This weekend and TBC Logistics

What a special day in the desert. I hope everyone is truly enjoying the miracle that is today.


Weekend Plans


If you can only make one ride this weekend, please prioritize Sunday


Saturday— 7:15 Old Man

7:30 Big Kid

8:30 B team ride


I know it is going to be cold. However its really just one more time this season. Also we dealt with it at the 24 hour race, so I know we can all deal with it.

If it is too much for you, then enjoy a great B Team ride. Its a super solid ride and it will be warmer.

So yes, we are shooting out. Yes it will be cold. However we have clothes and gear for these conditions.


Sunday— TBC Time Trial Practice at McCains loop

9 am leave the clubhouse and return by noon



TBC Logistics


Tucson Bicycle Classic. This is the biggest race in Tucson. It is also one of our sponsors. Parents if you are able to help and volunteer during the race, that would be amazing. Coach Steve Bohn has been running this race for over 30 years and he has been a great friend to El Grupo.


The information below should be enough to give you a sense of the race. I will post exact information about logistics later in the week.


All information for the race can be found here:


This is a stage race, so every rider has to complete every stage to start the next. So you must complete the event on Friday to race on Saturday and you must complete the event on Saturday to race on Sunday. As is right now, I have everyone on the team participating except for the few that have told me otherwise recently. This is whole team event.


Friday is the Time Trial in McCains loop. This is on the west side of the Tucson Mountains.

All Women 12:00 NOON
Men 35+ to 75+ 12:45 PM +/-
Jr. 9 to 18 2:00 PM +/-
Men 5 2:30 PM +/-
Men 4 to Pro 3:00-5:30 PM



These are the approximate start times for each group. Some of you might have to get out of school early. Vans will be departing at different times of the day from the clubhouse to make this all work. Exact start times will be posted on Thursday night.


If you are like Camilla who is unable to miss school, you can show up late. However your time will reflect your being late. This will allow you though to race on Saturday and Sunday.



Saturday is the road race in Green Valley.


1st Wave Miles
Men 5, 39 and under 7:00 am
Women 3 7:10
Men 5, 40+ 7:15
Women 4/5/35+ 7:20

Jr. 17-18 7:27
Jr. 15-16 7:30
Jr. 13-14 7:33


2nd Wave
Women Pro/1/2 9:15 1
Men Pro/1 9:25
Men 2 9:30 82 4
Men 3 9:35 61 3
Men 4 9:50


Again we will have coming and going for both waves at applicable times.



Sunday is a circuit race that is at Pima West. This is the most spectator friendly event and one that I hope everyone sticks around to enjoy and cheer. I will buy and have lunch foods for the team so we can all enjoy the races.

Below are the start times. We always ride to the start from the clubhouse and we will have coaches on hand to take you back and forth.


Men 5, 40+ 6:58

Women 3 7:00

Women 4/5/35+ 7:02


2nd Wave
Men 4 8:55

Men 5,39 &under 8:58

Jr. 17-18 9:00

Jr. 15-16 9:02

Jr. 13-14 9:05 17 3

Jr. 9-10/11-12 9:07

3rd Wave
Women Pro/1/2 10:30
Men Pro/1 10:35
Men 2 10:40
Men 3 10:45

Wednesday Ride

Valley riders– 3:45 and 4:30 start times. We are going to go back to work


24 Hour riders– 4:30 only. We are going to go on a cruise on our road bikes.


Nick King that you for asking for the clarification

What a weekend and more to come

Really where do I start?


6 teams on the podium and three wins at the 24 Hour Race.


An incredibly fine, helpful and wonderful showing of support and love from all the parents who came to the event to help.


Handlers who got every kid to the start on time and ready to go. Lights that worked every time. Food that was tasty and warm all event.


Really the village that is El Grupo and what you guys all put together to make the event work is just beautiful. It is why its my favorite event of the year. Never do we depend on each other in quite the same way. I just really appreciate how it always brings us all together in that special way. Thank you to all.


But there was more!!!


Valley of the Sun Road bike stage race


Morgan brought a crew of 5 boys to the race and they all learned that they can compete on the national stage. Each rider had a result that reminded them that they can be as good as they dream.


Ethan Overson won the Cat 2 GC and road race, while every other young man had at least a top 20 finish in stacked fields of the nations best.


We all can compete at the highest of levels if we let ourselves believe, dream and trust.


Training Plan


Tuesday– Recovery day. Clean your bike day, and understand how we move forward day


Wednesday– Valley riders– Road bikes with some work 3:45 and 4:30 start times

24 Hour riders– recovery ride


Thursday– Sunday. It looks like it is going to be very cold and wet. There are going to be many game time decisions made to work around the weather.


Saturday– Depending on what we decide it might be a late start and then going to McCains loop to practice the TBC time trial, or it might be brave the cold, as we all did at the 24, and shoot out.


Sunday– Depending on what we do on Saturday might be TBC practice, or it might be something else.

Tuesday Practice

I will post a lot more information tomorrow.   I too am tired after an amazing weekend.   Tuesday Practice— Rolling out, stretching and recovering from the weekend of racing. With Dani and Daniela.   Yes mandatory– You only get faster when you rest and let the work soak in. And so we will.

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24 Hour race notes

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Weekend Update and some 24 Hour Race News

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