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COS Racing 2022 Road Season Officially Underway with a Dozen Podiums at Fountain Cycling Classic

HANOVER, CO – The road season officially started this weekend with solid performances by COS Racing at the 2022 Fountain Cycling Classic. Thirty COS Racing riders took to the start line over two days of competition, resulting in at least a dozen top-three podium finishes.

Most notably, both new-member Ashley Frye (SW4) and veteran Vlad Dragomirov (MM 40+ 3) took the top spots at the time-trial (TT) and the road race – unofficially taking the overall title in their respective categories for the event. Additionally, Seth Hurley (SM3) and new member Boudewijn van Werven (SM5) placed in the top three on both days, ensuring a top-three finish for each in the general classification (GC).

Officially known as “Groove Fountain Festival P/B Criterium Bikes & Sports Corp”, the Fountain Classic is a two-day race consisting of an 11.8 kilometer individual TT and a road race on the challenging “Squirrel Creek-Hanover Loop.” The event also features an overall GC result for each category.

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COS Racing took eighteen top-five positions, including five first-places, seven thirds, three fourths, and three fifth places in the individual events. For GC, we are likely to have at least four racers on the podium, including Ashley Frye, Vlad Dragomirov, Seth Hurley, and Boudewijn van Werven.

SUMMARY

1st --  Ashley Frye (TT - SW4), Ashley Frye (RR - SW4), Seth Hurley (TT - SM3), Vladislav Dragomirov (TT - MM 40+ 3), Vladislav Dragomirov (RR - MM 40+ 3)

3rd --  Boudewijn van Werven (TT - SM5), Boudewijn van Werven (RR - SM5), Diane Percy (Racing for DNA Cycling) (RR - MW 50+), George York (TT - MM 50+ 4), J. Erik Hartel (RR - MM 50+ 4), Lauren McMurtry (RR - SW4), Seth Hurley (RR - SM3)

4th --  Charlotte Miller (RR - MW60+), J. Erik Hartel (TT - MM 50+ 4), Wen Dolphin (TT - SM5)

5th --  Andrew McAdoo (RR - MM 50+ 4), Glen Larson (RR - MM 60+), Marisa Farro-Mira (RR - MW 50+)

Full results are available at BRAC.

Outside the top five, COS Racing still had many powerful performances across all categories. COS Racing had unprecedented turn-out in SM3 road race with over seven racers competing, as well as at least six racers in the combined MM 40+/50+ 3 road race. Our SM5 team excelled with several racers ready for an upgrade to Cat 4 soon.  Our women’s team also excelled across multiple divisions.

Congratulations to the following COS Racers. Well done. 

Alex Avakian (SM5), Andrew McAdoo (MM 50+ 4), Ashley Frye (SW4), Boudewijn van Werven (SM5), Charlotte Miller (MW 60+), Curt Butler (SM5), Dan Padgett (SM3), Dave Neis (MM P/1/2/3), David Anderson (MM 60+), Derek Bondy (SM4), Diane Percy (Club Team – racing for DNA Cycling) (SW P/1/2/3), George York (MM 50+ 4), Glen Larson (MM 60+), Hanson Finley (SM3), J. Erik Hartel (MM 50+ 4), John Morgan (SM5), Lauren McMurtry (SW4), Marisa Farro-Miro (SW4), Matt Bell (SM3), Mike Elmer (MM 50+ 4), Mike Rucker (SM5), Miles Juneau (SM3), Monty Bobo (MM 50+ 4), Peter Jackman (SM3), Ron Buhdi (MM 40+ 3), Seth Hurley (SM3), Steven Wade (MM 60+), Tony Nelson (SM5), Tracy Sharples (MM 60+), Vladislav Dragomirov (MM 40+ 3), and Wen Dolphin (SM5).

Thanks also to our fine sponsors.

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COS Racing Masters Excel in Colorado State Team Cup

COLORADO SPRINGS – In this year’s Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado (BRAC) Colorado Road Team Cup, COS Racing achieved some excellent team results – placing 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 9th at the state level in various categories. 

