Gates Carbon Drive has entered a three-year sponsorship deal with the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. As part of the partnership, Gates is hosting a design contest at NAHBS 2012 in Sacramento, CA. From Gates:
The Innovative Belt Drive Bike Design Contest will award $8,750 in cash and prizes to qualified independent frame builders who create the most innovative bicycles with Gates Carbon Drive for display at the Sacramento show. The NAHBS website features a link to the contest rules and entry information.
Contest entries will be judged on their sliding dropouts, belt tensioning systems, frame splits and other design factors. First prize is $5,000 in cash and prizes ($2,500 cash, 10 Carbon Drives valued at $2,500). Second prize is 10 Carbon Drives worth $2,500. Third prize is five Carbon Drives worth $1,250. Winning bikes will be displayed on the main awards stage on Saturday, March 3, and shown in the Gates booth on March 4.