While the Boulder Valley Velodrome has been on the market for two years, staff and volunteers continue to try and grow the love and passion for the sport of track cycling.
For a few years now, professional and recreational cyclists have been traveling the world to visit the Olympic-scale bike track.
“Right now, we have the Australian team using the facilities,” said Susan Lavelle, development director for the Velodrome. “They’ve come here for altitude training.”
Not only are visitors from Australia using the 250 meter track, but Lavelle said the Canadian team will be visiting.
“We really have the best of the best coming to use the facility,” Lavelle said. “But we also have the average riders, beginners, and everything in between. We have all different kinds of programming to provide to everyone.”
Programs at the Velodrome cater to every type of rider, from those who want to ride once to those who wish to receive their certification, and of course programs for the junior riders.
“The best part of the track is, not only is it safe, but it gives you better skills to be out on the road,” Lavelle said. “It helps you become a stronger cyclist, a smarter cyclists, and it allows you to get support from our phenomenal community of cyclists.”
Co-owner Frank Banta said the programs are well received and they have the best coaches.
“We have kids who started four or five years ago and they’ve developed into very good cyclists,” Banta said. “The programs are working. I don’t think there’s a specific change I would make.”
The velodrome in Erie is one of two in Colorado. The other is at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, but the Boulder Valley track is the only Olympic-sized track, according to Lavelle.
“It’s a 250 meter track, and it’s outside in the altitude,” Lavelle said.
Banta said he believes it’s the best outdoor velodrome in the world.
Banta and Doug Emerson have been the owners since its inception, but say it’s time to move on.
“This is our baby, we took this thing to what it is now from being nothing. We accomplished what we wanted,” Banta said. “It’s gotten too big for us. It needs a bigger umbrella.”
He added that life has changed for both him and Emerson to keep managing the property.
“It’s not something I can do everyday, our lives changed dramatically from the time we started this,” Banta said.
In 2004, the duo began to dream up the track. Two years later, they were given the ‘go’ from the town of Erie, but it would be another two years before construction would begin. A storm in 2013 created setbacks from opening the track.
Riders were able to take the first spin in 2015.
“In 2005 we began to get very serious opening the velodrome,” Banta said. “There’s enough cyclists in the Front Range to make it a good idea.”
He added over the years, the business partners have accomplished their goals, and hope it continues to grow.
In 2017, the site was listed for sale for $4.7 million. Today, it’s listed for $1.8 million.
“There’s been plenty of interest,” said Eric Rutherford, real estate agent for WK Real Estate in Boulder. “It’s a unique property, and it’s going to take a unique buyer.”
In the meantime, Thursday nights at the Velodrome are a big draw for spectators. Every week, Thursdays are known as race nights.
“It’s under the lights, and becomes a family event,” Lavelle said. “It’s a fun night and we’re trying to create a community place where everyone can come and fall in love with track cycling.”
The track’s season typically runs from April through October, but with longer winters and hotter summer days, Lavelle said the season could stretch. The track is opened daily, weather permitting.
For a list of scheduled events, or to learn more about the programs, visit bouldervalleyvelodrome.com.