After 2 years of planning, the Rossborough Park Cyclocross Skills Course (#crossborough) officially opened for business on September 20th, 2019. The .71 mile course includes; off-camber turns, two sets of stairs, a sandpit, and two adjustable-height barriers. The grass course is best run in a clockwise direction and is painted with white field paint. One lap should take around four minutes. Anything under 3:45 means you're riding faster than allowed, so please slow down. Feel free to race-pace the features but chill on the rest of the course. The course is intended to hone skills, not race fitness. That being said, please do record your ride via Strava so we can track usage.
The pilot program will run until December 10th. At that time the course will close for the season and have all features, except the sandpit, removed while the city evaluates the course and its impact. We are hopeful that after the evaluation period the course will become permanent and act as an example of how to add more cycling features to Fort Collins parks. In order for this to happen, we must treat the park and other park users with the utmost respect. Be sure to follow the rules exactly as stated and politely engage with other park users. Here are some best practices; Be polite. Say hello. Chat people up about their dogs. Pick up trash. Wave. Explain the course and cyclocross. Listen to their concerns but don't argue or be confrontational. Don't swear (louder than a whisper anyway, I mean, it is cyclocross). If any issues arise or the features need attention, please shoot me a message.
The course was made possible by over a dozen of Fort Collins cycling community volunteers, Scott Glasscock with Mawson Lumber, Christoph Justen with Shadow Timbers Inc, The Ciclismo Youth Foundation, City of Fort Collins Parks and Park Planning Departments and Your Group Ride.
Course information and features
Address: 1630 Casa Grande Blvd, Fort Collins, CO 80526
East side stairs: 24' long, 12 steps
West side stairs: 24' long, 8 steps
Sandpit: 60' long, 10' wide, 14" deep, 55 tons of sand.
Barriers. 2 barriers adjustable at zero" 4", 6" 10" 12" and 16" (UCI reg)
Open from 5am-11pm
Maximum of 15 riders on the course at any given time.
Follow the course line.
Maximum speed limit of 15mph.
Course features and the park are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
Ride with the flow of traffic.
The best direction (to go up the stairs) is clockwise.
Yield to other park users even if they're on the course and course features.
Drop-in Use Only
No Paid Lessons
Closed during wet conditions. -Check YGR social media, the information kiosk or NoCo Trail Report for closure information.
There are no bathrooms at Rossborough. Plan ahead.
Do not go full gas. Don't go for the KOM, it's already been flagged.
Video provided by Eric Houck