Sunday, October 18, 2009

Valmont Bike Park Groundbreaking & Cross Race

Yesterday was a monumental day for Boulder, and all those cycling advocates and local 'cross legends who have worked tirelessly for years to make the Valmont Bike Park a reality. The City of Boulder, Parks & Rec Department, and Valmont Bike Park organization held the official groundbreaking ceremony for the park, slated to open as early as next year. It will be an impressive, world-class bike facility, with a permanent cyclo-cross course, BMX park, singletrack trails, and more.

Boulder Daily Camera story here

Chris Grealish put on an ACA 'cross race and over 400 riders got to test out a sample course. Chris continued his support of more sustainable cycling by working with Eco-Cycle to make the race a Zero Waste event.

The CLIF BAR team volunteered to set up the Zero Waste stations and make sure the waste produced by the event got sorted into the proper bins - recycling, compost (food waste, compostable cups, and napkins), and trash..
In the racing action, Zane Godby led off the day for CLIF BAR with a solid 3rd place finish in the Cat. 3 category, after leading much of the race. Danny Hiller finished 3rd in the Junior 17-18 race, in his first cross action of the season.

In the Elite men's race, TEAM CLIF BAR's Brady Kappius, and the Devo Team's Eckmann brothers showed they are on top form heading into next weekend's US Gran Prix races in Louisville, KY. Fittingly, the race was won by Boulder MTB star Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski. Yannick Eckmann made a strong showing in the lead group from the start, and was quickly joined by Kappius. The two rode in the front group all day, with Yannick dropping back in the last lap due to a flat tire. Kappius cruised in for third. Robin Eckmann had his best Elite race of the season to date, finishing in 11th.

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