At the top of the pyramid, COS Racing took second place in the state in Masters Men’s Category 4 (40+), just behind Primal – Audi Denver and ahead of nine other teams.  Consistent top-3 finishes by Aaron Sudduth and Andrew McAdoo contributed enormously to these results. Sudduth notably took three wins plus an additional three top-five finishes; McAdoo won the Fountain Omnium, while racers Ray Decker, Brian McCall, and Tony Nelson contributed to these results.

COS Racing took third place in Masters Men’s Category 4 (50+) out of eleven teams in what appeared to be one of Colorado’s hardest-fought competitions.  Four COS Racing Masters racers – Ron Budhi, Michael Elmer, Erik Hartel, and George York – took to the start line over 64 times during the season, amassing three race wins, one sweep of the podium at the Fountain Festival, and a further twelve top-five finishes.  Consistency was also the key, with racers in this category placing in the top-10 47-times.  COS Racing was narrowly beaten out for the top prize by two strong Denver-based teams – RacerX Racing and Palomares

In the final two categories, Men’s Category 3 and Masters Men’s 60+, COS Racing placed 6th and 9th, respectively, with solid performances from Matt Bell, Vladimir Dragomirov, and Tracy Sharples.

Kemble Takes State Champions Jersey In Women’s Road Race

FOUNTAIN, CO – COS Racing rider Jasmine Kemble took first place in the Colorado Women’s Road Race (Cat 4) from a field of six racers. The road race was held on a tough, hilly course on the plains southeast of Colorado Springs under hot summer conditions.

This race is the culmination of a series of podium finishes for Jasmine ths year, including Dove Valley Criterium (1st place), Modern Market Criterium (2nd), Bannock Street Criterium (2nd), and Littleton Twilight Criterium (2nd).

Full Race Results: HERE

Rosaly Takes 2nd in Cat 1 at G3 MTB Stage Race

WINTER PARK, CO – Last weekend, COS Racing racer Guillermo Rosaly took 2nd Place in Cat 1 30-39 at the Grand Gear Grind (G3) Mountain Bike Stage Race in Grandby, Colorado.  Based at the edge of the world-renowned Rocky Mountain State Park, the G3 is a mountain bike stage race covering the best, highest, and most challenging single-track that Grand County Winter Park, Colorado, and the USA has to offer.

In total, the race covered 90 miles and over 15,000 feet of climbing through challenging Rocky Mountain terrain.  Guillermo has been an avid and incredibly strong MTB racer for COS Racing since 2020 – most recently, racing in the “Zia Rides Royal Gorge 12 & 6 Mountain Bike Race”.  According to him, his “fire is lit” and he’s ready to compete in many more events in Colorado.  Guillermo is building towards a podium finish at MTB Nationals.

Congratulations to Guillermo and his support squad on a superb start to the MTB season.

Big Race Weekend for COS Racing

ELBERT, CO – Ten miles away it was sunny and 65 degrees. At the Peaceful Valley Scout Camp for the start of the Mad Gravel race, the day started cold and foggy with temps in the 40s and a 10-25mph wind ripping out of the north. Despite that, COS Racing’s 15 riders had a very successful day at today’s inaugural edition presented by Rattler Racing. Today’s racing featured three courses – 123mi, 78mi, and 43mi. It also featured a CX-style singletrack climb through a dozen tight S-turns to the finish. The majority of COS Racing competitors participated in the 43-mile “Sprint” event.

Dave Neis of COS Racing took an impressive 8th Place overall in the 123mi “Ultra” event behind multiple past- and present professional riders to include Grant Koontz, Greg Daniel, Jonathon Cavner, Jürgen Eckmann, and Alex Howes, making him one of the top amateur competitors in this event. Johanna Neuber also finished 4th in the women’s category.

In the 78-mile “Marathon” event, five riders also participated with Ellie Malfeld taking 2nd overall in the women’s category. Vladislav Dragomirov reportedly crashed hard while riding in the breakaway, surviving but breaking his handlebars in half in the process.

