7 more weeks Until NICA #1

The title of this post I hope excited everyone.


Having a goal and purpose when we put in the time and work should hopefully make all the sacrifices easier to handle.


Accepting yourself as an athlete and pursuing goals will naturally be filled with sacrifices.


Such as not staying out late on Friday night, because you have an early morning ride the next day.


Or caring a water bottle around where ever you go because you are always concerned with being properlly hydrated.


Or ensuring that you have packed a quality lunch and after school snack and not going out with friends to the junk food fast food after school.


The pursuit of trying to be your best is filled with little sacrifices along the way, but all those little things, when you add them up at the end make a huge difference. They equal dedication and commitment and those character traits are critical to a successful life experience.


I can also promise that when you put in the time and make those small sacrifices and then you attend the event you have been working towards and you find the success you worked for, all those sacrifices are forgotten and the joy of personal achievement hits you, it is all so worth it.


These smiles and friendships are born from hard work, sacrifice and trust, and look forward to taking everyones picture with this kind of smile.





This week and really for the next month, I want this idea of CONSISTENCY,  to be what we focus on.


I know last week we met amazing rains, and by golly was I happy to see it, however it did not help us put in the time or find the consistency that I hoped for. However no big deal, we needed it and it was beautiful. To see the desert happy and quenched is an amazing scene.


Training Plan and Schedule


Tuesday– MTB ride and then cross training. 6:30 am start. 2 ish hour ride then cross training at clubhouse. Done at 9:30.


Wednesday– Road Ride. 3 hours.


Thursday– MTB ride and then Cross training. 6:30 am start. So riders will be driven to Sweetwater and others will ride there.


Saturday– Road Rides.

Old Man 5:45 am

Big Kid Shoot Out 6 am

Valentine ride at 6:30 am.



Also this week I will be leading a tryout.


This evening, Monday the 26th, I will be giving a presentation as to what it means to be on the team from 6-7pm.


On Friday the 30th from 8-10 am I will take the kids to Oury Park and we will do a skills session.


Then on Sunday August 1st from 4-6pm I will take them on a bike ride to see how they like being wonderfully stressed.


I am letting you all know in case you have friends who think would love to join us and to invite riders to come and help with the tryout.



July 24th Practice Cancelled

The amount of rain that came down at my house last night means that the  roads are going to be a disaster and unsafe for us to ride.


The washes are going to be blown out and it is likely going to rain even more.


Especially since this is early season we do not need to press at all, and rider safety is paramount.


So everyone once you see this, go back to bed and enjoy a slow Saturday morning.

Week of July 19th

8 Weeks till the first NICA race in Flagstaff.


I hope that is exciting news for everyone.


I know that Gord has sent you all emails in regards to signing up. Please follow the steps and get yourselves signed up in the Pit Zone web site.


As well please feel encouraged to speak with me, Ignacio, in regards to what category you are excited to race in. We have 2 more weeks to petition for a category change if you feel you would like to. I certainly have ideas for what categories I believe are best for most of you, so please ask.


The next month I want everyone to focus on CONSISTENCY. This is the start of new season right now and we want to establish good habits right now. We want to create a team through shared experiences, so please we really want to see everyone coming as much as they can. The more we ride together and hang out together the stronger our commraderie is.


Over the next month the training plan calls for consistent endurance riding. We are going to focus on building endurance through commitment and discipline.


Wednesday of this week, TOMORROW, we are going to go Mountain Biking. We will leave the clubhouse at 6:30 am for a two hour ride. Upon return we are going to head to Catalina Park, the splash pad park, and we are going to do a 20 min cross training work out. So practice will be 3 hours long.


Thursday we will head out for another road ride also starting at 6:30am.


Saturday we are back out with the group rides.

Old Man Starts at 5:45am

Big Kid starts at 6 am.

Valentine B ride start at 6:30 am.

Monsoon madness

It sure has been wonderful to see the desert get some much needed precipitation.  It has complicated some of last week’s practices but we’ve been able to co-exist with rain quite well. I’m excited to finally be able to attempt to cross the Canadian border on Monday.   It’s been too long since I’ve visited my… Read more »

Damiano National Champ!

Coach Ignacio led a strong 9 rider contingent to the mountain bike National Championships last week held in Winter Park, Colorado.  Highlights include Damiano winning the National Champion’s jersey in the cross country, Jorah with a 5th place in her xcountry event and Axel jumping over one hundred places from a back starting position in… Read more »

MTB Nats!

I hope everyone is enjoying time off school and varying locations of vacation time.  It’s been fun riding in humid conditions for a change and maybe we’ll experience some ‘hero dirt’ out on the trails. Coach Ignacio is leading a small but motivated crew up in Colorado this week for mountain bike Nationals.  Best of… Read more »

Summer Bike Camp and Road Nationals Notes

We had a tremendous three weeks of Summer Bike Camp.  We got through some record heat temperatures and together we brought smiles and miles to over 150 kids that participated this year.  Hopefully the camp will start a cycle for newcomers to El Grupo.  Many of our team members in the senior programs of BikePacking… Read more »

Summer Bike Camp week 3

A new week and the promise of slightly cooler weather await.   I’m looking forward to our last week of Summer Bike Camp.   Working with our team members in their junior counselor roles has been rewarding.   Let’s finish off with great energy and enthusiasm that El Grupo is renowned for. Body Work sessions with Coach Daniela… Read more »

Summer Bike Camp Continues

We had a fantastic Week 1 of Summer Bike Camp with incredible experiences for the kids, the staff and of course our Team El Grupo members acting as junior counselors.  Week 2 promises much of the same.  We will meet Monday at 6:45am for the extra preparation entailed in welcoming all the new faces for… Read more »

June will be a busy month as Summer Bike Camp is starting.  This important program serves many purposes.  It primarily is a great service to the community as families need a place to keep kids engaged and occupied while school is out.  Our camp once again is sold out and the popularity is only growing. … Read more »