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.
On April 28th, COS Racing team rider Daniel Matheny hosted a free public mountain bike clinic at Red Rock Canyon Open Space. The event attracted over eight local riders. Hosted out of Trails End Taproom, the two-hour clinic focused on mountain-bike fundamentals, especially essential cornering skills. Riders worked on body positioning on the bike and efficient corning on a variety of surfaces and terrain. COS Racing is dedicated to promoting cycling and the development of racers and riders of all levels within the Colorado Springs region.
Daniel Matheny is a professional mountain bike racer, cycling coach, and owner of Matheny Endurance LLC coaching services. He has been a professional coach since 2004 and holds certifications as a USA Cycling Level 1 Elite Coach, UCI Director Sportif, and NSCA-Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. His coaching career highlights include coaching several USA National Champions and multiple World Cup qualifiers.
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 Saturday December 13, 2014 the COS Racing team gathered at America the Beautiful Park to clean up the paved trails around the area. The majority of the team headed south on the paved trail leaving the park while others went across the river and started cleanup efforts there. Within 2 hours the team had gathered enough trash to fill 30+ trash bags and they were able to remove 7 shopping carts from in and around the river. The only thing preventing the team from continuing their efforts was the loss of sunlight and they ran out of trash bags. Another event will be planned in the near future to continue the community service efforts that are required to keep this city beautiful.
Clean up the debris on the upper switch back in Cheynne Canyon. With so many riding this area we thought it was a safety hazard for descending and spinning out when ascending. Should make this area a little safer for the cycling community. We even found a bicycle sign buried under the dirt on the road.