COLORADO SPRINGS – On October 20th, COS Racing will hold its annual membership meeting at sponsor Pink Realty‘s new location in Colorado Springs.
This will be an informational meeting for prospective riders and returning members, as well as an opportunity to meet team members and learn about programs being offered to support racers and bike racing in our region. COS Racing has spots available for interested male and female riders on its Road, Mountain Bike, Gravel, Cyclocross, and Track squads.
WHO: All current and interested riders/racers
WHAT: COS Racing Membership/Information Meeting
WHERE: Pink Realty – 4783 Farmingdale Dr Colorado Springs, CO 80918
WHEN: October 20, 2019, 6PM -8PM
WHY: Renew team members; recruit new members; learn about new programs; try on new Primal kits for sizing; party; socialize; eat and drink.
Among these topics, the team will unveil its new tiered race team system and kit and discuss its new sponsors, team benefits/discounts, race-reimbursement program, and travel reimbursement programs.
COS Racing is Colorado Springs’ largest racing team with more than 80 members. COS Racing racers had more than 125 top-3 podium-finishes this year in national, regional, and local races.
ELBERT, CO – COS Racing made a significant impact on the podium during today’s High Plains Grinder – taking podiums three podium positions in the short-course race.
Ian Matteson, Matt Bell, and Vladislav Dragomirov took 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place, respectively, in the short-course race Men’s Open Category. J Erik Hartel took 3rd and Kevin Healy achieved 4th in the short-course Masters 50+. According to initial reports, team member and former US National Champion mountain biker Daniel Matheny finished in 4th place in the long course event, while Peter Tonn finished in mathematically-impossible “billionth place.”
This year’s event was significantly larger and more competitive than last year’s edition. Approximately 190 riders competed – split almost evenly between the 40-mile short-course and the 70-mile long-course. Both routes consisted of rolling hills through the windy and exposed prairies in and around Elbert. Conditions were also challenging with no shortage of quality washboard, headwinds, and sand.
The quality of racers at this year’s event also added to the challenge. The fields for both races contained numerous national, regional, and local race teams, including Lucky Pie, Tierra Plan, Modern Market, Subaru Groove, Trek, and Clinch. Former UCI professional rider Tom Danielson (Clinch) headlined the long-course field.
PIKES PEAK SUMMIT, CO – At yesterday’s 2019 Pikes Peak Hill Climb, COS Racing raced to four podium finishes. Racers Matt Bell, Lacey Rivette, JJ Lopez, and Daryl Spano finished atop the podium in first, second, third, and third places in their categories, respectively.
In Mens Senior Cat 4, first-year COS Racing racer, Matt Bell took the top-spot on the podium. Lacey Rivette took cond place in Womens Senior Cat 5s. JJ Lopez and Daryl Spano each took third overall in Masters Men 50+ Cat 4 and Masters Men 50+ Cat 1/2/3. respectively.
These results featured some tenacious riding. Riding in the 50+ Cat 1/2/3 race, Daryl described his race as “got dropped by the whole group but ended up clawing my way to third. Everyone on the team rode with inspiration! I call that a good day.”
Often described as brutal, iconic, and legendary, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb is 20-kilometer race up one of America’s tallest peaks. The event requires racers to ascend over 4,700 feet of elevation in slightly more than 12-miles.
Additionally, COS Racing riders Christo Clements, Ron Buhdi, George York, and Tony Nelson competed at the event, however, final results have not yet been published.
WINTER PARK, CO – On July 26, 2019, three COS Racing riders competed for national honors at the 2019 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Nationals in the Winter Park, Colorado. Two COS Racing riders took 5th place in their respective categories, while COS Racing member, sponsor, mentor, and coach, Daniel Matheny placed 6th overall. This year’s event was hosted by Winter Park Ski Resort
Competing in the XC Women 25-29 Cat 1/2 event, Lacey Rivette raced to 5th. Relatively new to endurance sports, Lacey wrote “I can’t describe how it feels to know that after only a year of consistent training and hard work, a girl who never did any type of racing or endurance sports was able to stand on the podium next to some insanely talented and fast ladies!” This performance marked a notable improvement over her 7th place finish at this year’s 2019 Marathon Nationals at Palo Duro Canyon, Texas.
