This message is to all of those who have recently (within the past 4 months!) expressed interest and potentially have interest in possibly joining El Grupo.
We are going to begin new rider orientation in ONE WEEK on Tuesday, May 10th with a brief meeting with the leaders. You will meet with myself, the director, and Ignacio, the head coach to learn about our coaching philosophy, our outreach and practice activities and expectations. This will take no more than 1 hour, so parents are welcome to attend with you, if possible.
Our introduction & “tryout” process, which you can choose to stop at any time, consists of 4 meetings. The first will be Tuesday, May 10th at 4pm.
The following meeting will give us a chance to identify bikes that we have, if needed, and try them out. It is our Bike Fit & Function meeting. Then, we have a Skills & Team Communication meeting. Finally, you will get a chance to ride with the team on a weekday practice.
The actual “tryout” process then lasts about one month of riding with the group. We are testing attitude and effort WAY MORE than speed and ability. If you show heart, coachability and effort, then you should have no problem. We do have limited spots available on the team, though.
We go through this process to help make sure you are prepared to ride with El Grupo, and to help you and us figure out if we are a good fit. El Grupo is a big commitment and requires a lot of energy and hard work; it is also a complete blast and an instant friend network.
Please see our contact us page for a map/location of the clubhouse, and don’t hesitate to comment or call with questions you may have.
Finally, if you have not yet filled out the questionnaire and paperwork on the “I want to ride!” page on our website, please do so and bring that with you on Tuesday.
Thanks! Looking forward to meeting you all.
El Grupo Youth Cycling
P.S. If commitment to El Grupo seems daunting at first, you may want to begin by enrolling in one week of our Summer Bike Camp. This will also give you a chance to meet many of the El Grupo youth, who will be youth camp leaders, as well as build some bike handling and mechanical skills, not to mention have a lot of fun on bikes.