The first official race at Valmont Bike Park
Photo Credit: Mountain Moon Photography
From the Boulder Racing Newsletter:
After years of hard work by the City of Boulder and local cycling community, the nationally recognized Valmont Bike Park is about to experience its cyclocross debut. On September 17th, Boulder Racing, Colorado's leader in cycling event production, will christen Valmont's cyclocross terrain with its season opener.
The NEW Valmont Course has a bit of everything; the short Belgium Stair Case, the longer 5280 Run Up, and one of the hardest sand boxes ever devised. "This isn't the beach nor the Rez" commented the Boulder Racing staff. "The sand box is sure to stay fresh, challenging the afternoon crowds the same as the morning juniors." Overall the course has been designed to favor the rider with "punchy power" and a high top end gear. Each climb and stair case is immediately followed up by either a recovery downhill or fast gravel/sidewalk section.
Spectator viewing is a key component of any first class venue, and what really has the race directors excited is the potential for droves of spectators! While the 5280 run up is sure to attract the highest percentage of viewers, there's truly not a bad seat in the house. The expo area & beer garden are set in a manner to see riders coming through three distinct phases of the course.
The Boulder Cyclocross Series is the longest running series in the state, with its roots streching back to 1999. Over the years, Boulder Racing has pioneered amazing venues across Boulder County. Each venue challenges riders in unique ways; there's the power sucking grass at Interlocken, the grand stair case at Westminster, and the unforgettable run up at Louisville Rec Center.
This year's Boulder Cylocross Series sees its staple sponsors return, such as Boulder Cycle Sport and Oskar Blues, plus the addition of a new influx of support: mix1, Rocky Mounts, Breeze Bars, Carroll Composites, Veloshine, and numerous others. Registration for the Boulder Cyclocross Series will open at the end of August.