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Valmont Bike Park selected as host of 2014 USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships
Boulder’s Valmont Bike Park has been selected to host the 2014 USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships. The Cyclo-Cross National Championships is held in January and is expected to bring at least 1,500 athletes and even more spectators to Boulder. According to an Economic Impact Study from the 2009 Cyclo-Cross National Championships, the host that year, Bend, OR, reaped an economic benefit of $1 million from hosting the championships.
USA Cycling made site visits to the three finalist cities of Boulder; Austin, Texas; and Asheville, N.C. earlier this year. The committee visited Valmont Bike Park on Feb. 1. Austin was selected as the host of the 2015 Cyclo-Cross National Championships, and Asheville was selected as the host of the 2016 Cyclo-Cross National Championships.
“We had three outstanding bids, making the only logical choice to award all three communities,” said USA Cycling Managing Director of National Events Micah Rice. “The decision to award one-year contracts for the championships will also help foster cyclo-cross racing in three distinctively different parts of the country.”
“We are so proud that Valmont Bike Park was chosen to host the 2014 United States Cyclo-Cross National Championships,” said Kirk Kincannon, director of the Boulder Parks and Recreation Department. “This reiterates that we have a world-class park in our community, and we’re thrilled that this investment is paying off so quickly in terms of daily users, programming, events, and now as the host of a USA Cycling event. The Cyclo-Cross Championships should bring an estimated $1 million economic benefit to Boulder.”
“It is a real honor for Parks and Recreation to host this national event,” said Mike Eubank, Valmont Bike Park manager. “The Cyclo-Cross National Championships is like the Super Bowl of cycling. This is tremendous news for Boulder, and especially for all the local cyclists and bike organizations who have been involved in creating this one-of-a-kind bike park.”
“I’m incredibly proud of what our community has created at Valmont Bike Park, and hosting these championships is the next step in affirming the benefits of a dedicated bike park,” said Pete Webber, Valmont course designer and recent Masters World Champion.
Valmont Bike Park selected as one of three finalists to host 2014 and 2015 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships
Boulder’s Valmont Bike Park has been selected as one of three finalists to host the 2014 and 2015 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships. The three potential host cities are Asheville, N.C. (Biltmore Estate), Austin, Texas (Zilker Park), and Boulder (Valmont Bike Park).
“The news that Valmont Bike Park is one of three finalists to host the 2014 and 2015 United States Cyclo-cross National Championships further establishes Valmont Bike Park as an industry leader in bike park construction for both event hosting and daily use,” said Kirk Kincannon, director of the Parks and Recreation Department. “Valmont Bike Park was specifically designed and built to accommodate world-class cycling events like the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships. We are honored to receive this consideration.”
The United States Cyclo-cross National Championships is expected to bring in at least 1,500 athletes and even more spectators.
“This is exciting news for Boulder—and for all of the organizations who have helped make Valmont Bike Park an exceptional facility,” said Mary Ann Mahoney, executive director of the Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We would be honored and thrilled to host this amazing event. With the metro area’s concentration of cycling fans, this world-class facility and Boulder’s amazing array of bike shops, restaurants, hiking, biking and running trails, I believe we could deliver a phenomenal experience for both riders and spectators.”
USA Cycling evaluated six potential host cities using various criteria, including: accessibility, community support, course options, technical expertise and the organization’s commitment to volunteer recruitment, marketing and lodging. USA Cycling will conduct site visits in early 2012 before making their final selection.
“We are extremely excited about the quality and depth of the bids we received for this event,” USA Cycling National Events Director Kelli Lusk said. “All of the cities offered spectacular presentations. We’re confident that any of these three cities would make a great host for these two championship events in 2014 and in 2015.”
