Saturday, January 3, 2009
Is Steamboat’s Claim to Ski Fame a Lesson for Fort Collins?
No, we have no hopes of becoming a ski town, but what about 70 Olympic athletes training here and people coming from all over the country because we’re the cycling capital of the US?
That’s the hope, anyway of the Fort Collins Velodrome Association.
The example from Steamboat isn’t all that farfetched. Read how Howelsen Hill in Steamboat got started as the only ski resort in Colorado to make the Colorado State Register of Historic Places. One of the oldest operating ski resorts in the country, National Public Radio did a feature on the ski area in December 2008.
So why not a Fort Collins cycling park, criterium course, and indoor (or outdoor) velodrome to replicate Howelsen Hill?
The photos show kids from 6 - 16 on an Italian velodrome in Forli, Italy.