Bike Camp, L’Abitibi and Tyler

Bike Camp starts tomorrow. 


Please arrive sharp at 7am, ready to go.


Bring a good lunch with you.


Post work, strength work out will commence at the end of the work day.


We will do strength training Monday- Thursday this week.


We should be done by 3pm, everyday.


The Tour de L’Abitibi starts tomorrow and if possible e everyone should try and watch. The video feed is poor, but worth it. It can be found here:  From there just follow the links to the live video.


Everyone of the kids at this race is a pure El Grupo team product. They all rode their first road bikes, got their first shoes, first shorts, first jerseys, with El Grupo. If you think what they are doing is special and cool, then dream the same dream. It is not beyond you. I believe that many of you can do the same. I hope this is not the greatest team that we ever put together.

Also Tyler as you all now know is at a camp in Holland. He is living his dream as well, mostly because he was not afraid to dream this dream. He has been laser focused on this for years and it is paying off big.


These are opportunities in front of all of you. It may take you longer, or your road to it might be different, but it is possible. Every one of your teammates racing internationally came to this team not as the greatest athletes, but as dreamers. Some of them started with no dreams at all, they just wanted to have fun. Thats how it starts. Be consistent, have fun, then lets see where your dreams take you.




09/11/11 AZ State Individual Time Trial







Europe update 1

Well, as you might know I’ve been in Europeland for the last week. If you haven’t been here before, you should think about checking it out. I’ll tell you some about my experience so far, because you may be interested, or, some of you should be aiming at going next year. Anyways, after arriving in Brussels, we were driven in a sweet Team USA van to the place we are staying, called Fitland. Fitland is some sort of Hotel-Restaurant-Team USA headquarters fusion. For dinner, we have been going to Fitland XL, a few kilometers away, which is a massive place with a rock climbing wall, bowling alley, and really nice restaurant. Every time we go, we are the only ones in the restraint. The first few days we did some easy riding, then on Wednesday we drove to Karsten Kroon’s house for a ride. Karsten Kroon is on Saxo-Tinkoff, and he won a stage of the Tour de France a few years back. We were expecting him to be one of those super-serious pros, but he was actually a really cool dude. We did an awesome ride in the region of the Amstel Gold race, and even rode on some of the same roads as the race. Our coach is really into the rotating paceline, he calls it the “up and off”. I have learned how important this skill is in the last week, so I would advise you to practice it a lot. Saturday was our first race, or in Europe they call it a Kermesse. The way the whole race is run is quite a bit different than in the US. When you first arrive, you go to some sort of restaurant which is hosting the event, where you sign up. You pay 10 euros to race, and you get 5 back afterwards when you return your race number. The course itself was very confusing. It was two loops, kind of in the shape of a bow tie. Doing both loops made 1 lap. It was 11 laps, and on the last lap you went backwards on the course through the finish. Hard to explain, and even harder to figure out during the race, when you don’t understand the Dutch pre-race instructions. In the race, my teammate Brandon attacked from the gun and got himself in a breakaway for the duration of the race, to come in second. A lot of the myths about Europe are actually true. They take the corners very, very, very slowly, only to sprint full-gas out of them every time. Their technical skills are far inferior to what we are used to in the US. Also, the Euros are much more angry. Always yelling, and my teammate Matteo got spit right in the face for refusing to pull because Brandon was up the road. I raced very aggressive, I thought, and Christian would have been proud. The pace was about as fast as US nationals, and this was a local race with kids from probably a few hours-drive radius. With 3 laps to go, a large breakaway formed and i bridged up. This breakaway was successful, and I sprinted out of this group second, so 4th overall. Just off the podium.

Today was my second race, and it was much different than my first race. Saturdays race was very hot, one of the few sunny days in Belgium. This, of course, suited me. Today was rainy and humid. The Belgians have a lot more experience in these conditions, but they took the corners so slow that it didn’t matter too much. I felt great in this race. With 30 km to go, I made a move and ended up solo. In about 5k I got about a 30 second lead. I hit the corners really hard, and on one I overshot it and went into the gutter, hit a rain drain, and flatted. I waited for the pack and my teammate Justin offered me his wheel. It took me by surprise, because after all for must of the year we race in different kits. But, nothing brings people together quicker than a common enemy, the Belgians. I went from a 30 second lead to a 30 second deficit, so I had some work to do. I caught the caravan and drafted the ambulance for a little. Yes, an ambulance follows the race. I caught back on and recovered. Soon I found myself in another breakaway with 12k to go. Unfortunately, we got caught on the last lap on the climb. Going into the finish, I was in a good position, top 5. I followed a late attack with 500m to go and launched my sprint around 250m to go. I cramped hard, and got swamped. I ended up 15th.

