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COS Racing Podiums at Three-Day Mad Gravel Event

PEACEFUL VALLEY SCOUT CAMP, CO – COS Racing partook in this year’s Mad Gravel race with at least 28 starts across three days of challenging racing.

On Day 1 of the epic three-day Mad Gravel event, COS Racing made a highly respectable showing in the circuit race with one first place, two seconds, and one third, as well as other top-10 finishes.  The circuit race took place on a peaceful 7-mile circuit through the McNeil Scout Camp at Peaceful Valley near Elbert, CO.  The route featured several long gravel climbs mixed with challenging single- and double-track segments.  In particular, the circuit course featured a fast, sinuous gravel road descent and over two miles of blazingly fast non-technical singletrack.

COS Racing Sweeps Mens B Podium in the Circuit Race

Notable finishes occurred in the Men’s “B” Race (21mi), where COS Racing swept the podium, and the Women’s “C” race, in which Cindi Brothers took second overall.  In the 3 lap Men’s “B” Race, Cameron Zamot took first, followed by Michael Brothers and Vlad Dragomirov.  Zamot won despite dropping his chain on at least three occasions.  Overall, COS Racing’s men took five of the top-7 places in the B Race.

Sunday’s Day 2 featured three distances on the gravel roads of windy Elbert County – 123mi (Ultra), 78mi (Marathon), and 42mi (Sprint).  Starting and finishing at around 7000 feet above sea level at the scout camp, each course featured challenging sandy conditions, blazingly fast gravel descents, multiple long climbs in and out of the rural Bijou Basin, and a predictably challenging wind ripping across the prairie.

In the Marathon race, COS Racing took three top-3 podium positions within a field of 125 racers.  Zamot continued his streak of victories with a first-place finish in the Mens 19-29 age group results and 13th overall.  Andrew Chamberlin likewise took the top step in Mens 30-39 with a notable 19th place overall.  Dave Neis rounded out to top-threes with a third place in the highly competitive Mens 40-49 category despite finishing 8th overall.

JB Lafon finishes 6th in Marathon race

In the day’s largest event, thirteen COS Racers took to the start line of the Sprint race, including four members of our women’s race team.  LeeAnn Perea, Emily Reynolds, and Wendy Stalnaker finished 2nd , 3rd , and 4th respectively in the Womens 40-49 category, while Cindi Brothers continued her successful run of second places in Womens 50-59.  All COS Racing women finished in the top-10 of a very competitive women’s field of over 35 racers. 

The Men’s race showcased a field of approximately 100 male racers.  COS Racing netted five top-3 age-group finishes, including first place in each of the men’s categories 30-39, 40-49, and 50-59.  The day’s best performance came from veteran racer, Vlad Dragomirov, who seized second place in the general classification (GC) while winning the Mens 40-49 race.  In Mens 30-39, debutante racer André Blyth won the Mens 30-39 category in his first race with COS Racing, finishing 16th overall, while Michael Brothers stood on the top step of the Mens 50-59 podium – only slightly behind Dragomirov with a solid 5th place GC finish.  Not to be outdone, club racer Steve Johnson and veteran graveleur Tracy Sharples went 2nd and 3rd in Mens 60+.  Additional Mens 50-59 racers included Ron Budhi (4th), George York (7th), J. Erik Hartel (8th), and Michael Elmer (10th).  All nine COS Racing male race team members finished in the top 30 overall resulting in a commanding overall team performance in a field of 100 racers.  

True to its name, the “Sprint” race started fast.

Three additional COS Racing-affiliated team members competed in this event.  These included Seth Hurley (Criterium Bikes) who placed second in the Mens 29-29 category of the Ultra race, and club team members Kristine Johnson (DNA) and Kris Lemond (SoCo Velo) who won the Sprint 60+ category and took 3rd in Womens 50-59, respectively.

Still to come is today’s cross-country mountain bike race.  COS Racing will be represented by at least Michael Brothers who is going for a hat-trick of podiums at this year’s event.

Mad Gravel is the creation of Rattler Racing.  In only its second year, this event brought out almost 500 racers for three days of gravel and mountain biking challenges at the McNeil Scout Ranch.  New to this year’s iteration was the circuit race and an XC MTB event to be held on Memorial Day.

COS Racing 2022 Road Season Officially Underway with a Dozen Podiums at Fountain Cycling Classic

HANOVER, CO – The road season officially started this weekend with solid performances by COS Racing at the 2022 Fountain Cycling Classic. Thirty COS Racing riders took to the start line over two days of competition, resulting in at least a dozen top-three podium finishes.

