On behalf of COS Racing, thank you to everyone who played a role in making yesterday’s 2018 Darkblade Systems Thunderbird Road Race a success. Over 300 riders competed for personal and Colorado state road race championship honor.
From the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado (BRAC):
“Riders do not need to be annual BRAC members to qualify for state championships. However, they need to be US citizens or permanent residents of the United States and must live in BRAC’s local area that consists of all of Colorado and the southeast corner of Wyoming…. On the results [BRAC] will indicate who the state champions are….Riders need to be annual BRAC members to receive Rocky Mountain Cup points.”
Based on this guidance, we may have two podium ceremonies for some events – One for the state championships and a different one for prizes depending on if whether we have out-of-state riders in a particular category that have placed.
The adage, “it takes a village,” runs true for hosting big cycling events, as well as so many other things in life. With that in mind, we are still looking for a few good volunteers to enable this great cycling event at the US Air Force Academy. As a veteran of many such volunteer opportunities, I can testify that this is a great way to get an up-close vantage point on professional and amateur races, give back to our local cycling community, and have a race experience akin to that experienced by Tour-de-France officials, soigneurs, and directors sportive—especially for those who volunteer to drive the lead and chase vehicles and provide support in the feed zones.
For high school-aged students looking for summer volunteer hours, there are still positions suitable for teenagers looking to support a non-profit event. This will demonstrate a student’s commitment to the community on a college application. Our volunteer coordinators can validate any volunteer time.
Available volunteer positions include:
Set-Up – Assist the race organizing team in setting up the barricades, vendors’ area, registration site, and safety measures.
Lead & Trail Vehicle Drivers – Drive the lead or chase vehicle for each race wave (my favorite) to improve safety and keep the race officials and director informed about each race’s progress.
Course Marshals – Conduct traffic control and ensure that riders remain on course.
Feed Zone/Water Bottle Assistants – Hand up water bottles to racers.
Towel Assistants – Hand up cool race towels to finishers at the finish line
Registration – Assist in registration and handing out race numbers and packets to racers.
Shifts of varying durations and times are still available. All volunteers will receive lunch (pizza), snacks, and water.
One of our 2018 race sponsors – Pita Pit – has posted a new menu for this year’s event including $2 coffee to meet your morning coffee requirements and a wide range of healthy lunch options for racers, officials, volunteers, and spectators. These include straightforward health, vegan, and or gluten-free choices. Since food options for non-DoD personnel are quite limited on the USAFA, you’ll find Pita Pit’s booth in the Vendors area close to the entrance to the 10th Medical Group Clinic. For details and pricing, see menu below.
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.
We’ve just been informed that any non-Department of Defense (DoD) individuals over the age of 18 who expect to stay later than 5 PM on race-day need to complete the following online form. USAFA regulations require all non-DoD to vacate the base by 5PM, unless they have registered for a waiver. This will most likely affect all Men’s Pro-1-2 racers and their guests, some spectators, USAC officials, vendors, and some volunteers. Failure to complete the form may result in delays departing the base, apprehension, and may negatively impact our ability to continue to hold this event at the USAFA. Please comply ASAP. It’s painless.
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.