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Established in 2015, COS Racing has become Colorado Springs' most prominent and active cycling team.  Our mission is to support local, regional, and national amateur bike racing in all its disciplines.  We develop road, MTB, track, and gravel bicycle racers through clinics and training as a team. With the assistance of our generous sponsors, we also support racer participation in local and national racing events, as well as volunteer at cycling events and cycling-related activities in our region.

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  • 5 Oct 2023 7:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Trinidad, Colorado – September 30, 2023 – In a solid display of grit and determination, COS Racing showcased their gravel prowess at the Rad Dirt Fest held in Trinidad, Colorado. Nine COS Racing riders competed across two race distances in an event that featured relentless Colorado sun and the rugged terrain of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

    The day’s standout performance came from Aaron Sudduth, who clinched an impressive 4th place finish out of 216 riders in the 40-mile “Frijoles” race. At the same time, Robin Schroyer captured 7th place in a talented women’s field, solidifying COS Racing’s reputation as a strong force in Colorado gravel cycling. In the men’s race, Sudduth was followed closely by Masters’ racer Tracy Sharples, who achieved a commendable 9th place finish. George York secured a solid 14th place in the same demanding race. 

    In the 68-mile “Anteloop” event, Emily Reynolds and new team member Stephen Masopust achieved 9th and 14th in their age groups, respectively.

    Back in the Frijoles race, COS Racing was highly visible throughout – particularly on the challenging doubletrack circuit around Lake Trinidad, where most of the top dozen wore the orange-and-blue jerseys of COS Racing. On that same segment, which Sudduth described as more reminiscent of cyclocross than gravel, Sudduth and Erik Hartel went clear of the bunch with a few companions, eventually achieving more than a one-minute gap over a chasing group led by Sharples.

    Unfortunately, just before the 7215-ft summit turn-around, Sudduth flatted. On the 7-mile rolling descent through Burro Canyon, Hartel – now alone – wilted in the 25mph headwinds and was eventually overtaken again by Sudduth, who had joined forces with Sharples in a five-person chase group. By mile 39, Sudduth slipped away from that group and finished just off the podium in 4th.

    In other finishes, Matt Wright took 23rd , and Mike Elmer finished in 33rd place. All COS Racing riders finished in the top 20% of their fields, except Hartel, who abandoned late in the race.

  • 28 Aug 2023 2:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO - Congratulations to all our SBT GRVL racers! COS Racing took home seven age-group podiums and one overall - an impressive fact given that over 2236 riders were competing in a stacked field full of pros and national-level competitors.


  • 21 May 2023 2:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BOULDER, CO - COS Racing showcased their competitive spirit and determination at the Superville Omnium, held amidst the smoky beauty of Boulder, Colorado, from 19th to 21st May 2023. The team's riders delivered solid performances across multiple events, securing notable finishes and highlighting their capabilities in a highly talented field.

    The Superville Omnium, a three-day Bicycle Colorado extravaganza in the Boulder area towns of Superior and Louisville – hence ‘Superville’ - is known for its challenging courses and competition. It incorporates several previously separate events, including the Superior Time Trial, Superior Morgul Road Race, and the Louisville Crit.

    COS Racing rider Lindsey Baumann, made her impressive 2023 debut, securing a remarkable 5th place overall finish despite only racing two of the series’ three events.  Baumann's outstanding performance in the Omnium showcased her talent and determination as she navigated the demanding course with skill and precision. In the competitive Men's 50+ Category 4 Omnium, George York and J. Erik Hartel finished 16th and 18th overall against almost 60 riders who competed over three days. Their consistent efforts in a challenging field illustrated their ability to compete against top riders and maintain a strong presence throughout the event.

    In the individual time trial, York and Hartel secured solid finishes. York claimed 10th place, while Hartel closely followed in 12th place, highlighting their proficiency in this challenging discipline. In the Women's Cat 4 time trial, Baumann's abilities were on full display as she raced to an impressive 2nd place finish.  

    The Louisville Criterium witnessed greater COS Racing representation, with riders taking on a technical one-mile course that featured a high-speed tight corner at the end of a fast descent. In the crash-free Master’s race, Hartel and York secured 7th and 12th places in a combined field of 23 riders.  After the race, Hartel noted that despite coming into the final corner optimally positioned near the front, he and York were swamped by a franticly chasing rear of the peloton.  The ensuing scrum and emergency braking in the final corner meant that Hartel and York had to drag race up the finishing ascent through a mass of fading riders.  Though both recovered many positions lost, neither was pleased with the outcome.

    Also in the criterium, Laith Abbas finished an impressive 16th from a large and talented field of over 40, including national-caliber Junior riders. Abbas' performance in this crash-marred event against such intense competition reflects his determination and potential for future success. Returning from injury, Ryan Arthur displayed his resilience and commitment in the Men's Category 5 criterium, securing a commendable 19th-place finish.

    Finally, in the Superior Morgul Road Race, COS Racing's riders continued to excel. The Mogul Road Race is a challenging out-and-back route with multiple challenging climbs.  Lauren McMurtry and Lindsey Baumann delivered strong performances, finishing 5th and 7th in the four-lap Women's Category 4 race, with McMurtry finishing strongly from a three-rider chase group. In the Men's Category 4 race, York and Hartel crossed the line in 8th and 9th place, respectively, from a highly competitive field of over 32 riders. Although racing strongly throughout, both missed the winning breakaway after an unexpected attack on Lap 3 split the field on the big climb while both were trapped on the inside.  Despite vigorous attempts to bridge to the breakaway, Hartel and York eventually found themselves in no man’s land buffeted by heavy crosswinds; they settled for a team time trial to the finish.

    Abbas achieved his best weekend result with an 11th-place finish in the Men's Category 4 race, while Arthur continued his comeback efforts, finishing 14th in the Men's Category 5 race.

    COS Racing's presence and commendable finishes at the Superville Omnium exemplify their reputation as a competitive team. The performances of Lindsey Baumann, George York, J. Erik Hartel, Laith Abbas, Lauren McMurtry, and Ryan Arthur in various disciplines highlight their strengths and their collective potential.

  • 15 May 2023 2:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ELBERT COUNTY, CO - This Memorial Day weekend, COS Racing will be headed to Elbert County and the Peaceful Valley Scout Camp to compete in three days of off-road racing at the 2023 Mad Gravel event present by Rattler Racing. This event will consist of a gravel circuit race, gravel road race, an XC MTB event, and a trail run.

    In addition to historically being one of the home races for COS Racing, this event is particularly significant because Mad Gravel has incorporated the HEMI gravel race into its program.  The HEMI was previously a separate gravel event held in Kansas in remembrance of Craig Henwood – the son of COS Racing team members Kristine and Steve Johnson – who was killed in a gravel race in 2019.

    Rattler Racing is also partnering with team sponsor and coach Daniel Matheny of Matheny Endurance to provide coaching services in preparation for this event.

    We are anticipating significant COS Racing participation in this event and encourage the off-road cycling community to join us for an exciting three days of racing.

COS Racing is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Colorado Springs, CO.  While we have seen tremendous growth in the past four years, growing to over 90 team members strong, if upon dissolution of COS Racing and in keeping with 501(c)(3) requirements, our remaining assets will be distributed to cycling-related tax-exempt organizations, decided upon by the COS Racing Board of Directors.

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