COLORADO SPRINGS (25 August 2021) – Due to public safety concerns amid an uptick of COVID cases, the United States Air Force Academy has withdrawn approval for us to conduct Sunday’s Colorado Road Race Master and Junior RR Championships on the Academy. We regret the missed opportunity to host a great road race on a stunning and challenging course. We hope to see you again next year.
We are currently working on issuing refunds to those who pre-registered.
Thanks to all 263 racers who competed, as well as to the many volunteers who donated their time to this event. Thanks also to the US Air Force Academy for allowing us to host this challenging event on their installation.
Finally, thank you to Darkblade Systems for sponsoring this event for the second year. Darkblade Systems is based in Northern Virginia with personnel supporting Intelligence Community and Department of Defense customers in Colorado, various other domestic locations, as well as overseas. Events such as this one would not be possible without outstanding corporate sponsors.
The Darkblade Systems Thunderbird Road Race will feature a new race course for the senior and masters divisions this year. The new course will feature an out-and-back leg up Parade Loop. This new addition will add approximately 2.5 miles to each lap and feature a gradual climb towards the USAFA cadet area. Please see flyer for details.
Due to USA Cycling Masters Nationals coming to the US Air Force Academy on our usual dates, COS Racing will host this year’s Darkblade Systems Thunderbird Road Race on September 8, 2019. Check back soon for details.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Over 2000 photos have been posted for the Darkblade Systems Thunderbird Road Race, which took place on Sunday, 12 August 2018 at the US Air Force Academy. This race was also the Colorado and Southern Wyoming state road race championships for 2018.
On behalf of COS Racing, thank you to everyone who played a role in making yesterday’s 2018 Darkblade Systems Thunderbird Road Race a success. Over 300 riders competed for personal and Colorado state road race championship honor.
From the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado (BRAC):
“Riders do not need to be annual BRAC members to qualify for state championships. However, they need to be US citizens or permanent residents of the United States and must live in BRAC’s local area that consists of all of Colorado and the southeast corner of Wyoming…. On the results [BRAC] will indicate who the state champions are….Riders need to be annual BRAC members to receive Rocky Mountain Cup points.”
Based on this guidance, we may have two podium ceremonies for some events – One for the state championships and a different one for prizes depending on if whether we have out-of-state riders in a particular category that have placed.