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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.