Progress continues on Colorado's new Velodrome in Erie


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?
UPDATE
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 - steven@boulderindoorcycling.com


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BIC and new track

There is no reason to think the two cannot exist together and BIC has some real advantages. The first one is the BIC is already built and almost two years old. Second BIC is in Boulder and for lazy racers that is huge, same with all the Boulder parents who take their kids there (and I represent both as my kids go there and I ride at BIC at night in the winter). The 3rd major advantage is that it is indoors. Think about when it gets most of it's use, in the winter and at night.

Clearly this new track has the potential to be a great facility and for one will look forward to riding out there. But with the drive out there people are going to have to be more serrious (then again people from Denver or Ft. Fun can get their faster). With it being outside it is hard to see how it is going to get much use in the winter, days or nights. To me that is the biggest issue. Hopfully there are enough people who will use it in the summer, but man the large majority of the racers/riders want to ride on the roads around here all summer long. Sure I know some guys/gals who drive down to the Springs in the summer to ride the big track, but that is a pretty small number.

Both facilities can exisit together and maybe they will even compliment each other. BIC being a place for the winter and with lots of kids stuff, and the facility in Eric being more popular in the summer and for the serrious track riders.

Curious about business plan.

Curious to see their business plan.
Is it Public or Private?
Operating Costs per month?
Projected Income? Summer vs. Winter months.
Will it be open during the Winter? C.S. Velodrome is closed more then half the year.
Will a Dome fit over it so it could be used in the winter? Canada has 200 Meter velodrome that is covered with the White Bubble Dome.

BIC is pretty dead of Velodrome riders in the summer. Will they be able to get enough people to come out to make a profit? There are good number of people in Boulder with track bikes now but is it enough?

A Perfect Fit...

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 - steven@boulderindoorcycling.com