Cycling event forced to move as Boulder Valley Velodrome hits another snag

From the Daily Camera

Facility has not yet received certificate of occupancy from Erie

After a lengthy, weather-impacted construction process, the all-but-completed Boulder Valley Velodrome in Erie hit another snag this week that will keep cyclists off its track.

The velodrome, located at the northwest corner of Bonnell Avenue and County Line Road, was set to host events as part of the Colorado state track cycling championships on Friday, but has canceled those races because the facility has not been fully approved to be open by the town of Erie, according to a post on the Colorado Track-Cycling Facebook page.

“We are sorry to report that we'll have to stop riding the Boulder Valley Velodrome until we get our certificate of occupancy,” reads a statement posted to the page Wednesday afternoon. “The Town of Erie informed us today that we cannot use the velodrome until we complete the Bonnell Ave access and our parking lot. They are essential for our first responders (the fire department). Those elements are in progress and we will have them completed soon.”

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Par for the course

I am not surprised.

Trying to push the issue on to Public service is sad. The real story is their continued snails pace of construction upset by almost anything.

They haven't even been inspected for building code and public safety. That is very negligent and even criminal.

Provide the additional

Provide the additional funding needed to internally house this amazing facility! I'm sad that your comment appears to dismiss the effort of the individuals, sponsors, and businesses that stepped up to build only the second track in existence in this state. Some states don't even have one track, and we will be blessed with two as soon as the last pieces required for the occupancy certificate are in place. How many other places are there in the country where there are two tracks of different distances within 2-3 hours of each other? Darn few.

Thank you Boulder Valley Velodrome--many of us are eagerly awaiting the day you are fully open for training and racing!

What's with the UNconstructive criticism????

I'll state the obvious right from the start. The Boulder Valley Velodrome has been slow to get built, with a number of glitches that have stymied the developers.

But what's with all the armchair criticism????? Just two people, Frank Banta and Doug Emerson (not me, certainly not any of the people taking shots at their results to date), made the commitment to make this velodrome a reality.

And amazingly, they did it. Un f***'ing believable if you ask me. Searched for and found land. Paid for it. Found a designer. Got permits. Bankrolled labor and materials. Started construction. Watched the track get blown down. Built it again. All privately funded.

Along the way they asked for people to join them in their quest. Founders. Club Members. Sponsors. Many did, and that gave them the strength to carry on when the challenges seemed insurmountable.

Others didn't jump on the bandwagon, and some of them even felt that somehow the track had not met their expectations, posting negative comments like "Why so many required days for certification?", "Why isn't the track covered for winter riding?, "Why is this track so expensive to ride on?".

You've got to be kidding me! Complaining because you don't like what somebody else has built with their own money? I'm reminded of the famous bumper sticker...."If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem".

Having completed a number of the certification sessions I can state that I have NEVER heard a negative word from anyone that is actually on the track and riding. We are jubilant with the opportunity to enjoy such an amazing facility. From teens to 70s we're out there, smiling and loving it.

So, to Doug and Frank...THANK YOU! Your incredible fortitude to bring this project to the finish line is beyond remarkable. Those of us who have seen what ten years of your blood, sweat and tears to make the track a reality have accomplished salute you.

And I would recommend that anyone who wants to criticize first puts some skin in the game with a club or founder membership. Then we'll know you are committed to a successful track instead of just being a whiner.

No, Doug and Frank didn't write this "unofficial" post, so don't blame them. I wrote it, and I welcome your response.

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