Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Platinum Baby!

(Originally posted by Andrew Hyde on Boulder.Me )

If you haven't heard, Boulder became the third community in the US to achieve ‘platinum bike status’ from the League of American Cyclists.

This video is produced by StreetFilms and is very well done.  It perfectly captures the feeling of biking around town.


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

CO State 'Cross Championships hauls in the Moolah for VBP!

Pretty unbelievable....even in the midst of a (shhhh) recession. The generosity of folks is stunning. Or maybe it's just bike geeks like us who REALLY want to see this park styled out with all the features of a park set to be a MODEL for many to learn from. There seem sto be a lot of us though willing to help raise funds!

Zach reported the following from the VBP tent...

- Velonews sold cowbells and other cycling goodies...all monies going to VBP
- Dales hooked us up with beer
- Boulder Sausage supplied a plethora or delicious brats
- Antonio and the Rocky Mounts Brat-Squad cooked up some tasty bites for all
- Izze supplied the alco-free suds
...all for donations to the park
- our VBP tent had socks, posters, CX Magazines, new brochures and the video on display for all to see.
...we made about $1600 today!
Most donations came from the brats/beers, but we did have several larger $250 & $100 donations, sold at least 10 subscriptions to CX mag, & sold about 6 pairs of sox. People seemed especially generous when donating for beer and brats.

Everyone was pumped, everyone pretty much knew what the park was about...but maybe just hadn't donated yet.


States Cashola (photo by www.PHOTO-CYCLE.COM)

The park is going to RIP!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

9 Ball Diaries Movie Event

Last week, 9 Ball Diaries played at the Boulder Theater...and it was a great time!
Hundreds of dedicated cx fans braved the snowy conditions to make the event.
First of all, the movie was awesome! TJ is a total rockstar (evidence by him winning this years USGP title yesterday). Secondly, the event helped support the bike park and props to Dave Towle for being the MC and spreading the good word.
Andrew Yee of Cyclocross Magazine hooked us up by letting us sell his magazine subscriptions and 25% of the proceeds go to the bike park.
Thanks Andrew! Here are some pics of the evening:

Monday, December 1, 2008

Come See the 9 Ball Diaries!

Valmont Bike Park & Boulder Weekly Films
invite you to join us for a great evening!

The 9 Ball Diaries

The 9 Ball Diaries

DATE: Thursday, December 4

TIME: 7:30 PM

LOCATION: Boulder Theater

MORE: Tickets $10 General Admission


The Nine Ball Diaries stars U.S. Cyclocross National Champion Tim Johnson. Ride along with road racing's golden boy, Tim Johnson, as he wraps up his day job and makes the transition to compete in his true love: Cyclocross. Follow Tim as he tackles the North American cyclocross circuit, kicking it all off under the lights in Las Vegas. Then watch as he battles through the rain and mud of the greuling USGP series, eventually claiming the National Championship title on a brutal, frozen course in Kansas City.

Four-time Emmy Award-winning sports documentary producer and director, Don Hampton and his crew from DH Productions captured all of the drama and triumph in pristine high definition.

Valmont Bike Park

Valmont Bike Park is a destination being crafted specifically for you, the cycling enthusiast.This multi-discipline cycling park is being designed by some of the finest trail builders in the United States to support a vast array of trail networks created for their respective disciplines. Epic single-track for the mountain biker, rhythmic pump tracks for BMX enthusiasts, and cyclocross circuits designed in the style of the best courses in Belgium will be free for all to experience and allow any skill level to enjoy from beginner to expert, child to senior citizen.
To see the plans click here

The 9 Ball Diaries

Can't make the movie but want to support the Valmont Bike Park? 
Consider buying a brick!

Valmont Bike Park Committee

Contact Rocky Mounts or DBC Events

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Portland's Proposed Bike Park

Looks like these things are contagious. Our brethren in PDX want to get themselves a bike park....complete with a dedicated CX course. Nice. Read about it here.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Colorado Daily Article on VBP!

Cash needed to fund Valmont Bike Park

By Marty Caivano (Contact)
Wednesday, August 13, 2008

To donate and learn more about the site, visit

Mountain bikers (and cyclocrossers), in case you've been out of the loop recently, I'm here to let you know that the Valmont Bike Park is going to be a reality.

If all goes well, that means a network of singletrack, a pump track, dirt jumps and cyclocross courses in the best European tradition. Dirt enthusiasts can ride, learn, race and train all year long when the weather is good. Sweet!

Here's some background: Valmont City Park was purchased by the city of Boulder in 1995 through a voter-approved tax, but only last month did the City Council give the go-ahead to a concept plan for the space.

In its first phase of development, the plan includes a dog park, a disc-golf course and the bike park. Athletic fields, an amphitheater and an "adventure playground" will likely be completed in the second phase, once funding has been found.

