FAQs

Boulder Valley Velodrome
601 Bonnell Avenue
Erie, CO 80516 USA
BVVelo@gmail.com
Track: 250m, 7m wide, 41.5 max banking

Do you allow spectators?
We welcome spectators anytime we are open! Simply walk down the stairs and up the ramp. You will arrive on the infield where you can watch riders training and racing. We would be happy to give you a tour and answer your questions.

We encourage you to join us for the action on race nights, too. Spectating is free – no admission – and our spectating area is full of picnic tables, so feel free to bring dinner or a snack to enjoy. Check the velodrome calendar for upcoming races.

When can I ride the velodrome?
During the week we have open ride times that are self organized by groups of riders for all track members to participate in.  Throughout the season, we also have structured training, advanced training and specific classes that are held by experience cyclists. You can refer to the velodrome calendar to see when it is open to you as a member.

How can I get on the track if I’m not a member?
Sign up for  Day at the Track intro class which is your first step becoming certified.  Or if you just want to race, see our question on racing below.

What does it mean to be track certified?
Every rider at Boulder Valley Velodrome, from first-time track cyclists to national champions, has been certified. We want to create a riding environment in which everyone communicates consistently and rides predictably. Track certification helps create trust among our riders by ensuring that everyone training at Boulder Valley Velodrome is familiar with the same track etiquette.

The certification process involves two classes. Once track certified, you can train at Boulder Valley Velodrome.

Do I need to be track certified in order to race?
To participate in USAC-sanctioned races, you do not need to be certified as a rider at Boulder Valley Velodrome; however, you must have a current USAC license of category 4 or higher on the track. Examples of USAC-sanctioned races include our Thursday Night Racing series and Saturday Time Trials / Record Attempts.

Our unsanctioned training races, including Sprint Day and B-Level Races are open only to BVV-certified riders.

I am visiting from out of town. Can I ride at Boulder Valley Velodrome?
Please send us an email at BVVelo@gmail.com, and we will work with you to accommodate your needs, whether you are planning to try track cycling for the first time or are an experienced track cyclist.

Are rental bikes available?
Yes, a fleet of Specialized Langster single speed bicycles.
The following sizes and quantities are available for rent:

  • 44cm – 4’5” to 4’8” – 10 bikes – 650c wheels
  • 46cm – 4’8” to 5’0” – 5 bikes– 700c wheels
  • 49cm – 5’0” to 5’5” – 8 bikes
  • 52cm – 5’5” to 5’8” – 9 bikes
  • 54cm – 5’8” to 5’10” – 9 bikes
  • 56cm – 5’10” to 6’0” – 10 bikes
  • 58cm – 6’0” to 6’3” – 9 bikes
  • 61cm – 6’3” to 6’6” – 5 bikes

Rental bikes are included in the costs of all BVV classes and courses.

What kind of pedals will be on the rental bikes?
Boulder Valley Velodrome is fortunate to have Shimano/Pearl Izumi as a sponsor. They provided pedals and shoes for our rental fleet. If you do not have shoes with standard Shimano road cleats, you can use our Pearl Izumi rental shoes for free. We will not be changing pedals on the rental fleet.

What is the minimum age to ride the track?
The minimum age is 11, and fit our smallest bike size, 44 cm with a standover of 27.5″.

Can bikes and wheels be stored at the facility?
Yes. If you have your own track bike, we have 300 spaces in our infield bunker, each wide enough to accommodate one bike and an extra set of wheels. A storage space rents for $125 per year.

Will my belongings be insured through the Boulder Valley Velodrome?
No. You’re on your own.

When will races be held? What do I need to participate?
We are extremely lucky to have Pat McDonough as our race director. His credentials as an event coordinator, as well as a lifelong passionate track cyclist, are impeccable. Please check the velodrome calendar for upcoming races.

Our Racing Programs will run under the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado. To compete, riders must hold a USA Cycling Road/Track Racing License, Category 4 or above and have been certified on a track.

What will go on in the winter?
The track is open all winter, weather permitting, and we believe the winter season will provide some of the best training days. Note that Boulder and Erie weather patterns are different. Daily tweets and Facebook updates will communicate when the velodrome is open or closed.

See you on the track!
For any further questions, please email us at: BVVelo@gmail.com

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