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Jeff Mozingo has spent years on his bike, competing in dozens of races at all levels in Colorado and beyond.Now, the Rifle resident has begun a new chapter in his racing career as the volunteer head coach of Mesa State College’s club cycling team. Mozingo will remain living in Rifle, coaching the team through training programs and e-mails, and traveling with the squad each weekend to competitions.”I am getting toward the end of my racing career and I have been racing for a long time, so I thought I wanted to pursue something different. I still need something more than just my 9-to-5 job,” said Mozingo, who is a network engineer at Alpine Bank.Just because he is getting near the end doesn’t mean Mozingo is at the end. He is still spending a lot of time on his bike, and even competing in non-collegiate divisions of Mesa State’s races.The Mavericks, whose roster includes 40 cyclists, have raced in four mountain bike competitions under the guidance of Mozingo so far this fall season. The team will ride in one more race, on its home turf in Grand Junction on Oct. 7-8, before competing in the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference finals in Boulder Oct. 14-15.”It is going pretty good,” Mozingo said. “There is a lot of enthusiasm on my end, as well as the cyclists’.” Mozingo’s goal – and the team’s – is to be one of the top three teams in the RMCCC, a conference that includes teams from Fort Lewis, Colorado State, the University of Colorado, the University of Wyoming and Colorado School of Mines. If the Mavericks achieve their goal, they will earn a spot at the national championships in Angel Fire, N.M., Oct. 21-22.After the mountain biking season concludes later this fall, Mozingo will begin preparing for the spring road season that kicks off in March.


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