Ride of Silence

Hey Grupo- late notice here but tonight is the national Ride of Silence. It’s a memorial ride for all those who have been injured or killed by cars while riding their bicycles.

If you can make it, ROS is a powerful way to show the strength and support of the cycling community.

When: 5 to 7PM. You can show up as late as 5:30, not later. Done by 7.

Where: Meet at Reid Park, Ramada 19 (off Country Club)

Important: The ride is SILENT. No talking. Also no tricks (wheelies, jumps, stunts, skids, etc). The whole ride will be about 1hr at a slow pace.

If you do attend, please try to wear something that says El Grupo on it.

Practice Week of May 6

We done did it y’all. Post Gila, Post Whiskey, each and every one of you made it through an amazing season of racing. Some of you completed the hardest spring race schedule in Grupo history! Incredible.

This week is OFF OFF OFF. And next week? Also OFF OFF OFF, with maybe an optional skills ride tbd. 

Many of you have AP tests, finals are rapidly approaching, and you’ve been pushing for months. It’s time to take a couple weeks completely off the bike and recover, focus on school, and regroup for a great summer.

Speaking of summer. WE NEED YOU TO RESPOND TO THE EMAIL ABOUT BIKE CAMP WEEKS. FILL OUT THE DOODLE! IT’LL TAKE 5 MINUTES. DO IT! DO IT NOW! 

Ignacio will be posting later today with a recap of Gila. Spoiler: on the hardest day of racing, the queen stage, the GILA MONSTER, Grupo across the board rose to the challenge and delivered terrific efforts and finishes.

The next date to have on your calendar: MAY 12TH, Mother’s Day. Significant because your mothers are all amazing, and also because it’s the day of the Grupo end of season celebration. 5-7PM at Catalina Terrace Pool.

Video for the post is some VINTAGE Mash SF footage. Macaframa days. Wear a helmet.

Tour of the Gila Logistics

Gila riders- sorry for the late post here.

Cat 3 Men and up (Izaac, Myles, Rogan, Sotelo, Quinn, Dillon, Overson):

Arrive at clubhouse at 2:30PM Tuesday afternoon, leave clubhouse at 3PM sharp. This gives us just enough time to spin the TT course return section on our way into town, and get in early enough for a good night of sleep before racing.

@Ethan Overson: we’ll pick you up from the Houghton exit on i-10 on our way out of town. Dillon, we can pick you up there too. Be ready by 3:15 so we can make this a super quick pick up.

All Women, and Cat 4 men (Izzie, Kaileen, Ana, Madison, Beviers, Ben, Oliver):

Arrive at clubhouse at 2:30PM Wednesday afternoon, leave clubhouse at 3PM sharp. Same deal as the Tuesday people.

Packing: 

I’m not going to spell out what to bring. You all know what you need. Make sure you have a warm jacket because nights and mornings can be cold in Silver City. Start lines can be quite cold, so you might want arm warmers or a vest. Worth bringing just to have the option. Also make sure you have BOTH your shoes (Oliver!!), your helmet, and your newest kit. You will wear your newest kit everyday of the stage race (Izzie!!). I don’t care how you do it- sink wash the chammy or just quintuple dip. I don’t really care. You will wear that beautiful yellow and blue everyday (except maybe the TT). As always, fit it all in ONE (1) BAG. Tidy and throw up free.

All Whiskey Returnees: Congrats on the weekend. You guys rocked it. Enjoy some rest and well deserved time off, there’s no organized practice this week for you .

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Almost there!

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TBC Logistics

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