Steven Cozza – A Different Kind of Cyclist

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November 30, 2009
Written by Jeff Martin
Onesource Cycling

http://onesourcecycling.blogspot.com

 

Many of you already know Steven Cozza. I believe this cyclist is special. Some may call him superdomestique. I would consider him more of a pure classics guy or a one day racer. Not a crit rider, but rather the guy who excels in gritty, one day classics with 150-260k races with bad conditions and unique landscapes.

I believe he will win some classics in the next two years and can represent Garmin in Paris Roubaix. He has the character to do it.

Check out this video if you want a glimpse of this young and spirited rider.

http://video.cyclingnews.com/2009/my_favourite_rides/video_player.php?id=1

Watch it – it is worth it. Cycling from an outdoorsman perspective – which is cycling at it’s core!
Posted by Jeff Martin at 7:23:00 PM
1 comments:
Anonymous said…
I love it……Good post Jeff. Totally identify with his perspective of enjoyment of the sport. Fellowship, health, outdoors, sport, moments of competitiveness, wildlife…… all great……… Now I just have to get on the bike to enjoy!

Levi

December 13, 2009 5:50 PM

Riding Through Cotton Fields with Jen Close Behind

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December 27, 2009
Written by
Steven Cozza

Dario and I planned my training so that I would have a rest week over Christmas. Jen’s parents’ place in Georgia has been a great place to relax for a week before heading back across the pond to Spain to meet up with my team and the early season training camp in Valencia, Spain.

One of my favorite things about cycling is being able to travel the world and ride in different environments. Right now here in Georgia, even though it doesn’t snow, it looks as if it almost has when riding on roads through the cotton fields. I rode by my first ever cotton field the other day and it was really cool. In Northern California, it is always grape vines, so it was a real shock to the eye to see acre after acre covered in a sea of really bright white cotton balls.

Jen’s dad has a really nice yellow tandem bike they call “the school bus” and I call “a big banana.” It has been a lot of fun going out on rides with Jen close behind. It is so cool being able to take her on my training rides with me.

I tend to forget that she has to pedal too though, so I occasionally get the jab to the rear end and then hear the words, “Slow down. My legs are going to fall off my body if you keep pedaling this fast.” Lance once said a tandem bike is a divorce machine and that can be very true I guess but for Jen and I it has been a great communication builder, haha. I am quite impressed on her ability on the bike actually for not having ridden for most of the winter. I really look forward to some of our recovery rides together in the warm Spanish evening air.

Today I am going out for a ride with the local bike shop riders. I’m looking forward to riding with some of the locals around here on some of their favorite routes. It has been fun going out and exploring by myself (because I have the Garmin Edge to help me find my way with ease), but it’s always nice to just be able to zone out and enjoy conversation while out training here in the South.

Some interesting training reports are soon to come about my team’s training camp in Valencia.
Thanks for reading and be sure to remember to sign up for my Race for Kids Fan Club. In doing so, you will be helping kids and earning the chance to win cool free stuff every month.

Happy Holidays,

Steven

Garmin-Transitions announces 2010 rosterBy: Cycling NewsPublished: December 24, 17:18, Updated: December 24, 17:26

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Christian Vande Velde renewed with Garmin-Transitions for three years.

