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New Erie Police Department
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Erie’s velodrome builders target 2012 completion
Track builders still seeking financial support from cycling community
By John Aguilar For Hometown Weekly
Posted: 10/04/2011 04:53:23 PM MDT
The men behind the 250-meter cycling track, which is expected to be up and running by late spring or early summer, spoke to a crowd of 50 or so people at an open house to solicit founding memberships.
“When people first see the track, they’re going to be beating down the doors to be a part of it,” said Doug Emerson, a partner in Boulder-based Boneshaker LLC, which is building the Boulder Valley Velodrome. “This is like buying Green Bay Packers season tickets on the 50-yard line in 1962.”
Frank Banta, Boneshaker’s president, said he and Emerson have the financing in place to push forward with the velodrome but still need commitments from the local cycling community to make the project viable in the long term.
The 4.2-acre site, at the intersection of County Line Road and Bonnell Avenue, was covered in large mounds of dirt Thursday as earthmovers prepared the ground for construction of the football field-sized track. Town leaders approved the project last summer. Bamta and Emerson originally announced the track would be operational by the summer of 2011.
Founding members are being asked to pony up $5,000 for a five-year membership and in return would get to hit the track anytime they like. Club members would pay $400 for a 12-week membership and would get to ride during prime weekend and weeknight hours.
Emerson, who started up University Bicycles in Boulder nearly 30 years ago, said he’s trying to build a “Belgian-style club culture,” in which riders of all ages and skill levels could join up in 30-person clubs to take laps around the oval track.
Colby Pearce, a private cycling coach based in Boulder, said he was considering becoming a founding member. There are only three or four other 250-meter tracks in the United States, and with Colorado’s thin air, he predicted the Boulder Valley Velodrome will be the country’s fastest.
“Track cycling is the most supercharged form of cycling,” he said. “It’s so easy to go fast, and it’s so addictive. There’s no traffic, no potholes, no dogs chasing you — it’s just the track and the buddies you’re riding with.”
Pearce said the velodrome would make Erie a destination and have residual benefits for the local economy, with cyclists hitting restaurants, gas stations and grocery stores in town.
“I see this as a huge opportunity for the cycling community in this area,” he said. “And it’s going to generate funds for Erie.”
Banta and Emerson said they are building the velodrome to meet Olympic standards, with a 1-inch-thick plywood track boasting a 42-degree angle at the curves and an 11-degree angle on the straightaways. Global velodrome designer Peter Junek is behind the project.
The Boulder Valley Velodrome will keep a fleet of track bikes — fixed-gear bicycles with no brakes and thin, high-pressure tires — on site for riders to use.
Mark Tyson, a board member for the Colorado Springs Velodrome Association, said it’s critical that Colorado have a track that meets the international standard.
“It’s important that riders know the nuance of a track that size,” Tyson said.
Emerson said it’s also important that the velodrome not just be a practice facility for elite athletes. He envisions reserving blocks of time each day for kids, seniors and casual cyclists to get to know the sport of track cycling.
And he encourages Erie residents to join up first.
“We don’t want Erie on the outside looking in,” Emerson said. “We want residents here to be the first ones to step up and take advantage.”
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