US Gran Prix cyclocross event coming this weekend to Fort Collins

It didn’t look like much early this afternoon, just a bunch of white metal stakes sunk in to dusty, dry dirt and brush and a manmade contraption with stairs on one side and a downhill ramp on the other.

But come Saturday, there will be plenty of action, thrills and spills as the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross comes to Fort Collins for the inaugural New Belgium Cup.

Race organizers say about 700-800 riders and 1,000-2,000 cycling fans are expected each day for two days of racing located on a 21.54-acre parcel of land owned by Vineyard Church just north of Tynan’s Fort Collins Nissan Kia, 5811 S. College Ave in Fort Collins.

Cyclocross is a form of bike racing that usually takes place in autumn and winter and consists of set number of laps over a short (1½ to 2 miles) course that includes pavement, wooded trails, grass, mud, hills, obstacles and more. Riders frequently must dismount their bikes and carry them through obstructions before remounting their bikes.

The US Gran Prix of Cyclocross is an eight-race, four-weekend series that includes the Planet Bike Cup (Sept. 25-26 in Madison, Wis.), the Derby City Cup (Oct. 23-24 in Louisville, Ky.) and the Stanley Portland Cup (Dec. 4-5 in Portland, Ore.).

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