El Grupo is run by a growing group of passionate, engaged individuals who care about youth, being active and healthy, and the community.
|Kate Hiller | Executive Director
Kate started her love for El Grupo when her son, Cole Lanning, attended Summer Bike Camp at age 12. It just deepened from there as he rode with Team El Grupo for six years. During that time, Kate was a dedicated volunteer parent on all things El Grupo. Kate Hiller has more than 25 years in the non-profit field in the areas of fundraising, grassroots marketing and organizational development, including working with El Grupo as a fundraising consultant. With a strong dedication to empowering impoverished people, Kate has worked at the Primavera Foundation, Mobile Meals, and the Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse. As a consultant and as senior leader in community-based organizations, she has worked with staff teams and board of directors to strengthen their organizations and missions to increase their impact. Kate is a long-time resident of Tucson, has her BS in Organizational Development from Prescott College, and is married to local architect Bob Lanning. Kate has always been a bike commuter, but caught cycling fever being around El Grupo. Kate is also a clay artist.
|Morgan Adams | Grupito Coordinator
I’m an Arizona native, dad, and bike rider/advocate. My bike racing days go all the way back to the early ‘70’s where my first race was at PXA (Phoenix) BMX on my big wheel! I’ve pretty much been obsessed with bikes and racing since that day. My academic education consists of a microbiology degree from NAU, but I only really remember all those Sedona-Flagstaff trails. In 2003 my family moved away from Tucson, then moved back in 2011. I learned about El Grupo and wanted to get involved, but the timing was wrong. Now the timing is right between my family and the start of El Grupito. I love coaching the El Grupito riders! I’m always so impressed with their natural abilities and enthusiasm. I hope to help kids learn to love all things about cycling and believe El Grupo is providing a valuable framework for that goal.
|Karen Childress | Administration Assistant/Bookkeeper
Bio and photo coming soon.
|Max Cronyn | Team El Grupo Lead Coach & Program Co-coordinator
My name’s Max. I’ve been in and out of El Grupo since I was 11 years old. Before joining Grupo, I lived in Francophone West Africa. Moving to Tucson, Grupo gave me a community and space to call home, as well as a platform to express my budding competitive nature. At the time, I was the first Grupo rider to get my Cat 3 upgrade, and the only one to go to junior road nationals. Great as Grupo was, the experience was short lived. I moved away from Tucson when I was 14, going back to Niger (West Africa). From there I moved to Washington DC, then Madison, WI. Throughout high school I swam competitively, then began rowing when I lived in DC. I was recruited to row D1 at UW Madison, but after a year of rowing and freezing I moved back to Tucson to finish my BA and escape the polar vortex. Upon returning to Tucson, I started volunteering with Grupito and racing for the Grupo U23/Alumni program. I raced through the amateur ranks until mid 2017 when I realized the prerequisite of pro racing is pro training. I started working for El Grupo in the fall of 2017 with my longtime teammate and friend, Ben. I’m excited to be a part of the program as a coach, helping others achieve their goals. My favorite color is green, my favorite Tucson ride is the epic Birthday Ride. Valentina, not Tapatillo. Estrella tortillas are king.
|Ben Duncan | Team El Grupo Lead Coach & Program Co-Coordinator
I was born Halloween of ’96 in Tucson. I began my involvement with El Grupo after meeting Daniela and Ignacio at BICAS, where they both taught the “build-a-bike” class. Shortly after taking the class, my brother and I joined El Grupo at age 13. I was on the team for 7 years and raced competitively with Team El Grupo and team El Grupo U23. A very short stint in the pro-ranks made me realize I enjoyed riding and racing my bike, but not the training commitment necessary to be successful. It was during these years that I volunteered as a coach for El Grupito, and in fall of 2017 I joined my friend and teammate Max as coaching staff for El Grupo. As a coach, I bring a knowledge of the team due to my experiences with the program, race experience at a high level, and a rich passion for the program and its effects on youth. El Grupo shaped who I am, and I now get to enjoy my part in helping Tucson youth with their own goals and self-betterment. I enjoy high speed/technical mountain biking, hard days in the saddle with friends, welding, eating quesadillas, and bandit camping in the middle of nowhere. I dislike shrimp, the cold, and moving slowly.
