMBA Trail Tune-Up Grants are completely funded by USA Cycling members through an optional land-access checkbox in USA Cycling membership applications and renewal forms. The program is administered through a partnership between USA Cycling and the IMBA.
The International Mountain Bicycling Association is a non-profit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences for mountain bikers worldwide. Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trail work participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions.
About USA Cycling
Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 66,500+ licensees; 2,200 clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions 2,650 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year and is responsible for the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit www.usacycling.org.
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