The more paths, the more ways to explore them. This year’s B-360 ride—on Sunday, June 7—starts and ends, for the first time ever, at Valmont City Park. The free 26-mile event will take riders of all ages and abilities on a grand tour of Boulder’s bikeways, through the open vistas of the east, along Boulder Creek and through quaint neighborhoods at the city’s north end. For those with excess energy to burn after circling the city, Valmont Bike Park offers 42 acres of swooping paths and jumps for stomach-dropping thrills.
Organizers of the B-360—and the shorter option, the B-180—like to mix up the route each year to highlight new path connections. “We thought it would be fun this year to use the city’s premier bike park for the start and finish,” says Kristin Dean, the city planner in charge. The rest stop, with snacks and drinks provided by local businesses, will be at Aurora 7 Park. For those who make it to the end, there’s free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
“I am not sure how many free noncompetitive events there are in Colorado,” says Annie Noble, another organizer, “but this is the most fun!”
For families, the B-360 is a way to connect with friends and scout new routes. “We always end up running into people we know, even if we weren’t expecting to see them,” says Marlys Lietz, whose family has participated for years. “It’s a great way to see all the different paths in Boulder, especially on the side of town where we don’t live. It’s helped us find some new routes to work and school.”
Visit the event website for maps and more details at BoulderColorado.gov/Water/Circle-Boulder-by-Bicycle.
For more on Walk and Bike Month and the 70-plus free community events, see the story on pages 10–11 and visit WalkandBikeMonth.org.