Valmont Bike Park

2011/08/21 - 2:56pm


Compete, have fun, and help raise some $$ to support a great cause - Valmont Bike Park!

Coming Sunday, August 28th, the new Valmont Bike Park's first bike race, the Boulder Mountainbike Festival blends the best features of the park for a jam packed day of skills, racing and big air! BMA is partnering with the City of Boulder to create this special event as an annual fundraiser for the park. The day starts with mountain bike circuit racing for the Cross Country enthusiasts, we add a Dual Slalom clinic followed by informal head to head Dual Slalom racing, building to the Colorado Slopestyle State Championships and we top it off to crown the king and queen of the Pump Track Challenge. It's a full on festival, bike games, food, jumpy castle, and maybe even some libations. So mark your calendars now and prepare for mayhem!

We need your help!  Volunteer at the Festival - email Botsy to sign up!

Events Scheduled - Sunday August 28

For the entire duration of the day, the following areas will remain open

  • Dirt Jumps
  • Creekside Pump Park
  • Skillz Loop
  • The Glades
  • The Hot Lap trail and The Sand Box

Event Descriptions

Boulder "Escape" Mountain Bike Race

Don't miss this race!  The course is 1.8 miles in length with 100 feet of elevation gain. We anticipate the fastest lap being about 8 minutes in length. Depending on ability, racers will race approximately 40-60 minutes.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course is a mix of manicured, flowy single track (60%), two-track (30%) and dirt roads (10%). Expert races will include technical features on singletrack. There are two short climbs per lap totaling 100 vertical feet of climbing and the lap length is 1.8 miles. Racers will do multiple laps racing for 40min - 1 hour depending on the category. The fastest lap times will be about 8 minutes and there are plenty of passing opportunities.

PRIZES: Prizes for top three of each class. Cash for Open Men and Women classes

RACE SCHEDULE

Start Categories
8:00 AM Cat 3 Women
8:01 AM Collegiate Women C
8:01 AM Citizen Women
8:02 AM Junior Women 9-18yrs, Junior Men 9-14yrs
9:00 AM Cat 3 Men, Collegiate Men C
9:01 AM Citizen Men
9:02 AM Junior Men 15-18yrs
10:00 AM Cat 2 Men, Collegiate Men B
11:00 AM Cat 1 Women
11:01 AM Cat 2 Women, Collegiate Women A & B
12:00 PM Open Men (Pro and Cat 1), Collegiate Men A
1:15 PM Kids Only Dirt Race 8>, 150 yards

REGISTRATION NOTES: Preregistration is preferred. Onsite race registration is available up until 20 minutes before the start. Registration opens at 7:00am. Only Cat 2 & 3 may race on a one day license for $5, Cat 1 and Pro must present their current annual license at registration - there will be NO annual licenses available for purchase on site. Renewals or new annuals are best done by going to www.usacycling.org. Collegiate license holders can use collegiate license in Collegiate category. 2nd race is $10. Race will proceed rain or shine, no refunds. Juniors race FREE (<18yrs). All USA Cycling Mtb rules apply.

COST:

  • $25 for licensed racers
  • $30 without a license.
  • $20 Collegiate racers,
  • $3 late
  • Under 18 races for FREE!

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Dual Slalom Clinics (DS) and Head to Head racing

DUAL SLALOM CLINICS: Clinics will be conducted by a number of experienced DS coaches/experts providing specific lectures on the course from 11:45pm until 1:30pm. Topics covered include 'the bike set up, intro to DS, the start gate, how ride doubles, etc" and experts will field Q & A. Participants can take in a lecture at will and proceed to another, then try those skills taking a run.

HEAD TO HEAD RACING: Head to Head Racing will start at 1:30 and go until 4pm. We'll have the start gate going and the timing setup and let competitors race against whom they like and timing will determine winners. Although we will not have a bracketed format, we'll have awards for Fastest Course times, men, women and juniors.

COST: Clinic and racing is $20 / $15 just for the head to head racing.
* No License is needed

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Colorado Slope Style State Championships

Registered participants take individual runs on the Slope Style course and a team of peers/experts evaluates the runs and gives a score for each run.  Each rider will take two runs and a winner is selected from the point tabulations. Cool schwag will be awarded.

PRIZES: Cash Prizelist for Pro Men and Women

COST: $25 entry fee.  No license is needed.

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2011/07/20 - 1:09pm

Guest Blog post from Lindsay Dye of the Tokyo Joes Mountain Bike Team!

The Tokyo Joe's Junior Development mountain bike team was fortunate enough to get a sneak peak of Valmont Bike Park and its goodies before opening day, thanks to the help of Mike Eubank. Though some of the terrain park was still closed for maintenance, the little that we were able to ride left us drooling for more.

Alas, Valmont Bike Park was officially opened! The Thursday of opening week, we hopped on our bikes ready to shred some gnar. We hit the Mesa Top Pump Track and Cork Screw trail first. There we worked on control and speed through corners as well as learning to pump our arms on rollers to maintain momentum. The Skillz Loop was next on our list. With its technical terrain, the skills loop tested our balance and ability to pick the correct line. Venturing on, we came across the Sand Box which taught us how important it is to maintain speed and use high cadence pedaling in loose conditions. After several drills through the sand box, we hit the Hot Lap and Dirt 101 trails next to practice our racing starts. After a few aggressive laps, we crossed the bridge to The Glades. Here we practiced manualing off rock ledges thus creating a smoother landing. Though fun, the best part of The Glades was the Belgium Steps. We were all giggles and smiles as we flew down them, bouncing like Raggedy Ann Dolls. Then, with practice coming to an end, we returned to the parking lot.

Smiling, Dirty, and a few of us bloody, we begged our coach, Ann Trombley, that we once again have practice at the Valmont Bike Park. ~Lindsay Dye

Tokyo Joes Mountain Bike Team Photo

TJ Mountain Bike Team Group Photo

Lindsay Dye from the Tokyo Joes Mountain Bike Team

Lindsay rocks a tight turn!

Tokyo Joes Mountaing Biking Team at Valmont Bike Park

The TJ Team rides at Valmont!

Tokyo Joes Mountain Biking Team at Valmont Bike Park

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2011/07/05 - 8:14pm

Safety gear? Not a bad idea when you are jumping 10 or 15 feet in the air over hard surfaces. Landings can be dangerous so take the necessary steps to protect yourself to ride another day. Injuries are a fact of life with dirt jumping, but you can minimize the effects with the proper safety gear:

  • A full-face helmet is preferred over a regular helmet and it's got to fit snugly so it won't fly off mid-air.
  • Shin, knee and elbow armor povides impact protection for high speed collisions, and just plain saves skin
  • Body armor can save someone from broken ribs or vertebrae. Those who have fallen on their backs while wearing body armor and jumping over rocks or concrete stairs can attest to this
  • Consider a neck brace. Some think they're overkill, others swear by them and wouldn't ride without one. Whatever your take on neck braces the facts are that you only have one neck, it's far from a good thing to break, and one of these will help stop it happening.

Props to these riders who rocked out the safety gear at Valmont recently!  Thanks to Rich Marbanks for the photos.

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