Forty acres have been slated for the bike park, which will be constructed through a partnership between the city Parks and Recreation department and the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance. While there is money available for building, there's not enough to provide for all of the proposed facilities and features, said Bobby Noyes, the BMA-Valmont Park liaison.

Part of the reason is that the site imposes a heavy burden in infrastructure costs. Money must go to prairie dog remediation, fencing for the park boundary, and the moving and rehabilitation of the site's historic farmhouse -- all before the bike facilities can begin to take shape.

In addition to that, there are two sizable ditches in the park that need numerous bridge crossings to accommodate the trails that will cross them. Not only that, but the soil on the site is mostly clay, and we all know what happens when that stuff gets wet.

"They may have to excavate the trails and bring in road bed and new dirt," Noyes said. "The city wants this thing to be bulletproof and totally sustainable."

The city also wants to give the bike park designers free rein. The planners will examine the natural terrain to see if it supports some other mountain bike options, such as a dual slalom or mountain-cross course.

One thing that's high on the wish list is a permanent cyclocross run-up -- a section so steep that racers must dismount and carry their bikes up it. It would be approachable from different directions, allowing for good variety in race course design.

Another solid feature will be a kids' area, where youngsters can learn to ride and progress their skills. "The facility's going to be oriented toward the full spectrum of riders," Noyes said.

But for all this to happen, money must start flowing in.

"If we don't raise money, it will be pretty bare bones," Noyes said. "If we do raise money, we'll get the cool cyclocross start/finish area, the pump track, the wall rides, the quality facilities that we want."

In addition, Noyes pointed out, "We wanted to raise money all along, because we told the city from the beginning that we wanted to help pay for it."

As a result, the bike park organizers are on a mission to raise $500,000. They hope to collect as much as they can by Aug. 22, when they will apply for a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado. Noyes said the organization is more likely to help if it sees that it's not the only funding source for the project.

The group for the Valmont Bike Park has raised $17,500 over two weeks, mostly through selling engraved bricks for the site. If you've been waiting for the perfect opportunity to give back to the sport, now's your chance to see your name in print.

So when is this all going to happen? Naturally, there is no set date yet, as organizers are busy working to choose trail designers and take care of other background details.

But, "We would like to start construction in late spring," said Perry Brooks, park planner for the city. "We anticipate the bike facility itself will take two or three months to build."

The result, Noyes hopes, will be a place for cyclists to call home. "The Red Sox have Fenway Park, the Broncos have Mile High Stadium. With all the people involved in cycling -- roadies, mountain bikers, dirt jumpers, 'cross racers -- this can be a hub for our community."

Check out Marty Caivano's mountain bike blog at

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Final Public Input Meeting for VBP Design!

The final public input meeting is coming soon!

Final "Poster Session". This is a planning session where the public can come and provide insight to the VBP and Parks people on needs for the Bike Park.

Rocky Mounts HQ
2055 26th St
Boulder, CO 80302

Get Directions
(303) 402-0190

Thursday, November 6th at 6PM

We welcome your input so please do try and make it! The public and user groups will always be free to make comments on the project, but the city has no more specific public meetings
scheduled so we'd like you there for this one.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

On Site

Yesterday, Pete Webber (IMBA) gathered a few of the Valmont Committee members together at the site to look over the latest plans and talk specifically about Race Venues at the park. It was a cold windy day but everyone was pumped to be on site imagining what it's going to be like racing here. You will not believe the incredible view from the top of the hill! This park is going to be world class!

the crew discussing the latest plan

prairie dog trapping has begun

View from atop the hill

Monday, October 20, 2008

Blue Sky Velo - Xilinx CX Race

Saturday was a great day for the Bike Park fund raising effort!
Rob Love, Dan Farrell and the Blue Sky Velo team put on an incredible cyclocross race....not only that, they helped us raise over $1000 in donations to the park! The Blue Sky crew cooked up tasty Brats and all donations went to the bike park! Talk about passionate cyclists! Thanks so much to everyone who helped and contributed!
Junior podium...sporting the Valmont T's

Dan Farrell (Blue Sky) & Bobby Noyes counting the donations.


James Batty & his daughter Bergen...raising money for the park.

We'll be out in full force again during the Boulder Cup Weekend (Nov 1st & 2nd). Come check out the tent. We'll have socks, t-shirts and stickers for sale!
For more pics of the Blue Sky Xilinx Race check out these great local photographers:
Dierdre Moynihan
Rob O'Dea
Mark Woolcott

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

You're Invited! Help design the gravity sections of the VBP!

You're Invited!
What: Open House to View Plans and Give Input on Gravity/Jump/Technical/Flow Trails at Valmont Bikepark

When: This Friday, October 17, 7:00 p.m.