Valmont Bike Park remains closed until further notice
Parks and Recreation Department requests public cooperation in staying off Valmont Bike Park trails to prevent additional damage
The Parks and Recreation Department has closed Valmont Bike Park due to poor trail conditions, and is asking for public cooperation to stay off Valmont Bike Park trails to prevent further damage. Recent running, snowboarding, sledding, dog walking and biking on the trails have caused excessive damage to not only the top surfacing material, but to the base layer as well. The maintenance required to repair this damage is costly and time-consuming and will extend the re-opening date of the park due to the extra surfacing maintenance work.
“Our staff is evaluating trail and feature surfacing daily to determine if any areas of the bike park can be opened, and we will notify the public once those areas open,” said Kirk Kincannon, Parks and Recreation Department director. “However, due to moisture deep in the soil and surfacing material, no areas of the park will be opened within the next few days.”
The Boulder Mountainbike Alliance (BMA) also urged the public to refrain from using the trails at this time.
“We need your cooperation to protect the coolest bike park on Planet Earth,” said Jason Vogel, BMA president. “Warm weather does not mean Valmont Bike Park is ready to ride. We are contending with upwelling groundwater freezing subsurface as well as snowcover and snowmelt. These conditions are a perfect storm for destroying the park we’ve all worked so hard to make a reality. BMA urges all park users to respect park closures.”
Valmont Bike Park and Chautauqua Park playground closed to the public until further notice
Valmont Bike Park and the Chautauqua Park playground are closed to the public until further notice, due to required maintenance caused by the recent winter storm and a cyclocross race at Valmont Bike Park.
Tree limb damage at both parks and poor trail conditions at Valmont Bike Park are scheduled to be repaired by Parks and Recreation staff over the next several days. Valmont Bike Park will also be closed to the public due to the Boulder Cup CycloCross race on Sunday, Oct. 30.
For more information, call Shelly Ruspakka, Parks and Recreation, at 303-413-7214.
It’s Halloween again and we bring you as much fall fun and events as we can on this hour long episode of 22 Boom
We go to the Boulder Business Trade Fair, Boulder Channel 1’s Booth at the Boulder Creek Festival, The Pearl Street Mall Crawl, A Moment in Science with professor Noah Finkelstein, the Great American Beer Festival, Jann rides with the Thursday Night Cruisers, Spirit Walk in the Columbia Cemetery, and we talk with people at the Boulder Farmers Market including Bag Monster, ACLU of Boulder County, Defenders of Wildlife, Colorado Greyhound Adoption, Pachyderm Power, then we go to the Village Coffee Shop for some Pre CU Game festivities and food. Aaron goes to Disney World to the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party and watches both the Boo to You Halloween Parade and the Happy HalloWishes fireworks, we check out the new Keithbar Bicycle Pedal Straightener, The Valmont Bike Park, The Rocky Mountain Air Show, music from artists at the Boulder Farmers market and the Kutandara Center. Then Lauren tells us the news in Boulder on This week in Boulder’s Halloween Special, Gorgeous Food with Jena – Butternut Squash Soup and SkyGuy takes a look at global climate change, Venus, and the future of Earth.
Originally Aired – October, 2011
Who says local news is dying? On this week’s Inside Boulder news, we bring you news about the city’s 2012 budget, a popular basketball camp for kids, the latest kudos for the Valmont Bike Park, 30th Street renovations and a valuable SWAT training exercise. Check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAS-Pk9SI2Q and feel free to share. Thanks for your interest!
The City of Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department was awarded the 2011 Colorado Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) Columbine Award for Recreation Facility Design at Valmont Bike Park. The award was presented to Parks and Recreation Director Kirk Kincannon and Recreation Superintendent Alice Guthrie on Thursday, Sept. 29, at the CPRA Annual Conference in Grand Junction.
“This is a great honor for the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department,” said Kincannon. “Valmont Bike Park was designed and constructed with the community in mind. Through our extensive public input process, we were able to create a park that appeals to all levels of cyclists and provides a great recreation facility for families. We are thrilled to have this community treasure recognized by the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association.”
