“If you build it, they will come.” This famous line from the movie Field of Dreams became motivation to build a world-class cycling velodrome in Boulder County.
Doug Emerson and Frank Banta started down the long and winding road, full of left turns, in 2004. Their audacious goal was to build a world- class outdoor velodrome to connect communities of track cyclists with track cycling fans. In 2006, just outside Erie in Boulder County, they found the future home of the Boulder Valley Velodrome. Both legends in the local cycling community, Doug is founder and owner of University Bicycles in Boulder, which he started in 1985 with 15 used bikes and one toolbox. Today, the store is recognized as one of the best bike shops in the United States.
Frank is co-founder and co-director of the Buffalo Bicycle Classic, which has raised more than $2 million in scholarships for the University of Colorado. He is also founder of Frank Banta Construction. With more than 40 years of construction experience, he considered the opportunity to design and build the Boulder Valley Velodrome an awesome experience. To begin the project, Doug and Frank put together a team, including local architect David Beal of David A. Beal & Associates, LLC, and renowned track designer Peter Junek. Finally, after weather setbacks, construction delays, a lot of sweat and elbow grease, the Boulder Valley Velodrome opened for business in January 2015.
All year long Boulder Valley Velodrome hosts training sessions, club rides and race nights, organized by track director Pat McDonough, a 1984 track cycling silver medalist. The track is open to members and riders who are certified by their home track and have a valid race license.
If you’ve never ridden in a velodrome, you’ll need to take the
“Day at the Track” intro class. For details, visit BoulderValleyVelodrome.com.