The Cyclocross Skills Crouse at Rossborough Park officially opened for the season on Sunday, August 1st. After a successful pilot program in 2019 and what amounted to a soft opening in 2020, the course is ready to go full steam in 2021. This year we again refined the course by using more of the existing park features and dialed in the approach and exit to the 'Van der Pole', which is now more of an out-and-back as intended.
The .71 mile course includes; off-camber turns, two sets of stairs, a sandpit, and two adjustable-height barriers, and a one-handed turning pole. 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 permitted, 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 course will close each season in mid-December. Usually the week of cyclocross Nationals.
Here are some best practices with regards to interaction with other park users; 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 Send Town Bike Club, Ronny Bush State Farm Insurance, 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
Eastside stairs: 24' long, 12 steps
Westside stairs: 24' long, 8 steps
Sandpit: 80' long, 10' wide, 14" deep, 65 tons of sand.
Barriers. 2 barriers adjustable at zero" 4", 6" 10" 12" and 16" (UCI reg)
The Van der Poel- 5' metal pole for one-handed turning practice.
Wooded singletrack berm
Fully painted course
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.
There are no bathrooms at Rossborough. Plan ahead.
Do not go full gas. Don't go for the KOM, it's already been flagged.