At least nine riders crossed the start line along with 116 other riders in the Sprint. The highest placing were Jeffrey Turner (4th) and J Erik Hartel (6th), overall, with Wendy Kimmel Stalnaker taking 8th in women’s. In age group results, Jeff and Erik took the top two podium positions in MM 50+, while Tracy Sharples, Jean-Baptiste Lafon, Kevin Healy, and Mike West took positions 2nd through 5th in MM 60+, which featured an unusually deep field of over 18 riders.

This weekend, team members also raced at the Royal Gorge Six and Twelve MTB Race and Lookout Mountain Hill Climb yesterday, and Louiseville Criterium. At Royal Gorge 6 & 12, David Johnson and Guillermo Rosaly raced solo, while Michael Brothers, Dustin Holcomb, Zach Pickett, and Roy Pruett combined to compete in the team category. (As of publication, results had not been posted.) Meanwhile, at Lookout Mountain, at least three teammates raced. Ron Bdh (Buhdi) captured 3rd in the Master’s Men 50+ 4s. Other racers included Derek Bondy and Steve Cade.

Full results from the Mad Gravel event can be found at: LINK

Thanks as always to our sponsors for making this possible.

COS Racing wins Men’s & Women’s Categories at Pony Xpress 85

08 May 2021.  TRINIDAD, CO – Johanna Neuber and Vladislav Dragomirov won the women and men’s categories at today’s Pony Xpress 85 (PX85) gravel race in Trinidad, CO. Pony Xpress is part of the Colorado Gravel Grinder Championships.  This year’s event featured over 230 riders competing on 85K and 160K courses through the Sangre de Christo Mountains with epic altitude gains of 3,500ft and 8,400ft.

There was an impressive sea of blue-and-orange jerseys at the start, standing out boldly in a field of approximately 110 gravel riders for the 85K race.

Beyond Johanna and Vlad’s superb results, the team also swept the remainder of the men’s podium, with Michael Brothers and Jeffrey Turner taking 2nd & 3rd overall. In age group results, COS Racing swept the podiums of the Men’s 50+ and Men’s 60+ to 4th position. Jeffrey Turner, Ron Budhi, George Pollard York, and J Erik Hartel took 1st through 4th in 50+, while Tracy Sharples, Jean-Baptiste Lafon, Kevin Healy, and Mike West took the top positions in 60+. Similarly,  Johanna Neuber, LeeAnn Perea, and Cindi Brothers took top results in their age groups – Women’s 20-29, 30-39, and 40-49.

Other notable mentions included Andrew McAdoo, who completed the 160K route plus some bonus miles, and Benton Beltramo, Derek Bondy, and Aaron Sudduth, who each took 4th place in Men’s 20-29, 30-39, and 40-49, respectively.

Finally, for a few others teammates, this was their first race of the year. This includes Benton Beltramo, Chris Ferguson, David McDaniel, Curtis Potter, and others.

Full results at: http://racingunderground.racetecresults.com/results.aspx

Thanks also to our sponsors and Mr. Phil Schweizer of Koobi Saddles for hosting the race.

COS Racing Competes at Pikes Peak Hill Climb

PIKES PEAK, CO (14,115ft) – COS Racing racers pulled off an excellent performance at Pikes Peak this weekend during the 11th Annual Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb race with four podium-finishes and multiple other top-fives in the USA Cycling race.

COS Racing’s Matt Bell won the Men’s Category 3 Race with a blistering time of one hour and 14 minutes, outpacing his next best competitor by over 6 minutes on this brutal 4,500ft ascent. Miles Juneau and Ron Buhdi both took 2nd places in the Men’s Cat 4 and Masters Men 50+, respectively. Dave Neis took 3rd in Masters 1/2/3 40+, while Sam Geiman, Aaron Sudduth, Erik Hartel, and Tracy Sharples seized 4th place in Men’s Cat 4, Masters Men 40+, Masters Men 50+, and Masters Men 60+.

The day featured strong winds above 12,000ft that nearly brought riders to a standstill during the headwind stretches. Over a dozen other COS Riders from across all three tiers competed, including Derek Bondy, Curt Butler, Jeff, Duncan, Marisa Farro-Miro, Kristen Lemond, Chris Milthaler, Alex Werden, and others.

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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.