A very busy April and May

We had a memorable gravel experience last weekend up in Northern Arizona, just east of Payson.  We all went through physical and emotional challenges to complete Saturday’s 75 mile ride.  On Sunday some riders opted for a hike while others rode west on top of the spectacular Mogollon rim with distances of 30-50 miles respectively.  It was a new trip for the team and I want to thank Ignacio for laying out the routes and the team members for stepping up to help from everything from doing dishes to lighting the nightly fire pit.  Thanks also to Joel, Jim, and Mary Belle for their help.

This weekend is the MBAA MTB Race in Flagstaff. So far, Damiano, Olivia, Alex, Axel, Thomas, Katrina, William and Maggie have signed up.  You must inform Ignacio by tomorrow if you plan on attending so he can purchase the necessary supplies.  Registration is on your own and closes on Thursday night, so please don’t wait too long. Registration can be done at www.mbaa.net 

Ignacio will be driving a team van to the event on Friday and will leave the clubhouse at 9am sharp. The team will return on Sunday late afternoon at approx. 6pm.

Also this weekend there is a time trial at Picacho Peak, Arizona. Information for that can be found here: https://www.azcycling.org/event/3-bears-tt-1/. Please let us know if you might be interested.

The following weekend on May 8-9,  there is another MTB race in Prescott. Please communicate with us if you want to go. For this last MTB race we will again leave on Friday at 9am and return late on Sunday. This will be the last MTB race of the spring season. More information can be found at www.mbaa.net

The weeks of May 10th and 17th are likely going to mean finals at school for most of you. With that we understand that attendance may fluctuate and we very much understand. We want for school to come before bikes, so please take care of school first. Please come to practice when it will help you de-stress for the studying and the exams to come.

For the youth who are still racing we will ensure that practices and workouts are tailored in such a way that you are able to be your best at the events. For those of you not racing we are going to continue to focus on general strength, endurance and skills.

Coach Ignacio will be sending out more information on Summer Bike Camp in the next few days.  A reminder the sessions are June 7-11, June 14-18 and June 21-25.  All must commit to volunteering one week, with additional weeks of compensated work possible depending on availability.

Note that this Thursday we will combine the two groups to both participate with Coach Daniela and her bodywork sessions.  That change and the rest of this week’s practices are here on the Genius.


Summer looming

In this more virtual world, it’s nice to see that we can still run a fun, safe, and memorable event with our annual Scavenger Hunt.  It was great being stationed at the clubhouse to see numerous families ride in on their quests to decipher the fun riddles and clues that our team had put together.  Thanks to Coaches Ignacio, Cara and Sara for their hard work on the organizing and putting together the clues.

We are excited to see the first week session (June 7-11) of Summer Bike Camp is already full!  We have three total weeks with session two running June 14-18 and session three June 21-25.  It is mandatory that all team Grupo participate one week to help staff the camp.  Once you’ve completed the first week, you will be eligible to be compensated for week two and/or week three of camp.  This is a tremendously popular and rewarding experience giving back and teaching the young riders all the valuable lessons you yourself as team members have learned.  Let us know which week(s) work best for you.

We have a gravel bike camp coming up this weekend.  As per usual we require a negative covid test no more then 72 hours before leaving on Friday.  Here is the site I use for all my testing.  It’s free and results are often emailed back within 24hrs. https://www.labfinder.com/paradigm/

There are more races on the horizon.  If you are interested in competing please let coach Ignacio or I know.  These races include;

May 1-2; MBAA Flagstaff

May 2; Three Bears TT Picacho Peak

May 8-9; State MTB championships Prescott

June 24-27; Road Nationals Florida

July 9-18; Mountain Bike Nationals Winter Park Colorado

Here is the practice schedule for the next two weeks;





The Hunt

Another great weekend of rides and races, in particular the MBAA race in Prescott.  Coach Ignacio lead an 11 rider contingent with places as follows in their respective categories. 1st– Taryn; 2nd– Axel and Damiano; 3rd– Olivia and Sam; 4th– Maggie; 5th-Liam; 9th– Alex; 10th– Thomas and William and 11th for Kaiden.  Thanks again for… Read more »

April notes

April is heating up with races both on the mountain bike and road bike.  The latter was a criterium on Saturday night out at the GoKart track.   It was awesome to see Myles pin numbers on for the first time since his crash last year at the Valley of the Sun race. IMG_1162 MBAA races… Read more »

Scavenger Hunt approaching!

It’s definitely starting to look like spring is winding down and summer just around the corner.  Temperatures are heating up and with it the need to start hydrating properly before coming to practice.  The days are getting longer so we feel that lights are no longer needed for mid week practices.  Of course, if you… Read more »

Marching forward

We are at an interesting place these days.  Some team members have finished spring break and are ready to return to school- and some are even attending in-school classes for nearly a year!  Other members are just starting their break.  Wherever you may be, one thing that can bring everyone together is the practices! We’ll… Read more »

Saturday Mar 20

Just a small tweak in tomorrow’s programming.  The Old Man Shootout will depart the clubhouse at 6:45 while Cara’s ride will be a touch later for 7am.  Look forward to another day in the 80’s! G

Cactus Cup

The weather may have presented its challenges, but the Team fought through the elements and had a wonderful race weekend up in Phoenix for the Cactus Cup.  It was the first camp/race program for quite some time and all said, we came away with new experiences and friendships.  We had many first time racers and… Read more »

Tapering into race week

I hope everyone enjoyed an amazing weekend.  Blustery winds made the Saturday rides more challenging but the warm weather certainly made it enjoyable.  We had a small contingent competing in Lake Havasu with Taryn and Damiano placing 2nd in their respective categories.  Other places included Liam 4th, Tomas 6th, Alex 9th and Evan 10th.  Lessons… Read more »