Nacho’s Notes week of October 26th

I want to thank everyone first for your understanding and patience last week.


Thank you for your flexibility with the current situation. We are certainly trying our best to provide safe and healthy programming and your support makes it so much easier to make the tough calls.


Expectations for Riders moving forward during this time of year:


LIGHTS– They are mandatory now. NO LIGHTS = NO RIDE. This is just pure safety. We have to be visible participants on the road way. If drivers can’t see us then we are putting ourselves in extreme danger. If you are new to the team, please ask Coach Gord for lights, if not, then please pack and plan accordingly. This will be the case for afternoon practices until late March. There are no exceptions. We spoke about this the last two weeks we had practice, so this should not come as any surprise, as long as you were listening.


Cold Weather Dressing– We want to keep you all healthy. We do not want to play the game where you tell us you are not cold, when it is 50 degrees outside. Please come with proper clothing for the weather.  Do not attempt to leave with just a jersey or t shirt on today. It is cold. We will not let you ride if you do not have proper clothing on. Again if you are new to the team please ask Coach Ignacio to help you get proper clothing for the winter.

Nacho’s Notes

I imagine that I feel like the rest of you right now in that I sure am missing being around the clubhouse and all the wonderful energy, but yet totally understand that the right decisions were made.


These are crazy times, and like I used to say, Life is like a river, we have to just flow with it. Being a salmon is super hard, and then you have bears to worry about. We certainly appreciate everyones understanding and patience with all of this, as it is the only reaction we can have.


I did want to share with you all though my perspective of the riders who went out to enjoy and tackle the Mt, Graham hill climb. I think it is important that we support our teammates who are going out and taking on challenges that excite them, and hopefully its inspiring to all of you and a bit of fun motivation to come back next week.


We certainly  support and respect those of you who are enjoying other challenges that are not race relate, but I do want to tell you of your amazing teammates.  I had the pleasure of working with each rider at the event, and after we rode together just about to the top to enjoy the beautiful mountain and to enjoy the rest of the day.

Alex truly listened to Max Cronyn. He went out hard until he had to puke, then pulled it back and held it there. Then immediately upon crossing the finishing line and stopping , puked all over the place. A great and proud effort.
Estevan showed amazing courage and really went after the mountain. About half way up he blew up but it was because he had such courage to get after it. Courage takes emotional strength, Bravo young man.
Taryn site unseen showed up to the hardest race in Southern Arizona. Not only that she had to emotionally navigate showing up later than she wanted to. Bravo young lady for having the strength and self belief  and for giving it a huge go.
Axel charged and raced with a goal in mind. To have a goal is to believe enough in yourself to truly challenge yourself. When you have a goal you are also setting yourself up to maybe not reach it and thus find disappointment. However we know better. To set a goal and to honor it and the path, you have already won because you have chosen to believe in yourself.
Daniel Walker crossed the finish line with a head held high and proud shoulders. It was the proudest I have seen him cross a finish line in the years I have coached him. Bravo Daniel for finding peace with yourself and the beauty inside of you. Thank you for honoring yourself in that way.
Myles Walker also raced and with the maturity of a senior rider. He wanted the challenge, the experience, and opportunity to just go out and hammer. He did not worry about any result other than doing his best and just attacking the challenge. With no result or championship in mind all Myles wanted to do was his best. Realizing that this is all that matters is real maturity and we all hope to learn from this.
Sam Averill. Composure is not something often granted to young folk. However Sam went after the mountain with grace and will. Yet halfway up the mountain he dropped his chain. Having this sort of thing happen can really derail most people emotionally during a super hard physical effort. Not Sam. He had the composure to get off his bike, put the chain on, and then continue to be his best. Many of us work on composure for our whole lives, and yet Sam at his age is already able to control his emotions. I applaud you.
Damiano had a goal. He wanted to beat an 8 year old record. He believed he could do it and knew the time before starting. He too put himself out there to potentially not meet expectations. Emotional commitment to believe in yourself is a scary place, but it is where we learn the most about ourselves.
I wanted to bring these up because at a practice coach Gord brought the idea forward that in every challenge there is a story. Coach Gord relayed his experience and story with the team, and so I wanted to give a bit of story for all the other riders.
Be well everyone, stay healthy, and I sure hope to see you all soon, when the time is right of course.

Schedule Change For this week!!

I am going to take time tomorrow to thank everyone who came up to Prescott and made the weekend so much fun. However for now I want to make sure to get this information out.


Hopeful plan
Tuesday— All kids go on a road recovery ride. This will help the Gila kids prepare. They could even do a few openers to feel super ready. They should.
All Whiskey kids should just cruise.
If we had two coaches then those kids who did not race Whiskey could go on a good mtb ride with Chuck.
Wednesday— 4:30 only. This would be for kids who did not race Whiskey and would like to ride. Whiskey kids should stay home.
Thursday— All kids could go on an MTB ride. Probably two groups.
Weekend– I would ask that all the youth and coaches think of what they would like to do. This time of year is really a transition period so it is also a great time to just be home enjoying your family or going on hikes, or maybe you want to ride. I leave that all to discuss.

Whiskey Gear List

Whiskey  Gear List 2019 Riding Gear Camp gear Quantity Item Quantity item 2  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– 3 Spare tube Cards OK 1  helmet 1 Riding jacket Hygiene… Read more »

Weekend Update

State Crit– I posted earlier this week about the race and asked for feedback. I really did not get any at all from riders. So we made a decision. If you are racing at Gila then you will be doing the crit. You need the practice. If you are not racing Gila then you will… Read more »

Week of April 8th

Thank you to everyone for your help at the Scavenger Hunt. It was another hugely successful event and we really cannot do it without all the wonderful support we get from the families and friends of the team. Thank you all so much.   This weekend is another one packed with events. Saturday we have… Read more »

Weekend Update

Saturday– Scavenger Hunt!!!!  The most fun race of the year. I hope everyone has made arrangements to have a great day with friends and family. This is the first year that I have not developed the “game” so I am sure it will be even more fun this year.   Before the Hunt I want… Read more »

We are at least in town this weekend

Bravo to all the riders, staff and families for their super successful trip in California.   Thank you– Ben, Max, Maya and Morgan for taking the kids and allowing them to chase their dreams.   This is the last month of this season and we only have 2-3 more races to go. The end is… Read more »

Logistics for the weekend.

I really do apologize to the wonderful parents of this team. The start times are crazy early for the races, and it dictates when we have to leave. I really do thank you all for supporting your kids in the ways that you do.   Also a huge bravo to all the kids who doubled… Read more »