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Look out: Longboarders lovin’ move to mountains

Scott Willoughby
The Denver Post
Spectators get a birdseye view as racers speed into turn three during the 2nd Annual Buffalo Bill Downhill longboard skating race Sunday 05/09/10 on Lookout Mountain in Golden, Colo. The one mile course featured eight turns. (SPECIAL TO THE POST/ MATT MCCLAIN)

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN – According to these guys – and no one knows more about speed on a skateboard than they do – there’s a hill in Colorado with the distinction of being the fastest skateboarding street in the world.

Although it isn’t impossible to sleuth out, they’re hesitant to say exactly where it is. They even prefer not to mention the town it’s in.

That’s because skateboarding on a road is illegal in Colorado, albeit a misdemeanor of the jaywalking variety, punishable with a $22 fine. But for the throng of more than 100 gritty gravity-fueled street surfers who gathered last weekend for the second annual Buffalo Bill Downhill Race on Lookout Mountain, that kind of money can add up quickly.

It’s one of the reasons the enthusiastic crowd of longboard racers is so stoked about the fledgling Buffalo Bill event. For two days out of the year, a steep, twisted mile and a half of South Lookout Mountain Road is closed to car traffic and opened to skaters donning leather speed suits, body armor and full-face helmets for head-to-head competition in one of only three legal skateboard races in the nation.

It’s a far cry from the tradition of “outlaw” racing the clan is accustomed to, with the benefit of hay-bale safety barriers and U-Haul shuttle rides providing skaters some 50 laps on the polished pavement overlooking both the Coors Brewery and the Continental Divide.

And the showcase of the state’s seemingly endless assortment of steep mountain streets has captured the attention of longboarders throughout North America.

“I’m a racer myself, and I felt like there was good demand for a race like this in Colorado,” event organizer Justin DuBois said Sunday. “There are a lot of kids that want to race and don’t have a place to go besides outlaw races, which are super dangerous and you can’t really get away with it. The sport is growing. There are just more and more fast people out there. Every year the kids keep

getting faster and faster and more capable of skating gnarlier roads, and the courses just have to advance with that.”

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