Taylor Calmus, aka Dude Dad being interviewed at Hughes by Denver 7.

Local video creator (and former bike mechanic) Taylor Calmus, aka Dude Dad, has joined the movement to turn the former Hughes stadium property into a bike park.  Many locals were surprised when Calmus approached the podium during a recent city council meeting to speak out in favor of the bike park and again the next day when he showed up at the former college football stadium to be interviewed by Denver 7.  The father of three (soon to be four) is well-versed in riding dirt jumps, pump tracks and helping to build parks. Clamus started riding BMX bikes when he was nine, and after moving to California, he started riding dirt jumps. “I honestly started hitting the biggest jumps of my life in my 30s” he said during a recent interview with YGR.  “Riding is my yoga. It’s one of the things I can do to clear my mind. When I’m riding, I’m not worried about anything else.” he continued. “My self-care is riding my bike. I love riding bikes. I’ve been doing it my whole life. It’s where I can go and check out, and sort of regroup and recharge and get myself care” he said in his How to teach a kid how to ride a bike video in 2020.

Calmus was also involved with the group that helped get the Sapwi Trails Community Park built in Thousand Oaks, California. “We started the collective because we saw a need to build a more inclusive park that anyone could come ride.” He got involved with the push to build a bike park in Fort Collins in 2020 when OMBA started exploring options. “Now that we are focusing on Hughes, I will be helping rally people, getting the word out,” he said.  When asked what a bike park would mean to his family, Calmus said, “It would be huge. Not all kids are into traditional sports. A bike park is such an amazing outlet for so many kids to grow their skills, confidence, and character.”

Taylor, a native of South Dakota, moved to Fort Collins with his wife Heidi in 2020 to raise their family. His Dude Dad brand has 581k subscribers on YouTube, 776k followers on Instagram, and 4.2m on Facebook. In addition to Hughes, Taylor and Heidi have used their extensive social media network to help raise money for many local charities, including, Realities for Children, Respite Care, My Happy Place, The Avery Center, and the Boulder County Fire Fund.

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Taylor, Heidi and Lucas Hoback during a resent Repite Care visit.

City Council Speech

Dude Dad spoke during a recent Fort Collins City Council meeting.

2019 Pumptrack Video

Calmus explains why riding is important to his family in a 2019 Dude Dad YouTube video. We also get a glimpse into his pump track and dirt jump skills.

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