I can’t describe how it feels to know that after only a year of consistent training and hard work, a girl who never did any type of racing or endurance sports was able to stand on the podium next to some insanely talented and fast ladies!
– Lacey Rivette
In the XC Mens 35-39 Cat 1/2 race, Peter Tonn took the 5th step of the podium, matching his recent performance at Marathon Nationals. Peter finished just 15 seconds off the lead group of four riders and a minute or so in front of former National Champion and COS Racing rider Daniel Matheny.
This year’s event took place on a climby, 5-mile singletrack loop that started at 9,000 feet above sea-level and topped out at over 9,600 feet.
On May 11, 2019, four COS Racing athletes competed at the USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championship at Palo Duro Canyon, Texas, taking home a second-place, fifth-place, seventh-place, and ninth-place in their respective categories. This marks a particularly success performance by the team’s MTB squad competing at the National level.
This year’s most notable performance took place in the Master Men 35-39 category where top COS Racing/Matheny Endurance rider and coach Daniel Matheny finished second overall. Matheny, last year’s National Champion in this event, faced stiff competition this year from Brandon Melott of DNA Racing who won by over two minutes. COS Racing teammate Peter Tonn finished ten minutes further back for a fifth-place finish after more than three-and-a-half brutal hours in the saddle, resulting in two COS Racing riders placing in the top-five nationally in this category. This race featured one of the largest fields over top-performing 33 riders.
In women’s racing, Lacey Rivette took seventh overall in the Women’s Open 19-29 category, while veteran COS Racing rider David Johnson placed ninth overall in the Master Men 55-59 race, after just over four hours of hard racing.
COS Racing rider Dustin Holcomb was slated to race in Mens Master 45-49 but did not start due to illness.
This year’s event took place near Amarillo, Texas, on Palo Duro Canyon’s Comanche Trail and had over 350 riders registered. Race organizers boasted that the course consisted of technical climbs and descents, as well as sections of smooth, fast trails of the floor of the canyon. Rain over the preceding night made for muddy conditions in places. Next year’s event will use the same course.
APELDOORN, THE NETHERLANDS – On 14-17 March 2019, COS Racing team member Chris Murphy competed at the 2019 Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Apeldoorn taking home two bronze medals for Team USA. Chris and his team mates also set a new US national record in the Team Sprint competition. Overall, Team USA took home seven medals.
Competition took place on Apeldoorn’s 250-meter indoor wood track. Chris competed in the 1-kilometer time trial (Bronze), the individual pursuit (9th), the UCI’s new omnium race, and the team sprint competition (Bronze).
Although he took home the bronze medal in the event, Murphy experienced near catastrophe in the 1-kilometer when the start gate did not release him. Chris was able to salvage bronze through a herculean effort but expressed dissatisfaction with the race organizers for not resolving persistent technical issues during the competition.
According to Murphy, his most satisfying event was the team sprint on the last day of the competition in which he and teammates Joe Berenyi and Jason Kimball took bronze. The team also set a new national record in the event. It was also a breakthrough performance for a team sprint trio who has placed just off the podium in 4th place in five of their last six international races.
“…it’s always great to represent team USA and even better to step on the podium with the national team kit on your back.” – Chris Murphy
Chris also participated in the new omnium format which added a flying 200m racing to the already challenging combination of 1K TT, 4K pursuit, and 15k scratch race. This was a fortuitous addition for Chris, who won the 200m by a convincing margin of around half a second. Chris eventually withdrew from the omnium – which was only an exhibition event in this year’s championships – to focus on the team sprint event.
This year’s medals add to Chris’ already impressive tally of two golds and a bronze World Championship medals in the TT (twice gold) and pursuit. Chris also previously competed at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, taking 4th in the world in the team sprint.
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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
COS Racing CX Clinic at Rhyolite Park. Photos Courtesy of Jess Lynn. #coloradocycling #cosracing
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.