As we discussed at the team meeting at the beginning of the month, this upcoming weekend is a big outreach weekend for El Grupo. It is our chance to give a little back to the community, represent our team and selves well, and (in the case of the swap meet) do some fund raising, a.k.a. sell baked goods!
Here is how this is going to work…
starting with the C team: You will be leaving the clubhouse for a ride at 6:30am and ending your ride at the Reid Park Zoo at 8:30am. You can bring a change of clothes to the clubhouse and **leave them in a clearly marked spot for Daniela*** and she will bring them to the zoo with Damiano. You will then help out with bike valet at the zoo until roughly 11am. During that time, you will most likely be able to take turns visiting the zoo. After that, you are done for the day.
next comes the A team: you will be riding the Big Boy Shoot Out starting at 6:30am leaving from our house. Bring extra clothes to change into afterword. You will then ride from the house to the zoo and take over for the C team around 10:30ish until 1pm. After that, you are done for the day.
finally there is the B team: you will be riding in the Tour of the Tucson Mountains, start time is 6:30am in Marana (ouch!) So you will be meeting at the clubhouse at 5am to drive up there, get ready and go for your 73-mile group ride. Pack a lunch! You will then drive to the zoo and help with the last of the bike valet until 3:30pm.
One other VERY IMPORTANT thing for the B team: you MUST go get your registration packet at the Tucson Convention Center on FRIDAY between 10am and 8pm and BRING A PHOTO ID. No one can go for you – this is a new rule as of 2011. Ignacio will be going at 4pm, and you can meet him at our house if you would like to go with him. If you do not get your race packet info, you will not ride on Saturday in the event.
Parents: Your help is much appreciated when and if you can at the zoo first and foremost. It seems like we will have more help earlier in the day than later, and that was on purpose as I imagine more people will come in the morning and leave than later in the day. That said, you are more than welcome to come join us, bring healthy snacks to keep us all going, or simply come to enjoy the zoo yourselves! The other thing you can be doing is preparing baked goods for Sunday’s GABA Bike Swap meet.
So to all regarding Saturday: please bring a change of clothes after you ride, preferably a team t shirt, a sack lunch or healthy snacks to share, sunscreen and a hat.
Now on to Sunday! This the bi-annual GABA Bike Swap meet (tucsonvelo.com has more on it) that we help out at by providing bike valet parking in the “mini-park” on 4th Ave (btw 7th St & 8th St on the east side) to those that come to the swap meet, ensuring they can leave home with the bike that brought them there (if they so choose!) AND that we greatly BENEFIT from by raising LOTS OF MONEY from feeding people with all of your yummy baked goods.
Here is how you can/will help: Everyone must sign up for a bike valet shift of 1 hour, starting at 6am through to 12pm (note: we will end “early” to all get over to watch Lizzy and Lauren race downtown, see below). We need two people per shift. As in years past, we will have the El Grupo table right in front of the bike valet parking. When you are not doing bike valet, you will be expected to help with the sale of baked goods, t-shirts, and overall positive promotion of El Grupo.
This is a HUGE fundraiser that helps get each of you to Durango, Colorado for camp this summer; helps pay for all the entry fees that we have covered for races; helps make sure that you get to do all the fun stuff you do with El Grupo. Your participation is expected. Your help with baking is also very appreciated. If baking is not your thing, maybe purchase some water bottles or juices or gatorades that we can sell for profit. Maybe toss some cash to the parents who do like to bake to help off-set their costs. I trust that we can all work together to make this happen – we are el grupo, after all.
And as if there were not enough going on this weekend!!! A few of you will be racing in a very exciting first time (that I’ve been in town) downtown crit. Lizzy and Lauren will be racing at 12:30 for 25 minutes. Logan, Nathan, Donovan, Alex and Richard will all race together in the Men Cat 3/4 at 2:15pm for 30 minutes. Let’s all try to be there to cheer them on.
With so much going on this weekend, you MUST use your time wisely to accomplish the other “life” things that need to get done, such as HOMEWORK, chores around the house, spending time with your family, and so on. You can and should bring homework to the zoo and/or swap meet if you have that much. We can help you find time to get it done. Not participating because you poorly planned your time is not an excuse.
Sooo….comment on your preferred time slot for Sunday, the sooner you do the more likely you are to get it! THANKS!!!!