COPPER HARBOR - A Copper Harbor Trails Club project to build a new bicycle trail is one of 12 finalists in a $100,000 national trails competition.
Mountain bikers and the general public can vote in the Bell Built grant competition. Bell Helmets and the International Mountain Bicycling Association are funding the competition, for which voting closes April 12. To vote or for more information, go to facebook.com/bellbikehelmets.
Copper Harbor is a finalist in the downhill category; others are flow trail and pumptrack. The proposed trail, called Overflow, would start about a third of the way up Brockway Mountain, then end near the bottom on M-26 where an existing trail comes up.
The grant presents a good chance to develop the project, which has been in the planning stages for a couple of years, said Lori Hauswirth, the club's executive director.
"It's another opportunity for intermediate to experienced riders to come up and have more of an opportunity to do a more downhill-oriented trail," she said. "It just adds to the system and the offerings that we have."
The grant recipients will be decided based on a mix of public vote and input from Bell and IMBA staff. They will be announced at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, Calif. April 19.
If the project wins, the IMBA will send technical staff to Copper Harbor to help with the design and construction of the trail, Hauswirth said.
Hauswirth encouraged bikers and non-bikers alike to vote.
"The more people we can get out to help us vote on this project, the better chance we'll have," she said. "We're really competing against larger populations, and it's important to reach out to people who are mountain bikers and aren't mountain bikers from up here."