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Helping a new generation to learn to love all things about cycling!

EL GRUPITO provides the valuable framework: teaching how to ride safely, encouraging youth to develop their abilities and how to have fun on a bike! Ages 7-12


Things to Know:

  • Grupito has a Fall and Spring Season – youth can participate in one and/or the other
  • Practices are Monday/Wednesday OR Tuesday/Thursday, 4:30-6pm with additional weekend excursions (1-2/month)
  • Clubhouse start and end, varied destinations
  • Drop-off between 4-4:20pm, ride leaves promptly at 4:30pm
  • Try to get back at 6pm
  • Goals- Be Comfortable on bike, Bike Safety, Enjoy being with friends
  • Tuition per season $275/rider (financial assistance available)
  • We can provide gear and a bike (geared mountain bikes) if needed
  • Coaches are 1st Aid/CPR certified, contact info will be shared
  • Bring snacks if dietary issues
  • Parents are invited to ride during weekend excursions
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What you need to join El Grupito: Coachability & Enthusiasm (excited and willing to try things you’ve never done). El Grupito Skills (know at least 80% before joining)

  • Brake when needed
  • Stand up on your pedals
  • Start by not using feet
  • Go down stairs
  • Ride one hand
  • Pick up waterbottle and drink
  • Signal Turns
  • Comfortable with Space
  • Comfortable riding on different surfaces (Barrio Trails, loose gravel, streets)
  • Ride downhill standing on pedals
  • Eyes forward
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Get to Know Your Coaches

photo-2Morgan Adams | El Grupito Coordinator & Coach

I’m an Arizona native, dad, and bike rider/advocate. My bike racing days go all the way back to the early ‘70’s where my first race was at PXA (Phoenix) BMX on my big wheel! I’ve pretty much been obsessed with bikes and racing since that day. My academic education consists of a microbiology degree from NAU, but I only really remember all those Sedona-Flagstaff trails. In 2003 my family moved away from Tucson, then moved back in 2011 – learned about El Grupo and wanted to get involved, but timing was wrong. Now the timing is right between my family and the start of El Grupito. I love coaching the El Grupito riders! I’m always so impressed with their natural abilities and enthusiasm. I hope to help kids learn to love all things about cycling and believe El Grupo is providing a valuable framework for that goal.

FullSizeRender-17 Luke Murray | El Grupito Coach

I started taking the build-a-bike class at BICAS with Ignacio and was helping him teach by the fourth time I’d taken the class. Ignacio asked if I wanted to join the El Grupo Team and I rode for more than two years. Ever since then, bikes have been a huge part of my life. I never really thought about the potential of an individual until I was challenged to push myself passed the boundaries that I had for myself in El Grupo. It’s cool to be able to instill that idea of potential into kids as an El Grupito Coach. I also act with Stories that Soar (which allows me to focus a lot about how a kid think/imagine), I rock climb, I work construction, I help Ignacio with Safe Routes to School, and next year I will be working through courses in firefighting.

 

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Lynn Hudson | El Grupito Coach

I am a bike lover, physical educator for the past 10 years, graduated form the University of Arizona with a BS and K-12 teaching certificate, and long time bike mechanic! I love anything with wheels and enjoy sharing my passion for bike riding with others, especially youth. Arrived in Tucson in 1999 and fell in love with the desert through cycling. Cycling has taking me many places over the years and made many friends along the way. I now get to share these experiences with my two children through el Grupito and work along side el Grupo! Mountain biking, road biking, BMX, commuting, and anything else bike related is a great way to instill positive life long habits in the youth and el Grupo/Grupito is the way!

 

 

 

U23 Assistant Coaches: Ben, Keenan, Daniel, Max, Pearl, Ripley

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Max Cronyn | El Grupito Assistant Coach

I met Ignacio when I was 10 in a bike safety class and I started riding with El Grupo shortly after. The past few years I lived in DC and Madison and then came back to Tucson recently where I’m going school. I’m majoring in French and minoring in Geography. Coming back to Tucson, I got back involved with El Grupo and racing, and was asked to be a coach for El Grupito. Personally, I enjoy coaching and seeing how the kids improve and how much fun they have. I was the same age as the kids on El Grupito when I started riding, so it’s pretty cool to watch them get better.

 

 

Please submit any questions to Morgan, El Grupito Coordinator at: morgan@elgrupocycling.org

 

El Grupito started as a pilot program in the Fall of 2014 with generous support from:
 

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