Rest, Back to School, Raffle and Optional Pilates

We hope you all enjoyed a week off of practices at El Grupo (and for many – no school, either!). This week will be the 2nd and final week of NO SET PRACTICES as we give you all time to rest, recover, and focus on finishing the semester strong!

Academic Support is available TODAY (Monday) and Wednesday during practice/evening times – Please take advantage of that awesome offering!


REMINDER – Raffle tickets are DUE by Thursday! If you paid online, and have not picked them up – I will just be adding your name to the tickets and handing them in. If you want to sell more, come pick some up!

1st prize for selling the most tickets – a new POC helmet ($150 value)!!



WEDNESDAY – Optional Pilates Core Stretching De-Stress Class with Daniela 4:30-5:30pm PARENTS ARE WELCOME! 

Please comment below if you plan on coming so I can plan ahead. Completely optional.



Optional Pilates Core Stretching De-Stress Class with Daniela 4:30-5:30pm 


Please comment below if you plan on coming so I can plan ahead. Completely optional.

Note: I didn’t get a chance to offer an April Parents’ Pilates class so I am offering two this week! Riders only will have more set corework Pilates training beginning next week!


ALSO THURSDAY – The Boys & Girls Club had to reschedule with us and we are set for this Thursday 4:30-6pm “Girls on Wheels” program. We need a few of our awesome Grupo girls to serve as mentors – please COMMENT below if you can attend with Ignacio and Pam!


THERE WILL BE NO SET PRACTICES FOR THE WEEKEND! Enjoy sleeping in for one more weekend!


SBC and Durango Clarifications

I want to try another avenue to clarify what is required of Team El Grupo riders and what options exist with regards to El Grupo’s Summer Bike Camp and the Durango MTB Camp. I apologize if it was not clear in the insider newsletter. Please let me know if you have further questions – happy to answer them!

I am going to go in “reverse” order here – Durango info and then SBC info.


#1 Durango MTB Camp -July 22-28 – This will be the 10th year that El Grupo takes a group of youth riders to an amazing opportunity to learn from and ride with some of the greatest people in Mountain and Road biking in this country! We stay at Fort Lewis College dormitories and have a rigorous schedule of riding, guest speakers, and skills development for an entire week.  It is truly transformative and awesome!

The ACTUAL COST to El Grupo for YOU (each rider) to go to Durango MTB Camp is $850 for the week. 

We pay $700 directly to Fort Lewis College per rider and the additional $150 offsets the costs of: transportation to/from, food and camping to/from, fees for required coaches/drivers, mountain bike prep/materials, etc.

You have two options for “paying” for your trip to Durango:

  1. Pay El Grupo $850 for the week and you are done!
  2. Pay El Grupo $300 (heavily subsidized) for the week and help out by doing the following:
    1. Purchase (and sell) at minimum 3 raffle tickets (value $30)
    2. Volunteer ONE WEEK of Summer Bike Camp (value $225 plus)

We value making opportunities like the Durango MTB camp accessible and engaging youth in outreach events that benefit those whom we engage and the youth who learn how to be mentors. For this reason, we are ALSO providing an opportunity for YOU to get paid for an additional week (or more) if that helps to offset the $300 that is owed for camp.

I will do a specific sign up and ask for payment for Durango in June, but just trying to give folks a heads up!


#2 – Summer Bike Camp is our “flagship” outreach program – and it is a blast! One of our core values that you signed onto being part of Team El Grupo is “youth empowering youth” – which means giving back to the community that supports you by developing leadership skills and passing along your love for riding bikes to others, especially younger kids. YOU as youth counselors are what make camp a success!

We would love to have you ALL there all 3 weeks – BUT that is overwhelming for you and us!

Instead, we are asking that EACH RIDER VOLUNTEER ONE WEEK at SBC this summer, minimum.


***IF YOU WANT TO GET PAID TO DO AN ADDITIONAL WEEK….then, as with any other job, we are asking that you submit a resume to Daniela by May 29th – 5pm. This is both to teach you how to do a resume for future jobs AND to secure your ability to get paid. The workshop that we are offering to you FREE this evening will help you create your resume and then have that for future use. How cool!


For BOTH volunteering AND the opportunity of getting paid, please use this SIGN UP to put in minimum one week for volunteering, and the additional one week to potentially get paid. They are listed as “PAID” and “VOLUNTEERING” and the first day of each week is listed, but you would be working ALL WEEK. The stipend that we can pay youth for the week of work at camp (i.e. hanging out and riding bikes with kids!) is $225.