The opening of Valmont Bike Park in June 2011 was the culmination of a multi-year collaboration between the community and Boulder Parks and Recreation Department. A 40-acre, natural-surface bike park, Valmont was designed and developed in partnership with the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance (BMA), a group representing the area’s active, off-road cycling community. BMA brought volunteers, funding and sport-specific expertise to this ambitious project. BMA also agreed to help with fundraising and long-term stewardship of the bike facility and formed a partnership with the PLAY Boulder Parks Foundation as a mechanism to receive tax-deductible donations.
The park offers trails and features for all ages, riding abilities and styles. It also incorporates the latest sustainable design features including water conservation systems; LEEDTM certified building design, solar photovoltaic power and wildlife-proof recycling and trash containers.
The addition of the park and completion of multi-use trails leading to it elevated Boulder’s League of American Bicyclists’ status from gold to one of only three, Platinum-level bike friendly communities in the U.S. Valmont Bike Park provides new recreation opportunities for the community and competitive venues for local, national and international events.
The City of Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department is seeking volunteers to help with maintenance and cleanup at both Scott Carpenter Park and Valmont Bike Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, as part of National Public Lands Day. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve America’s public lands. The Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with REI Boulder for this event.
Please RSVP and indicate which project site you would like to support by Thursday, Sept. 22. For more information and to RSVP, contact Mary Malley at 303-413-7245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of recreational activities and opportunities
The City of Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of recreation opportunities in July during National Park and Recreation Month.
● Performances in the Parks: Join the Boulder Concert Band for free concerts at a variety of parks on Monday evenings throughout the summer. Concerts start at 7 p.m. and last one hour. Full schedule: www.BoulderParks-Rec.org.
● Valmont Bike Park: This 40-acre bike parkhas features for all ages and abilities, from children to professional riders. The park is free and open to the public from dawn to dusk every day. For more information, visit www.ValmontBikePark.org.
● Family nights at Scott Carpenter Pool: Bring your family for a scavenger hunt and trivia night, cardboard boat race, and more from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday night in July at Scott Carpenter Pool. More information: www.BoulderParks-Rec.org.
● Super twilight golf specials at Flatirons Golf Course: Play as much golf as you can from 7 p.m. to sunset with a cart for $20 per person if you book your tee time online at www.FlatironsGolf.com.
● Clean Marina flag raising ceremony: Celebrate the Boulder Reservoir becoming the first certified Clean Marina in Colorado with a flag raising ceremony at noon on Saturday, July 16, at the Boulder Reservoir Boathouse. More information:www.BoulderRez.org.
● Let’s Move! Cities and Towns: Boulder is a proud member of the national Let’s Move! initiative. To learn more about active ways you can enjoy parks and recreation facilities please visit www.BoulderParks-Rec.org and click the Let’s Move logo to the left of the screen.
For more information, call Paul Bousquet, Parks and Recreation, at 303-413-7239.
National Park and Recreation Month
National Park and Recreation Month is presented by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and its “America’s Backyard” initiative. Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month
Valmont City Park overview
The 40-acre Valmont Bike Park is part of the 132-acre, largely undeveloped, Valmont City Park (VCP). The park property was purchased in the mid-nineties and an original concept plan for VCP was approved by Boulder City Council and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board in 1998. An updated park concept plan was adopted in 2006 to better reflect the current recreational needs and interests of the community. The final concept plan for VCP was approved in July 2008, and will be implemented in three phases. In Phase 1, the city is developing 45 acres on the north side of Valmont Road. This phase includes the 40-acre bike park and will also feature improvements to the existing dog park and development of a disc golf course. Future phases of the park will be developed as public and private funding become available.
Valmont Bike Park history
The vision for a state-of-the-art bike park at VCP arose from a multi-year effort by Boulder’s mountain bicycling community. Led by the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance (BMA), a local, non-profit advocacy group, cyclists became actively engaged in city council meetings and during public participation sessions on the park’s development.
