FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions for COS Racing.  Please consult these before submitting questions to the website.

Membership

How can I get more involved?

We are always looking for members to get more involved. Because we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we are run exclusively by volunteers. If you have a skill set, a trade, or a strong desire to contribute, please email the board at cospringsracing@gmail.com. Sample positions include board member, group ride leaders, website administrator, etc.  To view a list of current volunteers and positions, go to our homepage, then Team –> Leadership (LINK).

In addition to just being involved, some volunteer activities also contribute points to the team Merit Program which in turn can result in higher discounts and other benefits.

How do I join?

Simply go to “Join” on the “Membership” menu on the website and complete the web form.  After completing the form, you will receive email instructions on how to complete your application.  You will also be contacted by a Membership Coordinator.

If you have questions, please contact us through the “Contact Us” page.

How much are annual dues?

2019/2020 annual dues are $40.

What are my volunteer obligations?

In accordance with the rider contract, riders – both race and club teams – are required to volunteer to support one of the two regional races sponsored by COS Racing. These races include the summertime COS Racing Thunderbird Road Race and a to-be-named UCI mountain-bike race in Colorado Springs.  Both of these events are in keeping with our team vision to support bicycle racing at all levels and across all disciplines in Colorado.  Typical race-day responsibilities include performing as a course-marshal, driving lead- and chase-vehicles, managing rider registration and packet pick-up, and other tasks associated with successfully hosting a major cycling event.  In addition to exposing team members to race hosting, these events are also a great opportunity to watch stellar local and nation-level racing and support the local cycling community.

COS Racing also supports a number of other cycling related non-profit organizations in Colorado Springs, such as Kids-on Bikes.  As such, there are numerous non-obligatory opportunities to support local bicycle-related activities. In 2017, we supported Kids on Bikes for a 24-hour fundraiser and other events, conducted trail repair, and supported the first iteration of the seven-day Haute Rockies Ride.

Who can I talk to if I have questions about membership?

If you have questions that cannot be answered by the FAQs, you can contact our Membership Coordinator and Board through this website.  Go to the “Contact Us” page and complete the question form.  A representative of the team will contact you shortly.

Merit Program

How can I get more involved?

We are always looking for members to get more involved. Because we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we are run exclusively by volunteers. If you have a skill set, a trade, or a strong desire to contribute, please email the board at cospringsracing@gmail.com. Sample positions include board member, group ride leaders, website administrator, etc.  To view a list of current volunteers and positions, go to our homepage, then Team –> Leadership (LINK).

In addition to just being involved, some volunteer activities also contribute points to the team Merit Program which in turn can result in higher discounts and other benefits.

How does the Team Merit Program work?

COS Racing has a team merit program. We want you to be involved with the team. The more you volunteer, race, and participate in monthly rides, the higher you are ranked on the team merit scale (we all love competition, right?). And the higher you are ranked, the more you reap our team benefits:

  • Bigger Criterium discounts – 25% off in-store purchases, 20% off labor, and cost + 10% for quarterly orders
  • Free team kits
  • Free helmets
  • Free team glasses
  • Cash incentives

Here’s how the Merit Program works:

Starting October 28, 2017, track your COS Racing volunteer hours, races, and monthly team rides (road, cross, MTB, gravel) using the online Merit Program Google Form.  Watch your merit points accumulate, and those of your teammates too, on the COS Racing Merit Program spreadsheet.  The Totals sheet will be what you want to watch.

Merit points are accumulated for an entire year, October to October – except for the Criterium Bike Shop discount, which will be computed bi-annually in October and in April.  The 25 members with the most merit points from October 28, 2017 through March 2018 will earn this perk from April 2018 through October 2018.

The merit point values are as follows:

  • Races count for 1 point. Count only official races you complete (e.g., the COS Racing Fountain TT series does NOT count).
  • COS Racing volunteering counts as either 1 point or 2 points. If the volunteering is less the 4 hours, it counts as 1 point. If the volunteering is over 4 hours, it counts at 2 points. Count only your volunteering time, not travel time.
  • Monthly team ride participation counts as 1/4 point. Count only the “official” monthly team ride, be it road, cross, gravel, or MTB. All other team or group rides do NOT count.
  • If you volunteer for either the Thunderbird Road Race on August 12th or the to be announced MTB race (both COS Racing-sponsored races), your volunteer points are doubled! We need all team members helping out at these two team races!!!

Now get involved with COS Racing – volunteer, race, and participate! And record your involvement.

Racing

Am I required to have a USAC License?

All race team members are required to join USAC and BRAC. Not only does this enable you to compete, but it also provides auxiliary insurance coverage for races, team rides, and other events.

At which races does COS Racing usually compete?

