Valmont Bike Park

2011/03/08 - 12:00pm

Construction on the bike park is moving along, most of the trails are nearing completion.  Local Artist Christian Mueller has installed the concrete and the two support pillars for the podium (Boulder style 5 man).  The podium steps are cut stones with a concrete base.  Without a doubt, this will be the coolest podium in the world.  Thanks to our buds at Pearl Izumi for donating $30,000 to pay for this. This week the steel header and steps should be installed:

plaza

J2 Contracting has been working on the parking lot and bridges.  Two ditches run through the site, and the bridges are required before the gates can open.  Here is a shot of the excavation work for the bridges.  They are being built not only for bike traffic, but will also be able to handle an ambulance or other emergency equipment.

None of this is as cool as the bike features, but the infrastructure needs to happen before bikes inundate the site.  Be patient, this place is going to be over the top. Please respect our friends at the City Of Boulder Parks Department and do not enter the site.  Poaching is not cool.  Stay tuned.

 

2011/02/17 - 12:00pm

Last week's snow made for some good photos ops, but caused some challenges for the construction crews.  They moved inside and worked on the restroom building (yes, no porta johns!!!) while the snow melted.  The windy and warm weather this week dried the site off, and let the crews get back to work on the bike features.  Many of the elements of the construction are weather dependent, and we are hoping for an early spring to put the finishing touches on park construction.  The photo below is one of the jumps installed on concrete footers....

Valmont jump

Many of the jumps on site are made from formed, welded steel and will be surfaced with treated (anti-slip) 2 x 6's.  Judd Devall from Alpine Bike Parks, has painstakingly excavted and poured the foundations for these jumps harmoniously with the landings.  There are many more to install, including the wall rides.  Why not dirt?  Dirt lips wear out and require as much attention as a putting green.  These steel and wood lips will flow perfect now and in 10 years, shovel and rake free.  Many of the park elements have such planning and thought, which is why the construction phase is not complete.  The Parks and Recreation Department is truely creating a new model for bike parks, and it takes time.  The decking will not be installed until a few days before opening to minimize the urge to poach.

This jump is part of the progressive style of the park, there will be rides and jumps from beginner to expert, so riders can work up to the more advanced featiures.

The City of Boulder Parks Department is working to select an opening date, but many elements of the construction phase are weather dependent.  If the site is wet, the earth movers and trucks dig deep ruts into the site and cause more harm than good.  The contractors and the Parks Department want this to open more then we do, and is pushing an already aggressive schedule.

Stay tuned for more updates, the new BMA website makes updates more seamless, and we want to keep you posted on every painstaking detail of construction.  The City purchased the land in 1996, and we are almost there....so please be patient....

Valmont jump

 

2011/01/28 - 12:00pm

The contractors on site, J-2 Construction and Alpine Bike Parks are on site installing the concrete footers for the wall rides and plumbing and wiring the restroom building.  All is well on site, The Parks Department is working on selecting an opening date, but a few issues on the construction schedule remain TBD.  The park will open some time this spring, and we hope it as soon as possible.  Riders in the community are pacing in circles waiting, and all we can do is be patient.  Our friends at the Parks Department are as anxious as we are, but this is a large undertaking.  We will keep you posted.

The contractors have been inundated with passers by peeking in.  We want to thank you for respecting the no poaching rule and not entering the site, it says a lot about the respect we have for Park.