Hi All:
Below is the updated holiday ride schedule for 12/21/18 to 1/6/19.  PLEASE check the blog for updates regarding the holiday ride schedule.  Morgan and Lynn will participate in rides as their schedule permits.  For those who did not respond but routinely ride on Saturday, please continue as your schedule permits.
Thank you!
12/22 – Road ride – Shootout with Box Canyon, 110-mile ride.  Depart from the clubhouse at 7:30am and back by 2pm.  Box Canyon is only for kids who do the Big Boy shootout.
OMSO with Gates Pass.  Depart clubhouse at 7:15am
Coaches: Ignacio, Ben, David, Ron, Michelle H. and Chuck H.
12/22 – Road ride – B and C groups – depart clubhouse at 8am and back by noon.
Coaches: Keenan, Jane, Pam, Ali, Steve, Natalie
12/23 – MTB/Gravel ride – Patagonia.  ALL riders depart the clubhouse in vans at 8am and arriving in Patagonia at 9:30am.
Two distances: 50 miles and 80 miles – all riders depart at 10 am.
50 milers back to van by 2pm and clubhouse by 4pm.
Coaches: Steve, Ali, Richard
80 milers back to van by 4pm and back to clubhouse by 5:30pm.
Coaches: Ignacio, Ben, Keenan, Lynn
Van drivers: Ignacio, Richard, Lynn, Steve, Ali
12/24 and 12/25 – NO RIDES.
12/26 – MTB ride – Hopkins; 2 start locations:
1.  Leave clubhouse on bikes at 8:30am – ride to Hopkins up and down back to vans at base by 1pm.
Coaches: Ignacio, Ben, Keenan, Ignacio, Lynn?
2.  Leave clubhouse in vans at 9:30am and drive to base of Hopkins.  Butts on bike by 10:30am, back to vans at base by 1pm.
Coaches: Daniela, David, Nick, Steve?
Van drivers: Daniela, David, Steve?
12/27 – MTB ride – AZT starting near Gabe Zimmerman trail.
Leave clubhouse in vans at 8am.  Butts on bikes by 9am and finish by 2pm.  Back to clubhouse by 3pm.
Coaches: Ignacio, Ben, Keenan, Richard, Sarah J., Jake, Nick, James?
Van drivers: Ignacio, Richard, Ben
            Road ride – Route TBD
Coaches: Keenan,
12/28 – Road ride – Leave clubhouse at 8:30am and return by 11:30am.
Coaches: Ignacio, Ben, Keenan, Jane, Nick, Ron?
12/29 – Road ride – Standard OMSO, B and C rides with extra miles.
Coaches: Ignacio, Ben, Keenan, David, Ron, Michelle and Chuck H.
            B and C ride
Coaches: Ali, Pam, Natalie, Jane?
12/30 – MTB/Gravel ride – Ruby Road.  
Leave clubhouse in vans at 8am.  Arrive to Pena Blanca Lake by 9:30am and butts on bikes by 10am.  Ride time is 5 hours.Out and back so riders in back will turn around if needed so ALL riders arrive back to vans around the same time.
Coaches: Ignacio, Ben, Keenan, Daniela, Nick, David?
Van drivers (4): Ignacio, Daniela
12/31 – NO RIDES.
1/1/2019 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!
1/1 – Road ride – Kitt Peak; 2 start locations:
1.  Leave clubhouse on bikes at 8:30am and back to vans at 2pm in Three Points, 6-hour ride.  Back to clubhouse by 3pm.
Coaches: Keenan, Ron, David, Nick
2.  Leave clubhouse in vans at 8:30am and drive to Three Points.  Butts on bikes by 9:30am and back to vans in Three Points, 50-mile ride.  Back to clubhouse by 3pm.
Coaches: Ali, Daniela, Ben, Jane, Ignacio
Van drivers: Ali, Daniela, Ben, Ignacio
1/2 and 1/3 – MTB ride – 24 HOP Campout.
Leave clubhouse in vans at 9am on 1/2.  Depart 24 HOP at 2pm and back to clubhouse by 4pm on 1/3.
Morgan will be riding with the road bike kids on these days.
Coaches: Ignacio, Ben, Keenan, Colin, Pam, Lynn, Daniela, Richard
Van drivers: Ignacio, Pam, Daniela, Richard
1/4 – NO RIDES
1/5 – Road ride – OMSO, B and C rides.
Coaches: Ignacio, Ben, Keenan, Colin, Michelle and Chuck H.
1/6 – Road ride – Parker Canyon Lake.
Leave clubhouse in vans at 8am.  Arrive in Sonoita at 9am and butts on bikes by 10am.
This is a 60-mile ride with plenty of elevation.  Most riders will complete in 4 hours – back to vans by 2pm and to clubhouse by 3:30pm.
One van may stay longer if needed.
Coaches: Ignacio, Ben, Keenan, Jane, Ron, Daniela, Nick, Michelle and Chuck H., Steve?
Van drivers: Ignacio, Ben, Daniela

Week 4

I want to THANK Joel Biederman for taking out Elliot, Leo, Thomas, Axel and Luci to the trail building event on Saturday. Thank you all for taking the time to make our trails better.


In fact we are all going to follow suit and on our first day off of school we are going to give back before we ride all over. So on Friday of this week we are going to work the new trail out at Painted Hills. We are going to ride this trail a lot in the coming months as an alternative to always going to Starr Pass. So lets do a good job and build something we love.


I know this week for many of you is Finals week. School comes first so please keep that at priority. However we also know via many academic studies that exercise helps stimulate the brain so that it can learn and remember. So I do hope to see you all when you can make is this week.


This week will be more of the same good old fun.



However once the weekend hits I truly hope to have amazing attendance for our Winter Base Training Camp. I know many of you are traveling around, however as selfish coach I want you all on hand for these beautiful and big rides.


Training plan


Tuesday– Endurance road ride for all with Rollers and Cross Training


Wednesday– 3:45 Road and MTB options just as last week

4:30 MTB option only except for Isaac


Thursday– 4:30 only. Middle schoolers MTB

High Schoolers– Road


Friday– Trail Build day. I will confirm start times and other information


Saturday– B and C team Rides– 8 am start

Old Man with Gates– 7:15 start

Big Kid with Box– 7:30 start


Sunday– Patagonia Adventure ride


**A sub-set of riders will be going with Coach Colin and Daniela on this 3-day BikePacking trip Friday – Sunday:

Interested in doing something like this, too? We hope to do more of this with more Grupo riders when possible.

Weekend Update

Saturday– 7:15 am Old Man Shoot Out. Please be ready for Gates afterwards

7:30 Big Kid Shoot Out with Gates as well.

8 am B team ride will be joined by the C team riders and coaches.

8 am Trail Builders– Elliot, Leo, and Thomas will meet the Biedermans to drive to the trail to help.



Sunday– Three rides.

8 am Valley Riders will head out for a 4 hour ride.

8 am — Sam Bevier, Max Bevier, Myles will head to Mt Lemmon to ride Bugs and more. This will be a five hour adventure.

8 am– All other riders will ride to Sweetwater via the road. So it will be a four hour adventure.


Please everyone bring plenty of snacks this weekend.

Week 3

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Call out for Youth Board Members 2019

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Sunday MTB and road and Family Party

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Week 2

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I very much apologize for the confusion. Really all my fault.   Yes there is a ride and it starts at 8am.   Have fun with the amazing coaches that are so excited to ride with you all.

Weekend Update

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A New year begins this week

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