Hey Everybody! Hope you all enjoyed your little break. Ben and I had a doozey of a trip out to New Mexico. Imagine if somebody took all the trails on A Mountain and turned them into literally the rockiest roads you’ve ever ridden on. Then you rode a 60# bike across those bowling ball bouncers for several days. Type 2 fun.

We’re ready to get back to it and hope you guys are too. Huge shoutout to Eve, Kaileen, Izzie and Jorah who got started a little early by riding all the way to Summerhaven last weekend!! So rad.

This is the time of year where we can slow down a little, and do all those little things right. We’re going to be focusing on some cross training and stretching/rolling out after practice, building strong cores and functional strength off the bike. On the bike, we’ll be focusing on riding that low intensity base season pace. To be clear, these practices are not meant to be easy. They are lower intensity, but still focused efforts to target specific neuromuscular adaptations.

The best part about this time of the year is that anything is possible for you next spring. We’re 2-3 months out from our next races, depending on what races interest you, so everybody has the time to focus and find the form that they want this season. Be careful, though, time slips by quickly! It’s all too easy to find yourself facing down San Dimas or Temecula with form that is not what you’d dreamt it would be. Trust me, I’ve been there.

So. Take these practices one day at a time. Focus on doing the little things right. Focus on creating new and healthier training habits. Think about nutrition! You KNOW what good food is. Eat it, and steer clear of the candy. Focus on your form, your pedal stroke, your position on the bike. Ask questions!! With focus, the form and strength will come.

LIGHTS!!! – It is lights season. If you have lights. Bring them. If you do not. Ask Ben and me for a set. This week is the grace period week to get your lights in order. Starting next week (Quinn and Izaac- I’m lookin at you), if you do not have lights you will be riding rollers in the clubhouse. No joke.

Road bikes ALLL week. Also, we will be getting back on the early side. PRACTICE IS NOT OVER WHEN WE GET BACK. IT’S OVER AT 6:30, WHEN WE’RE DONE WITH CROSS TRAINING.

Wednesday: Road bikes. Riding at 3:45 and 4:30, back around 6PM. Cross training until 6:30. Practice ends at 6:30.

Thursday: Road bikes. Riding at 4:30PM. Back around 6PM. Cross training until 6:30PM.

Saturday: El Tour day. Meet at 7AM, leave the clubhouse at 7:30AM. Road skills/crit skills. Cornering. Pack riding. Foundations.

Sunday: Late start. Meet at the clubhouse at 8:30, leave at 9AM. 2 hour ride, back around 11:30AM. This is a special event, riding with Joel Thompson and a crew of el Grupo supporters.

End of NICA and beyond

LONG POST, READ ALL

End of NICA

We made it. 10 weeks. It’s a long season, and I know how challenging it’s been for everybody. No sweep = no blue hair for me, but I’m still very proud of how everybody raced, and the progression I saw in so many of you over the course of the season.

I could tell stories about every kid on the team and a way that they grew or something they learned either this race or this season, but I’m not going to do that here. By and large, I’m happy to see the ways you all are learning to approach competition and continuing to push yourselves/each other harder and harder. You’re all continuously learning your limits, learning how to race, and learning how you compete. It’s a process and team wide we made big steps this season.

Tucson High: I know we didn’t land that 3rd podium spot. Things happen. I want you all to know that it wasn’t a single person’s “fault”. We raced hard, we threw down, and we didn’t get it. Thats ok. That’s racing, and there’s no single one of you who “messed up”. Kudos to the teams who beat us- they earned it.

and Beyond: 

There is no practice from now until Wednesday, Nov 20th.  Two weeks off. It’s time for a break. For you guys, and for us. Ben and I are going on a trip to New Mexico. We’re leaving on Tuesday. We probably won’t have service. This is an opportunity for you guys to get caught up on school, and let your bodies recover from the season. When we get back, we’re going to go into road base season. We’ll also be having individual meetings in late Nov/early Dec with all riders and their parents about spring racing options. Look out for a sign up for that.

Important Things: 

Manzo: Manzo is still going on the next two weeks. Reminder emails will go out to those of you on the schedule. If you’re on the schedule, you’re expected to be there. Colter knows what days you’ll be there. If you are not there, Ben and I will find out, and there’ll be consequences 🙁

Kit Order due Nov 12. I would order sooner!! Try on kits are here! Voler says that there are new fabrics, thus the kits fit differently. If you want to try on kits, come to the clubhouse in the afternoon Monday-Thursday at 4. Grupito is going on, and you can try kits on then. Be aware of the difference between “race” and “club” fit. If I were you I would order race fit. Tighter, sleeker, more aero, etc. Every team member has a credit on the Voler store which should be enough to purchase bibs and a jersey. If you haven’t received an email with credit to order, please contact me or Ben. If you want more stuff, you’ll have to pay out of pocket for it. I think the kit is pretty dang sharp this year…. so I’ll be buying some extra stuff ;). If you don’t have an el Grupo vest, I’d encourage you to get one. Great piece of gear to have for the winter.

 

Week of Oct 28

Hey everybody! Great job at the Fondo today. We pulled off a great event, and I heard nothing but good things about all of you. Thank you.

This week is our final week of the fall season. This is it. Starting next week we will have a break from practices for a couple of weeks. More info to come. This week let’s stay focused and finish the season strong.

Tuesday- 4:30, Skills day, MTB

Wednesday- 3:45 and 4:30. Recovery/Low endurance road ride.

Thursday- 4:30. BEN’S FREAKIN B-DAY, and also halloween, we will have a short practice. I want you all to get opened up and get your holeshots in, but it’ll be a short practice and we’ll be back by 5:30.

This Weekend: we have campsites for everybody. Phew. So, pretty normal schedules for racing. The drive to White Tanks takes a little less than 2.5 hours.

Middle Schoolers: Leave the clubhouse at 4:30PM on Friday. Estimated return ~8PM Saturday.

High Schoolers: Meet at the clubhouse at 9AM. Leave at 9:30AM. Estimated return ~6:30PM Sunday.

Week of Oct 21

Team, good race this weekend. We’ve got one to go. We are currently sitting 1-2-3 in the team rankings for the season. It is VERY close. Several teams are nipping at our heels. I really want to die my hair blue in two weeks, so let’s stay focused and keep pushing these final two weeks…. Read more »

Week of Oct 7

Hey Team, another great race in the books out at Ft. Huachuca this weekend! I want to give a big shoutout to our Frosh Boys who absolutely crushed it- some of the best racing I’ve seen out of em yet. This week we’re gonna keep the good times rolling with some harder efforts during the… Read more »

Week of Sept 30

This week is a classic pre NICA week. Last week was… hard. It was meant to be. If you felt tired by Sunday, that’s good! You did it right. This week, the work soaks in. NICA is a long, long season, and you’ve got to be on form for 2.5 months. What that means is… Read more »

PARENTS!!

Hey Parents, the next NICA race is in Sierra Vista. It is considered a home race for us, so we’re expected to help out with some aspects of the race. If you are interested in volunteering for the race organization, here is a link to all the volunteer positions/slots they are working to fill in… Read more »

UPDATE FOR THIS WEEKEND, THE 28TH AND 29TH

Hey Team, practice this week remains the same. Practice this weekend is altered slightly. Saturday: same same same, as Ben stated in the last post. Sunday: ROAD BIKES. Meet 6:45AM. Leave 7:15AM. Back by 11AM. Group ride with Ride On Cycling. It’s important that you make it. It will be fun, challenging, and an opportunity… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »