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Multiple Top-10 Finishes by COS Racing Riders at the 2019 USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championship

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.

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Two Bronze Medals For Chris Murphy at UCI Para-cycling World Championships

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.

Headline photo credit to @cbgphoto.

Team USA vs Australia for the bronze medal in the team sprint. Chris is in the top position.
Team USA on the track during the 1-kilometer race.

Chris Murphy: Biography

Additional Resources

https://www.facebook.com/UsParalympicsCycling/
Team USA Facebook

Sources:

Team USA. (n.d.). Preview: 2019 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships. Retrieved March 25, 2019, from https://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Features/2019/March/13/Preview-2019-UCI-Para-cycling-Track-World-Championhttps://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Features/2019/March/13/Preview-2019-UCI-Para-cycling-Track-World-Championships

Team USA. (2019, March 14).
Team USA Medal Tracker: UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships. Retrieved March 25, 2019, from https://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Features/2019/March/14/Team-USA-Medal-Tracker-UCI-Para-cycling-Track-World-Championships

Various. (n.d.). U.S. Paralympics Cycling (@usparacycling) • Instagram photos and videos. Retrieved March 25, 2019, from https://www.instagram.com/usparacycling/

Various. (n.d.). U.S. Paralympics Cycling. Retrieved March 25, 2019, from https://www.facebook.com/UsParalympicsCycling/

UCI. (n.d.). Overview. Retrieved March 25, 2019, from https://www.uci.org/para-cycling/overview

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

 

 

 

“It Takes a Village” – Volunteers Still Needed!

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.

Don’t forget your sunscreen!

SIGN UP HERE

 

Sincerely,

J. Erik

COS Racing Website & Set-up Lead

Pita Pit to Offer Healthy Race Menu & $2 Morning Coffee

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.

 

Pita Pit 2018 Darkblade Systems Menu

 

 

 

Darkblade Systems to Sponsor 2018 State Road Race Championships Hosted by COS Racing

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.

For more details on Darkblade Systems Corporation, please visit Darkblade Systems.

For more information on the event, see the Darkblade Systems Thunderbird Road Race website.


RELATED ARTICLES:

Darkblade Systems Sponsoring Thunderbird Road Race, Corporate Members in the News. (2018, July 12). Retrieved July 12, 2018, from https://www.afcea.org/site/membership/corporate/in-the-news.

Matheny Wins 2018 US Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships

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 Results2018 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.

COS Racing April Rides & Clinics (Open-to-the-Public)

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.

DATES:
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

REGROUP: Frequent

ROUTE: As determined by ride/clinic leader.

DIFFICULTY & PACE: Beginner-Intermediate. Regrouping & sub-group options will be discussed at the start.

COS Racing Supports Kids-On-Bikes

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.