Goals, perseverance and a Swap!

Last week we talked about perseverance and goal setting. Ignacio, Allison and I are greatly looking forward to hearing what goals you have planned for 2021.   Goals can differ greatly among all of us.  It could range from something like dedication to school, attending practices more regularly, taking some strava segments or as minute as increasing your threshold power by 10 watts.  The important thing is to have some goals to aspire to so we can test our perseverance.


Here’s a practice schedule this week.   A reminder that tomorrow we will listen to goals in our pre ride hippie circle.  After the goals talk, we will try on the sample kits from Voler and get updated sizes for everyone for the next clothing order.




Next week is holiday week and aligns well with our next rest week.  We will only hold practice on Tuesday the 24th, with no practice on that Wednesday or Thursday.


Since there will be no GABA swap meet this year, El Grupo has decided to host our own swap meet on December 13th.   We will open up the clubhouse grounds to vendors upon a small donation to El Grupo.  There’s only limited space for up to 25 vendors so please reserve your tent space ASAP if you have or know anyone or shop that needs to unload unwanted cycling items.




See you tomorrow Team!



Goals for 2021

I’ve really enjoyed having our new recruits join the team and have been very pleased how welcoming everybody has been.  Thursday in particular is a fantastic environment where the whole team practices together and that support is so evident.


Last week’s election results certainly will usher in some changes in 2021.  Surely, policy and strategy are already in the planning stages.  Planning is always beneficial when it comes to goal setting for any athlete.  Looking forward at the big picture can help you decide on pathways to arrive there.  We want all team members to think about their goals for 2021.   If you’re comfortable sharing them with the group, we will discuss goals at our Hippie Circle talk at Himmel this coming Thursday.  The coaches look forward to all your input!


Here’s the new practice schedule for riders and volunteers;






Eyes forward

I’m looking forward to this week’s practice.   It’s been a tough 2020 and sometimes looking ahead can help motivate.  I’m also looking forward to freezing nights,  cold weather ride clothing choices, driving with the windows down and the AC off,  cold water from the tap,  no mosquitoes, shelving my insulated water bottles,  planning holiday travel (remaining optimistic it becomes reality),  re-discovering my gravel bike, holiday music, the election to be over and avoiding artificial pumpkin flavouring.


Mostly looking forward to this week’s practices though…





Fall Fondo postponement.

Due to a positive Covid-19 test within a team member’s immediate family, we have decided to postpone today’s Fall Fondo indefinitely. We will update all team members as more information comes in, but in the meantime we will suspend practices for the coming week of October 18-25.  We will give daily updates on the situation… Read more »

Fall Bike Camp

Our Fall Bike Camp has started well with 24 young cyclists registered for a week of bikes, fun and friendships.  We’ve divided into 3 groups of 8 athletes and enjoyed perfect weather for day 1.   Great job to Colter Thomas and Luke Murray for their excellent organization and thanks also to our Team El… Read more »

News and notes.

We had a wonderful weekend of tryouts for potential new members of team El Grupo.  Friday night was an initial meet and greet with a PowerPoint overview on all things El Grupo.  Saturday was a road bike orientation; how to size to the right frame and how the gears and brakes function.  Once done we… Read more »

Youth Representative

I’m looking forward to another wonderful week of riding bikes.   Once again, there are plenty of events upcoming;  Mt Graham Hill Climb, Team El Grupo tryouts, Fall Bike Camp and the Fall Fondo.  Other events happening around the state and close by that could be of interest include the https://thecactuscup.com/  or the https://www.bearjawevents.com/   Practices… Read more »


It’s nice to feel some cooler morning temps, albeit with smoke induced skies.  Our Fall season is filling up with some awesome programming.   First up this coming weekend is Sunday’s traditional Mount Graham Hill Climb Time Trial.  We have 2 riders signed up currently.  We will take care of your entry fee if you… Read more »

Happy Labor Day

There was another example of change this week with the cancellation of the much adored and anticipated NICA mountain bike series.  The race organization did their very best to make the races happen, but there were just too many hurdles to overcome.   Team El Grupo had 15 athletes signed up to compete and the… Read more »