Winter Break Ride Options

Thank goodness the rain came.


I was really excited to complete the Tour of the Home Country and to ride home from Parker Canyon Lake, but ultimately I think we made the right choice.


Packing up tents in the rain is never fun and we had two beautiful days to remember.


I want to thank all of the volunteers who came out to support and help the team. We absolutely could not do it with out you.

Ray Ramos, Joel Biederman, Lynn Hudson, Daniela, PNut and JC, Mark Miller


Since we had to come home a day earlier that has thrown a wrench into how I had the next two weeks planned out.


So here is what I am thinking for the next two weeks and I am going to need help, so please let me know if you might be available.


Thursday December 29th– Road Ride leaving the clubhouse. 8am start


Saturday December 31st– Shoot Out Plus

7:15 am Old Man

7:30 am Big Boy and B Team ride


Sunday January 1st–Mt Hopkins. I will post logistics for this ride later. But safe to say its an all day adventure.


Tuesday January 3rd– Road Ride leaving the clubhouse at 8am


Wednesday January 4th– Honey Bee MTB. Leaving the clubhouse in vans at 7:30am.


Thursday January 5th– Mt Lemmon. 8am departing clubhouse and riding an appropriate amount. Not to the top.


Saturday January 7th– Shoot Out Plus and B Team Rides.


Sunday January 8th– Gravel Ride.

Winter Break Week 1

Happy Holidays to all.


Thank you for your patience, kindness and support over this past year. I am blessed to have you all in the El Grupo family and I thank you for the opportunity.


I am just returning from my first round of Parent — Rider meetings today, and thus the late post.


If you would like to sign up for a meeting here is the link:


Looking ahead we have some really fun opportunities over the next few weeks.


These next three weeks will finish out our base period for the Spring Race season, I am hoping that everyone is able to put in some big hours (for them) 0ver their holiday weeks.


This week Training Plan has two options.


If you are still in school then there will be regular after school practice this week.


Tuesday– Tumamoc. Please dress appropriately.


Wednesday– 2:30 Road ride.

NO 4:30pm ride.


Thursday– NO RIDE. Open Shop Hours. If you are going to be riding your gravel bike this break, then I want to see you getting it fixed up. I will be around to help after school.


Friday– Open Shop Hours. I will be around from 11-4pm.


Saturday– Shoot Out. If you have been on this ride before then you are welcomed and encouraged to come on out again. I know it is Christmas Eve and I respect all families who wish to make it a very special day….. with maybe no bikes.



For those not in school : 


Tuesday 20th– Honey Bee MTB 
Depart clubhouse at 9am. 
At Trailhead at 10am. 
Ride until 2pm. 
Arrive back at clubhouse at 3pm. 
I have adjusted the times for Patagonia day. I moved everything to an hour earlier. 
Wednesday 21st– Patagonia Gravel 
Depart at 8am. 
In Patagonia at 9:30am. 
Ride from 10am to 2pm. 
Arrive back to clubhouse at 4:30pm. 
Thursday 22nd– In Town Road Ride
Depart at 9am 
Ride until 1pm. 
Back at clubhouse at 1pm. 


Sunday 18th– 24 Hour Course Recon. 
Depart clubhouse at 9am. 
At trailhead by 10:30. 
Ride from 11am to 3pm. 
Arrive back to clubhouse by 4pm ish. 
I recommend that you drive out in warm clothes and that you change into your cycling clothes upon arrival.
That way when you finish your second lap out there you can change back into your warm clothes and have a pleasant drive back.
Please pack plenty of food to be out for the whole day as well.
Most importantly let us all THANK COACHES DAVID AND MARK MILLER for taking this crew out.

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Weekend Update

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Here we go

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