This past week the best cyclo-cross riders descended, and climbed all around the Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, Colorado. The 2014 U.S. National Cylo-cross Championships had come to town. I had the opportunity to go out to watch one race, the U23 Championship. These guys were hungry, skilled and aggressive. The winner was first-year under-23 racer Logan Owen. With the win Logan will wear the “Stars & Stripes” jersey, as he represents the United States in the U-23 World Cyclo-cross Championships later this spring. The work put into creating this World-class venue was obvious and the fans were treated to great competitions.
On a weird day in Colorado that had mid-day temps in the 60’s then snow by afternoon a young Texas stud put on quite a show at Valmont Bike Park in Boulder. Not to be deterred by gusting winds, Plus Size BMX & Black Market Bikes rider Clayton Shank no-handered, whipped and flipped off the best of what this park has to offer. Near empty on a beautiful Monday in January, the few that were on hand got to see some phenomenal riding by this young man.
Big Tex or Mr. Clayton, as my 6 year old calls him, holds a special place in our hearts. He is Elsa’s de facto private bike instructor and according to her is “the man”. I couldn’t ask for a better role model.
Enjoy a collection of recent images of Big Tex from this past weekend. Hard to believe it’s January. Got to love Colorado!
It is really special when a group of friends get together to put on a show at the local bike park. Clayton Shank, a Colorado rider, played host to visiting California pro mountain bikers Jake Kinney James Visser. The audience today, on a quiet Monday at Valmont Bike Park, were a number of us trying to capture fantastic skills and some fortunate local talent. These guys laid it town and tore it up.
What a crew on a hot breezy Labor Day at the Valmont Bike Park. The dirt jumpers were out in force and there is no better way to get the best out of a bunch of talented riders than to break out the camera! The boys from Plus Size BMX put on quite a show along with World BMX Champ Collin Hudson and a slew of local talent. Limits were pushed, some successful some not, but it all made for some great shots.
Well, yesterday was a fun-filled day to say the least. Woke up and headed for the Bolder Boulder to support the family and shoot some pics, then coordinate a pick-up from the grandparents and find time to get out to the Valmont Bike Park to shoot some big air. What a day.
The riders were great and I was happy to shoot as long as I could before I had to hustle back to go to the Boulder Creek Fest. It is important to never miss out on anything.
Wow, what a place! Thanks to the hard work and dedication of an amazing group of organizations, companies and individuals; the Valmont Bike Park has gone from dream to reality. This little piece of paradise located within the city limits of Boulder, Colorado provides a wonderful mix of trails, tracks, jumps and features to please all types and skill levels of off-road cyclists. We made our first visit today and everyone had a blast. I was psyched that there was a group of awesome riders getting big air in the jump park who were willing to put up with me and my gear.