Thunderbird Road Race p/b Darkblade Systems Results POSTED

COLORADO SPRINGS — Final results for this weekend’s State Road Race Championships have been posted to RaceResult.com and are available for download here.

Thanks to all 263 racers who competed, as well as to the many volunteers who donated their time to this event. Thanks also to the US Air Force Academy for allowing us to host this challenging event on their installation.

Finally, thank you to Darkblade Systems for sponsoring this event for the second year. Darkblade Systems is based in Northern Virginia with personnel supporting Intelligence Community and Department of Defense customers in Colorado, various other domestic locations, as well as overseas.  Events such as this one would not be possible without outstanding corporate sponsors.

See you all at next year’s event.

COS Racing

Breaking News: New Course Announced for the Darkblade Systems Thunderbird Road Race

Important

Due to unforecast road repairs on Stadium Blvd on the United States Air Force Academy, we have been forced to change the road race course for Seniors and Masters, again.

The new route is an 11.1 miles clockwise circuit that climbs Pine Drive to Interior Drive, then descends Academy Drive.

The juniors road race course remains unchanged.

Please see the attached flyer for updated information.

New Race Course for 2019 Darkblade Systems Road Race

The Darkblade Systems Thunderbird Road Race will feature a new race course for the senior and masters divisions this year. The new course will feature an out-and-back leg up Parade Loop. This new addition will add approximately 2.5 miles to each lap and feature a gradual climb towards the USAFA cadet area. Please see flyer for details.

Updated Race Information:

Four Podium Finishes at Pikes Peak Hill Climb

PIKES PEAK SUMMIT, CO – At yesterday’s 2019 Pikes Peak Hill Climb, COS Racing raced to four podium finishes. Racers Matt Bell, Lacey Rivette, JJ Lopez, and Daryl Spano finished atop the podium in first, second, third, and third places in their categories, respectively.

We got not 1, not 2, but 4 podiums!

-Ron Buhdi on Facebook, 10 August 2019

In Mens Senior Cat 4, first-year COS Racing racer, Matt Bell took the top-spot on the podium. Lacey Rivette took cond place in Womens Senior Cat 5s. JJ Lopez and Daryl Spano each took third overall in Masters Men 50+ Cat 4 and Masters Men 50+ Cat 1/2/3. respectively.

These results featured some tenacious riding. Riding in the 50+ Cat 1/2/3 race, Daryl described his race as “got dropped by the whole group but ended up clawing my way to third. Everyone on the team rode with inspiration! I call that a good day.”

…got dropped by the whole group but ended up clawing my way to third. Everyone on the team rode with inspiration! I call that a good day!

– Daryl Spano

Often described as brutal, iconic, and legendary, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb is 20-kilometer race up one of America’s tallest peaks. The event requires racers to ascend over 4,700 feet of elevation in slightly more than 12-miles.

Additionally, COS Racing riders Christo Clements, Ron Buhdi, George York, and Tony Nelson competed at the event, however, final results have not yet been published.

COS Racing Team Podiums at 2019 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Nationals

WINTER PARK, CO – On July 26, 2019, three COS Racing riders competed for national honors at the 2019 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Nationals in the Winter Park, Colorado. Two COS Racing riders took 5th place in their respective categories, while COS Racing member, sponsor, mentor, and coach, Daniel Matheny placed 6th overall.  This year’s event was hosted by Winter Park Ski Resort

Competing in the XC Women 25-29 Cat 1/2 event, Lacey Rivette raced to 5th.  Relatively new to endurance sports, Lacey wrote “I can’t describe how it feels to know that after only a year of consistent training and hard work, a girl who never did any type of racing or endurance sports was able to stand on the podium next to some insanely talented and fast ladies!”  This performance marked a notable improvement over her 7th place finish at this year’s 2019 Marathon Nationals at Palo Duro Canyon, Texas.

I can’t describe how it feels to know that after only a year of consistent training and hard work, a girl who never did any type of racing or endurance sports was able to stand on the podium next to some insanely talented and fast ladies!

– Lacey Rivette

In the XC Mens 35-39 Cat 1/2 race, Peter Tonn took the 5th step of the podium, matching his recent performance at Marathon Nationals.  Peter finished just 15 seconds off the lead group of four riders and a minute or so in front of former National Champion and COS Racing rider Daniel Matheny.

This year’s event took place on a climby, 5-mile singletrack loop that started at 9,000 feet above sea-level and topped out at over 9,600 feet.

