Accomplishments

This past season and semester have been pretty incredible in the life of El Grupo.

 

We won the State Championship in the inaugural season of the High School Mountain bike league.

 

We have won many races and have been invited to attend some pretty prestigious camps.

 

We have been awarded one of the biggest grants that any group gives out that is locally based.

 

We moved into a bigger space and were able to hold our first Kidicall mass from our location.

 

All of these are great accomplishments and should be noted and we should be proud of them.

 

However two recent acknowledgements and awards that have befallen a current rider and alumnus thrill me more than any of these.

 

Recently Logan Boyd was awarded the Gates Millennium Foundation Scholarship. This scholarship is highly coveted and incredibly hard to get. Logan has been involved with El Grupo since he was 11 years old and has been instrumental in helping shape the team into what it is today. To think that I had a small part in helping him achieve this award is just awesome. Congratulations. This scholarship has the potential to carry him through to a doctorate if he chooses certain collegiate fields of study. Its as great as they come.

 

Also Julia Liatti the first ever female to join the team many years ago will be graduating from the U of A this semester with Honors and has recently been accepted to join the Peace Corps. In October she should be heading off to work in Jordan for two years to work in youth development. She chose that line of work because of her time with El Grupo and all that she does and has experienced.

 

Both Logan and Julia attend/ ed Tucson High  and allowed me to write recommendation letters for them. I was humbled to speak for them and excited to know that the local high school produced such incredible scholars.

 

These great accomplishments did not come easy for them. They must have been scared when they started the journeys. They knew that they could have not been accepted or awarded, but they had the courage to try. They had the self confidence to give it a shot and to know that to not try would be the greatest failure of all.

 

I hope El Grupo helped them learn this lesson. Its the most important lesson I want to teach every one on the team. That to try and to believe in one self is the definition of success.

 

These success are the some of the greatest triumphs in the history of the team and I hope they inspire others on the team to dream these dreams. Congratulations to Logan and Julia.

 

I could not be prouder, and thank you Leo for encouraging me to write this. You were right that I needed to ensure that this was expressed.

 

 

 

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Week of April 21st

Big end of the season goals are upon us and I hope everyone is excited. I am amazed at the progress all of you have made and I am feeling confident that we are all going to enjoy our events.

 

We will be preparing and tapering these next two weeks to show up at the races as rested and ready as we can be.

 

Tuesday– Opener ride or TT intervals.

If you can make the morning ride then that is ok, but you can not double up this week.

 

Wednesday– Opener ride for Whiskey folk, all others recovery ride on the Loop with Todd Wells.

 

Thursday– Opener ride for Whiskey folk, all others recovery ride.

 

Saturday– Ladies Tolero Crit. More schedule information to come.

Male Gila riders TBD.

 

Sunday– TT practice.

 

Please in these next two weeks do all the little things that are necessary.

Get to bed early.

Get your homework done early.

Eat well.

Stay hydrated.

Have a good snack after school before riding.

Stay off your feet as much as possible.

The little things add up to a big thing  and they are the controllables. Control the controllables.

 

Question: I am good enough, I am smart enough, and dog gone it _______________?

 

Mt Lemmon Easter Sunday

6:30am leave the clubhouse

 

7am–ish at Udall Park

 

Base 7:30am ish

 

Ride up for 2 hours.

 

Everyone rides home together.

 

We are a team that is how we ride, race, and live. That is why it was so important that we waited for Maya. We had to honor and respect the work she put in today. If we are not a loving team, then we are not a real team, and the best gifts in life are true friends. We care for each other first. Thank you everyone for understanding.

 

Please put family and Easter first tomorrow, if your family wants you home please do so. This is an optional ride.

Friday Lemmon

6am start leaving the clubhouse.   I will not be joining the ride, I will be spending the day with my in-laws and family.   Everyone has to have a go home buddy please. That means you do not have to ride with them the whole time, but you need to know who you are… Read more »

Week of April 14th

That was an exhausting weekend, however we did financially great and made almost 5% of our annual budget. So in those terms we did great.   Thank you everyone for all the time you put into the team. I know it is a lot. Things will slow down this week and by the end of… Read more »

Scavenger Hunt

After a long season of racing, I hope everyone is able to enjoy this event in a fun way. That is my intent with this that families and friends can get together and enjoy a day on the bike.   Please if you are planning on riding then sign up today, do not wait until… Read more »

Week of April 7th

Thank you everyone for your amazing help at Cyclovia. It was a joy to be able to enjoy the event this year.   THANK YOU!!   These next two weeks of training are going to be critical for us to prepare for Gila, Whiskey and Luna Lake.   These next two weeks will also determine… Read more »

Sunday ride, Cyclovia & Summer Dates

Thanks to all who were able to attend our team meeting today. We hope that it was effective in disbursing a lot of information, dates and costs (see details repeated below), and that you enjoyed our guest speaker, Dave Dobler. Again, it is up to each individual to take the next step, if you choose…. Read more »

April 5-6 Weekend Schedule & “Word of Honor”

First – We changed the team meeting to Saturday, April 5th at 11am at the clubhouse – following morning practices.  This seemed more convenient for most once we decided that there would be NO RACING at the Tolero Crit on Saturday. We have all had our fill of racing and need to get back to… Read more »

Week of March 31st

We have a lot going on so please read carefully.   But first a huge thank you to everyone for such an amazing weekend. I could not be prouder of the whole team. Thank you everyone for believing in the program and our way.   This will be something of a rest week as we… Read more »