I am going to start a new post on Wednesday’s to tell everyone abou the amazing young folk who raced this weekend. I could  not be prouder as a coach in regards to how everyone treated themselves.


There is a lot going on this time of year, and I am often overwhelmed because I want to ensure that everyone gets the information they need in a timely fashion.


So please take time to read this whole message and let me know if you have any questions.




This is the third week of our building block towards Valley or the 24 Hour race. I hope that everyone is feeling the positive effects of the beautiful work they have been doing and also recognizing that you might be starting to fatigue a bit. This is quite normal. We are asking a lot of the body and really  starting to pile on the work. We are going to do this for the next two weeks. We are going to continue to work hard and challenge ourselves so as to make the body respond to the extra work. As the body responds to the extra work it should build itself up stronger.


So really I am trying to say, Hang in there. I know we are working hard. I know we are getting a bit tired. But hang it there. Two more weeks till a rest week and then we let all the hard work settle into our bodies. Stay positive and motivated and you will reap the benefits of the hard work at one of the big races of the year.


This is real component of Youth Development. Commitment. Commiting to yourself, your teammates, and your goals.


Tuesday– Road Bike Intervals


Wednesday– Professional Cyclocross Racer Kerry Warner will be joining us and doing a Pop Up Cyclocross clinic. Please if you can make this, JOIN US. 4:30 only practice and we will head to Himmel. If you have a cross bike, please ride it. However a Mountain bike is just fine. 


Thursday– Road Bike Intervals, or a mountain bike ride, or intervals on your mountain bike.


Saturday– Big Boy Shoot Out 7:30 am start. No Extra as you race the next day.

Old Man Shoot Out 7:15 am start. No extra as you race the next day.

Valentin ride– 7:30 am start. This is for everyone who does not shoot out. Plan on 4 total hours out.

PLEASE on the Shoot Out ensure that you are representing El Grupo. You must have El Grupo attire on the Outside. This is how you respect and thank the amazing people and sponsors who allow you to have this opporunity.



Upcoming Events: 

January 30th– McDowell Crit race. Only for those racing Valley

February 5th and 6th– MBAA White Tank Mountain bike race.

February 6th– FlapJacks- Picacho area Time Trial.

February 12th– Oracle Road Race

February 13th– San Manuel Crit

February 18th- 20th– 24 Hour Race and the Valley of the Sun Stage Race. One of these events is mandatory for all team members.

March 4th-6th — Tucson Bicycle Classic. Mandatory for all team members and we ask that parents volunteer as much as they can.

March 11th-13th– Cactus Cup Mountain bike stage race


Please feel free to let me know which events you are interested in and we can discuss which ones are right for you. Many of you also had meetings with Sean and I and I encourage you to consult those calendars we created.