Once a bike park was adopted as part of the 2008 VCP development plan, the Parks and Recreation Department forged partnerships with BMA and the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) to share in the planning and design of the park. BMA also agreed to help with fundraising and long-term stewardship of the bike facility and formed a partnership with the PLAY Boulder Parks Foundation as a mechanism to receive donations. To date, BMA and the cycling community have helped the city raise close to $500,000 in non-tax funding from donations, sponsorships and grants. Over $100,000 was from individual and small business donations, and two grants have been received from the State of Colorado’s “Great Outdoors Colorado” program, totaling $245,000. The remainder was from other grants, foundations and sponsorships.
A major ground breaking ceremony was held in October 2009, and the bike park’s development was soon underway. Starting in the summer of 2009, more than 220,000 cubic yards of soil have been delivered to the site and shaped into the terrain of the new park.
Projected cost of the park
The projected total cost of the specific bike park amenities to date is $1,256,277. Of the total cost, 35% has been funded with grants, donations and sponsorships. The remaining 65% was funded by sales and property taxes allocated to park development. The balance of funds collected from fundraising efforts will be used for the park’s maintenance.
Valmont Bike Park Features and Amenities
Valmont Bike Park (VBP) is a 40-acre, natural-surface cycling facility designed to offer terrain, trails, features and structures for several off-road cycling styles/disciplines.
VBP features an underlying “skill progression” design to serve all ages, abilities and riding styles. This design will allow riders to improve their riding skills as they work their way up to advanced-level slopestyle, dirt jump and cyclo-cross elements throughout the park.
VBP is designed for both public day-to-day recreational use and as a venue for special events and races, including world-class events such as UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) cyclo-cross events.
A list of bike park amenities, features and elements by type of cycling experience follows and can be seen on the enclosed map:
Bike Park amenities and improvements being completed in Phase 1:
Four miles of new bike trails;
More than two dozen terrain park features;
Cyclo-cross features, such as a sand pit and staircases;
Beginner-friendly skills loop and pump park;
Premier dual slalom with start gate;
Beginner to expert slopestyle courses;
A permanent race and event podium;
Historic renovation of the Platt Farm House (in the park plaza);
Irrigation, landscaping and erosion controls;
Planting more than 250 trees, 340 shrubs and native grasses;
Two large parking lots on the west and south sides;
A new restroom facility (in the park plaza);
Development of trail maintenance standards and protocols;
Development of comprehensive safety and information signs;
Right-of-way improvements along Valmont Road;
A new 10′ wide multi-use access path along Valmont Road;
A new children’s play area with mini trike track.
Family Cycling and Cross Country Trails:
Easier (Green Circle) trails = about 2 miles;
More difficult (Blue Square) trails = about 2 miles
Skillz Loop: beginner dirt loop with log and rock rides, bridges and learning features;
Tot Track: paved loop for small riders on tricycles or run bikes;
Tot Park: a children’s playground for non-bike recreation and play.
Small SS Trails (beginner course): 960 linear feet – 18 features
Medium SS Trails (intermediate course): 860 linear feet – 8 features
Large/Extra Large SS Trails (advanced course): 1250 linear feet – 17 features
Additional Trail Features and Rideable Elements:
Log Rides: 5
Elevated Bridges: 9
Large Terrain Park Features: 2
Terrain Park Fabricated Lips: 8
Flat Wall Rides: 2
Curved Wall Rides: 3
Rock Rides: 21
Rock Causeways: 3
Various Rock Armoring: 1280 square feet
20 Foot Wide Pedestrian/Vehicular Ditch Bridges: 3
Dual Slalom Course:
Designed and constructed by the Alpine Bike Parks – whose staff are world champions.
Permanent, World Cup start gate and timing systems for practice and competition use.
Dirt Jumps (DJ):
Extra Small and Small DJ Trails (beginner): 570 linear feet
Medium DJ Trails (intermediate): 300 linear feet
Large DJ Trails (advanced): 334 linear feet
Mesa-Top Pump Park: 4,800 square feet of terrain
Creekside Pump Park: 3,000 square feet of terrain
Cyclo-cross (CX) Amenities:
Designed and constructed by Alpine Bike Park staff who are U.S. national champions.
“5280 Run Up”: The largest, and one of the only, permanent CX staircases in North America, and the only CX staircase at one mile above sea level.
“The Belgian Steps”: A smaller version of the permanent race staircase
“The Sand Box”: A sandpit for CX racing, complete with race-grade, large grain sand.
Six permanent CX barriers available on site for practice and competition use.
Special Event Amenities:
Park Plaza with cycling inspired artwork, grass plaza and restrooms.
Permanent winners’ podium with backdrop.
200-meter start/finish road for cyclo-cross and cross country events.
Telecommunications lines under start/finish roads.
RV hookups for event staff and vendors.
Areas designed for spectators to view key race features.
Advanced, water-conservation irrigation system for dirt jump and bike feature erosion control as well as landscaping grasses and trees.
Valmont Bike Park Opportunities
Valmont Bike Park management is actively seeking partners and volunteers to participate in ongoing programming, stewardship and maintenance of this unique facility. Below is a brief list of options and opportunities for individuals, teams, businesses, event promoters and the bike industry to be involved with Valmont Bike Park and the most unique cycling experience on Earth.
Individual, business and team donations
Sponsors and park partners
Bike Hosts and Park Ambassadors
Trail maintenance and work days
Bike Park Programs, Events and Group Permits:
Programming options announced in June
Applications for special events will be available in June
Group permits and scheduling opportunities will be available starting in June
For more information about these opportunities, visit www.ValmontBikePark.org or contact Mike Eubank at email@example.com.
Valmont Bike Park FAQs
When will the park open?
Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 9 a.m.
What are the park hours once it opens?
The park will be open daily from sunrise to sunset. The park may be closed occasionally due to special events, for maintenance or weather/trail conditions. Closures will be posted at the park and on www.ValmontBikePark.org
Will there be a fee to use the bike park?
Individual use of the park is FREE–there is no charge for admission. A fee will be assessed for groups, rentals, events and commercial uses.
How can I donate to and support Valmont Bike Park?
Donations can be made at www.ValmontBikePark.org The Parks and Recreation Department will offer a $10 voluntary annual pass to support the cost of the park’s staff and maintenance.
How was the park funded?
The projected total cost of the specific bike park amenities to date is $1,256,277. Of the total cost, 35% was raised with grants, donations and sponsorships. The remaining 65% was funded by sales and property taxes.
Can I rent Valmont Bike Park for a special event, group ride or private class?
Programming opportunities will be available at Valmont Bike Park. RFP and applications for programs and events are available. Group permits and scheduling will be available in June. For more information, visit www.ValmontBikePark.org or contact Mike Eubank at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I rent a bike or helmet at the park?
Bike and helmet rentals will NOT be available at the park, but bike shops that offer rentals will be posted at www.ValmontBikePark.org.
Do I have to wear a helmet? Pads?
The City of Boulder highly recommends wearing helmets and protective gear when riding in the park.
Will there be a concession stand? Or vending machines?
Plans call for food and drink concessions at the park during peak hours. There is also a seasonal drinking fountain in the park plaza
Does the bike park have restrooms?
Yes, there are year-round restrooms available in the park’s plaza.
How old do you have to be to use the bike course?
There is no age requirement to participate at the park, but minors 12 years old and younger should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Who should I call if I get injured at the park?
Please call 911 for all emergencies, or contact park staff or a bike host to make the call. There will be no onsite medical assistance.
Can I run on the trails or do I have to be on a bike?
The park is designed specifically for bike use – and walking or running on the trails is discouraged.
Can I bring my dog to the park? On the trails?