During the 2016-2019 seasons, COS members competed in all disciplines across a wide variety of races at the local, regional, state, national, and international levels. Below is a sample of some of the races at which we competed:

CX: 4th Annual Feedback Cup, Amy D Foundation Breaking Barriers, Blue Sky Velo Cup, Colorado CX State Championship, Cross of the North, Cyclo X Harlow Platts, Cyclo X Interlocken, Cyclo X Parker, Cyclo X Sienna Lake, Cyclo X Valmont, Kick IT Rhyolite CX, Lucky Pie GP Northglenn, Primalpalooza, Schoolyard Cross, The Koppenberg, US Open of Cyclocross, USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross Nationals

Gravel: AntiEpic GG, Rampart Rager, The Crippler Gravel Race, USECF Gravel National Championships, High Plains GG, Franktown GG, Fountain Roubaix, Pony Xpress

MTB: Missoula XC presented by Zillastate, USA Cycling Mountain Bike Nationals, Breck Epic, Firecracker 50, Leadville 100, Laramie Epic MTB Race, Race the MAC, Silver Rush 50, Winter Park, Royal Gorge 12-hour, Gunnison Growler, Battle the Bear

Road: Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb, Deer Trail Road Race – Colorado Senior State Championship, Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb, Salida Classic 3-Day,  Colorado Springs Orthopedic Group presents Community Crits at PPIR, Bannock Street Criterium, Bear Lake Classic, Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb, Boulder Centre for Orthopedics Criterium, Boulder Roubaix, Boulder Stage Race, City Park Criterium, Clasica de Rio Grande, Colorado’s Toughest Criterium is in Lafayette, CSU Cycling Road Bike Festival, CU Buff Road Race, CU Cycling Discovery Criterium, Denver Cycling – City Park Crit, Denver Federal Center Road Race, Front Range Classic (RR, Crit, TTT), Groove Subaru Mainstreet Parker Crit p/b Excel Sports, Guanella Pass Hill Climb, Colorado Sunshine Hill Climb, La Crosse Omnium, Littleton Twilight Criterium, Longmont Criterium, Modern Market Criterium and Intergalactic Single Speed Championships, Oredigger Classic, OZ Road Race, Pagan Pedal, Peak to Peak Training Systems Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP, Perry Dam Race, Porsche Thunderbird Road Race, Ridge at 38 Criterium, Salida Classic 3 day OMNIUM, San Dimas Stage Race, Spring Fling Crit Series, Steamboat Stage Race, Sunshine Hill Climb, Superior Morgul, The DFC Crit, Tour of the Gila Stage Race, Tucson Bicycle Classic, USA Cycling Amateur Road Nationals, USA Cycling Collegiate & Para Road Nationals, USA Cycling Hill Climb National Championship, Valley of the Sun Stage Race, Velorama Pro-Am Criteriums, Wheels of Thunder Flatrock

Track: U.S. Paralympics Track Cycling National Championships, UCI World Para Track Championships

TT: Best on Hess TT, Colorado Senior & Master Time Trial Championships, FrostBite TT, Karen Hornbostel Memorial Time Trial Series, Utah State Time Trial Championships, Superior Morgul TT

How do I purchase a USAC Licence?

Go to USA Cycling (USAC) website and join.

Ensure that you select “COS Racing” under all categories – even if you do not routinely compete in those events.  Also, to compete in Colorado, you are required to join the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado (BRAC).  The USAC website allows you to simultaneously purchase your BRAC membership at the same time you join USAC.

How does race reimbursement work?

COS Racing also offers race reimbursement at the rate of $50 for each five races.  Under certain instances, the team may also offer reduced entry fees to certain races, particularly to our two team-sponsored races – the Thunderbird Road Race and a to-be-named UCI Mountain Bike Race.

For travel events greater than 3 hours drive-time in which greater than five racers participate, the team reimburses $100 a day.  Pre-approval is required.

I am a race team member. Do I have to race?

Yes.  Under the Rider Agreement, all race team members are obligated to race at least five times annually in any single or combination of disciplines (e.g. road, mountain, gravel, cyclocross, track).  As advocates of bicycle racing at all levels, it is our goal to “lead from the front” by representing and supporting the local cycling community in as many local and regional events as possible.  Creditable events include any formal and sanctioned road, mountain-bike, cyclocross, gravel and track events.  It does not include informal, race-pace rides such as Acacia Park or the Meridian Criterium series.

Multiple races within a specific event also each count individually.  For example, if a rider were to race the team time trial, criterium, and the road race of the USAFA Front Range Classic or both a singlespeed and MM 50+ race at a Cyclocross event, each would count as separate events.

As a further incentive, COS Racing also offers race reimbursement at the rate of $30 for each race after the first ten.

In which cycling disciplines does COS Racing compete?
  • Road Racing (Road Races, Time Trials, Criteriums, Stage Races, Hill Climbs, etc)
  • MTB
  • Cyclocross
  • Track
  • Gravel

Team Kit

Are all team members required to purchase COS Racing kit?

