Chicago Area Mountain Bikers (CAMBr) wins USA Cycling/IMBA Trail Tune-Up Grant


Colorado Springs, Colo. (March 6, 2014) -- Last month, USA Cycling and the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) were pleased to award the 2013 USA Cycling/IMBA Trail Tune-Up Grant to the Chicago Area Mountain Bikers (CAMBr).
The Chicago IMBA chapter will receive $2,000 in funding from USA Cycling, as well as a follow-up visit from the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew which will provide technical assistance for the grant winner's trail work in the Palos Forest Preserve.
The Palos Forest Preserve is home to nearly 50 miles of single and doubletrack and also home to Illinois' largest cross country mountain bike race – the Palos Meltdown. The money and volunteer training will help CAMBr construct an uphill trail linking the bottom of a downhill trail, known as "Gravity Cavity," to a trail known as "Out and Back," which is currently only reachable by riding gravel roads. The result will be that the Palos Meltdown race course options will be expanded to include more varied and challenging terrain.
The project will also give CAMBr the ability to incorporate illegally-built trails into the legal system, while closing other illegal trails that currently threaten an environmentally sensitive area within the park.
CAMBr expects the new trail construction and existing trail maintenance to take 14 days. Additional details about the project can be found on the IMBA Great Lakes Region blog.
For more information about the Trail Tune-Up Grants, please click here.
About the USA Cycling/IMBA Trail Tune-up Grant
The Trail Tune-up Grants are completely funded by USA Cycling members through an optional checkbox on USA Cycling license applications and renewal forms. The program is administered through a partnership between USA Cycling and IMBA. Projects that create or improve trails used for mountain bike racing will receive the highest consideration, but funding can also be used to improve trails for race training and recreational riding. Applicants must be current members of IMBA, as well as USA Cycling member clubs/race promoters.

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