Dogs are welcome at the nearby dog park, located on the northeast corner of Valmont City Park – but should not be brought to the Valmont Bike Park or on any of its trails for safety reasons.
Can I ride my bike to the park?
Yes, the park is easily accessible by bike using Boulder’s network of multi-purpose trails and bike lanes. The City of Boulder has a route-finding website, www.GoBikeBoulder.Net, that will help you find the safest and fastest route to Valmont Bike Park. There are bike racks located by the restrooms and on the south side by the storage building.
Is it safe to ride the bike park’s jumps and features?
Cyclists ride the park at their own risk. Off-road cycling is inherently dangerous. All riders must take personal responsibility for their own safety and actions at the park. Please obey all park signs and do not attempt features that are beyond your skill level.
Glossary and Terms
Mountain Biking is a sport which consists of riding bikes on natural surfaces, often over rough terrain. Mountain bikes share similarities with other bikes, but incorporate features designed to enhance durability, comfort and performance in rough terrain. The vast majority of mountain biking falls into recreational XC or cross country riding. This individual sport requires endurance, core strength and balance, bike handling skills, and self-reliance. XC type mountain biking generally requires a smaller range of skills but a higher level of fitness than other types of mountain biking. Advanced riders pursue steep technical descents and, in the case of freeriding, downhilling, and dirt jumping, aerial maneuvers off of specially constructed jumps and ramps.
Cyclo-cross (CX, cyclo-X or “cross”) is a form of cycling (and racing) typically involving pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to dismount, carrying the bike to navigate the obstruction before remounting. Like cross country running, cyclo-cross season is predominantly a fall and winter sport (the international or “World Cup” season is September–January). Races consist of many laps of a short (1.5–2 mile) course featuring varied terrain and surfaces. The sport is very popular in Boulder County where over 50% of the Colorado registered racers live in or near Boulder. The sport is popular in traditional road cycling countries such as Belgium, France and Netherlands. In 2012 and 2013 the World Cup will be hosted by Louisville, KY.
Dual slalom is a form of one-on-one mountain bike racing consisting of two riders racing two almost identical, side-by-side tracks down a slope. The courses are usually short—with one run lasting about 30 seconds. The course features exciting, technical jumps and turns. Each rider’s time is measured, then they switch tracks for another run, with the rider earning the lowest combined time moving on and the slower rider eliminated.
Freeride and Slopestyle is the discipline that encompasses everything from downhill racing without the clock to jumping, riding “North Shore” style (elevated trails made of interconnecting bridges and logs), and generally riding trails and/or stunts that require more skill and aggressive techniques than cross country riding. “Slopestyle” type riding is an increasingly popular genre that combines big-air freeride with BMX style tricks. Courses include jumps, large drops, quarter-pipes and other wooden obstacles. There are always multiple lines through a course and riders choose lines that highlight their particular abilities and skills.
Dirt Jumping (DJ) is the practice of riding bikes over shaped mounds of dirt or soil and becoming airborne. The idea is that after riding over the “take off” the rider will become airborne, and aim to land on the “landing.” Dirt jumping can be done on almost any bike but bikes specifically designed for dirt jumping are generally smaller and more maneuverable hardtails (no rear suspension) so that tricks are easier to complete.
Pump Track is a series of dirt bumps and berms designed to be ridden on sheer momentum and body movement (hence, the pumping), alleviating the need to pedal. Pump tracks are seen as a good introduction to mountain biking for kids or anyone who wants to improve their bike handling skills.
Media interview opportunities available in advance of Valmont Bike Park grand opening
What do you call 40 acres of twisting trails, mild to wild dirt, structural jumps, strategically-placed sand pits, logs, boulders and staircases? While off-road cyclists may soon call it, “Shangri La,” we call it, “Valmont Bike Park.”
Opening for the first time at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 11, the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department’s latest park development has already been hailed as an outstanding bike park by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA).
