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 Results: 2018 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.
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.
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.
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
Eighteen COS Racing riders took part in the 2017 Kids-On-Bikes, riding over 1,064 miles to raise funds to promote childhood cycling activities and healthy lifestyles. #cosracing
World Champion, US National Champion, Olympian, and COS Racing Team athlete Chris Murphy wins three golds and one silver medal at the 2017 US Para Track Nationals in Colorado Springs on 2-3 December 2017, while setting a new national record in the kilometer. This follows his gold medal in the men’s C5 1-kilometer time trial at this year’s UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships. #cosracing
Read more at:
Team USA – Chris Murphy Bio
Team USA – My Focus: How Para-cycling World Champion Chris Murphy Gained Speed By Gaining Power
Team USA – Para-Cyclist Chris Murphy Wins First World Title On First Track He Ever Set Foot On
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.