In addition, we now have ANOTHER opportunity for YOU to earn money through the extended day Nutrition Camp option (12pm-5pm Monday-Thursday) of each week – through that you could earn $140. Again, this is intended to be a learning and job opportunity for you and a way to offset the cost of Durango OR just make some extra cash this summer! If you worked one week of both, you would earn $365!


We most certainly want to make both participating in Summer Bike Camp and Durango MTB camp accessible to all riders so please let me know if you have further questions or concerns.

Thanks! Daniela & Ignacio


P.S. If you know that you cannot make a single week of SBC already, please chat with us BEFORE June 1st so we can find some reasonable alternative. Thanks!


Gear list and camping details for Prescott / Whiskey Off Road

Whiskey Gear List 2018
Riding Gear Camp gear
Quantity Item Quantity item
1 Riding shorts 1 tent
1 Team jersey 1 sleeping bag
1 Long finger gloves 1 sleeping mat
1 short finger gloves 1 head lamp
0 race wheels zero Nothing electronic
2 Spare tube Cards OK
1 helmet
1 Riding jacket Hygiene
1 mtb bike you always need
1 pump these things
1 Riding shoes small towel Tooth brush
1 arm warmers sunscreen tooth paste
1 thermal base layer shampoo soap
1 riding vest
1 multi tool Race/ Event Info
1 patch kit
3 water bottles Leave for Prescott 8am on Friday, 27th of April
0 extra jersey
Be at the clubhouse ready to pack vans at
Camp Clothes
Quantity Item
1 toque
1 sunies- sunglasses Pack smart and light. Too much stuff and you
1 pants feel burdened by it.
1 shorts
1 warm jacket/ sweatshirt
1 wind breaker/ rain coat
1 walking shoe
3 socks
1 wool sock
1 Team t-shirt Weather Forcast
2 short sleeve shirt hi low
2 long sleeve shirt 80’s 40’s
0 Bathing suit/ swim trunks It will be perfect. Always plan for rain.
1 sun hat
Remember everything other than your tent and sleeping bag MUST fit into a normal size duffel bag!
Ignacio cell # 520-789-6947


We will be camping at “Hilltop Campground” in Prescott. We have 4 spots – #23, 20, 21 & 35

Parking will be EXTREMELY limited and they are strict on numbers of tents, so please plan on communicating via this blog (parents) if you are planning on going. Carpooling and potentially camping elsewhere if we don’t already know you are coming with the team may be necessary. Thanks for understanding!,-112.4533614,13z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x517ce4ecb59ddc48!8m2!3d34.5076607!4d-112.3843535


No Sunday ride

It looks like the only coach who offered to help on Sunday (today) is Ali and only two riders (Kieran and Leo) even asked about the ride on Sunday – not a single other ride said “Yes, I want to ride Sunday” so NO RIDE SUNDAY it is.   Thanks to our volunteer coach Ali… Read more »

Sunday SWAP meet & Raffle tickets

Sunday – NO Rides!  ALL!! Sign up to help out at the SWAP MEET please!!! We need a few riders and parents per each hour shift – and if everyone pitches in, it is a good time and easy for all – SIGN UP!  Thanks!   BAKED GOODS! We are now known for your awesome… Read more »

Update for Friday TBC Logistics

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You’ve all heard it. And if you haven’t, you should. As I approached the final presentation to Angel Charity today with an amazing team of presenters (Luke Murray, Grupito Coach & Alunni; Nancy Jackson, supporter; and Marc Fleischman, Board Chair), I repeated the mantra in my head… When you step up to the start line… Read more »

Thank You & On to Final Round!

I want to sincerely thank everyone who helped to make our clubhouse shine for the Angel Charity visit this week. Whether you helped clean or were there at the visit to “liven” up the space (or both), YOU made a difference. El Grupo is one of four finalists for the large grant that would purchase… Read more »

24HOP handlers needed & Kit re-order

24 Hour Event Team Handler Sign Up Being a Team Handler at the 24 Hour race means you are 1 of 3 people supporting one of the 10 El Grupo teams while they race. Support means you will wake riders up or get riders to sleep; make sure they all eat and drink; get them down… Read more »

Do you believe in Angels?!

We are thrilled to announce that we are moving on to the next round in our grant application to Angel Charity for Children. The ask is a HUGE one for El Grupo because it would mean we would OWN our clubhouse facility and have it as a home-base and second home for kids for years… Read more »