|Colin Holmes | Grupo Coach & Gruppetto Coordinator
I have worked as a bicycle advocate in Tucson since 2007. My work includes coordinating the Gruppetto bike packing program, coaching El Grupo, working as a Collective member and the IT coordinator at BICAS, and for 8 years I worked for Pima County teaching bicycle safety and bicycle repair. My side jobs and other interests are software engineering and welding/fabrication. I studied computer science and Mathematics with a focus on computer science at the University of Arizona. I have been riding with/coaching El Grupo since 2007 and I love promoting the bicycle as a form of transportation!
|Lynn Hudson | Grupito Coach
I am a Grupito Coach, physical educator, graduated form the University of Arizona, and long time bike mechanic! I love anything with wheels and enjoy sharing my passion for bike riding with others, especially youth. Arrived in Tucson in 1999 and fell in love with the desert through cycling. Cycling has taking me many places over the years and made many friends along the way. I now get to share these experiences with my two children through El Grupito and work along side El Grupo! Mountain biking, road biking, BMX, commuting, and anything else bike related is a great way to instill positive life long habits in the youth and El Grupo/Grupito is the way!
|Luke Murray | Grupito Coach
Lucas Murray has been part of the El Grupo team since the end of 2010 and had drifted away for a year only to realize something huge was missing in his life. With a background in Shakespearean and children’s theater, rock climbing, and an all encompassing love for the bike, Luke is one of our lead El Grupito coaches.
|Pam Patterson | Grupito Coach & Volunteer Coordinator
Hi, my name is Pam and I was born and raised in West Texas. When I was 20, I decided to become a ski bum and moved to Durango, Colorado. I lived in Durango from 1980 to 1994. While in Durango I obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Human Services at Fort Lewis College and later a Master of Arts in Counseling from Alamosa State College. While in Durango I began road cycling and quickly figured out how to ride mountain passes . . . slowly, and my knees can attest to the climbs. I also watched the first UCI Mountain Bike World Championships held at Purgatory Ski Area in 1990. Pretty cool. I accepted a position as a Federal Probation Officer in San Francisco, California where I lived for seven years until I transferred to Tucson in 2001. I retired in July 2016 and immediately traded in my professional clothing attire for spandex and mountain bike shorts. Life is good. As a retiree I wanted to dedicate my time to meaningful work and found it in the form of El Grupo Youth Cycling where I work as the volunteer coordinator and an El Grupito coach. I love the culture of expectation, encouragement, fun, and respect found within El Grupo. I especially love interacting with all of the youth in Grupo programs. They are our future and I like to think I have a small part in their development.
|Colter Thomas | Manzo Bike Club Coach
Bio and photo coming soon.
|Ian Ure | Team Mechanic
Back in high school I took a cycling elective that Ignacio taught, so I got into bike riding. I eventually started riding more and worked on my own bikes. I ended up riding and racing with El Grupo from 2006-2008. I would also go to BICAS and learn more about bikes and the tools. Through Ignacio, I got my first job at FairWheel Bikes. Ever since then, I’ve been working at bike shops around town. Being back with El Grupo is nice to get back to my roots and work with the kids. It’s also a joy to work with a variety of bikes and parts that aren’t necessarily brand new. Working on bikes with the parts you have is more fun – it’s like a puzzle.
|Chloe Welch | Manzo Bike Club Coordinator
Chloe started on Team El Grupo when she was 11 years old. She is now a sophomore at the University of Arizona, has won National Titles in various disciplines, and loves mentoring kids at Manzo Elementary School as the Bike Club Coordinator.
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