Colorado Hills Play Host to World-Class Skateboarding

May 2010
For two days every spring, a mile-and-a-half stretch of South Lookout Mountain Road in Jefferson County closes to host one of three legal skateboard races in the country. The latest race, organized by downhill skateboarder Justin DuBois happened Sunday, with DuBois telling the The Denver Post that there's a high demand for more such events in Colorado. Without legal races like Dubois', skateboard racers end up going "outlaw" on any steep hill they can find, putting themselves and motorists in danger. DuBois and other Colorado locals tell the Post that there's another Colorado street that's thought to be the fastest in the country, but they're not saying its name. They're still happy to be allowed to race on Lookout Mountain, where speeds can top 40 miles per hour, as groups of riders jostle for position through tight curves and long straightaways. "This event puts Colorado on the map, absolutely," 2009 race champion Zak Maytum of Boulder tells the Post. "The hills that we practice on around here are so much more difficult and so much more advanced than what people in other scenes have that we just have to learn fast." Maytum's confidence in Colorado's skateboard racing talent is justified: Two of the top three finishers in Sunday's race ended up being locals. Kevin "K-Rimes" Reimer of Vancouver edged out Maytum for first place, and Golden's Kyle Wester finished third. "