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Multiple Top-10 Finishes by COS Racing Riders at the 2019 USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championship

On May 11, 2019, four COS Racing athletes competed at the USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championship at Palo Duro Canyon, Texas, taking home a second-place, fifth-place, seventh-place, and ninth-place in their respective categories. This marks a particularly success performance by the team’s MTB squad competing at the National level.

This year’s most notable performance took place in the Master Men 35-39 category where top COS Racing/Matheny Endurance rider and coach Daniel Matheny finished second overall. Matheny, last year’s National Champion in this event, faced stiff competition this year from Brandon Melott of DNA Racing who won by over two minutes. COS Racing teammate Peter Tonn finished ten minutes further back for a fifth-place finish after more than three-and-a-half brutal hours in the saddle, resulting in two COS Racing riders placing in the top-five nationally in this category. This race featured one of the largest fields over top-performing 33 riders.

In women’s racing, Lacey Rivette took seventh overall in the Women’s Open 19-29 category, while veteran COS Racing rider David Johnson placed ninth overall in the Master Men 55-59 race, after just over four hours of hard racing.

COS Racing rider Dustin Holcomb was slated to race in Mens Master 45-49 but did not start due to illness.

This year’s event took place near Amarillo, Texas, on Palo Duro Canyon’s Comanche Trail and had over 350 riders registered. Race organizers boasted that the course consisted of technical climbs and descents, as well as sections of smooth, fast trails of the floor of the canyon. Rain over the preceding night made for muddy conditions in places. Next year’s event will use the same course.

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Two Bronze Medals For Chris Murphy at UCI Para-cycling World Championships

APELDOORN, THE NETHERLANDS – On 14-17 March 2019, COS Racing team member Chris Murphy competed at the 2019 Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Apeldoorn taking home two bronze medals for Team USA. Chris and his team mates also set a new US national record in the Team Sprint competition. Overall, Team USA took home seven medals.

Competition took place on Apeldoorn’s 250-meter indoor wood track. Chris competed in the 1-kilometer time trial (Bronze), the individual pursuit (9th), the UCI’s new omnium race, and the team sprint competition (Bronze).

Although he took home the bronze medal in the event, Murphy experienced near catastrophe in the 1-kilometer when the start gate did not release him. Chris was able to salvage bronze through a herculean effort but expressed dissatisfaction with the race organizers for not resolving persistent technical issues during the competition.

According to Murphy, his most satisfying event was the team sprint on the last day of the competition in which he and teammates Joe Berenyi and Jason Kimball took bronze. The team also set a new national record in the event. It was also a breakthrough performance for a team sprint trio who has placed just off the podium in 4th place in five of their last six international races.

“…it’s always great to represent team USA and even better to step on the podium with the national team kit on your back.” – Chris Murphy

Chris also participated in the new omnium format which added a flying 200m racing to the already challenging combination of 1K TT, 4K pursuit, and 15k scratch race. This was a fortuitous addition for Chris, who won the 200m by a convincing margin of around half a second. Chris eventually withdrew from the omnium – which was only an exhibition event in this year’s championships – to focus on the team sprint event.

This year’s medals add to Chris’ already impressive tally of two golds and a bronze World Championship medals in the TT (twice gold) and pursuit. Chris also previously competed at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, taking 4th in the world in the team sprint.

Headline photo credit to @cbgphoto.

Team USA vs Australia for the bronze medal in the team sprint. Chris is in the top position.
Team USA on the track during the 1-kilometer race.

Chris Murphy: Biography

Additional Resources

https://www.facebook.com/UsParalympicsCycling/
Team USA Facebook

Sources:

Team USA. (n.d.). Preview: 2019 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships. Retrieved March 25, 2019, from https://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Features/2019/March/13/Preview-2019-UCI-Para-cycling-Track-World-Championhttps://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Features/2019/March/13/Preview-2019-UCI-Para-cycling-Track-World-Championships

Team USA. (2019, March 14).
Team USA Medal Tracker: UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships. Retrieved March 25, 2019, from https://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Features/2019/March/14/Team-USA-Medal-Tracker-UCI-Para-cycling-Track-World-Championships

Various. (n.d.). U.S. Paralympics Cycling (@usparacycling) • Instagram photos and videos. Retrieved March 25, 2019, from https://www.instagram.com/usparacycling/

Various. (n.d.). U.S. Paralympics Cycling. Retrieved March 25, 2019, from https://www.facebook.com/UsParalympicsCycling/

UCI. (n.d.). Overview. Retrieved March 25, 2019, from https://www.uci.org/para-cycling/overview