More information on the future Erie Velodrome
From Erie Velodrome Interest Group
"If you are reading this email, you are one of nearly 600 people included in our "Velodrome Interest" group. Here is the velodrome update: Frank Banta and I spent several years getting us to the brink of constructing a velodro...me in Boulder County. Four years after purchasing land in Erie, we received unanimous approval for our project from both the planning board, and the city council. The architecture is done, traffic flow and soil studies are finished, and lighting is approved. We could be building the facility by next summer with sufficient funding. We are currently building a website/blog with the guidance of Nico Toutenhoofd and Keith Harper of Insight Designs, and we hope to launch a web presence in December. Thank you for your continued patience."
What does this mean for the Boulder Velodrome? Can the two exists and grow together?
From BIC (in case you don't read the comments below)
Boulder Indoor Cycling is very excited to see the Boulder Valley Velodrome (Eire) move forward. We see this opportunity as one that could 'legitimize' track racing and riding as a distinct and exciting discipline. Anyone who has ridden at Boulder Indoor Cycling or the 7-Eleven Velodrome in Colorado Spring knows that track racing has the same community feel as Cyclocross which has seen huge growth and popularity in recent years. Dare I saw that track cycling has even greater potential as brilliant spectator sport than the Cyclocross races which we all flock to in droves no matter what the weather.
Doug Emerson (of BVV) and myself (Steven of BIC) have been trying to meet up over lunch or coffee to discuss the exciting opportunities that will be available to everyone with the opening of the Boulder area's second velodrome. We haven't been able to meet recently, but this news has needless-to-say re-ignited my interest in getting in touch with Doug. I'd also like to speak of how there is no signs of tension of competition between Doug and I or anyone withing Boulder Indoor Cycling. Doug's been a great partner and friend of mine in the cycling community since years ago when I worked for him at University Bikes.
As I see it, these are the major 'pros' of how the two velodrome will interact.
-For BVV in Erie; There is already a built-in interest group. People with their own bikes, who already know how to safely ride a velodrome.
-For BIC; Riders who may have been too intimidated by the sharp turns and steep banking of Boulder Indoor Cycling; they may have an opportunity to experience a velodrome at the Boulder Valley Velodrome, where the larger size and less steep banking will certainly be less intimidating. After trying the BVV riders will be anxious to experience BIC, especially during the following winter.
-Additionally, for BIC; Riders who begin to take track racing more seriously (when ACA or USAC sanctioned racing will be available at BVV) will have an opportunity to ride their track bikes when the BVV is closed.
BIC isn't know for being a hot-spot for summer riding, so we won't be losing much business there. We have occasional riders in the summer who come for a few reasons 1)When it's dark outside 2)for our super-fun highly effective 'Advanced Training' workouts with coaches or 3)for a quick tune-up ride before weekend racing (the convenience here is that we're RIGHT DOWNTOWN!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! - Steven A Herzfeld - firstname.lastname@example.org