June 1st news

June is here and with it our new cautious push to resume responsible group training.  Sign ups for practices are going well and we’d like for them to continue so we have a preview on how to proceed with smaller groupings.  Here are the overview and sign ups for June;




Arizona is in Phase 1 of re-opening and we must continue to be vigilant and ask that we keep that distancing and mask wearing, especially as we re-group at trailheads and meet place.  Here is El Grupo’s guidelines and request that you’re all familiar with our expectations for all athletes, coaches, volunteers, and parents.




Our MayDay! TT was a great success.  The course was tough and needed careful tactics to negotiate its features.  We certainly will entertain another run at this course later this fall, perhaps when everyone has their super ‘NICA’ form!!  Here’s the results if you missed them.


MayDay!  TT Results



Sam Averill –              21:56

Jim Averill-                20:54

Ken Clark-                 22:46

Joel Biederman-         18:01

Axel Biederman-        17:06

Damiano de Rosales- 18:36

Izaac Adams-             17:25

Elliot Semonsky-       17:35

Simon Clark-             22:01

Sawyer Campion-      21:10

Reece Culliney-         19:12

Harper Culliney-        27:58

Taryn Ringler-           26:51

Steve Bohn-               24:41

Kaileen Williams-      20:40

Jeff Christiansen-       19:21



I’m looking forward to a little dirt action tomorrow!!

June Practices and last chance for MayDay TT sign up

May has seemingly flown by despite having the pandemic slowing most daily functions.  Team El Grupo  carefully started programming with multiple interval workouts.  These were designed with limited numbers to adhere to cautious distancing protocols.  I’d like to thank all riders, coaches and volunteers for making the month enjoyable despite the challenges.


We will culminate the month with Sunday’s MayDay! Time Trial.  Sign ups are still open and we need more participants!  Here is the sign up Genius for the TT.  Get ‘er done team!




Arizona now is now considered in Phase 1 of re-opening and Team El Grupo will like to commence regular June practices, albeit with continued social distancing strategies.  Ride routes, start times and locations are now posted in a new sign up Genius.  Attendance is no longer limited to a few spots, so make sure you show up to as many practices as possible.  We will mix dirt and road training in the leadup to our next event; the RambleUp Reddington Hill Climb on Father’s Day June 21.  This is a 4 mile ascent up beautiful the switchback dirt road.  A communiqué outlining our Team El Grupo group ride policy will be sent soon.


June sign up for both athletes and volunteer coaches here;




Here is the RambleUp Reddington course;




Here is the training plan for the rest of non practice days.


June programming;



Mon June 1- 1.5 hours easy

Tues June 2- 2.5hours endurance mtb – (Starr Pass)

Wed June 3- Shortrack practice-  (36th street)

Thur June 4- 2 hours with 5×3 minute zone 5 (Trail’s End)

Fri June 5- Rest

Sat June 6- 3 hours endurance road ride.  (Gates/McCain Loop/Coyote Pass)

Sun June 7-4 hours road endurance

Mon June 8- 1 hour easy

Tue June 9- 2.5 endurance mtb- (Sweetwater)

Wed June 10- Shortrack practice (36th street)

Thur June 11-2 hours with 5×4 minute zone 5 (Trail’s End)

Fri June 12- Rest

Sat June 13- 3.5 hours endurance gravel (Gates/Hohokam/GoldenGate)

Sun June 14-2.5 hours 2x TT course recon (20 minutes rest between reps)

Mon June 15-Rest

Tues June 16-4 hours endurance road (Big Square)

Wed June 17- Shortrack practice (36th street)

Thu June 18- Rest

Fri June 19-2 hours with 3x one minute openers

Sat June 20-1 hour easy




I really look forward to riding with all of you and advancing the program forward with these early morning regular practices.



MayDay TT sign up and practice news

MayDay TT sign up now open!


The coaches and I have really enjoyed the interval practice sessions so far.  Riders are keen to work hard and to see their teammates, even through our masks!  I know the sessions are all booked up online, but there’s always a last second cancellation or two.  If you’re interested in coming out, please do so.  We have plenty of space.


Here are the remaining practice interval sessions;




The MayDay TT is approaching.  This is a fun event to give you another opportunity to practice a race day scenario.  I know there’s a wide range of fitness levels right now.  That is OK!  The goal is not necessarily to win or set new power numbers, but to have fun, see your teammates and get that time trial practice.  Here is the sign up.  Notice we also have volunteer sign ups as well for parents or coaches out there!  If there are non team members who’d like to do the tt, there’s a few spots for you too.  First come first served.  Choose your own start time too!  We will start at 7am from Robins K-8 school.  Here is the course;




Here is the Time Trial and volunteer sign up!




Look forward to seeing everyone out there!



Cycling; Still the Greatest

My one to one rides are coming to a close and I want to wish everyone that signed up a big thank you.  It was a pleasure riding and getting to know each of you better.  We are halfway through May and are getting closer to the MayDay! TT at the end of the month. … Read more »

MayDay! TT

MayDay TT (May 31st)     It’s been awesome to get to ride with most of you the past couple of weeks.  You’re all clearly still in decent shape despite the lack of team practices so I say, great job.  We want to have some fun this month and put together a practice time trial… Read more »

One on one with Coach Gord

Private rides.   Team El Grupo and parents;   I really enjoyed meeting the team via Google Meet last week.  It’s clear that Covid-19 closures are affecting all of us to some degree.  During these unique times, I’ve been regularly riding outside and have noticed that ridership is on the rise with a majority of… Read more »

Team El Grupo Big Gear work

It’s been great to meet everyone albeit electronically the past few days. I think what’s clear is that everyone is missing their Team El Grupo friends both on and off the bike. We will try and get a meeting with everyone on the same call soon so that we can compare our covid-hair and get… Read more »

Team El Grupo quarantine workout

Hey there Team El Grupo riders! I hope the pandemic doesn’t have you too bored and inactive. We are lucky to be in a part of the world that still allows outside activity, albeit with very smart distancing and safety practices. I sent out an email last week that possibly didn’t reach all of you…. Read more »

Quarantine Video #3

Hey y’all! We’ve been slacking on the videos. SO here is the next one. There workout is below. Thanks to Dani for coming up with workouts for everyone! We hope everyone is remaining safe through this quarantine and that we get to see each other soon. 4x through each section of three exercises before moving… Read more »

Clubhouse Access

Hey All, Per the State of Arizona and Governor Doug Ducey, Arizona is going to be shut down through the end of the month. Because el Grupo is not an essential business, this means us. We’ll continue to post online content (workouts, funny videos, etc…) but access to the clubhouse stops at the end of… Read more »