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.

Post NICA First race

Hey! Great Job to everyone this weekend. Thanks to all the parents and kids who showed up and helped us out. It went incredibly smoothly.

Here is this weeks riding schedule:


4:30pm MTB – KOM Hunting on trail


3:45pm road – Endurance

4:30pm road – Endurance


4:30pm MTB – Short track races


Road ride – Arrive 30 minutes before your ride. Clubhouse will be open at 5:45am earliest

Big Boy – leaves at 6:30am – Quinn, Myles, Izaac, Jesus, Oliver, Ben, Max, Sam…


B/C Ride – Everyone else – 6:30am meet, 7:00am leave


MTB Ride- Endurance – 6:30am meet, 7:00am leave – back by 9:30am



All riders not on the El Grupo Composite team (you are on this team unless you go to Tucson High School or Catalina Foothils):

YOU can wear el Grupo team shorts. You do not need to wear black logo-less shorts.

ALL OTHERS: Tucson High and Catalina Foothills riders – you must wear all black logo-less shorts/bibs.

If you do not have these, please grab some at the clubhouse before you leave for your race. Also, please ask Max or I for a NICA-specific team jersey if you do not have one.


Thanks all, and see you soon!

NICA Packing List.

NICA Packing list Riding Gear:  2 bibs or shorts 2 Jerseys (one HAS to be the team specific NICA jersey) 1 pair of gloves  1 pair of arm warmers  1 vest  1 pair of sunglasses  2 water bottles  2 spare tubes  1 multitool  1 inflation device  Helmet  Riding shoes Normal Clothes 3 socks 1 team… 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 »

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… Read more »

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 »