COLORADO SPRINGS – The 2019 COS Racing Team Social/Kickoff meeting will take place on Oct. 20 from 6-8pm in High Forest Ranch. This meeting is open to all interested cyclists, both current and future. This is our annual registration event, team meeting, and fall social event. It will include team sign-up, kit fitting, and a brief presentation by our team President on this year’s and last year’s activities.
If you are interested in joining COS Racing, please join us at High Forest Ranch to learn about the team, meet other team members, and try on this year’s team kit.
4541 High Forest Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80908
One-time gate code is Gate Code: #5103 (must hit # first).
This social is to:
1) Pay 2019 team dues ($30) and sign new contracts
2) Meet new and old team members
3) Meet our Castelli rep and try on kits
4) Pick up 2018 race-reimbursement checks
We look forward to seeing you on the 20th. Food will be provided.
CASTLE ROCK, CO – On the 9th of September, COS Racing cyclocross pro Eric Fossell held a cyclocross (CX) clinic at Rhyolite Park in Castle Rock, Colorado. Approximately a dozen COS Racing riders attended. The clinic focused on teaching and improving basic CX skills such as how to properly execute bike carries, dismounts, and mounts, conquer obstacles, steep run-ups, and sand pits, and corner at high-speed on mixed surfaces.
The Rhyolite Park is located in Castle Rock Colorado and features multiple off-road options including this cyclocross track and mountain-biking opportunities. It is also the home to several CX events annually. The site is maintained by 6202 Cycling Club from Castle Rock.
2018 COS Racing CX Clinic
COS Racing CX Clinic at Rhyolite Park. Photos Courtesy of Jess Lynn. #coloradocycling #cosracing
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.
On 12 August 2018, COS Racing will host the Colorado State Senior & Junior Road Race Championships at the United States Air Force Academy. Darkblade Systems Corporation will sponsor this year’s event. Darkblade systems is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business providing scientific, engineering, technical, operational support, and training services to Federal government and Commercial clients.
Last year’s event, which was the Colorado Masters State Championships, brought out approximately 400 racers to compete in over 15 categories. Held on the US Air Force Academy, the race will take place on the same course as last year – an 8.8mile circuit around the USAFA, with approximately 750feet of climbing each lap. More details will follow.
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.
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.
On April 28th, COS Racing team rider Daniel Matheny hosted a free public mountain bike clinic at Red Rock Canyon Open Space. The event attracted over eight local riders. Hosted out of Trails End Taproom, the two-hour clinic focused on mountain-bike fundamentals, especially essential cornering skills. Riders worked on body positioning on the bike and efficient corning on a variety of surfaces and terrain. COS Racing is dedicated to promoting cycling and the development of racers and riders of all levels within the Colorado Springs region.
Daniel Matheny is a professional mountain bike racer, cycling coach, and owner of Matheny Endurance LLC coaching services. He has been a professional coach since 2004 and holds certifications as a USA Cycling Level 1 Elite Coach, UCI Director Sportif, and NSCA-Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. His coaching career highlights include coaching several USA National Champions and multiple World Cup qualifiers.
During the month of April, the COS Racing team will host multiple rides and clinics from Trail’s End Taproom, as part of our cycling advocacy and community outreach programs. These include a several mountain-bike rides/clinics, a beginner-intermediate group road ride, and a beginner-intermediate time trial training session. Historically, these have been great opportunities for team members and guests to learn new skills and improve technique. COS Racing Team members are encouraged to participate, bring a friend, and otherwise let the community know of these opportunities.
9 APRIL @ 5:30PM – 7:30PM – Beginner-Intermediate MTB Ride (lead by Coach Daniel Matheny)
18 APRIL @ 5:00PM – 7:00PM – Intermediate MTB Ride to Red Rocks/High Drive (Ian Matteson)
22 APRIL @ 10:00AM – 1:00PM – Beginner-Intermediate Road Ride – focus on group etiquette/skills ( Nick Krash Kulesa )
28 APRIL @ 10:00AM – 1:00PM – Beginner-Intermediate MTB Cornering Clinic (Coach Daniel Matheny)
29 APRIL @ 10:00AM – 1:00PM – Beginner-Intermediate Time Trial Training (Janet Winterhalder)
All events are open to the public with wheels rolling promptly at the designated start time. Participants should arrive early to ensure no delays. Participation also requires the proper equipment, including but not limited to an appropriate bike and suitable, certified helmet. In addition to these events, we will host many of our normal, closed-to-the-public rides, so keep an eye on Facebook for the latest information.
START POINT: Trails End Taproom (3103 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904)
TRAINING FOCUS: Technique
ROUTE: As determined by ride/clinic leader.
DIFFICULTY & PACE: Beginner-Intermediate. Regrouping & sub-group options will be discussed at the start.
On February 28th, over a dozen COS Racing members converged on Pedal Station, the Colorado Springs headquarters for Kids on Bikes, to help build, restore, and repair donated bikes for children. Overall, the team was able to restore approximately six bicycles to a usable condition and contributed a combined total of 19 volunteer hours.
To learn more about how to get involved with Kids on Bikes, please visit this link.
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
On 25 January 2018, U.S. Paralympics named COS Racing Team rider Chris Murphy and 26 others to the 2018 U.S. Paralympics Cycling National Team. Chris is one of eight World Champions returning to the National Team. Chris won gold in the C5 1km time trial and the team sprint at last year’s UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Carson, California.
According to a press statement released by U.S. Paralympics, “U.S. athletes will kick off the 2018 international competition season with track world championships in Rio de Janeiro. The team will compete in world cup races in Ostend, Belgium, and Emmen, Netherlands, followed by the road world championships in Maniago, Italy. Team USA will close out international competition with the final world cup stop in Baie Comeau, Quebec.” 
 Truby, Olivia. “2018 U.S. Paralympics Cycling National Team Announced.” Team USA, U.S. Paralympics, 25 Jan. 2018, 15:26, www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Features/2018/January/25/2018-US-Paralympics-Cycling-National-Team-Announced.
 “Chris Murphy.” Team USA, Team USA, www.teamusa.org/para-cycling/athletes/Chris-Murphy.