“Cyclists from around the nation will be totally floored by what they see,” said IMBA Executive Director Mike Van Abel. “Based on its many options for riding natural-surface trails, the diversity of both technical and non-technical features and the outstanding quality of the build, Valmont will be among the top venues in the country for this style of biking.”
The City of Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department will open the newly-developed park with a grand opening event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 11. The event will feature an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. with comments from council members, including Deputy Mayor Ken Wilson and Parks and Recreation Director Kirk Kincannon. Food and bicycle gear vendors, a cycling demonstration (on the park’s slopestyle features) and public riding in the park will round out the day’s activities. The event is free and open to the community.
The park contains a pump track, dual slalom and slopestyle riding loop as well as elements for a competition cyclo-cross course. The park also includes training and skill building trails, a toddler playground, event plaza, restrooms, parking and outstanding city and Flatiron views. Developed with the support and partnership of the local cycling community, Boulder Mountainbike Alliance (BMA) and organizations such as the PLAY Boulder Parks Foundation and Great Outdoors Colorado, the 40-acre Valmont Bike Park encompasses natural-surface amenities for multiple riding styles and skill levels.
“We are very excited to open this flagship park,” Kincannon said. “We invested in a collaborative partnership with BMA and the off-road cycling community to design and build this portion of Valmont City Park. The result is a park worthy of our internationally-recognized athletic community—one that will be a daily asset to local kids, families, riders and businesses and also attract events and riders from all over the country and the world.”
Note to Media: Media interviews with Parks and Recreation Department Director Kirk W. Kincannon will be available on a scheduled basis on June 7 and 8. The media is encouraged to attend the grand opening event on June 11. Please contact Shelly Ruspakka by June 7 at RuspakkaS@BoulderColorado.gov or 303-413-7214 to set up a media interview or to discuss plans for the opening event.
The bike park is currently closed due to allow completion of construction. The park will open to cycling on June 11. No footage of park use or demonstrations will be available until June 11.
Valmont Bike Park officially opens on Saturday, June 11, and the City of Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department and Boulder Mountainbike Alliance are seeking volunteer bike park hosts for two-hour shifts that day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Shifts and skills needed include:
Event, stage and booth setup – 7 to 9 a.m.
Empty Eco-Cycle stations – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Course marshals for trail crossings – noon to 5 p.m.
Bouncy castle supervisors – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Traffic control and parking (both bike and car) – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Post-event cleanup – 5 to 7 p.m.
Volunteers will be trained at a mandatory park host training session held at Valmont Bike Park from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7. Volunteers must register and attend the training. Volunteers should be 16 years of age or older and comfortable interacting with the public. Bicycle riders of all levels are encouraged to respond but riding is not required. Sign up at www.BoulderMountainBike.org or by emailing email@example.com.
Reminder: Valmont Bike Park remains CLOSED to unauthorized visitors and riders until opening day (June 11) to allow for completion of construction.
Long-term volunteers are needed through the summer months as well. For more information, call Shelly Ruspakka, Parks and Recreation, at 303-413-7214.
Volunteers needed for Valmont Bike Hosts
The City of Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department, with the help of the Boulder MountainBike Alliance, is looking for congenial people to volunteer for the opening weekend at the Valmont Bike Park on Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12. Volunteers are needed to interact with visitors, answer questions and provide information on the park’s various features. Two- to four-hour shifts are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 12.
There will be a required training sessions at the park on Tuesday, May 24, and Thursday, May 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. Volunteers must attend one of these sessions. Volunteers should be 16 years of age or older and comfortable interacting with the public. Bicycle riders of all levels are encouraged to respond but riding is not required. Volunteers must sign up atwww.bouldermountainbike.org (click the “Valmont Bike Posse” link on the bottom right) or by firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: Valmont Bike Park remains CLOSED to unauthorized visitors and riders until opening day (June 11) to allow for completion of construction.
Long-term volunteers are needed through the summer months as well. For more information, call Shelly Ruspakka, Parks and Recreation, at 303-413-7214.