Vande Velde, Martin and Zabriskie sign extended contracts
Team Garmin-Transitions unveiled its 2010 roster on Thursday, featuring 10 Americans among the ProTour team’s total of 27 riders from nine different countries. Christian Vande Velde, 8th overall in the 2009 Tour de France, David Zabriskie, U.S. Time Trial Champion and sprint sensation Tyler Farrar will return to the squad along with stars Dan Martin, Ryder Hesjedal and David Millar.
New additions include Jack Bobridge, Australia’s U23 Road Race and Time Trial Champion, Johan Van Summeren, two-time top 10 finisher at Paris-Roubaix, and expert lead-out man Robbie Hunter.
Vande Velde, Martin and Zabriskie have all renewed contracts with the team that will extend through 2012, 2012 and 2013, respectively.
“I’ve come an long way with Team Garmin-Transitions in a short time,” said Vande Velde. “I’m incredibly proud of what I’ve done as part of this team and I’m excited to see what the next three years have to hold.”
Ireland’s Dan Martin echoed Vande Velde’s sentiments and is pleased to continue with the American ProTour squad. “The progress we have made together in the past two seasons shows what a perfect environment Garmin-Transitions is for a young rider,” said Martin. “I’m really excited to have the chance to continue to improve, grow and have fun in what is the perfect team for me.”
“It’s a beautiful thing,” added Zabriskie. “To commit for four years myself, and to have the team commit to me is something really special.”
Jonathan Vaughters, Slipstream Sports CEO, is looking ahead to a successful 2010 season. “We’re poised well for 2010,” said Vaughters. “Our roster is strong and versatile with some of the world’s best riders returning to us, and the addition of others.
“This [upcoming] year we will look to build on Tyler’s success by adding lead-out guys, we’ve added climbers to help Christian in the mountains and we’ve rounded out our Classics team. With Christian, Dan and David signing on for the next few years, we’ve built a foundation that we will be able to enhance in years to come. Looking ahead to 2010, we expect to be competitive throughout the year.”
Garmin-Transitions opens its 2010 season at Australia’s Tour Down Under in January.

Garmin-Transitions complete 2010 roster:

Jack Bobridge (Aus)
Kirk Carlson (USA)
Steven Cozza (USA)
Tom Danielson (USA)
Julian Dean (NZl)
Timmy Duggan (USA)
Tyler Farrar (USA)
Ryder Hesjedal (Can)
Robbie Hunter (RSA)
Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe)
Michele Kreder (Ned)
Trent Lowe (Aus)
Dan Martin (Irl)
Maartijn Maaskant (Ned)
Christian Meier (Can)
Cameron Meyer (Aus)
Travis Meyer (Aus)
David Millar (GBr)
Danny Pate (USA)
Thomas Peterson (USA)
Peter Stetina (USA)
Svein Tuft (Can)
Johan Van Summeren (Bel)
Ricardo van der Velde (Ned)
Christian Vande Velde (USA)
Matt Wilson (Aus)
David Zabriskie (USA)

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Happy Holidays

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December 21, 2009
Written by
Steven Cozza

The Holidays are really here and I’m on my way to Georgia to spend Christmas with Jens Family.

Its been a great past couple weeks of training and spending time with my family. Jen and I took a little road trip up the California coast and took the bike with me to train. It was really the only trip away from town we were able to take. What I have relized about the time I am home is that its like craming 12 months of things that need to get done in a 2 month period on top of lots of riding time. This last Saturday my mom put together an early Christmas for me and my relatives. It was great fun and I was really happy to spend time with and see all of them.

Jen and I are at the airport and my advice of the day would be try not to travel during the holidays haha. Totally nuts that’s forsure. I got my training for the day in just trying to make baggage weight and getting thru security. We are lucky the San Francisco fog has burned off so that our flight will not be delayed.

After spending Christmas and the New years with Jen in Georgia I’m off to Spain to training camp. Training camp this year is down in Valencia.

Really looking forward to it and my first race the Tour of Qatar.

Happy holidays everyone.
Don’t forget to join my Race for Kids Fan Club.

Steven

Steven’s 2010 Road Race Season

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Steven The Stache Ready Set Go 2010 Part 2

*Second half of Steven’s racing schedule - June through October 2010

*You’ll notice below there are a few races that are in question. As Steven learns more about his schedule changes and updates will be made.