Yes.  All team members – both race and club – are required to purchase one complete set of COS Racing kit annually.  This is to ensure that all team members possess at least one set of kit reflecting our current sponsors.

I purchased team kit last year. Do I need to purchase another set this year?

Yes.  This is an annual requirement.  Because our team is supported largely by generous sponsors, it is essential that all team members have current kit reflecting their contributions.

Thunderbird Race - Registration

Do I need to have a USAC License to race the Thunderbird Road Race?

YES. In order to compete in any race, you must either be an annual USA Cycling rider or purchase a one-day license. One-day licenses cost $10 and are only available for Cat-5 riders.

Thunderbird Race – Base Access

Are any items prohibited on the US Air Force Academy?

PROHIBITED ITEMS:

  • Firearms are prohibited at all times.
  • Marijuana in any form.  Although marijuana is legal in Colorado, it is not legal on a federal installation. You can be arrested.
  • Radar detectors are not permitted.
The base closes at 5PM, but my race won’t end until after that. What should I do?

Pay attention.  This is IMPORTANT.

All non-Department of Defense persons who think they might be on base after closing-time (5PM) must complete an online waiver.  This includes all Men’s Pro-1-2 racers and their guests, all USAC officials, any late spectators, and any volunteers supporting the event.  Failure to do so could result in delays departing the base, apprehension by USAF Security Police, and/or negatively impact our ability to hold this event at the USAFA in the future.  If this applies to you, please complete the form ASAP.

The webform can be found HERE.

Thanks, COS Racing.

The Thunderbird Road Race is being held on the USAFA – a military installation. Are there any special requirements to get onto the base?

YES.  Visitors/Non-Department of Defense (DoD) personnel must enter through the North Gate (exit 156 on Interstate 25). All personnel attending the event must be prepared to present a current government-issued photo identification card and have their vehicle searched.  Please allow for extra time to pass through the gate.

Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • Current Driver’s License
  • Military/DoD Identification Card
  • Passport

You might also be asked to show proof of insurance and valid vehicle registration.  All vehicles are subject to inspection/search by security personnel. If you are driving a rental car, keep the rental agreement and current proof of insurance in the vehicle at all times. DoD ID holders can enter through the South Gate (exit 150 on Interstate 25).

PROHIBITED ITEMS:

  • Firearms are prohibited at all times.
  • Marijuana in any form.  Although marijuana is legal in Colorado, it is not legal on a federal installation. You can be arrested.
  • Radar detectors are not permitted.

DRIVING REGULATIONS ON BASE:

  • Seatbelts must be worn by all vehicle occupants.
  • Follow all posted speed limits. THIS IS HIGHLY ENFORCED.
  • Handheld cell phone use while driving is prohibited. A driver may use a cell phone only with a hands-free device or if the vehicle is parked. Violators will be ticketed.
  • Motorcycle riders must wear a Department of Transportation approved helmet with a strap and eye protection, sturdy over-the-ankle footwear, a long-sleeved shirt or jacket, long trousers, full-fingered gloves or mittens, and a brightly-colored and reflective upper outer garment.

Please allow for extra time (~30 minutes) to pass through the gate. Force-protection levels (i.e. security measures taken in response to threats) can significantly impact wait times, so plan accordingly.

This list is not all-inclusive.  Please visit https://www.usafa.edu/visitors/getting-on-base/ for details.

Thunderbird Race – Race

I am a Junior Rider racing in a Senior Category. Do I still need to follow Junior Rules and Restrictions?

YES.  All Junior Rules will be enforced for all Junior riders regardless of the event/category – even if racing in a non-junior event.  This includes gear restrictions for Juniors (ages 9-18) and bike restrictions for Juniors (14 & under) in accordance with USAC Rules 1I4 and 1I5, respectively.

I am a professional rider from out-of state. Can I compete for the Colorado State Championships?

No, unless by “out-of-state” you mean southeastern Wyoming.  Eligible riders must also be amateurs and must live in BRAC’s local area which consists of all of Colorado and the southeast corner of Wyoming to compete for State Championship honors.  They also need to be US citizens/permanent residents of the United States. They do not, however, need to be annual BRAC members.

I visiting from out of state. Am I eligible to compete for the Colorado State (BRAC) Championships?

NO.  Only current USAC annual licensees who are USA citizens, or permanent residents, and reside in the local association area known as BRAC as shown on their license are eligible to compete for the State (BRAC) Championship title. Riders on UCI professional teams are welcome to race but are not eligible for the State (BRAC) Championship title, medal, or jersey.

That said, you can still compete… just not for the state titles.

I want to compete for Rocky Mountain Road Cup points, what do I need?