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Encierro Velo Recap

KIOWA, CO — It was a great day of racing for COS Racing at the Encierro Velo 100K Gravel Race, particularly in the Masters’ field. Six COS Racing riders took to the start today on a grueling 60-mile course that featured several long climbs and dozens of shorter ones. The top COS Racing performance came from Vladislav Dragomirov – who finished just off the podium in 4th place overall and 1st in the Men’s 30-39 category. Several of our Master’s racers also took podium positions. J Erik Hartel came in 14th overall and third in Masters Men (MM) 50+ while Mike West, Kevin Healy, and Michael Jones took first, second, and fifth in MM 60+.

As one might have predicted, this field was disproportionately stacked with professional gravel and road racers from throughout the region – most notably, team-friend Jonathan Cavner (Rodeo Labs) and former team member and neo-pro Henry York (Rio Grande) – all eager to race hard after a long COVID-enforced racing drought. At mile 5, on a section of road that featured strong crosswinds, Rodeo Labs launched a strong attack that shattered the field. Only Dragomirov was able to match the intensity – for a while, at least. Not atypical of gravel racing, the rest of the COS Racing contingent was left to race solo or in small groups soldiering through deep sand and over washboard conditions. Dragomirov described his race experience as a 54-mile individual time trial after losing contact with the lead trio. Most of our other riders shared his experience.

The race concluded with a Paris-Roubaix-style lap of the interior of the rodeo arena – a grueling slog through soft sand that had many riders dismounting to run their bikes across the line. The race was ultimately won by Nick Gould (Rodeo Labs).

This race was the first cycling event in the region since the lifting of some COVID-19 restrictions. Race organizer Phil Schweizer maintained solid control over the environment, enforced standards of social distancing and face-coverings in the start and finish areas, and had ample quantities of hand-sanitizer and other supplies on hand. Gravel racing is uniquely well-suited to social distancing since fields tend to splinter into small socially-distanced groups and individuals rather quickly. In this race, Rodeo Labs’ early attack set the conditions for a very dispersed race.

Additional solid performances came from David Johnson and George Pollard York, who placed 20th and 26th overall respectively.

Multiple Podiums for COS Racing at High Plains Grinder

ELBERT, CO – COS Racing made a significant impact on the podium during today’s High Plains Grinder – taking podiums three podium positions in the short-course race.

Ian Matteson, Matt Bell, and Vladislav Dragomirov took 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place, respectively, in the short-course race Men’s Open Category. J Erik Hartel took 3rd and Kevin Healy achieved 4th in the short-course Masters 50+. According to initial reports, team member and former US National Champion mountain biker Daniel Matheny finished in 4th place in the long course event, while Peter Tonn finished in mathematically-impossible “billionth place.”

Podium - Mens Short Course Open
Podium – Mens Short Course Open

This year’s event was significantly larger and more competitive than last year’s edition. Approximately 190 riders competed – split almost evenly between the 40-mile short-course and the 70-mile long-course. Both routes consisted of rolling hills through the windy and exposed prairies in and around Elbert. Conditions were also challenging with no shortage of quality washboard, headwinds, and sand.

The quality of racers at this year’s event also added to the challenge. The fields for both races contained numerous national, regional, and local race teams, including Lucky Pie, Tierra Plan, Modern Market, Subaru Groove, Trek, and Clinch. Former UCI professional rider Tom Danielson (Clinch) headlined the long-course field.

At least nine COS Racing riders lined up at the start including Matt Bell, Vlad Dragomirov, J. Erik Hartel, Kevin Healy, and Ian Matteson in the short-course event and Nicholas Brummer, Chris Ferguson, coach and sponsor Daniel Matheny, and Peter Tonn in the long-course.

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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