Due to USA Cycling Masters Nationals coming to the US Air Force Academy on our usual dates, COS Racing will host this year’s Darkblade Systems Thunderbird Road Race on September 8, 2019. Check back soon for details.
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
Headline photo credit to @cbgphoto.
Chris Murphy: Biography
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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — On 24 March, USA Cycling Level 3 Coach Daryl Spano conducted a skills clinic for COS Racing team members. The clinic covered the basics of bike fit, racing tactics, bike handling, and feed zone and group ride dynamics. Over 15 team members benefited from the clinic.
As part of the team’s vision of supporting and enhancing local racing in all disciplines, COS Racing has implemented a program of structured professional development for team members – both to improve the quality of local racing and to encourage team members of all categories and disciplines to embrace racing.
Pink Realty, one of COS Racing’s long-time sponsors, graciously allowed the team to use the conference room in their new facility along Austin Bluffs Parkway. Coach Spano was assisted by team member Matt Brady. The clinic was followed by a
US AIR FORCE ACADEMY, COLORADO – Sunday was another outstanding early-season day for road racing at the early season Front Range Classic with COS Racing landing on the podium at least once during multiple challenging races amongst packed fields and tough national-level competition. The road race took place on a fast 13-mile hilly course on the US Air Force Academy.
More than a dozen COS Racing riders entered the Mens, Womens, and Masters Road Races. According to multiple competitors, the preceding week’s blizzards had cancelled travel plans for many professional and elite teams headquartered in Colorado resulting in a surge in elite-level participation in this event. By race morning this meant that nearly every race was full with a waiting list for many categories. This was not limited to professional categories. Nearly every race reached capacity with fields of 75 riders. Although the fields were large, the hilly course rapidly stretched out most fields into small groups and individuals riders.
In the Mens Masters (40+) Pro/1/2/3/4/5 race, four COS Racing riders – David Neis, Glen Larson, Ian Matteson, and Erik Hartel – competed against a sold-out field of mostly-elite level riders. On the first lap, a group of seven created an early break which resulted in a brutally-fast start for the event as other teams chased to close the gap before the climb. By the middle of the first climb up Pine Drive, the Masters’ field had largely exploded into a small lead group, multiple smaller chase groups, and a long line of stragglers. David Neis was able to catch was able to bridge to the lead group before the summit and remained there throughout. On the same climb, Larson, Matteson, and Hartel fell off. Larson and Matteson were able to hang with the lead-group stragglers until a second group coalesced around them. Led by Larson, this group rode to a respectable mid-pack finish. Neis stayed towards the front eventually finishing 17th overall. Afterwards, looking a bit dazed, Neis stated, “I expected this race to be hard, but not that hard.”
COS Racing riders from the
“…from my perspective, the [final] shakeup happened around the fire station. I just kind of looked back and saw that there was a good-sized gap that had opened. I ended up cramping a bit so lost contact with the group of 10 or so, but got back on.”– Peter Jackman, 5th in Mens Cat 4/5 race
Jackman sprinted to fifth place from a small lead group with the remainder of the COS Racing team finishing shortly thereafter.
Other COS Racing Riders Peter Tonn and Matt Brady, as well as Liz Woods and Marisa
US AIR FORCE ACADEMY, COLORADO – During the first day of racing at the annual Front Range Classic, COS Racing riders notched up solid criterium performances against large fields and tough competition. Despite the cancellation of the earlier time-trials due to icy conditions, the morning sun quickly melted any winter residue left over from Wednesday’s blizzard and made for a great day of criterium racing.
Top-ten results included a second place, one fifth, and
In the Men’s Masters (40+) Open Category, Dave Neis raced to fifth place against an strong field of Pro/1/2/3/4/5 racers, finishing just behind former US Hour Record Holder and US National Road Race Champion, Norm Alvis.
