This weekend’s Mt Lemmon TT

We want to bring you all up to speed as best we can with what is going on this coming weekend. On Saturday, there will be the Old Man Shoot Out leaving at 5:45am. IF YOU WANT TO GO, great, see you then. If you don’t, no problem. There will be no C ride (unless anyone else says differently.) There will also be an introductory “trainer” session for new riders at 10am at the clubhouse if anyone wants to come help with that and meet them.

Sunday is the Mount Lemmon Time Trial that this year will be 0-9.1 miles up the mountain. In the past several years the race has been to mile post 12 at Bear Canyon, but it has been changed back to 9 this year due to some nesting owls. Just the same, it will serve as a fun challenge for all of us to either make it to milepost 9 for the first time ever or make it there as fast as you ever have.

Registration is done the day before the event (as is customary for this race) and the order in which you sign up has been the order in which you start (with 30 second intervals in between each rider). Here is how we would like to do this. Ignacio/Other volunteers would like to go to Velo Specialties early (opens at 9am) to register all the El Grupo riders in the order that we have determined, that we think will help keep it fun for everyone…someone to keep away and someone to chase. He has all of your licenses. but will need everyone to sign a race waiver form TODAY at practice or get it to us by Saturday. Here is a link to the form.

We cannot tell you exactly what time we are meeting on Sunday until we know our TT start times, which will be determined at registration on Saturday. We will be driving out there to save time, energy and speed. More details can only be posted on Saturday when we know more. However, if you know you can have your bike with you and can go directly from home, there will be no need to go to the clubhouse first, for some. Others will leave from the clubhouse.

FINALLY, Everyone is invited back to our house for brunch! We will all help out and enjoy one another’s company making and eating pancakes and egg burros. If you want to contribute some fruit, that would be fantastic!

Eating for Energy Lecture

ReActivate is hosting a lecture next Wednesday, May 18th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at its store location at Campbell & Glenn. Here is what they say about it. This could be a cool opportunity to learn more about fueling your body correctly to be the athletes that you all are and want to be.

Come join us for a FREE Lecture on Eating for Energy.

You will learn what foods are best to eat to increase your energy from Pamela Ridgway, Certified Health Coach.

Refreshments served compliments of ReActivate!

Plus enjoy ReActivate’s exclusive buy one, get 2nd 50% off for attending the event.  (2nd item must be equal or lesser value)
ReActivate is a proud supporter of El Grupo and a great new energy in the community. Ignacio and I will be out of town next week, but it would be great for others to attend and report back, if possible.

Reactivate – New & Used Activewear
2782 N. Campbell Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719

Mark Mandel completes the AZ Perimeter Ride with a new record!

A small group of friends and El Grupo greet Mark Mandel and his crew(including our Alex!) in the parking lot of the Green Valley Post Office as he completes his Arizona Perimeter Ride at 4:03 p.m. on Sunday, 5/8/11. He shatters the old record of over 9 days and 10 hours by a full day, completing the ride in 8 days. Mark graciously raised funds for El Grupo Youth Cycling that will allow 12 El Grupo youth riders to attend a one week extensive cycling training at Ft. Lewis College in Durango, Colorado at the end of July 2011. Thank you, Mark. We are very grateful to you as well as your beautiful wife, Laura for your amazing support of El Grupo.
To see the photo album on Facebook: HERE

This just in

On Friday GABA held its annual Mt. Lemmon hill climb. It’s the best day of the year to ride up the mountain as they have fabulous sage stops the whole way up and tons of people are out. So I went up and rode this Richard and Nathan, while David and Sabina went out for… Read more »

Sunday Momday Ride

We are riding up Mt Lemmon tomorrow morning (Sunday) leaving the clubhouse at 6:30am to try to beat the heat. We will ride to the base together, and then everyone will get to go at their own pace for an hour, and then all return together. Instead of going to Bobo’s, which takes a lot… Read more »

New Rider Orientation

This message is to all of those who have recently (within the past 4 months!) expressed interest and potentially have interest in possibly joining El Grupo. We are going to begin new rider orientation in ONE WEEK on Tuesday, May 10th with a brief meeting with the leaders. You will meet with myself, the director,… Read more »

Heads up for Durango

I want to make sure that everyone is clear about El Grupo going up to Durango, Colorado to do a week long mountain bike development camp at Fort Lewis College. We had an absolute blast with this last year, and are truly looking forward to it again. We also received tremendous feedback on how last… Read more »

Tour of the Gila Wrap Up

We are all home now, and I am still feeling the after shocks. This truly was the hardest, greatest, bike race we have ever entered. I can’t wait to come back next year. That’s right I want this to become a staple on the El Grupo Calender. This race is just plain awesome, and we… Read more »

Mark Mandel’s quest for the AZ perimeter record!

Here is more info on the ride that Mark will be doing and dedicating to El Grupo. Thanks to Mark for coming over to Nathan’s birthday party, for wearing your new El Grupo jersey proud, and for setting such an amazing example of enthusiasm, dedication, and determination for our El Grupo youth. “A week from… Read more »