More opportunities are coming. On Tuesday night we are doing a “practice race” on a old horse racing track that is paved over. It sounds a lot like the Shootout, so it should be fun to compare. Then on Wednesday I race my 3rd race.

Just some general stuff I have noticed about Europe: Nutella comes in a glass jar, they are way better drivers than Americans, there is no AC here, porta-johns don’t lock, so your supposed to knock instead of trying to open the door, people are much more accepting of cyclists here, but the Belgian cyclists pretty much hate us, you can get back from your ride and watch the Tour de France live in the afternoon, instead of at 4am, they eat raw beef (and so did I), and in general Belgium would be a pretty cool place to live.

Its 11pm here so I should probably go to bed. Check back for my post about Wednesday’s race!


Training plan for the week of July 14th

Welcome back everyone. I hope you all had a great week, I for sure did.


We have an exciting fall race season before us and we hit the go button tomorrow.


If you are in high school we have the mountain bike league to look forward to and I am shooting to win the championship again. You will also get to race the Hillclimb champs. However not the Time Trials. I wish, but alas.

If you are in middle school you will have a chance to race the individual time trial champs, the hill climb champs and the Tour of the White Mountains.


All of this happens before the cyclocross season. Crazy I know.


First though we want to be fast for September 14th. This is the first HS mtb race and its before the time trials.


That is 9 weeks away.


These next three weeks we are going to work on power and steady state speed.


Please be as consistent as possible. Our training style only works if you are consistent. It is one of the three c’s you signed up for. Commitment means you are present. I am very excited to see everyone back in action.


Week 1– July 14th week.


M0nday– Strength training with Daniela. 4pm prompt.


Tuesday– Morning ride 6am sharp start.

4pm strength training with Daniela


Wednesday– I need a coach for a morning ride. 2-3 hours steady. Up the Lemmon maybe with the group. Damion?

3pm Rider team meeting. Mandatory.

4pm strength training with Daniela


Thursday– Bike rodeo at Lineweaver Elementary. If you work and get paid bike camp, you can work and get paid for this. Please post and let me know if you can.


Friday– 6am MTB ride. Sharp. After the ride stay for snacks and for Bike camp set up. If you are working camp this is mandatory. Should only take about an hour, we will also have a round table talk to prep.


Saturday– Shoot outs.


Sunday– More MTB fun. 6am sharp.



Week of July 7th

Rest week. NO structured training. Ride if you like.   Tyler and the L’Abitibi boys of course this is not your plan.   Please try and watch the Tour de France as much as possible. Why not watch the best ride at the biggest race?   When we start up again during the week of… Read more »

The start of July – this week & next

Apologies for the delayed post, and thanks for your patience. This past month (June) has by far been the busiest for El Grupo in our history, hands down. Lots of good stuff going on and great energy from you all – in spite of the overbearing heat. So much for slowing down as the temperature… Read more »

Week of June 23rd

I love the Durango trips and really any travel trips that we go on. They allow us to come together in a special way that is only possible when we get out of our comfort zones and home and have to rely on each other. The future of El Grupo looks very bright, the crew… Read more »

Perseverance and Commitment

As you all know Logan, Christian, Keenan, Ben, Nick and Daniel are all up in Flagstaff right now trying to make it to the biggest race in the Americas. The camp started yesterday and I have the first report from them.   The camp is essentially a stage race consisting of 4 time trials and 2… Read more »

Morning workouts this week!!

As promised, we will have morning workouts this week to gain back and/or keep up some fitness to be ready to have some fun in Durango next week! These are optional but HIGHLY ENCOURAGED. You will feel SO MUCH BETTER doing a workout with Elke and Steve Ilg in Durango if you come to these… Read more »

l’Abitibi, This Weekend and more

This Weekend:   Saturday: USA Cycling campers. The shoot out that you choose. Breakfast after at my house. L’Abitibi campers. After breakfast lets leave really as soon as we can. We have a house to stay in in Flagstaff, however we should bring sleeping bags. I think this should put us leaving approximately at noon–ish…. Read more »

Sunday June 1st Mountain Bike ride

I will be at the clubhouse at 5:40am.   We will leave at 6am sharp.   USA Cycling Camp riders: You are also meeting to leave at 6am, but on road bikes.   I have insulated bottles for everyone, and on these hot days, I think they make a difference. If you do not have… Read more »