Boulder 1 of 3 cities remaining in the selection for 2014 & 15 National Cyclo-cross Championships

From USA Cycling

Three cities have been selected as finalists to host the 2014 and 2015 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships, USA Cycling announced Wednesday. The three potential host cities are Asheville, N.C. (Biltmore Estate), Austin, Texas (Zilker Park) and Boulder, Colo. (Valmont Bike Park).

With six bids under consideration, USA Cycling evaluated 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 before making the final determination. The strength of each bid will be re-examined after reviewing the proposed course, venue location and available facilities. Additionally, USA Cycling will meet with the local convention and visitors bureau and sports commission staff.

“We are extremely excited about the quality and depth of the bids we received for this event,” 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 this event in 2014 and 2015.”

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$85 Entry Fees. No wonder everybody wants to host Cross Nationals!

*I noticed none of the categories have fill up yet this year. Last year a lot filled day after registration opened. Is it Wisconsin or is it the fact that it is the weekend after Christmas/News Years break?


VBP is a great venue but it lacks close-in parking for racers and spectators. Being within a short walk of the course is important for racers, especially if weather is bad and they are wet & frozen after racing and need to get to a warm car fast.

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I have to agree. The course at VBP is great but the parking situation really limits the ability to stage a truely great race. It would be great if the organizers could get permission to use the police parking lot just to the north on big race weekends. That would be a big improvement.

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there is plenty of parking within a 2 min bike ride or 5 min walk up the hill in the office park. like over 1000 spaces. any euro venue would kill for that parking. the upsides of valmont greatly outweigh any downsides, wouldn't you agree?

Course Overuse?

Interesting that the park has been closed to riding the last month because of the snow/mud. Wouldn't 4-5 days of racing just kill all the trails?
Boulder Rez might be a better course for thousands of racers...

It would be at Valmont

Valmont is the proposed venue according to the reports. Yes, there would be damage if the weather caused muddy ground. It could also be frozen which wouldn't cause much damage. The CX courses only use limited segments of trails. Most trails would not be damaged. The off-trail CX segments would be damaged the worse, but those are just native grass and pretty easy to repair. Any venue that hosts a big event suffers some damage, but typically it is judged to be an acceptable cost. The great thing about Valmont is that bike races are an accepted use of the park, and damage within reason and with a repair program in place seems to be part of the plan.