Where: The Fix Bike Shop, 3085 Bluff Street, Boulder (303.939.8349)

Why: The park designers want your input to make this a killer place to ride! Meet Randy Spangler and Judd de Vall

Who: All riders interested in gravity/jump/slalom/technical styles of mountain biking/BMX, and anyone else too!

Come over to The Fix this Friday night to check out preliminary plans for Valmont Bikepark, meet the park designers, give feedback, and learn more about the project. This gathering is focused on the downhill/dirt jump/technical riding elements at Valmont, but all types of riders are welcome to attend and check it out. Plus, there will be fizzy beverages in stock. Don't worry if you can't attend this time, as there will be future opportunities to view the plans for the entire park and give feedback as things move forward. The next chance will be at the BMA Annual Meeting and Party, Nov. 6 at Rocky Mounts.

The gravity/technical terrain at Valmont is being designed by Alpine Bike Parks LLC, a professional bikepark and trail building company, in partnership with IMBA. The designers include Judd de Vall and Randy Spangler, veteran riders and park builders of Alpine Bike
Parks, and Pete Webber of IMBA.

Please bring an open mind, fresh ideas and show up early if you wanna ride The Fix jumps. Check inside the shop for beta before you ride.

To learn more about the project, visit:

Are you coming? Drop Pete a quick email at and let us know if you can.

CONTACT: Pete Webber

International Mountain Bicycling Association

cell: 303-562-7510

Monday, August 25, 2008

The Valmont Bike Park Design Team

Great news everyone! The design team for the Valmont Bike Park has been selected!
Three proposals were submitted to the Parks & Recs Dept and BHA Design of Ft. Collins has been chosen to lead the design for the park.

This is a very impressive team. Check them out:
BHA Design- Lead Consultant, Project Management, Landscape Architecture, Sign Design
Alta Planning + Design - Bike Park Designer
International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) - Bike Park Designer
• Alpine Bike Parks - Bike Park Designer
Drexel Barrel - Civil Engineer, Leader of the City's Land Use Review process
OZ Architecture - Architecture, Renovation of Historic Farmhouse
JVA - Structural Engineer
• Boulder Engineering - Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing consultant

Stay tuned....There will be opportunities in the process for
public input as the design develops. Be a part of it!

Friday, August 22, 2008

IMBA fundraising site for Valmont

Rich Cook from IMBA has set up a fundraising site for Valmont Bike Park.
Check it out, support the cause!

http://go.imba. com/site/ TR/Volunteerfund raiser/TeamIMBA? px=1258891&pg=personal&fr_id=1050

Monday, August 11, 2008


There's a killer movie promo event on Wednesday the 13th at the Boulder Theater. Info below...


Plus VeloNews TV TdF Bloopers premiere, Q & A with filmmakers and Paris-Roubaix Top 10 finisher Henk Vogels

Masterlink Films and directors, David Deal and Dave Cooper, bring you a film that goes beyond the limits of what broadcast television can offer. Road To Roubaix tells the story of the riders, mechanics, fans, and the brutal, unpredictable landscape that is the stage for Paris-Roubaix. The film combines rare, behind-the-scenes footage, stunning panoramic views of the race, and a collection of contemporary photographs, as well as rare historic archival photographs that most people never see. The film features the 2007 edition of Paris-Roubaix—the hottest in over 100 years—but the main character of the film is without a doubt the cobbles. Featuring: Tom Boonen, Fabian Cancellara, Sean Kelly, Stuart O'Grady, Marc Madiot, Juan Antonio Flecha, Peter Van Petegem, Lance Armstrong and many more...A pre-registration table for the local epic, Boulder-Roubaix, will be in the lobby.

There will also be a lot of discussion regarding Valmont Bike Park so do what you can to come and learn more!

Go to the Boulder Theater Site HERE to learn more.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Valmont Bike Park Press Release - Fundraising Now Open!

Monday, Aug. 4, 2008
For Immediate Release

Bobby Noyes
Boulder Mountainbike Alliance (BMA) - Valmont Bike Park Director
303-402-0190 or bobby (at) rockymounts (dot) com

Boulder Mountainbike Alliance launches fundraising campaign to build 45-acre bike park in Boulder, Colo..

The Boulder Mountainbike Alliance (BMA) and the city of Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department are excited to announce the launch of a fundraising campaign to support the development of Valmont Bike Park. The 45-acre bicycle park is a significant component of the development plan for Valmont City Park, which was adopted earlier this year by the Boulder City Council.

The city of Boulder purchased the 132-acre Valmont site in 1995 with sales tax revenue, and plans are now set for Phase One development that will begin in 2009. The bike park is currently included in the Phase One development, along with the development of a dog park, the adaptive re-use of an historic farmhouse, parking, a disc golf course, infrastructure and utilities improvements.

