Cyclovia Help – Sunday!

As many of you know (or now do), Daniela is the Event Coordinator for Cyclovia Tucson again this year, which will be March 27th – this coming Sunday – from 10am to 3pm. It is a huge community event that El Grupo should and will have a presence at out doing outreach. There are a few options for helping out, but the idea is that EVERYONE helps out a little bit. The event will also be pretty darn cool with over 5 miles of car-free streets to cruise and check out activities for all ages, so don’t miss it.

First, I will have postcards, posters, and (if you want them) lawn signs at practice tomorrow for you all to take to your schools, hand out to friends, family members, etc to encourage to come out to enjoy Cyclovia.

Second, if anyone has some extra time on Thursday, Friday and/or Saturday, I will need help delivering some materials to residences and placing them on cars along the route (reminding folks not to park on the route). Please let me know if you can help with this.

Third, El Grupo will be leading a Kids Bicycle Obstacle Course and Free Helmet Giveaway at Santa Rosa Park during Cyclovia from 10am – 12. Ignacio will have all Pima County materials and bikes out there, but would like for 5 volunteers for setup at 9:30am. Those folks can remain until 11am, at which time another 5 should help for the second hour and breakdown.

Fourth, I need 5 volunteers to help with earlier morning tasks from 7:30am – 10am. You will be personally assisting me and the other Cyclovia “staff” to do things such as hang up banners, move barricades, set up tables/chairs, distribute materials, taste test food vendors (maybe?!), and lots of riding along the route to get this all done. I need those of you who will come raring to ride your bike fast and stop a lot to get things done and then ride fast again, as a lot needs to happen in that time to make sure Cyclovia is all set up. You will earn a Cyclovia volunteer t-shirt, too!

Finally, I want ALL OF YOU to come out to enjoy Cyclovia AND bring someone who does not ride a bicycle as often as you do to join you. For example, maybe a parent, sibling, neighbor, friend, classmate, etc could really benefit from getting to ride a bike down a street with lots of other people enjoying bikes (and walking, rolling, skating) simply because they don’t have to worry about cars for the day.

Oh, and wear your El Grupo tshirts (or ASK for one if you don’t have one yet!)

Let me know if you have questions – and if you are so inclined to go beyond the suggestions I have above for helping, you could also sign up to volunteer at an intersection for the event, as well (but more suggested for adults than youth.)


And last but not least: there will be a TEAM MEETING next Wednesday, March 30th AFTER PRACTICE (6pm) for riders and parents. We need to check in on several things, such as upcoming outreach events, bike races, bike tours, etc. There will be food, too. This is MANDATORY!

TBC Recap

Congratulations and Thank you’s are first.

Thank you to all the parents who support and encourage their kids and supply them with the love they need to compete as hard as they do. Thank you to all the parents who came out and volunteered at the event, then stuck around and fed and cheered on the team. Thank you for all your support and belief in this team.

Thank you to all the coaches and super volunteers. Christian, Nippy, Brian, Colin this team would absolutely not tick without you. You are all essential pieces to the puzzle that allows this team to work. THANK YOU!

Congratulations to all the riders. Never have we had so many enter this event and never have we been so successful.

I could run down the list and give a roll call of all our first, seconds, and thirds. But you all know that has never been the greatest motivation of this team. Now don’t get me wrong,  I am immensely proud of some of the results that we posted this weekend, however my pride is no different for the first place as it is for the first timer.

The stories that make me happiest are stories that are years in the making. The stories about the kids that for years got last place in every race they did, BUT continued to work hard day in and day out and then get their moment to succeed and accomplish a goal that they dreamed about years ago. I saw that happen twice over this weekend and I hope it is a story I get to tell many times over about many great kids.

Donovan and Nathan for years have been the punching bags at races. Consistently, last year, they got last or next to last in just about every race they did. When I met the two of them I never thought either of them would turn into good bike racers. Boy o’ boy was I ever wrong! And now they have the great story to tell me how wrong I was. Donovan in two years and Nathan in one year have gone from the “also rans” (last placers) to One — Two. They have done it by hardly ever missing practice, working their butts off at all times, and believing in the system we have. The boys, as teammates and best friends, rode away from the competition on the last day.

We also took some last places as a team this weekend, and now I know that is where I should start looking for my future A team. Dream big and never stop working toward your goals.

Congratulations to all riders.

Logan you battled some of the best in the southwest and Northern Mexico. 3rd in the road race and 4th over all. A great result in by far the hardest junior race in the field. I imagine this will make you even hungrier and I know it will, but I will not tell the competition. I will let them find out soon enough.

Lizzy you keep looking for the challenge and always rise to it. 1st in your age group and would have been top 10 in the 4’s.

Tyler 4th over all in your first bike race. Lessons were learned and hunger to continue gained.

Sam and David don’t ever forget the story I just told. I will see you on my A team in no time, no doubt. You rode with heart.

Ben you are no different. After a month of training to have the courage to race and push is exactly the attitude that has made this team. You are a member through and through.

Newgan you really stepped up. By practicing the way you want to race you were able to step up and ride harder and faster than you ever have. On the third day, to watch you ride away off the front of the second group and never look back was truly great.

D-son you learned much. There is more to learn . You have strength; you shall gain more courage.  (A wheel in the back is a wheel I will hit.) Proud we are of you.  I expect you to be on the A team next year.

Emily and Jade thanks for making sure we all understand what it means to be a team. You girls stuck together all weekend and made sure you not only finished but rode the most miles you ever have in a three day period. Thanks ladies!

Lauren, Alex and Richard. Thanks for being great role models for the team. You raced as dedicated teammates. Thanks for bringing so much respect to the team colors.

THANK YOU DANIELA AND DAMIANO. I am the most fortunate man in town and your love gives me the energy to do it all.



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