Who built the track?
Founded by Frank Banta and Doug Emerson, and designed by renowned track architect Peter Junek, Boulder Valley Velodrome is an Olympic-caliber bicycle-racing track that boasts the angles and altitude for some of North America’s best riding.
How big is the velodrome, and how steep are those bankings?
Boulder Valley Velodrome is built to Olympic-Standard size. The track dimensions are as follows:
- 7m wide
- 41.5 max banking
How do I know if the track is open or get weather updates?
Check the calendar on our website for the full track schedule. Before you visit us to watch or ride, please check our homepage newsfeed or Facebook and Twitter accounts for scheduling updates and track closures due to weather and other circumstances.
What kind of amenities do you offer?
Amenities at Boulder Valley Velodrome include changing rooms, bathrooms and a spectator area with picnic tables.
Currently, we sell water and other assorted non-alcoholic beverages. On some Thursday nights, you may find Sweet Cow’s moomobile in our parking lot selling ice cream – we are thrilled to call Sweet Cow one of our sponsors.
Location and contact information
We are located in Erie, Colo., on E County Line Road, just north of Arapahoe Road.
Business mailing address
5350 Pennsylvania Avenue
Boulder, CO 80303 USA
601 Bonnell Avenue
Erie, CO 80516 USA
For directions, click here.
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.
May I bring my dog?
We love pets; however, they are not allowed inside Boulder Valley Velodrome, not even if they are on leashes.
When can I ride the velodrome?
During track season – about April through October – Boulder Valley Velodrome is open 7 days a week, weather permitting. We host open and structured training sessions that are included with track membership. Periodically, we also host advanced structured training, motor pacing, and other special sessions open to members for an additional fee.
See the Boulder Valley Velodrome calendar for our schedule, which is updated in real time.
How can I get on the track if I’m not a member?
Sign up for a 90-minute taster session to give it a try, or enroll in our Day at the Track 1 intro class, which is your first step becoming certified. Once you are track certified, you can become a member and ride the track 7 days a week, as the weather allows.
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 to ride at our facility.
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. Learn more here.
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″.
I am visiting from out of town. Can I ride?
Please send us an email, 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.
Equipment and membership
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 cost of all BVV taster sessions and classes.
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 SPD-SL pedals and shoes for our rental fleet. If you do not have shoes with Shimano SPD-SL road cleats, you can use our Pearl Izumi rental shoes for free. To help prolong the life of our cranks, we discourage you from bringing your own pedals.
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. You can rent one of these spaces, which includes a hook to hang your bike, for $125 per year.
Will my belongings be insured through the Boulder Valley Velodrome?
No. You’re on your own.
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 Racing are open only to BVV-certified riders.
When will races be held? What do I need to participate?
We are extremely lucky to have Chris Ferris 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 in USAC races, which include our Thursday Night Saturday Race Series and Saturday Time Trials, riders must hold a USA Cycling Road/Track racing license, category 4 or above and have been certified on a track.
To participate in our training programs, which include B-Level Racing and Sprint Days, you must be BVV-certified and hold a membership.
How do I sign up for your newsletter?
Subscribe to the BVV Flyer, our community newsletter
Who takes the great photos on your website and Facebook page?
If you would like to purchase an image they’ve taken, please contact them via their websites or contact us and we will put you in touch.
Am I allowed to take photos and video at Boulder Valley Velodrome?
Absolutely. Please capture and share your experience at the track, whether you are riding or spectating.
If you plan to photograph or get video footage away from the spectating area and close to the action, please introduce yourself and let us know your plans so we are aware of your presence. For your safety and the safety of our riders, be aware of what is happening around you.
If you have questions about photography or videography, or want to discuss a specific project, send us an email.
What happens in the winter?
The track is open all winter, weather permitting. 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!
Have more questions? Send us an email!