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.
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.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Over 2000 photos have been posted for the Darkblade Systems Thunderbird Road Race, which took place on Sunday, 12 August 2018 at the US Air Force Academy. This race was also the Colorado and Southern Wyoming state road race championships for 2018.
Results will be posted shortly.
On behalf of COS Racing, thank you to everyone who played a role in making yesterday’s 2018 Darkblade Systems Thunderbird Road Race a success. Over 300 riders competed for personal and Colorado state road race championship honor.
Special thanks to our title sponsor Darkblade Systems, RŌL Wheels for neutral wheel support, and Halo Branded Solutions, Dr. Soot Chimney Sweeps Inc, and Locked In Escapes for their waterbottle sponsorship.
Results and photos will be posted ASAP.
From the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado (BRAC):
“Riders do not need to be annual BRAC members to qualify for state championships. However, they need to be US citizens or permanent residents of the United States and must live in BRAC’s local area that consists of all of Colorado and the southeast corner of Wyoming…. On the results [BRAC] will indicate who the state champions are….Riders need to be annual BRAC members to receive Rocky Mountain Cup points.”
Based on this guidance, we may have two podium ceremonies for some events – One for the state championships and a different one for prizes depending on if whether we have out-of-state riders in a particular category that have placed.
One of our 2018 race sponsors – Pita Pit – has posted a new menu for this year’s event including $2 coffee to meet your morning coffee requirements and a wide range of healthy lunch options for racers, officials, volunteers, and spectators. These include straightforward health, vegan, and or gluten-free choices. Since food options for non-DoD personnel are quite limited on the USAFA, you’ll find Pita Pit’s booth in the Vendors area close to the entrance to the 10th Medical Group Clinic. For details and pricing, see menu below.