Most notably, both new-member Ashley Frye (SW4) and veteran Vlad Dragomirov (MM 40+ 3) took the top spots at the time-trial (TT) and the road race – unofficially taking the overall title in their respective categories for the event. Additionally, Seth Hurley (SM3) and new member Boudewijn van Werven (SM5) placed in the top three on both days, ensuring a top-three finish for each in the general classification (GC).

Officially known as “Groove Fountain Festival P/B Criterium Bikes & Sports Corp”, the Fountain Classic is a two-day race consisting of an 11.8 kilometer individual TT and a road race on the challenging “Squirrel Creek-Hanover Loop.” The event also features an overall GC result for each category.

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COS Racing took eighteen top-five positions, including five first-places, seven thirds, three fourths, and three fifth places in the individual events. For GC, we are likely to have at least four racers on the podium, including Ashley Frye, Vlad Dragomirov, Seth Hurley, and Boudewijn van Werven.

SUMMARY

1st --  Ashley Frye (TT - SW4), Ashley Frye (RR - SW4), Seth Hurley (TT - SM3), Vladislav Dragomirov (TT - MM 40+ 3), Vladislav Dragomirov (RR - MM 40+ 3)

3rd --  Boudewijn van Werven (TT - SM5), Boudewijn van Werven (RR - SM5), Diane Percy (Racing for DNA Cycling) (RR - MW 50+), George York (TT - MM 50+ 4), J. Erik Hartel (RR - MM 50+ 4), Lauren McMurtry (RR - SW4), Seth Hurley (RR - SM3)

4th --  Charlotte Miller (RR - MW60+), J. Erik Hartel (TT - MM 50+ 4), Wen Dolphin (TT - SM5)

5th --  Andrew McAdoo (RR - MM 50+ 4), Glen Larson (RR - MM 60+), Marisa Farro-Mira (RR - MW 50+)

Full results are available at BRAC.

Outside the top five, COS Racing still had many powerful performances across all categories. COS Racing had unprecedented turn-out in SM3 road race with over seven racers competing, as well as at least six racers in the combined MM 40+/50+ 3 road race. Our SM5 team excelled with several racers ready for an upgrade to Cat 4 soon.  Our women’s team also excelled across multiple divisions.

Congratulations to the following COS Racers. Well done. 

Alex Avakian (SM5), Andrew McAdoo (MM 50+ 4), Ashley Frye (SW4), Boudewijn van Werven (SM5), Charlotte Miller (MW 60+), Curt Butler (SM5), Dan Padgett (SM3), Dave Neis (MM P/1/2/3), David Anderson (MM 60+), Derek Bondy (SM4), Diane Percy (Club Team – racing for DNA Cycling) (SW P/1/2/3), George York (MM 50+ 4), Glen Larson (MM 60+), Hanson Finley (SM3), J. Erik Hartel (MM 50+ 4), John Morgan (SM5), Lauren McMurtry (SW4), Marisa Farro-Miro (SW4), Matt Bell (SM3), Mike Elmer (MM 50+ 4), Mike Rucker (SM5), Miles Juneau (SM3), Monty Bobo (MM 50+ 4), Peter Jackman (SM3), Ron Buhdi (MM 40+ 3), Seth Hurley (SM3), Steven Wade (MM 60+), Tony Nelson (SM5), Tracy Sharples (MM 60+), Vladislav Dragomirov (MM 40+ 3), and Wen Dolphin (SM5).

Thanks also to our fine sponsors.

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Team Registration is Now Open for 2021/22 Race Season

Effective immediately, our registration/renewal site is active! Please go to “REGISTER/MEMBERSHIP” above.

It’s an easy two-step process:

  1. Submit form
  2. Pay annual membership fee of $40.

We’ll have a laptop available at tonight’s membership meeting.

2021/22 Annual Team Membership Meeting – 13 December!

Annual Team Membership Meeting: 13 December!

The COS Racing Team meeting will take place on 13 December at 6PM at sponsor Trails End’s location in Old Colorado City.

This year’s meeting will be a forum to gather with fellow team members and prospective members, learn about new opportunities and plans for the upcoming race year, and try on this year’s kit from our new kit sponsor Pactimo.

