As Ignacio expressed on Facebook…THANKS!!! to everyone for helping out so much, for giving it your best on something completely new, and for having fun with Cyclocross in Tucson! It was a blast to watch and cheer you all on! Parents – you are wonderful and very very much appreciated!

This upcoming week the practice schedule is back to normal – check the training calendar for details. There are a couple things to put on your radar, though.

Optional: one of our return sponsors for the past several years – and going to be second largest sponsor in 2012! – is Technicians for Sustainability. They are having their annual holiday party on Thursday, December 8th from 6pm -9pm. Ignacio and Damiano will be going after practice and any El Grupo riders, parents or coaches who are interested and available are welcome to join them.  Plenty of bike parking, food, drinks, slide show, and good conversation – and they are just up the road from the clubhouse at 612 N 7th Ave.


Optional: There will be a “Tucson Spokes” opening party at photographer Chris Mooney’s place on Friday 5-8pm and all those included in the book are invited. El Grupo has a two page spread, if you haven’t seen it yet. Again, if anyone would like to attend please feel welcome to go or accompany Ignacio and Damiano. Here are more details.


4th Ave Winter Street Fair: El Grupo will be hosting bike valet parking for the 4th Ave Street Fair (probably for the last time) and we get funds to do so. This means that we need folks to help out on Friday after school, Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 6pm. I am hoping that board members and parents can help out in the morning hours when riders are out for practice and that a few youth riders can sign up for an hour or two. Tips can go directly back into feeding you while you are there! Here is the map of where we will be stationed.

Please comment when you will be able to help! We don’t need a huge group there, but if there are a few of you hanging out it is more fun.


Finally, I did not include myself (Daniela) in many of these plans because I will be in San Diego presenting at a conference on El Grupo! I was selected to present on the topic I submitted, “Use your bike to change your life: youth teach youth about healthy lifestyles” and will be there – all expenses paid! – from Wednesday morning through Friday night.  I am very excited to get to talk about how wonderful you all are – and about how El Grupo really is a model for other communities to learn from.

23 Responses to “The Week Ahead & 4th Ave Street Fair”

  1. keenan

    Me and Keenan can be there after school on Friday.

    Thanks so much for the cross race, it was awesome! (Ben)


  2. kathleendreier

    I am not available at all on Saturday as I am doing a fragrance booth at a holiday fair. I can help set up and (wo)man the space while the dudes and dudettes are at practice on Sunday morning. Friday night I can help take down if you need it after 5pm.

  3. kathleendreier

    ill be at the fair on saturday from when the shootout ends to whenever (logan)

  4. Cathy

    Hi, Cherish and I can help with valet parking Saturday morning. Also, Ignacio if you need someone to hang out with Damiano while Daniela is gone I’d love to do it.

  5. C-Coach-sweep guy

    FIRST Here is the times for the Street fair. Street Fair is December 9, 10, 11, 2011. Hours are 10 am to 6 pm each day.

    I can work Friday, Dec 9th 10AM – 5PM, and Saturday after the ride. NOTHING on Sunday as I have ABRA planning meeting in Casa Grande.

    HELP – Please start listing the “C” rides on the Satruday and Sunday training calendar. They don’t know when to ride or list no “C” ride today!!

    Merry Christmas!

  6. jesse

    i’m busy saturday, but i would love to help out anytime on sunday!

  7. kathleendreier

    Congratulations, Daniela, for being selected to present at this conference! What a feather in yours and Ignacio’s cap as well for all of the El Grupo Family. Have a blast presenting!

  8. TBC Steve

    Great Job EG/coaches/parents setting up the CX course! OLivia left her long-finger gloves on the course while helping..if anyone found them please bring to the clubhouse. Olivia will be able to help sometime this weekend..will know more later in the week.

  9. Nick Harris

    So very impressed with the awesomeness of the Dynamic Duo! (Daniela & Ignacio) Daniela, you are one smart talented woman! Congratulations on the conference! Have a great time!
    ~Harris Family

    Still trying to figure out the Street Fair..

  10. Lizzy

    I’ll come to help after the Shootout (and a shower) on Saturday and I’ll stay as late as I’m needed.

  11. Jade

    Thank you for the cx race…it was a lot of fun!
    On the 10th (saturday) I take the ACT, so I wont be able to make it. I will have to get back to you about friday/sunday.
    Congrats on the trip….thats very exciting! 🙂

  12. daniela

    Counting on Nippy and the Duncans (after school) and Kathleen (for take down) for Friday. Thanks so much! See you all Saturday!

  13. Cathy

    I will be able to work Saturday morning after the C team ride (woo. C team) for however long that shift is. (yay, with Lizzy) DO you know when that shift ends? Im willing to help as long as you need me, but I’m trying to plan meeting some friends after the shift to check it out. Thanks!

  14. jesse

    change of plans. i’ll help out after the shootout. i have to write essays on sunday

  15. tylers mom aka rane

    Tyler can help after riding pretty much anytime on Sat or Sunday. Just let him know when you need someone. Feel free to plug me in if you have holes anywhere. Can do anything but Sunday early morning. Rane 🙂

  16. Jade

    I will go ahead and tentitively sign up for Friday 3:30-3:45ish until 4:30. For Sunday, I will tentitively sign up for after practice. I will have to run this by Kathie, and then let you know!

  17. adkisson

    I can help Saturday morning but have to leave around 11:30 for a ride with Jr. El Tour. I can also come back and help after the ride from 4-6 if you need. Just let me know.- Mary

  18. kathleendreier

    i will be changing my time to sunday after practice for the street fair (logan)