Valmont Bike Park selected as one of three finalists to host 2014 and 2015 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships

Boulder's Valmont Bike Park has been selected as one of three finalists to host the 2014 and 2015 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships. The three potential host cities are Asheville, N.C. (Biltmore Estate), Austin, Texas (Zilker Park), and Boulder (Valmont Bike Park).

"The news that Valmont Bike Park is one of three finalists to host the 2014 and 2015 United States Cyclo-cross National Championships further establishes Valmont Bike Park as an industry leader in bike park construction for both event hosting and daily use," said Kirk Kincannon, director of the Parks and Recreation Department. "Valmont Bike Park was specifically designed and built to accommodate world-class cycling events like the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships. We are honored to receive this consideration."

The United States Cyclo-cross National Championships is expected to bring in at least 1,500 athletes and even more spectators.

"This is exciting news for Boulder-and for all of the organizations who have helped make Valmont Bike Park an exceptional facility," said Mary Ann Mahoney, executive director of the Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We would be honored and thrilled to host this amazing event. With the metro area's concentration of cycling fans, this world-class facility and Boulder's amazing array of bike shops, restaurants, hiking, biking and running trails, I believe we could deliver a phenomenal experience for both riders and spectators."

USA Cycling evaluated six 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 in early 2012 before making their final selection.

"We are extremely excited about the quality and depth of the bids we received for this event," USA Cycling 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 these two championship events in 2014 and in 2015."

For more information, call Shelly Ruspakka, Parks and Recreation, at 303-413-7214 or visit www.usacycling.org