Week of December 10

Hey All, little late post here.

More endurance riding, and more cross training this week. We are also going to reincorporate the MTB this week, however riders focusing on Valley of the Sun (Jesus, Myles, Izaac, Max, Sam, Ethan, Quinn) will stick with mostly road.

Tuesday: 4:30PM, road bikes, endurance, with cross training after practice

Wednesday: 3:45 and 4:30PM, road bikes, endurance, cross training after practice

Thursday: 4:30PM, MTB

Saturday: back to the shootouts! Lots of rides.

  1. Meet 6:45, leave 7:15AM: Old Man Shootout, no extra- Colombi, Oliver, Caleb, Nathaniel, Izzie, Kaileen, Axel, Elliot. Back by 11AM
  2. Meet 7:00, leave 7:30AM: Big Boy Shootout, plus extra- Izaac, Myles, Quinn, Ethan, Max, Sam. Back by 12 Noon
  3. Meet 7:30, leave 8AM: B/C team rides- everybody not named above. Back by 11AM

Sunday: More options. MTB rides back by 11AM, Road ride back by Noon

  1. Meet 7AM, leave 7:30AM, back by Noon, Road bikes: Myles, Izaac, Quinn, Ethan, Nathaniel, Colombi, Oliver, Caleb, Max, Sam
  2. Meet 7AM, leave 7:30AM, back by 11, MTB: Riders not named above or below.
  3. NON MALE RIDERS: Meet ~8:45, back by 11AM. Ride with El Grupo Alumns Cara, Chloe, and several other non-males from around Tucson

Blog update for Sunday, and Race Calendar 2020

Sunday: I was reminded this is the day of the volunteer appreciation event. All riders are expected to be here. The event goes from 10:30 to 12:30. Reflecting that, practice will be back around 10AM. Same start times as the previous post. Bring a change of clothes or something for after to feel comfortable. Also, I need all riders to sign cards for volunteer coaches. You can sign em before or after practice this week.

Race Calendar 2020:

Take a gander. This is what we’ve got so far. We’ll talk about it on an individual basis during our parent/rider/coach meetings.

Date Road Mountain
Jan 11 MBAA McDowell (Phoenix)
Jan 19 Avondale Crit #1 
Jan 25 Race Against Time TT MBAA Estrella (Phoenix) 
Jan 26 Avondale Crit #2 
Feb 1 & 2 UofA Crit, Oracle Road Race (Tucson) 
Feb 8 San Tan Crit
Feb 9 Sun Devil Crit
Feb 14, 15, 16 Valley of the Sun (Phoenix)* 24 Hours in the old Pueblo (Tucson) 
Feb 22 A Mountain Hill Climb 
Feb 29 Musselman Crit- State Crit Tucson
March 8 Hungry Dog Crit
March 13, 14, 15 Cactus Cup (Phoenix) 
March 14 Tolero Crit (Tucson) UCI Bonelli (San Dimas, CA)* Date ?? 
March 21, 22 MBAA White Tank (03/21, Phoenix) 

UCI Temecula (03/22?, Temecula, CA)* Date ??

April 11 MBAA Prescott
April 24, 25, 26 Whiskey (Prescott)
April 29 – May 3 Tour of the Gila (Silver City, NM)*
May 16 AZ State MTB Champs, Emmanuel Pines AZ
July 7-12 MTB Nationals (Winter Park, CO)
July 13-19 Tour de l’Abitibi Nations Cup- Quebec, Canada
July 27-Aug 1 TENTATIVE Durango MTB Camp for all riders

Week of Dec 2

Hey hey hey everyone- we had a pretty solid training week last week. We’re gonna turn it up a little bit this next week with slightly longer and harder rides, as well as harder exercises during strength training with Dani.

Meetings!! If you have a meeting scheduled with Ben and me, please come prepared to talk about some goals for the spring season- we’re ok with ideas that are outside the box! Now is the time for us to know what you all want to do, because we have tons of time to prepare physically, mentally, and logistically.

Lights!! Once again, everybody bring lights! I don’t want anybody to face no lights consequences, but there’s no hiding it once we’re out and it’s dark. I’m a generally observant person, Ben even more so, and your bike is glaringly dark when it has no lights. It’s not like you’re gonna somehow, magically, sneak by unnoticed. You will NOT ride outside if you don’t bring lights this week. Ben and I will make you do a trainer workout.

Practice this week:

Tuesday– 4:30PM-6:30pm. Road Bikes. Endurance. Training w Dani after.

Wednesday– 3:45 & 4:30 – 6:30pm. Road Bikes. Endurance. Training w Dani after.

Thursday– 4:30PM – 6:30pm. Road Bikes. Endurance. Training w Dani after.

Saturday– 2 plans:

  1. Meet 7, leave 7:30, back around noon: Kaileen, Izzie, Caleb, Max , Sam, Nathaniel, Izaac, Myles, Quinn, Rogan, Colombi, Oliver, Sotelo
  2.  Meet at 7:30, leave at 8AM. Back around 11:00: (everybody else)


  1. Meet 7, leave 7:30, back around noon: Kaileen, Izzie, Caleb, Max, Sam, Nathaniel, Izaac, Myles, Quinn, Rogan, Colombi, Oliver, Sotelo
  2.  Meet at 7:30, leave at 8AM. Back around 11:00: (everybody else)

Dress for SUCCESS (warmth)!! Lastly, dress warm! Winter is here. If you need clothing, ask me! Generally, you should start a ride feeling a little bit chilly, then as you start to pedal you’ll warm up. Also, Tucson is tough because we’ll start rides and it’ll be 35 degrees, and when we get home it’ll be 70 degrees. Cycling clothing is made so that you can take it off or put it on as the weather changes. Arm and leg warmers, for example, you can strip off and stuff into your pockets as the day warms up.

As a rule of thumb:

  • Below 60 degrees, wear arm warmers and a baselayer. (I wear leg warmers or tights below 60. I don’t mess around with cold knees)
  • Below 55, add a vest and gloves.
  • Below 50, definitely put on leg warmers.
  • Below 45, a “neck sock” or “buff” is really nice
  • Below 40, trade the vest for a full length windbreaker or thermal (fleece lined) jacket.

There is a lot of wiggle room for personal comfort and differences, but certain things (like your knees) can be seriously damaged by the cold even if you feel “tough” enough to not wear leg warmers. Winter riding can be really fun and beautiful, but it’s no good if you’re freezing your buns off. If you feel like one thing is always cold, like your feet, let me know and I can give you some suggestions for staying comfy.

Week of Thanksgiving

Late post here chaps, sorry. You will receive race calendars this week for the Spring season. You’ll take them home with you and bring them back for parent/student/coach meetings with some ideas of which races you want to do. If you haven’t signed up for a meeting yet, please do! Lights are mandatory. Both a… Read more »


Looks like rain, folks. If we can ride, we will. Come prepared for cross training work, though. Bring good shoes. If we’re confined to the indoors, we’ll be focusing on relearning 1) land exercises and form and 2) how to ride rollers. If we can ride, we’ll ride. If you bike to practice, make sure… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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…. Read more »

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 »