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Is pretty nice.... and it's FREE.

 

 

 

And this is the Crankworx Course that I was a Course Marshall on this past weekend at Winter Park.

 


Edited by daysailer1 - 8/3/11 at 7:42am
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Well, the video on the Valmont Bike Park didn't mention one of the other accomplishments of it's short history.  My orthopedic surgeon mentioned that the ambulance crew has been hauling an average of three folk a day out of the park.  Evidently, there's lots of carnage, and it is generating a fair amount of business for his practice generally and himself personally.  He wondered if they weren't going to have to tone the park down because of the number of folk being hurt.

 

Mike

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Well, the video on the Valmont Bike Park didn't mention one of the other accomplishments of it's short history.  My orthopedic surgeon mentioned that the ambulance crew has been hauling an average of three folk a day out of the park.  Evidently, there's lots of carnage, and it is generating a fair amount of business for his practice generally and himself personally.  He wondered if they weren't going to have to tone the park down because of the number of folk being hurt.

 

Mike


I hope not. Give people a place to hurt themselves. What makes Valmont pretty sweet us there is there is actually challenging stuff out there. The minute you take it away your just giving rogue trail builders an excuse to build more rogue trail.

 

So many things are so sanitized that kids today get more excitement and adrenline rush from video games instead of being outside. Today's society lacks so much in risk and danger and fun that instead of going to the play ground  go to a local playground and try to find a see-saw,  how about a tall jungle gym, merry go round? Most of these things have been removed by saftey nazis.  Building a bike park like a safety nazi would make it about exciting as going down a dirt road.  A few cuts, bruises and broken bones whether at a playground ,or a bike park is alot better than the alternative.......

 

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...with out some risk there is no fun.

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Dang, look at that --  capitalization, spelling, and punctuation are pretty good. I feel like there's been a death.

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I hope not. Give people a place to hurt themselves. What makes Valmont pretty sweet us there is there is actually challenging stuff out there. The minute you take it away your just giving rogue trail builders an excuse to build more rogue trail.

 

So many things are so sanitized that kids today get more excitement and adrenline rush from video games instead of being outside. Today's society lacks so much in risk and danger and fun that instead of going to the play ground  go to a local playground and try to find a see-saw,  how about a tall jungle gym, merry go round? Most of these things have been removed by saftey nazis.  Building a bike park like a safety nazi would make it about exciting as going down a dirt road.  A few cuts, bruises and broken bones whether at a playground ,or a bike park is alot better than the alternative.......

 

article-1207803-061D8B33000005DC-250_468x350.jpg

 

 

...with out some risk there is no fun.


Are these kids playing the "at home version" of Valmont the Bike Park? 

 

 

 

Sounds like the local doctors might want to subsidizing the park. 

 

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More on injuries at Valmont Bike Park in the Daily Camera article.

 

Sounds like the same thing happened when they opened Scott Carpenter Skate Park.  Injury rate went down after awhile.  Looks like alot of people are getting injured because they are using XC bikes in the bike park.  Injury rate is already going down at Valmont.

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I hope not. Give people a place to hurt themselves. What makes Valmont pretty sweet us there is there is actually challenging stuff out there. The minute you take it away your just giving rogue trail builders an excuse to build more rogue trail.

 

So many things are so sanitized that kids today get more excitement and adrenline rush from video games instead of being outside. Today's society lacks so much in risk and danger and fun that instead of going to the play ground  go to a local playground and try to find a see-saw,  how about a tall jungle gym, merry go round? Most of these things have been removed by saftey nazis.  Building a bike park like a safety nazi would make it about exciting as going down a dirt road.  A few cuts, bruises and broken bones whether at a playground ,or a bike park is alot better than the alternative.......

 

article-1207803-061D8B33000005DC-250_468x350.jpg

 

 

...with out some risk there is no fun.


That's Spock, Scotty and Kirk if future Earth had had no Valmont Bike Park. Don't let that happen!

post #8 of 14
Bush/Josh, I couldn't agree more with you. Today's kids are coddled and protected too much, and the rate of obesity is ridiculous. Fortunately, Boulder is less susceptable to the obesity issue than most. Colorado has the lowest obesity rate in the nation, but that being said, our obesity rate is greater than the national average from 1990. Boulder is more fit than Colorado' but I suspect it mollycoddles it's kids more than most.

people ought to be able to figure this out and take responsibility for their own actions. We don't need a nanny state to protect folk from their own folly.

Mike
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Is that Mick Pascal that won the men's race? French Nat'l stripes on his jersey... I can't think of anyone else it could be.

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Is that Mick Pascal that won the men's race? French Nat'l stripes on his jersey... I can't think of anyone else it could be.



It looks like it was Waylon Smith of Great Britian.  I just posted the top 15 results - there are more.

 

crankworx results 2011.tiff

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Hmm... this says it was Pascal - http://www.vitalmtb.com/videos/member/Crankworx-Colorado-2011-Pro-Downhill-Highlights,8523/bturman,109

 

Do you ride the park much? Looks really good.

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Hmm... this says it was Pascal - http://www.vitalmtb.com/videos/member/Crankworx-Colorado-2011-Pro-Downhill-Highlights,8523/bturman,109

 

Do you ride the park much? Looks really good.



Here's all the official results - http://crankworxcolorado.com/results.html

 

I haven't done Valmont yet.  I drive by it all the time though - it's on the way to the homebrew supply store.  I was over at Devin Lenz's shop a few weeks ago and mentioned something about borrowing one of his bikes and trying out Valmont.   His eyes got all big, he got quiet, and politely told me that it was beyond my ability. roflmao.gifSome of the pro riders he sponsors are loving it though.  I don't think Devin has ridden it either.  He spends his time riding the park he built behind his shop, at Sol Vista, or at Winter Park.

 

I did catch Devin working in his shop

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... I was over at Devin Lenz's shop a few weeks ago and mentioned something about borrowing one of his bikes and trying out Valmont.   His eyes got all big, he got quiet, and politely told me that it was beyond my ability....


??? They have a wide range of stuff there, including beginner-friendly.  You should be good to go on some fun stuff there.

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??? They have a wide range of stuff there, including beginner-friendly.  You should be good to go on some fun stuff there.



That's what I thought and what the above video says too.   I think I'm riding the Vespa over there tomorrow afternoon and taking pictures.  I'll probably then drive over to Devin's shop and steal a few bikes and ride them over there on Sunday.

 

The park is right next to the airport, the emissions inspection station, and the county jail.  The first time I saw it - I thought it was a new recreation facility for the jail and was extremely jealous.redface.gif

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