It’s going to be another stellar race season in Colorado, so jump on board for some great experiences. If you are on the fence about bringing your riding and racing to the next level, attend this meeting to meet a great group of like-minded riders and learn about the riding, racing, and coached experiences you can have on this team.

Sincerely,

COS Racing

2021/22 Annual Team Membership Meeting – 13 December!

See our open Facebook page for details.

COS Racing is a 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Nonprofit Organization. We are a bicycle racing team. Our purpose is to foster local, national, and international amateur cycling racer development and competitions. As a team, we help develop road, MTB, track, and gravel bicycle racers through clinics and training. We support racer participation in local, national, and international racing events. We also host our own race annually, the Thunderbird Road race, the state road racing championships for juniors, seniors, and master amateur racers. In addition, we co-support the Front Range Classic, a collegiate race sponsored by the Air Force Academy Cycling Team. Ancillary to our racing endeavors, we volunteer at cycling events and cycling-related activities in our region.

COS Racing Masters Excel in Colorado State Team Cup

COLORADO SPRINGS – In this year’s Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado (BRAC) Colorado Road Team Cup, COS Racing achieved some excellent team results – placing 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 9th at the state level in various categories. 

At the top of the pyramid, COS Racing took second place in the state in Masters Men’s Category 4 (40+), just behind Primal – Audi Denver and ahead of nine other teams.  Consistent top-3 finishes by Aaron Sudduth and Andrew McAdoo contributed enormously to these results. Sudduth notably took three wins plus an additional three top-five finishes; McAdoo won the Fountain Omnium, while racers Ray Decker, Brian McCall, and Tony Nelson contributed to these results.

COS Racing took third place in Masters Men’s Category 4 (50+) out of eleven teams in what appeared to be one of Colorado’s hardest-fought competitions.  Four COS Racing Masters racers – Ron Budhi, Michael Elmer, Erik Hartel, and George York – took to the start line over 64 times during the season, amassing three race wins, one sweep of the podium at the Fountain Festival, and a further twelve top-five finishes.  Consistency was also the key, with racers in this category placing in the top-10 47-times.  COS Racing was narrowly beaten out for the top prize by two strong Denver-based teams – RacerX Racing and Palomares

In the final two categories, Men’s Category 3 and Masters Men’s 60+, COS Racing placed 6th and 9th, respectively, with solid performances from Matt Bell, Vladimir Dragomirov, and Tracy Sharples.

Kemble Takes State Champions Jersey In Women’s Road Race

FOUNTAIN, CO – COS Racing rider Jasmine Kemble took first place in the Colorado Women’s Road Race (Cat 4) from a field of six racers. The road race was held on a tough, hilly course on the plains southeast of Colorado Springs under hot summer conditions.

This race is the culmination of a series of podium finishes for Jasmine ths year, including Dove Valley Criterium (1st place), Modern Market Criterium (2nd), Bannock Street Criterium (2nd), and Littleton Twilight Criterium (2nd).

Full Race Results: HERE

Rosaly Takes 2nd in Cat 1 at G3 MTB Stage Race

WINTER PARK, CO – Last weekend, COS Racing racer Guillermo Rosaly took 2nd Place in Cat 1 30-39 at the Grand Gear Grind (G3) Mountain Bike Stage Race in Grandby, Colorado.  Based at the edge of the world-renowned Rocky Mountain State Park, the G3 is a mountain bike stage race covering the best, highest, and most challenging single-track that Grand County Winter Park, Colorado, and the USA has to offer.

In total, the race covered 90 miles and over 15,000 feet of climbing through challenging Rocky Mountain terrain.  Guillermo has been an avid and incredibly strong MTB racer for COS Racing since 2020 – most recently, racing in the “Zia Rides Royal Gorge 12 & 6 Mountain Bike Race”.  According to him, his “fire is lit” and he’s ready to compete in many more events in Colorado.  Guillermo is building towards a podium finish at MTB Nationals.

Congratulations to Guillermo and his support squad on a superb start to the MTB season.

Dragomirov Takes 2021 Colorado State ITT Title

KEENESBURG, CO – On June 12th, 2021, longtime COS Racing rider Vladimir Dragomirov took the State Championship title in the Men’s Category 3 40K Individual Time Trial (ITT) with a time of 52:26.8.  Starting second-to-last in an 11-person field that also included teammate Seth Hurley, Vlad powered to a decisive 30-second victory over the next best rider.