In the Men’s Cat 4/5 race, five COS Racing riders lined up against a strong field of over 60 racers. Racers Ian Matteson, Matthew Payne, and Vladimir Dragomirov succeeded in making it into the decisive move early in the race, when a group of 20 riders, driven by Ian Matteson, was able to open a gap on the remainder of the field. Matteson held position near the front throughout the race and was one of the key animators on the climb. With about seven laps remaining, Matteson’s efforts on the front had reduced the field to fifteen racers. Matthew Payne demonstrated smart tactics throughout remaining well sheltered in the lead pack. With three laps to go, Dragomirov launched an attack that further strung out the lead group. Matteson crossed the line in second, while Payne and Dragomirov sprinted to 7th and 13th positions, respectively. Riders Mark Leenheer and Ron Buhdi placed finished behind the lead group.
Additional COS Racing competitors included Matt Brady in the Men’s 2/3 Crit. Matt rode a strong race, initially sticking with the lead group before getting separated and finding himself in one of the many chase groups. He finished 11th overall.
COS Racing is one of the co-sponsors of this race. Over fifteen team members volunteered on day one to manage on-site registration, number pick-up, and course preparation.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — On 16-17 March 2019, in conjunction with the US Air Force Academy Cycling Team, COS Racing will support the two-day annual “Front Range Cycling Classic” at the
US Air Force Academy. COS Racing team members will support registration and other activities to enable this USA Cycling (USAC) and Collegiate event.
This year’s event consists of a team time trial, a criterium, and a road race for USAC and collegiate racers. Non-USAC riders may purchase a one-day license.
On January 23, 2019, six COS Racing members volunteered at the Kids on Bikes (KOB) Pedal Station to build and repair bicycles for disadvantaged children.
The Pedal Station is the repair/retail shop for Kids on Bikes where donated bicycles are prepared to either be sold or given to children in the Colorado Springs community. COS Racing is grateful to be able to partner with KOB and support them through regular volunteering efforts.
COS Racing will be participating in additional KOB events on 20 March, 15 May, and 17 July 2019.
To learn more about Kids on Bikes, please visit kidsonbikes.net!
On the 7th of February 2019, US Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, announced that 14 athletes, including COS Racing’s Chris Murphy, will represent Team USA at the 2019 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, March 14-17, in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.
For more details see:
Truby, O. (2019, February 8). U.S. Team Named for 2019 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships. Retrieved February 12, 2019, from https://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Features/2019/February/07/US-Team-Named-for-2019-UCI-Para-cycling-Track-World-Championships
UCI. (n.d.). 2019 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships. Retrieved February 12, 2019, from https://www.uci.org/news/2018/2019-uci-para-cycling-track-world-championships
COLORADO SPRINGS – COS Racing Team Member JohnMcFarlane took 2nd place in the individual 2018 BRAC CX Cup Point awards in the Men’s 40+ Category 4 Cyclocross (CX). John is a stellar CX and gravel rider who notched up multiple podium finishes this year. John’s outstanding season podium finish can be attributed to fast, solid, and consistent riding across the entire series.
Most notably, MacFarlane took the top step of the podium at this season’s Cross of the North and Salty Cross, placed 4th in Eldora, 6th in the State Championships, 7th at the Rocky Mountain Regional CX Championships, and
11th at Sienna Lake
BRAC. “John MacFarlane Race Results – 2018.” – Results
Muncy, Ryan. “2018 Cross of the North Day 2 – Ryan Muncy Photography.” 2018 Cross of the North Day 2 Gallery RSS, Ryan Muncy Photography , ryanmuncyphotography.smugmug.com/2018-Cross-of-the-North-Day-2/.
Murphy, Brent. “8:55am – M40+4 / M50+4 .” 855am M40+4 M50+4 Gallery RSS, Brent Murphy Photography, www.brentmurphyphoto.com/2018-Cyclocross/2018-11-1011-Cross-of-the-North/2018-Cross-of-the-North-Sunday/855am/.
COLORADO SPRINGS — On December 8th, COS Racing rider Chris Murphy had an outstanding first day at the U.S. Paralympics Cycling Track Nationals! Chris won the 4K Individual Pursuit, was part of the winning Team Sprint, and set a new World Record in the Flying 200!!