Boulder County provides a great training ground for triathletes and cyclists, especially when there are convenient spots for athletes to gather. One of the most popular spots happens to be the Purple Door Market. Formerly known as Mary’s Market, the store changed ownership March 1st of last year by Greg Vann and Amy Ruf, owners of Purple Door Farm in Longmont – hence the appropriate name change.
Now located on the IRONMAN Boulder bike course, this already popular pit stop has experienced a noticeable increase in traffic. The addition of two portable toilets outside near the bike racks, one provided by Purple Door Market and the second by Dave Christen – IRONMAN Boulder race director, was done as a proactive measure to relieve pressure on the existing septic system. A recreational cyclist himself, Vann wants to cater to the cycling community and make Purple Door Market a haven for cyclists, as he described “an Irish brew pub for cyclists, without the alcohol.”
With tomorrow’s race the market will open at 8:00am, one hour earlier than normal Sunday hours, and have a variety of food and baked goods available for purchase including a BBQ starting at 10:30am. Spectators will definitely not have to worry about going hungry while cheering on their favorite athlete.