Vlad averaged an impressive 45.76 kph (28.64 mph) and almost 300 watts over a largely flat course that featured two U-turns. 

Congratulations to Vlad and all those who participated in the State ITT Championships.

Full Results

Big Race Weekend for COS Racing

ELBERT, CO – Ten miles away it was sunny and 65 degrees. At the Peaceful Valley Scout Camp for the start of the Mad Gravel race, the day started cold and foggy with temps in the 40s and a 10-25mph wind ripping out of the north. Despite that, COS Racing’s 15 riders had a very successful day at today’s inaugural edition presented by Rattler Racing. Today’s racing featured three courses – 123mi, 78mi, and 43mi. It also featured a CX-style singletrack climb through a dozen tight S-turns to the finish. The majority of COS Racing competitors participated in the 43-mile “Sprint” event.

Dave Neis of COS Racing took an impressive 8th Place overall in the 123mi “Ultra” event behind multiple past- and present professional riders to include Grant Koontz, Greg Daniel, Jonathon Cavner, Jürgen Eckmann, and Alex Howes, making him one of the top amateur competitors in this event. Johanna Neuber also finished 4th in the women’s category.

In the 78-mile “Marathon” event, five riders also participated with Ellie Malfeld taking 2nd overall in the women’s category. Vladislav Dragomirov reportedly crashed hard while riding in the breakaway, surviving but breaking his handlebars in half in the process.

At least nine riders crossed the start line along with 116 other riders in the Sprint. The highest placing were Jeffrey Turner (4th) and J Erik Hartel (6th), overall, with Wendy Kimmel Stalnaker taking 8th in women’s. In age group results, Jeff and Erik took the top two podium positions in MM 50+, while Tracy Sharples, Jean-Baptiste Lafon, Kevin Healy, and Mike West took positions 2nd through 5th in MM 60+, which featured an unusually deep field of over 18 riders.

This weekend, team members also raced at the Royal Gorge Six and Twelve MTB Race and Lookout Mountain Hill Climb yesterday, and Louiseville Criterium. At Royal Gorge 6 & 12, David Johnson and Guillermo Rosaly raced solo, while Michael Brothers, Dustin Holcomb, Zach Pickett, and Roy Pruett combined to compete in the team category. (As of publication, results had not been posted.) Meanwhile, at Lookout Mountain, at least three teammates raced. Ron Bdh (Buhdi) captured 3rd in the Master’s Men 50+ 4s. Other racers included Derek Bondy and Steve Cade.

Full results from the Mad Gravel event can be found at: LINK

Thanks as always to our sponsors for making this possible.

COS Racing wins Men’s & Women’s Categories at Pony Xpress 85

08 May 2021.  TRINIDAD, CO – Johanna Neuber and Vladislav Dragomirov won the women and men’s categories at today’s Pony Xpress 85 (PX85) gravel race in Trinidad, CO. Pony Xpress is part of the Colorado Gravel Grinder Championships.  This year’s event featured over 230 riders competing on 85K and 160K courses through the Sangre de Christo Mountains with epic altitude gains of 3,500ft and 8,400ft.

There was an impressive sea of blue-and-orange jerseys at the start, standing out boldly in a field of approximately 110 gravel riders for the 85K race.

Beyond Johanna and Vlad’s superb results, the team also swept the remainder of the men’s podium, with Michael Brothers and Jeffrey Turner taking 2nd & 3rd overall. In age group results, COS Racing swept the podiums of the Men’s 50+ and Men’s 60+ to 4th position. Jeffrey Turner, Ron Budhi, George Pollard York, and J Erik Hartel took 1st through 4th in 50+, while Tracy Sharples, Jean-Baptiste Lafon, Kevin Healy, and Mike West took the top positions in 60+. Similarly,  Johanna Neuber, LeeAnn Perea, and Cindi Brothers took top results in their age groups – Women’s 20-29, 30-39, and 40-49.

Other notable mentions included Andrew McAdoo, who completed the 160K route plus some bonus miles, and Benton Beltramo, Derek Bondy, and Aaron Sudduth, who each took 4th place in Men’s 20-29, 30-39, and 40-49, respectively.

Finally, for a few others teammates, this was their first race of the year. This includes Benton Beltramo, Chris Ferguson, David McDaniel, Curtis Potter, and others.

Full results at: http://racingunderground.racetecresults.com/results.aspx

Thanks also to our sponsors and Mr. Phil Schweizer of Koobi Saddles for hosting the race.