COS Racing Team Hosts Team Road Racing Clinic

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — On 24 March, USA Cycling Level 3 Coach Daryl Spano conducted a skills clinic for COS Racing team members.  The clinic covered the basics of bike fit, racing tactics, bike handling, and feed zone and group ride dynamics.  Over 15 team members benefited from the clinic.

As part of the team’s vision of supporting and enhancing local racing in all disciplines, COS Racing has implemented a program of structured professional development for team members – both to improve the quality of local racing and to encourage team members of all categories and disciplines to embrace racing.

Pink Realty, one of COS Racing’s long-time sponsors, graciously allowed the team to use the conference room in their new facility along Austin Bluffs Parkway.  Coach Spano was assisted by team member Matt Brady.  The clinic was followed by a team ride and drill session in a nearby park.

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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.

COS Racing to support “Front Range Classic” at USAFA, 16-17 March

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.

The event is open to the public. Please visit USAC Cycling (event) or the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado (BRAC)(website) for details.

COS Racing Supports Kids-On-Bikes

On January 23, 2019, six COS Racing members volunteered at the Kids on Bikes (KOB) Pedal Station to build and repair bicycles for disadvantaged children.

The Pedal Station is the repair/retail shop for Kids on Bikes where donated bicycles are prepared to either be sold or given to children in the Colorado Springs community. COS Racing is grateful to be able to partner with KOB and support them through regular volunteering efforts.

COS Racing will be participating in additional KOB events on 20 March, 15 May, and 17 July 2019.

To learn more about Kids on Bikes, please visit kidsonbikes.net!

Murphy Selected for 2019 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championship Team

On the 7th of February 2019, US Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, announced that 14 athletes, including COS Racing’s Chris Murphy, will represent Team USA at the 2019 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, March 14-17, in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

For more details see:

Truby, O. (2019, February 8). U.S. Team Named for 2019 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships. Retrieved February 12, 2019, from https://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Features/2019/February/07/US-Team-Named-for-2019-UCI-Para-cycling-Track-World-Championships

UCI. (n.d.). 2019 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships. Retrieved February 12, 2019, from https://www.uci.org/news/2018/2019-uci-para-cycling-track-world-championships

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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COS Racing 2019 Kick-Off Meeting

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.

COS Racing

 

COS Racing Holds Team CX Clinic at Rhyolite Park


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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

 

RELATED STORIES:

Hartel, J., & COS Racing. (2018, January 16). Fossell Races to 9th and 11th at Cyclocross Nationals – COS Racing. Retrieved from http://cosracing.com/fossell-races-to-9th-and-11th-at-cyclocross-nationals/
Schuster, Z. (2017, January 11). Mission Accomplished: Drummond Sticks to His Plan to Win Masters 35-39 2017 Cyclocross National Championships. Retrieved from https://www.cxmagazine.com/chris-drummond-2017-cyclocross-nationals-masters-men-3539

 

RELATED LINKS:

Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado

Rhyolite Bike Park – Official Site

6202 Cycling Club