Bike Park
The Parks and Recreation Department and BMA have entered into a public-private partnership to develop a portion of the city-owned land into a bike park. The venue will encompass a network of singletrack mountain bike trails, a permanent cyclo-cross course, a children’s skills area, a pump track, amenities for BMX and other facilities to suit beginning to experienced athletes. The park’s Front Range setting and terrain will provide an impressive backdrop for daily riding, learning and teaching. The bike park design will accommodate programming, ranging from youth cycling development programs to world-class bicycle racing. Boulder is the unofficial bike capital of the USA, and this facility will proudly represent the city and its cycling community, setting a high standard for cycling parks worldwide.

The Parks and Recreation Department has allocated funds for planning and construction for Phase One of development. Design professionals and trail designers are currently being interviewed, with the goal of finalizing the bike park design later this year or early 2009. Construction of the facility is slated for April 2009 with an anticipated goal of completion of the bike park by later that summer.

Funding and Partnership
The city has provided the land for Valmont Bike Park, as well as funds for planning and construction. BMA has entered into a partnership with the city to provide design input, raise funds, build community awareness, and manage and maintain the site when completed. While funding is in place for much of the anticipated construction costs, there is not enough capital funding to provide for all of the proposed facilities and park features. Hence, BMA is working to raise $500,000 through grants, private donations and corporate sponsorships to help supplement the construction budget. These additional funds will allow cycling enthusiasts to enjoy a truly extraordinary, premiere outdoor cycling venue in Boulder.

How to help
Members of the cycling community are encouraged to contribute to the development of this unique world-class cycling facility. More than 10 years in the making, the Valmont Bike Park is a dream that will become a reality for cycling enthusiasts. This unique and exciting facility, which will be designed and managed by cyclists, needs the cycling community’s financial support at this critical stage of development.

Contributing is easy at


Cyclists want to be part of solutions....

There was an interesting op/ed by some Fort Collins folk on the Coloradoan today.

Cycling at an intensity level for fitness requires that we go long, go fast, or go uphill (fast). Group riding is part of the program, too. Lance Armstrong trained in groups on open roads. Neither the state's trails laws, nor the sheriff's interpretation of the highway laws, encourage us to do that on trails or roads. The huge success of the 6-Day Races at the CSU Oval indicates that track cycling is popular with all ages, both as spectators and participants.

Fort Collins should plan to provide land for a recreational and competitive cycling facility within its parks system, with a velodrome, a "closed to traffic" Criterium course, a kids' learn-to-ride course, plus MTB and Cyclocross courses.

Much of what is positioned above and in the aricle was critical to the arguments made during the planning and advocay stages in front of Boulder City Council and teh P & R board. For Fort Collins and Anywhere, USA, it will take a unified voice and very direct needs evangelized over and over to ensure what is desired and needed by the community is heard and ujltimatley recogonozed before it can be approved. This parallels the efforts of many of the core Valmont Bike Park committee members who have not deviated from their view of the Valmont Bike Park need for the community for many years.

Read the whole article here.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Valmont Bike Park Logo

Hi everyone! My name is Zach Lee, i'm a graphic designer, cross racer and have been working with the prolific Valmont Bike Park committee.
It really is amazing how contagious a good idea (the bike park) and a little bit of passion (from city, public and volunteer committee) can stir up an enormous amounts of enthusiasm.....and dare i say obsession? This is really going to happen folks, and we're in on the ground level!

For those out there who love graphic design (you know you do)'s a little bit more about the Valmont Bike Park logo...

A sneak peak at what's to come.

Momentum is growing and already there is an effort to visualize the Valmont Bike Park and begin to lay the plans for total maximization of the acreage available to us. This is a precarious job....tended to by some of the best landscape architects in the country....and must be created to make the most out of the land to service all the biking disciplines we need to while keeping the feel of the park as natural as the beautiful surroundings.

Zach has been working hard on taking the conceptual renderings of the park and inputting those into a great glossy handout for interested parties to learn more about what's going on. I wanted to share some snippets of that now...

The initial concept overview. Just look at the placement of the various trail systems....

A concept view of the Skills Park. We are taking on some of the best designs in North America to ensure what the park offers is simply the best.

The STAIR FEATURE! Hup hup hup hup! Cross fans, we're going to have our OWN permanent fixture of a full on staired run up.

The Park is being designed with a boat load of IMBA-esque technical features. The trails will be world class as mentioned, but feature...well lots of 'features'! We want to ensure that the trail systems never grow old...and have sustainable challenges that will keep you coming back again and again...and will maintain their positions over time...e.g. constructed well with sustainability in mind.