This is the second week of a build phase for us and I want to encourage everyone to have the best attendance they can.
We know that through consistency we can learn discipline and that those are attributes we are going to need to continue to be successful in all our lives pursuits.
This week will be similar to last weeks in that we are going to practice structured hard work. We are going to learn to trust ourselves during hard work and get comfortable when things get uncomfortable.
Thursday those that are racing the 24 Hour Race will be riding mountain bikes. Please be prepared for that. Coaches, except for David Cross, please be prepared to ride MTB’s.
McDowell Road Race. Those of you racing at McDowell this Sunday, we are leaving at 2:30pm on Saturday to enjoy a night of camping at the venue before the races. It will be cold so please bring proper clothing. Departing on Saturday the 28th and racing and returning on the 29th.
All information for that race can be found here: https://www.azcycling.org/event/avondale-2/
24 Hour Race Volunteer Sign Up: If you are doing the 24 Hour race then please know that we need your support and help. We cannot ensure that the riders have a safe and fun experience unless we have your help. Please use the links to get signed up to help:
1) Team Handler–the most important need: If you will be at the race please sign up to be a team handler. This is a critical job and will be easy if we have enough volunteers. We would like a minimum of 10 people to sign up–2-3 per team. A handler keeps track of one team of 5 youth riders. Handlers get riders to the transition tent, they wake riders up in the night, make sure riders eat and drink, have lights on bikes and many other things—basically handlers keep track of the team. This is lots of work for 24 hours so having teams of 2-3 handlers per racing team makes it an easier job.
o Each team needs a minimum of 2 handlers and an alternate = 3 handlers
o The alternate may have to work for just 3-4 hours while the others sleep.
- Click on this link to sign up to be a team handler: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/Handler 2023
When you sign up, in the notes please include:
- Your time restrictions or when you are available to volunteer
- If you have someone you want to work with, that person’s name
o Do not worry about which team you are signing up for, this will just get your name on the list and we will sort out teams once everyone has signed up. It is often better for parents to NOT handle their rider’s team.
o For information or questions please call or text Ignacio. All handlers will be trained before the race or their shift.
There will be a Team Handlers Meeting on February the 8th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
2) Kitchen Volunteer: As with all of our local races, we will need a crew of volunteers to run the kitchen. The 24 HOP is unique in that we need a few heary souls to work throughout the night. We split the night from midnight to 3 and 3-6. Shannon(Daniel’s mom) will lead the kitchen crew and will send more detailed info once you have signed up.
Click this link to see the kitchen schedule and sign up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/Kitchen 2023
3) Donations of food: We are asking families to help with baked goods and fruit. Amounts are listed in the sign up. Please drop off fruit and homemade baked goods on Friday morning Feb 17th. Call or text Shannon 520-468-8600 if you need to make other arrangements for drop off.
Sign up to bring fruit or homemade baked goods here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/Fruit and treats 2023
TEAM PRESENTATION: All parents, riders and coaches. You don’t want to miss this event on Wednesday February the 1st. The event will start at 4:30 and be un6il 6pm. This is the big public event when riders will be announced and will receive their team jerseys. Please make this a priority.