 June

11-13, Delta Tour Zeeland, Netherlands, 2.1, http://www.deltatourzeeland.ni

19, G.P. Nobili Rubinetterie, Coppa Papa Carlo, Italy, 1.1

22, Steven will race in a local Criterium in Belgium

23, Halle-Ingoogem, Belgium, 1.1, http://www.halle-ingoogem.be

July

21-25, Brixia Tour, Lombardy, Italy, 2.1, http://www.brixiatour.com

31, Classica Ciclista San Sebastian, Spain, UPT, Pro Tour, http://canales.diariovasco.com/vueltapaisvasco/

August

4-8, Tour of Denmark / Post Danmark Rundt, Denmark, 2.HC

17-24, Eneco Tour, UPT (Pro Tour), http://www.sport.be

September

10, Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec, Cannada, UPT (Pro Tour)

12, Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal, Canada, UPT (Pro Tour)

18 & 19, USA Pro Championships, Greenville, South Carolina – Not Sure http://www.usacyclingchampionships.com/

October

Sept. 30 – Oct. 3, Circuit Franco-Belge, Belgium, 2.1, http://www.circuitfrancobelge.be

5, Binche – Tournai – Binche, Belgium, 1.1

7, Paris – Bourges, France, 1.1, http://www.parisbourges.fr

10, Paris Tours, France, 1.HC, http://www.letour.fr

Garmin-Transitions complete 2010 roster:

Jack Bobridge (Aus)
Kirk Carlson (USA)
Steven Cozza (USA)
Tom Danielson (USA)
Julian Dean (NZl)
Timmy Duggan (USA)
Tyler Farrar (USA)
Murilo Fischer (Bra)
Ryder Hesjedal (Can)
Robbie Hunter (RSA)
Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe)
Michele Kreder (Ned)
Trent Lowe (Aus)
Dan Martin (Irl)
Maartijn Maaskant (Ned)
Christian Meier (Can)
Cameron Meyer (Aus)
Travis Meyer (Aus)
David Millar (GBr)
Danny Pate (USA)
Thomas Peterson (USA)
Peter Stetina (USA)
Svein Tuft (Can)
Johan Van Summeren (Bel)
Ricardo van der Velde (Ned)
Christian Vande Velde (USA)
Matt Wilson (Aus)
David Zabriskie (USA)

~ ~ ~

*First half of Steven’s racing schedule – January through June 2010

January

January 15-31, Training Camp, Spain

February

February 3-6, Travel/Training in Qatar, Middle East, http://www.iloveqatar.net

*Steven was injured. Broke a collarbone during the Tour of Qatar stage 2. He will be out several weeks. This has been a major disappointment, but Steven says, “I’m going to come out of this even stronger.” Steven is currently rehabing. He thanks his family and fans for all their support. “Never Give Up” even in the toughest of times.

February 7-12, Tour of Qatar, Qatar, Middle East, 2.1
http://www.nieuwsblad.be

March 4, 2010 Update

My Comeback Schedule

Steven says, “Hope to see the fans out there wearing the “Stache”. 

March

March 22, Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Spain, UPT (Pro Tour), http://www.voltacatalunya.cat
 

April

April 4, Ronde van Vlaanderen/Tour of Flanders, Belgium, UPT (Pro Tour), http://www.nieuwsblad.be
April 7, Scheldeprij, Belgium, 1.HC, http://www.scheldeprijs.be
April 11, Paris-Roubaix, France, HIS (Historical Calendar), http://www.letour.fr
April 14, De Brabantse Pijl-La Road Fleche Brabanconne, Belgium, 1.1, http://www.belgiancycling 

April 18, Amstel Gold Race, Netherland, UPT (Pro Tour), http://www.amstelgoldrace.nl - “I’m racing! Woop Woop! The Stache rides again!” 

Steven will be racing:

April 21, La Fleche Wallonne, Belgium, HIS

May

May 11-15, Tour of California Training Camp, CA, USA
May 16-23, Tour of California, CA, USA, 2HC, http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com

 

 

Garmin-Transitions complete 2010 roster:

