Pro cyclist & advocate Kathryn Bertine joins El Grupo staff

Pro cyclist & advocate Kathryn Bertine joins El Grupo staff


El Grupo is pleased to announce the addition of Kathryn Bertine to our staff. Bertine has a long-standing history in the Tucson cycling community as a professional racer, filmmaker, author and advocate for women’s rights in sports.

“With Kathryn’s expertise in racing, writing, media and sponsorship we look forward to utilizing her unique skill set to further El Grupo’s development both on and off the bike,” founder Daniela Diamente said.  “She’s watched our program grow from the beginning, and we’re excited she’ll be part of our future.”

Bertine is a professional racer for the U.S.-based UCI team BMW/Happy Tooth Dental. Off the bike, she is an author and multimedia journalist. Her documentary film on equality in women’s cycling, Half The Road, came out in 2014. She is a founding member of Le Tour Entier, which succeeded in bringing a women’s race to the Tour de France.

“I’m thrilled to be part of El Grupo,” Bertine said. “These kids are not just terrific athletes, they’re fantastic young men and women who do a great service to our community. Some of the kids started cycling at the same time I did back in 2007. Despite 25+ years between us, we’ve grown up together as cyclists on the group rides!  I’m amazed at their growth and potential, and I marvel at the positive role El Grupo has played in their lives. I’m proud to be part of this inspiring program.”

Bertine will serve as a mentor, volunteer coordinator and media/marketing strategist for El Grupo.

Junior National Championships a great success for El Grupo

Oneill, Cronyn secure silver medals at 2015 Junior National Championships



With 17 racers, El Grupo headed to Lake Tahoe this past weekend for the USA Cycling junior national championships, tackling three demanding disciplines: Road, time trial and criterium events. Cara Oneill and Avery Cronyn showed their strength in the road race and time trial, respectively, both scoring silver medals in an incredibly competitive field. In addition, Chloe Welsh and Nick Harris delivered top 10 performances in the road and time trial races, and Harris and Tyler Stites finished top 30 in a stacked field of 17-18 junior men.


“All in all, we are so very pleased with the experience that El Grupo had here at Nationals,” Daniela Diamente, said. “Beyond the heroic efforts and personal successes of each youth rider we brought, the team as a whole was able to solidify that we belong here and that we can and do most certainly have juniors who can enjoy the competition on a national level.”


Not only does El Grupo belong, but USA Cycling has tagged Tucson’s junior program as an example of leadership in the field. “At a Junior Cycling Summit of USA Cycling leaders and the directors of all major junior development teams here, El Grupo was repeatedly used a model for others to learn from both in how we are able to engage our local community and broaden the demographics of young people who are able to enjoy the sport of cycling,” Diamente said. “As with any experience, we now have things we know we can work to improve on and memories that will last us all a lifetime.”


The future of youth cycling is great, and El Grupo is proud to be a shining star for other programs to follow.


Notable results: 2015 USA Cycling Junior National Championships


Road Race


15-16 Junior Girls

Cara O’Neill – 2nd place (silver medal)

Chloe Welch – 10th place

Isabel Hausrath – 16th place

Madison Major – 19th place


17-18 Junior Boys – (120 total riders)

Tyler Stites – 29th

Nick Harris – 30th

Leo O’Neill – 42nd


13-14 Junior Girls
Izzie Adams – 16th

Ana Quintana Bernal – 18th

Both within 30 seconds of 1st place as it was sprint finish and they were in main pack!


13-14 Junior Boys

Quinn Agnew – 20th

Kajeme Murrieta -31st


11-12 Junior Boys

Zayk Cronyn – 13th (main pack sprint finish)

Izaac Adams – 28th (first road race ever!)



Time Trial


17-18 Junior Boys – out of 93 total – Time Trial 20K

Nicholas Harris – 10th



15-16 Junior Boys – out of 63 total – Time Trial 20K

Avery Cronyn – 2nd (Silver medal!)


15-16 Junior Girls – out of 23 total – Time Trial 20K

Cara O’Neill – 9th



All riders in the TT gained PR times, regardless of results. Everyone is very proud with heads up!




17-18 Junior Boys

Nicholas Harris – 14th


15-16 Junior Girls

Cara Oneill – 7th

Chloe Welch – 9th


13-14 Junior Boys
Quinn Agnew – 20th

Mechanics Mondays

We will continue working on those awesome steel bikes we started on last week.  This week we will recable the bikes and discuss housing types and lengths, cable types, and proper installation.  Plus whatever other topics we can get to. 4-6pm

Practice schedule in Tucson next two weeks

Sorry this is a bit late, but all you new riders should have received texts from Coach Veroninque. For all other riders still in town… The plan is for this week and next week:   Tuesday: 4:30-6pm – Cross training in the park – wear real gym clothes (no jeans!) and running shoes   Wednesday:… Read more »

State RR and nationals notes

Remember to bring start bottles. Please do not expect to take bottles from the feed zone bins. I need them.   Please look over your bike. Ensure that you have good tires and the bike works well.   Please ensure that your race wheels are ready to go.   Follow the gear list well so… Read more »

Week of June 15th New Riders

Tuesday– 4:30 to 6pm. Cross training in the park. Wear regular PE style clothes and you will need a bike to ride to the park.   Wednesday– 6am start. Approx. 2 hour road ride. Steady pace.   Thursday– Skill practice in the park. 4:30 to 6pm.   All of these practices will be lead by… Read more »

Week of June 15th

With just a few days left before we head out on our adventure, we want to focus on getting sharp mentally, physically, and emotionally.   This is going to be a taper week so we are going to bring down the hours and intensity, but work on pure high end speed.   I will be… Read more »