Practice Resumption… with some modifications

I hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July weekend.  We will slowly open up practices again but with even more emphasis on distancing and safety then we’ve previously adhered to.


That said, on Tuesday we will restart cross training at Oury St. park, but we will divide the groups into two age groups.  Group 1 at 4pm will be riders of middle school and entering freshman high school years.  Group 2 at 5pm will be sophomore and older.  We will meet directly at the park.  Make sure you bring a towel, sneakers, water bottle, extra gallon of water if possible and those killer attitudes you showed the first session.  Thanks to Ignacio for spearheading these practices both on Tuesday and Thursday.  If one session is easier to attend then the other time slot, just let us know and we can accommodate.


Wednesday we’ll meet at the clubhouse and leave at 6am for some shortrack at 36th street trails.  We will limit the indoor time as much as possible so get in, get your bike ready and wait as soon as possible outside for the ride to start.


Here are the revised Sign ups for this week; scroll down for July 6-11.


Practices cancelled this week.

With statewide Covid-19 cases continuing to climb and coinciding with Governor Ducey’s most recent decisions to roll back closures, team El Grupo has decided to close the clubhouse and postpone practices this week and will assess resuming normal hours and programming on a week to week basis.



I hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day Weekend.  We held a fun event up Redington Pass.  Along with the Trail’s End TT, we can re-visit this course later in the year in a different phase of fitness/training.  Here are the results;


Oliver 29:35

Sam    30:57

Jeff     30:58

Kaiden 34:20

Thorsten 36:07

Sawyer 37:12

Simon   37:35

James    37:35

Ken       38:42

Chris     39:55

Taryn    39:55

Steve    39:59


Thank you to all team El Grupo riders for their hard work and welcoming attitudes to me as I’m learning the team culture and how to mountain bike again.  Attendance is increasing at practices which is fantastic, however again it must be said that with covid related cases back on the rise in Arizona, that we remain vigilant with our mask/distancing protocols.  Mask up continues for inside clubhouse, and re-groupings on trails and roads.


As we look forward to a possible NICA season, we plan on re-setting and addressing fundamentals.  We will start a progression with September in mind, and also getting our newcomers a chance to adapt to the exciting challenge of stepping up to Team El Grupo.


Also to note are some fun cross training nights.  I’m looking forward to these as I’ve heard great things about these sessions.  Please ensure for these practices that you bring sneakers, a towel, water bottle and a supplemental gallon jug of water.


Lastly, nearing the end of July we will host a couple of ‘bucket list’ level rides of Box Canyon (thanks for the suggestion Elliot) and Mount Lemmon.


Here is the latest sign up Genius for practices for riders and volunteers;





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