Jack Bobridge (Aus)
Kirk Carlson (USA)
Steven Cozza (USA)
Tom Danielson (USA)
Julian Dean (NZl)
Timmy Duggan (USA)
Tyler Farrar (USA)
Murilo Fischer (Bra)
Ryder Hesjedal (Can)
Robbie Hunter (RSA)
Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe)
Michele Kreder (Ned)
Trent Lowe (Aus)
Dan Martin (Irl)
Maartijn Maaskant (Ned)
Christian Meier (Can)
Cameron Meyer (Aus)
Travis Meyer (Aus)
David Millar (GBr)
Danny Pate (USA)
Thomas Peterson (USA)
Peter Stetina (USA)
Svein Tuft (Can)
Johan Van Summeren (Bel)
Ricardo van der Velde (Ned)
Christian Vande Velde (USA)
Matt Wilson (Aus)
David Zabriskie (USA)

Single-track Awesomeness and Fridged Temperatures Or A Popsicle On Two Wheels

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December 9,2009
Written by Steven Cozza

In my last update, I was writing about how it still is not winter here and how I don’t even need to wear gloves. Ha ha ha! I think I totally jinxed myself because yesterday I started my ride in 28 degree weather. I don’t think I have ever ridden out when it was that cold here in California. We have definitely got a good freeze going on because its another cold one today. I was like a popsicle on two wheels yesterday rolling through the Sonoma County countryside.

This past weekend, on the other hand, was still really nice so my coach and his girlfriend decided to spend the weekend with Jen and me up at the cabin. It’s always fun training with Dario because he must be one of the fittest coaches around. I had my climbing workout on Saturday, so we rode out to the coast and did all the really awesome coastal climbs around Jenner.

It was an awesome day with no fog, so the views of the rocky Sonoma coast were awesome. Jenner is a small town at the mouth of the Russian River. On the beach below the town, large numbers of seals rest before diving back into the sea for their next fishing trip. Many salmon and steelhead swim up the Russian River around this time to spawn – that is if they are not eaten first by a 500lb seal. It is always fun to see these packs of seals napping on the beach as I ride by.

On Sunday we went out for a killer mountain bike ride out of Occidental. The single track out there is just out of this world. Super, super tight trails with really nice barely-ridden on topsoil. After doing close to 3 hours up there we finished on this single track trail that actually goes through a redwood tree. It’s totally awesome. All of the sudden you’re ripping down this 20-30 minute downhill single track and then towards the bottom you ride through a tree. There are really great trails but just about impossible to find unless you are shown where all of them are.

Today will be another frigid ride. It should be a bit warmer because I have 6×8 minute intervals at 330watts and 5×15 minutes at my upper zone 2 and a total of 4 hours to complete. It’s not so cold if you’re always having to push the pedals really good during the ride.

The winter holiday season is here!

Happy holidays everyone,

Steven

A Glimpse Of The 2010 Road Race Season

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I’m learning a little bit day by day on my up and coming schedule for the racing calendar. First off is a training camp in Valencia, Spain, from January 15th to February 1st. Right after that, I fly to the Tour of Qatar and then the new Tour of Oman, two races in the Middle East. What a change of scenery that will be – from Belgium and French races in the rainy, windy cow-dropping-covered roads, to camels, sand storms and hot weather.

Training Training Training

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December 4, 2009
Written by Steven Cozza

The hard winter of training is in full swing now. I guess I can’t really say “winter” because we still have yet to see winter here in California. I’ve gotten in a little over a solid month of base training this winter and yet to ride in the rain or with cold weather riding gloves. I haven’t even needed shoe booties to keep my feet warm yet.

Between the mountain bike and the road bike, I have had a lot of fun this off-season. There are so many awesome loops here that it takes seriously a month to do them all.

I’m learning a little bit day by day on my up and coming schedule for the racing calendar. First off is a training camp in Valencia, Spain, from January 15th to February 1st. Right after that, I fly to the Tour of Qatar and then the new Tour of Oman, two races in the Middle East. What a change of scenery that will be – from Belgium and French races in the rainy, windy cow-dropping-covered roads, to camels, sand storms and hot weather.

After the Middle East races, I’ll get to fly back to my home-base in Girona, Spain, to meet back up with Jen to look for a new apartment. I’m really looking forward to that and getting all settled in to a new place of our own.

Ok, off to training. I need to start riding camels to get ready for the races in Qatar.

Steven