|Your Valmont Bike Park Donations At Work
Valmont Clean-Up Day, May 9th
We are getting closer to
construction for the Valmont Bike Park,
and we need your help!
When: Saturday May 9th, 2-6pm
Why: Site prep
Time to begin site prep for
the Valmont Bike Park! We hope to begin construction over the
summer, but first work needs to be done this spring. We will meet at
the site at 2pm, Saturday May 9th, to get the ball rolling on construction.
The site has been neglected for years - there are downed fences, windblown
debris, and invasive weeds that need to be removed. We are partnering
with BMA for this Valmont Bike Park work day, but we also need your
help. BMA work days are rewarding and a good chance to meet other like
minded members of the community, so pitch in, it is cool to help out.
We scheduled the clean up so
you could ride in the morning, and help out in the afternoon.
After breaking into groups of ten, we will learn about the park while
prepping the site for construction. This is your first opportunity
to see the plans on site, ask questions and help out. We will
provide the materials, just bring work gloves.
We have to limit the number
of volunteers to 60, and there has been a tremendous outpouring of offers
to help. Please click here to register; register early
because once we reach 60 volunteers, we will respond that the event
The Valmont Bike Park will
be a model civic bike project for years to come. Come out, watch
it unfold, be a part of it.
Annual Sports Garage Demo Days Benefits VBP
Saturday, May 16th
Sports Garage has recently joined over 500 Valmont Bike
Park supporters as a $500 - Big Ring Society Donor. In
addition, Sports Garage will donate all of the proceeds from their annual Bike
Demo to the Valmont
The Demo includes six bike brands, subs, brews and even a kids fun race at 11:30 am. Be sure to join them on Saturday, May 16th on Hwy 36 or drop
by on your way back from your road ride. For more info and directions check out the Sports Garage website.
|Valmont Bike Park Development
Onward to greatness!
Forward progress continues for the Valmont Bike Park! We're on track
for construction later this year, and no major roadblocks have
surfaced. All the players have been cranking, and excitement is growing
Currently, updated plans for the park are being reviewed
in the City of Boulder's Land Use Review process, where items like
landscaping, traffic, parking, buildings, utilities, access, natural
resources, and multi-use path connections are examined. The next step
will be a public hearing by the Planning Board, potentially scheduled
for June 4. Hopefully, the Board will approve the plan and give the
project a green light.
The design team will then produce a complete set
of detailed blueprints and specific construction plans, get final
approval from the Planning Department, and then issue an invitation for
construction bids. Construction will start once a construction team can
be assembled and contracted, and all the above steps are complete.
Let's keep the energy high and the support flowing!
get ready for what's to come at VBP!
Here's a sneak peak of some backyard prototypes being developed and
tested for Valmont by the crew at Alpine Bike Parks (the company
designing the gravity terrain for Valmont).
Check out this killer wall
ride and prototype ladder bridge. Bomb-proof construction and grippy
Valmont Fundraising Passes $151K!
Full Cycle Movie Night
A raging success!
Thanks to everyone who came
out for the VBP movie event on St. Patrick's Day. Our friends
at Full Cycle put together a great evening of movie entertainment headlined
by New World Disorder 9: Never Enough. With sick bike movies,
drawings and giveaways, the crowd was pumped to support VBP and get
ready for riding season.
Full Cycle donated all profits
to Valmont Bike Park, to the tune of $3200! Please be sure to
thank Full Cycle and all their staff for the additional support for
Valmont Bike Park.
Earlier that same evening, local riders met up at The Fix Bike Shop for
a pre-movie jump jam and pumptrack session. Big air, good friends, and
a pumptrack time trial drew riders young and old. Everyone was buzzing
about Valmont and looking forward to the gravity terrain planned for
the bike park.
From the Valmont Bike Park Committee
Please forward this message to your friends and encourage them to join you in supporting Valmont Bike Park with a donation!
Be sure to check out the donor list to see who's donated so far.
Report from the Sea Otter
We were out promoting the Valmont
Bike Park at one of the largest races of the year, the Sea Otter Classic
in California. We were able to visit with the Bike Industry, racers
and visitors alike during this four-day event, which is considered the
world's largest cycling festival. Thanks to IMBA and their California
clubs, we were able to use their tent in the vendor village as home
base to distribute VBP materials, stickers and also illustrate the latest
trail map design (photo). This visual map of the park was a real
draw for visitors at the IMBA tent. After talking with people about
the park and sponsorship opportunities, it was surprising that almost
100% already knew and were excited about our planned Bike Park, clearly
we have a huge following outside Boulder too! We are currently following
up with these and many other sponsorship contacts to help support the
We are constantly looking for
ways to engage new sponsorship prospects at the park. If
you have a bike industry contact or know of a local business that may
be interested in supporting the park, please contact Mike Eubank at
firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Lyons Bike Park
Our efforts to build a world-class bike park in Boulder have encouraged similar parks in other cities, including our neighbors to the north!
The Lyons Bike Park design is approved and ready to build. The park, located very close to the Lyons end of the Picture Rock Trail, will feature a pump track, natural terrain loop, BMX rollers, tabletops, jumps, and more. Lyons Bike Park is being built through the Lyons Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Events as an official city park. The budget is tiny, but the fun factor promises to be huge.
The team will need volunteers for final shaping, including a handful of experienced rider/builders to lead work groups. Construction is set to begin in the next couple weeks, and the park should be rocking for the Lyons Outdoor Games, June 12-14. For more information, check out this webpage.
June is "Walk and Bike Month"
Walk & Bike Month 2009
is celebrated throughout June, with Bike to Work Day held on Wednesday,
June 24. It is presented by GO Boulder and coordinated by Community Cycles. First celebrated as Bike to Work Day in 1977, the event has
grown and continues to encourage thousands of commuters to explore their
For more information, check out the GO Boulder website and the Community Cycles list of W&BM events.