Week of September 16

Alrighty folks, we’re hurtling right along towards NICA #2 this weekend up in Prescott. Ben and I were super impressed with all of you at the Flagstaff race. Everybody was really cool and helpful around camp, there was no fuss around bedtime/racing/camping/eating/etc. It was great. Let’s keep it that way in Prescott so that you all can focus on having a great race and a fun weekend, and so that Ben and I can come home feeling relaxed and proud to be your coaches.

Prescott is at elevation. It can be hot and it is very exposed. Focus on staying hydrated this week, it will have a positive effect on your race. Get your zzz’s too.

Spend some time this week considering what a good race is to you. Results with podium recognition are fun, but thats only one aspect of the sport. Consider your race last weekend and pinpoint one specific performance related thing that you know you can do better this weekend. It can be absolutely anything, from eating more salad greens to controlling your emotions on the start line to decidedly not making a tactical error you made last weekend. It could be deciding to attack sooner, or warm up longer, or resolving to finish even more gassed than last week. Try to change it this weekend. Doing just one thing better is a success.

Back to podium recognition: In case not everyone is aware… I’ve made a deal with Eve that if el Grupo teams sweep the overall podium, she can die my hair blue. We were 1-2-4 last week, just a handful of points away from 1-2-3. I believe it’s 100% attainable. So. Cheers and good luck, I hope to be sporting a new look in December 🙂

Practice this week:

Tuesday: 4:30 PM, MTB, skills

Wednesday: 3:45 and 4:30PM, Road Bikes, endurance ride

Thursday: 4:30PM, MTB, Holeshots/Openers

Friday: Middle Schoolers meet at 4PM, leave for Prescott at 4:30PM. Bring a BIG snack!

Saturday: High Schoolers meet at 7:30AM, leave for Prescott at 8AM. Pack a lunch!!

Scroll back a post or two for the packing list. It’s there if you need it.

Return times for the races will likely be very similar to last week.

Weekend and Shirts

1st of all…. SHIRTS ARE IN! They are sick. You may not have a shirt until you have paid for one. They are $10 each. I’ll have a bunch with me at practice today. You can bring cash, Venmo, whatever.

2ndly. This weekend.

NICA Packing List (Everyone) we have these at the clubhouse. Please ask for one. 

Middle School Racers: 

Friday Afternoon: Meet at the clubhouse as close to 4PM as you can make it there. Leave the clubhouse at 4:30PM. BRING A (LARGE) SNACK! Only bring healthy foods/snacks. NO candy. We will arrive at Ft Tuthill around 8:30PM. When we get there, we will eat a pesto pasta dinner and go to sleep.

Saturday: Pre ride courses, boys race at 3PM, ladies at 4PM, awards are at 5:15PM. We will leave immediately after awards, and will hope to be at the clubhouse by 10PM. Riders will have phones to give parents an ETA.

High School Racers: 

Saturday: Meet at clubhouse at 7:30AM. Leave at 8AM. PACK A LUNCH! YOU DO NOT GET GRUPO LUNCH! Arrive at Ft. Tuthill ~12:30-1PM. Pre ride course at 1:30PM.

Sunday: Races all morning, Awards are at 3PM. Hopefully leave by 4:30PM, arrive back in Tucson by 8:30PM.

Non Racers: 

There is no practice for you on Saturday, but there will be practice on Sunday morning. 6:30AM, back by 8:30AM. Mountain Bikes. All in town are welcome, even if you raced on Saturday. This will be a fun and inclusive ride.


Week of September 2

Hey All, bit of a late post here. Just got cell service again so I’m throwing this up from my phone on the drive home.

This is our tune up week for the first NICA race. Y’all have loads of fitness, and this week we’re going to get you dialed in to feel great on race day.

Big things to note:

1- Get your homework done!! It’s tough doing school stuff at a campground surrounded by all your friends.

2- TELL ME IF YOUR BIKE HAS PROBLEMS! BEFORE THURSDAY! Ben and I don’t want to be stressing over your bike at 1am Friday night, or worse 1 hour before you race!

3- Treat yourself like an athlete! Hydrate hydrate hydrate. Sleep sleep sleep. Do the little things right because they add up into big, big things.


Tuesday- 4:30 MTB. Shirts should be in, so bring $$ if you want one. $10/each. I have my order list, so if you already paid don’t worry I know.

Wednesday- 3:45 and 4:30. Road.

Thursday- 4:30 MTB

I will post a packing list and departure details for the weekend on Wednesday. Check back for that info.

Week of August 26th

Team, last week was excellent. I hope you all had as much fun as Ben and I did at our various practices. We want to continue to blend hard work, skills, and  fun, with new and varying practices throughout the season. Ben and I put in a tremendous amount of work every day to keep… Read more »

Week of August 19th

Team, thanks for collaborating with Ben and me on our new rules, code of conduct, etc. If you have not yet, please bring your signed copy back to us at the next practice you attend. Please remember that we’re getting serious about follow through on our policies, as well. Y’all know what you’re supposed to… Read more »


Hey all, as promised at today’s meeting… Oliver’s WINNING T SHIRT DESIGN!! More details coming soon on how YOU can get your hands on one of these hogs…

Weekend! Aug 17&18

Hey Team, if you were at practice today (Thursday), thanks for participating in the discussion. If you were not here, you will find out about what we discussed at the Rider and Parent Meeting on Sunday. Saturday: Road Bikes! Clubhouse will open at 5:30AM. Old man shootout leaves at 5:45AM. If you typically do this… Read more »

Week of August 12

Team, I hope everybody enjoyed a little bit of time off the bike last week. I hope that starting school is going smoothly and you’re getting settled back into that routine. If you’re having any trouble at all, please remember that we have an academic space available for you! You can do homework at the… Read more »

Week of August 5th

Team, thanks for an amazing trip to Durango. I hope you all had as much fun up there as I did. Every single one of you learned a ton, pushed yourselves hard, and improved both technical skills and fitness. This is the cornerstone of our fitness going into the NICA season. For those of you… Read more »

Durango pick up

Hey Parents- we’re on the return drive from Durango. Just got gas in Phoenix. We should be back around 6:15, ready for pick up by 6:30 Thanks.