About

Boulder Valley Velodrome owners and founders Frank Banta and Douglas Emerson

In 2004, lifelong cycling enthusiasts Doug Emerson and Frank Banta hatched the idea to build a velodrome, stealing the movie line from “Field of Dreams” as their mantra: “If you build it, they will come.” In 2005, they formed a partnership with the dream to build an Olympic-caliber velodrome in Boulder County.

In 2006, a site was purchased in Erie, Colorado. In 2007, they traveled to Toluca, Mexico, to meet track designer, Peter Junek who was completing a 250-meter track.

Doug recalls, “We were lucky enough to be there when it was ready to ride. I had never been on a velodrome, but I always knew I would like it. Peter and I hopped on the track and did about 20 laps. It was exhilarating. I stopped, looked at Frank, and said, “We’re building a velodrome, and I don’t care if anyone comes.” On January 1, 2015, the velodrome opened.

Doug started University Bicycles in 1985 with 15 used bikes and a tool box. Today, the store is nationally recognized as one of the best (and biggest) bike shops in the country—an exemplary and inspirational small-business success story. Doug strives to bring the same grass-roots authenticity that defines his store to the velodrome project.

Frank founded Frank Banta Construction in 1977. With more than 40 years of construction experience, the opportunity to design, develop and build the Boulder Valley Velodrome was an awesome and welcome challenge. His goal was to build the best outdoor velodrome possible, taking no shortcuts to perfection. Frank is also co-director of the Buffalo Bicycle Classic. He was one of the founders in 2003 and the BBC has raised more than $2 million in scholarships for the University of Colorado Boulder.

Doug and Frank were fortunate to have the exceptional design services of local architect David Beal of David A. Beal & Associates LLC, and the guidance of world-renowned velodrome designer and builder Peter Junek of Board Track Racing Inc.

Additional generous and supportive sponsors include:

Big Red F Restaurant Group Gates Carbon Drive Boulder Beer
Centro Latin Kitchen Pearl Izumi Clif Bar
Good Bird Kitchen Shimano Noosa
Jax Fish House Specialized Bicycles Oscar Blues Brewery
West End Tavern Steelie Post Brewery
Zolo Grill The Pros Closet Colonial Mortgage
Sweet Cow Vermarc Stages Cycling
Boulder Solar Glass University Bicycles Single Track Realty / Dave Fish
 The Trade Desk Training Peaks  

Founding members include:

Andy Hampsten Jeff Baird Mike Imhoff
Becky Middleton Jerry Greenleaf Neal Henderson
Brian Worthy Jim Kinsinger Neil Dykes
Cari Higgins John DeSisto Nico Toutenhoofd
Colby Pearce John Vajda Ray Middleton
Danny Suter Jon Winegardner Rocky Rider
Dave Query Joseph Paulson Sandy Bracken
David Beal Juan Gutierrez Scott Havlick
David Beitel Kevin Luff Steve Illes
Don Hobbs Leanne Paez Duncan Taylor Phinney
Ed Pennella Leroy Smith Thomas Dimitroff
Edward Altshuler Marc Bekoff Thomas Prehn
Greg Berlind Mark Muggleton Tim Foon Feldman
  Michael Martin  

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