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COS Racing Competes in the Road Race at ‘Front Range Classic’

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 Mens 4/5 race expressed similar sentiments.  Riders Michael Brothers, Peter Jackman, George York, Ron Budhi, Tom Rathbun, Matt Payne, Mark Leenheer, Vladimir Dragomirov, and others competed in a full field of competitive riders.  Riding a gravel bike, Michael Brothers lost contact early, however most others remained with the lead group during what Budhi described as an easy first lap until the first climb up Pine Drive.  This climb attrited more than half of the lead group but left the majority of the COS Racing’s Cat 4/5 team intact.  On the second climb, Jackman led teammates Buhdi and Dragomirov in closing a gap to the attacking group of ten riders.  After the group came back together, the pace slackened for the much of the final lap in preparation for the final ascent.

“…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 Faro ccompeted in the Men’s 3/4 race and the Women’s road race, respectively. More details will be published as results from those events become available.

COS Racing Opens the Colorado Road Season at ‘Front Range Classic’

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 a seventh place on a fast .7mi criterium course at the US Air Force Academy. 

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.

MacFarlane Takes Second in 2018 BRAC CX Cup

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.

John MacFarlane – 1st Place – 2018 Cross of the North – MM 40+ – 11 November 2018

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.

RESULTS

BRAC. “John MacFarlane Race Results – 2018.” – Results

RACE PHOTOS

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/.

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Matheny Wins 2018 US Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships

On 6 May 2018, COS Racing rider and professional coach, Daniel Matheny, was awarded the US National Champion’s jersey after winning his category at the US Marathon Mountain Bike Championship at DeGray Lake, Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Matheny competed in the Men’s 35-39 category.

The race took place on a rolling course in the Ouachita Mountains on a particularly hot day in southwest Arkansas over a 47-mile course that featured various types of terrain, including rocks, trees, roots, climbs, switchbacks and water crossings. Matheny won by over 30 seconds from a field of nearly 40 elite riders.  In a testimonial to the course’s difficulty, ten of the category’s starters did not finish the race.  Matheny will wear the Stars-and-Stripes jersey through the 2018 season.

Daniel is a professional cycling coach based in Colorado Springs and a member of COS Racing since 2015.  He has been coaching since 2004 and is certified as a USA Cycling Level 1 Elite Coach, UCI Director Sportif, & National Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) – Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).  For more information on Daniel Matheny and Matheny Endurance Coaching, visit TrainingPeaks.

 


Full Results2018 USA CYCLING MARATHON MOUNTAIN BIKE NATIONALS

Related Article: “Twenty-six National Titles Awarded at the Marathon MTB National…” USA Cycling. May 07, 2018. Accessed May 31, 2018. https://www.usacycling.org/article/twenty-six-national-titles-awarded-at-the-marathon-mtb-national-championships.

Multiple Wins for Murphy at 2018 U.S. Paralympics Track Cycling Open

COS Racing team rider Chris Murphy continued his strong season with multiple victories at the 2018 U.S. Paralympics Track Cycling Open.  Murphy won the C5 1K time trial and the C5 4K Pursuit.  Additionally, he took gold as part of the C1-C5 Mixed Team Sprints team while achieving a second place finish in the Scratch Race.  The U.S. Paralympics Track Cycling Open was held in Carson, California on 10-11 February 2018.

Full results are available at: https://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Sports/Cycling/Events/2018-U-S-Paralympics-Track-Cycling-Open

Fossell Races to 9th and 11th at Cyclocross Nationals

On 11-13 January 2018, COS Racing rider Eric Fossell competed at the 2018 Cyclocross Nationals in Reno, Nevada. Eric raced in both the Men’s Singlespeed Championship and the Masters Men 35-39 race, achieving 9th and 11th place overall, respectively. The Singlespeed race took place at the Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno on a sunny Saturday with an impressive startlist of 135 elite singlespeed racers. According to Eric, “I gambled with a bigger gear and it paid off pretty well….Super happy to finish off the season with that race.” Not only did Eric achieve a national top-ten finish in men’s singlespeed, but he was also the first Colorado rider across the finish line from a tough field of Coloradans.  The Masters Men 35-39 race took place several days earlier on a windy Thursday morning.  After 45 minutes of brutal racing, Eric found himself on the wheel of the tenth-placed rider but unable to come around him during the final sprint – finishing 11th in a field of 35 elite masters racers.

See also:
Jake Wells Stays Strong to Win Men’s Singlespeed Race at 2018 Reno Cyclocross Nationals – Report, Photos, Results
Kevin Day Hops Stairs to Win Masters 35-39 at 2018 Reno Nationals – Report

Harp Claims USECF Gravel National Champion’s Jersey

On 24 June 2017, COS Racing rider Jon Harp secured 1st place in the United States Endurance Cycling Federation (USECF) Gravel Grinder National Championship at Clinton Lake State Park, Lawrence, Kansas.  Jon dominated the Men’s Masters 50-54 category finishing over 13 minutes ahead of the nearest competitor and 4th overall against a field professional and elite gravel riders.  Jon spent much of the 113-mile race in a five-person chase group pursuing a two-man breakaway.  Jon took second in the sprint for the line from the chase group resulting in an overall 4th place finish. As a result, Jon earned the USECF National Championship jersey for 2017.

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