Reminder for Saturday – scholarship meeting


Any current El Grupo high school senior OR an El Grupo alumni that has graduated within the last 2 years. You have to be planning to enter some form of post-high school education – community college, university, vocational school, or some kind of training program.


Fill in the attached application and submit it NO LATER THAN January 19th.

You ALSO have to attend a mandatory info session on Saturday, December 29th at 11:30am in the El Grupo Academic Space.


No problem! Coach Ben has planned to end the ride in time for you to attend the session. If you are an alumni planning to apply, you also need to come.

If you have any problems making that session, contact me ASAP!


Now!  It is now open so you have from December 19th to January 19th to complete and turn it in.

More info here in earlier post:


Call out for Youth Board Members 2019

Hello everyone! Ana here.

As you may know, El Grupo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and as a nonprofit, we are required by law to have a board of directors that provide oversight on the workings of El Grupo and guide our mission to empower youth through bicycles. You may have seen some of our board’s members occasionally but it is also likely that you have not as board members do not assist in the day-to-day activities of El Grupo but rather work with the executive director (Daniela and now Kate) to plan out our future and make sure everything runs smoothly. There are thirteen current board members and they are meticulously selected based on two requirements: knowledge and/or perspective. I‘ll give an example: Jeannette Mare is the founder of Ben’s Bells (aka Ben’s mom) and is a member of the board. She is vital to El Grupo because she has recently worked on making a transition plan for her beloved organization, something we have really focused on this year, and provided insight on how to best transition El Grupo from a founder-run organization to a community-run organization. What Mrs. Mare cannot do is pass judgment on which race to attend or how to train simply because this is not her area of expertise. Ignacio, Max, and Ben complement her since they do know what races to do and what the training plan needs to be but they have never made a transition plan for a fully-developed organization. Together, each and every board member contributes and helps with the task of guiding El Grupo.

I wanted to inform you all of my position on the board as the youth representative and of an opportunity for someone to join and eventually replace me in the endeavor of guiding the path of El Grupo for the foreseeable future. As the youth representative,  you will provide your perspective on what is needed to best serve the riders of El Grupo to the rest of the board.

There are a few requirements to fill this role. The first is commitment. The Board meets once a month in the evenings, and there are additional monthly meetings for whatever committee you decide to be a part of. You must attend as many as possible. It is just as necessary that the youth representative is involved in El Grupo, this means attending races, practices, and events. Basically, you need to interact with your teammates often. You can’t represent them if you don’t know them. A level of maturity is also expected, being able to conduct yourself in an appropriate manner during all times is necessary. Having one or more years of experience under your belt on the team is preferred but not required. The most important characteristic, however, is desire. This should not be seen as another task or job that you have to do, but rather something you want to do and will enjoy. Desire alone can make up for any insufficiencies in requirements above. I have truly enjoyed myself the year I have been on the board, especially being involved in the transition process to find the best replacement for Daniela. To tell you all the truth, I have not always met every requirement stated above, but I have always been willing to fix my errors and continue learning. This is an opportunity for those that are curious about how we are able to do what we do and are willing to step out of their comfort zones a little in exchange for a viewpoint that few will ever have. If what I have said speaks to you in any way, please reach out to Daniela to notify her that you are interested in applying for this position and fill out the application attached below. I promise you won’t regret it.


Ana Quintana Bernal

Here is the Youth Board Member Application if you are interested. You can email a completed form to Daniela or leave one on her desk no later than December 20.

Team Kit order – due TODAY!

As a friendly reminder, you need to order yourself your team jersey and shorts (and whatever else you may like) by TONIGHT. The team store closes at midnight.


We HIGHLY recommend that you purchase more than one jersey and one pair of shorts!!! You will need them! This is the best deal you will ever get.


PLUS, all youth members on the team received $150 in team credit to make the purchase. It was sent to the rider’s email or if they don’t have one, a parent email. You must create an account with that email in order to access the credit.


IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, you should call Voler today or contact Daniela ASAP.


TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO ORDER TEAM EL GRUPO apparel for 2019. No exceptions. Sign in to an account with your email here to get any credits allotted to you. Ask questions today! It will close at midnight and there are NO CHANGES that can be made this year after that. Thanks! Daniela

Welcome to the Voler Online Ordering System

Your team has decided to use the Voler Custom Online Order System for collecting and processing your cycling apparel order. Please follow the steps below to place your individual order for inclusion in the overall team order.

  1. Click on this link to access your team order site:
  2. Select “Create New Account” to enter your Login/Billing Info. Click on “Create Login” to save the information and to create your new User ID and Password. You will automatically be directed to the home page for your team order.
  3. Click on “Add Items to Your Order” to gain access to the orderable products page. To place items to your shopping cart, click on the item you want to order, then the options you want to select, then the “add to cart” button. You can choose to “View Your Cart” or “Continue Shopping” after adding each item. Repeat these steps for each item you want to order.
  4. After placing the last item you want to order in your shopping cart, click on “View Your Cart” to display the items. Carefully review the items and make any necessary modifications or deletions. Because each item is custom built, refunds and exchanges will not be accepted. After you have confirmed your order is correct, click on “Continue to Checkout” to complete the secure checkout process by entering your credit card payment information.
  5. After you have completed the secure checkout process, an Order Confirmation will automatically be displayed and e-mailed to you for your records.
  6. After the order deadline date has passed, you will no longer be able to access the order site. If you have not completed the checkout process for your order by this date, any items in your cart will be removed. The Order Deadline and the Order Ship Date are displayed on the order homepage. The Ship Date is the date that your order will be shipped from Voler.

Thank you for your order. If you have any questions, please call 800-488-6537 and ask for assistance from a Voler Customer Service Representative, or send us an email at

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