Due to rain, we will cancel tonight’s practice. Good luck to all racing this weekend at the MBAA and hopefully see the rest of you Saturday for Cara’s Ride, Allison leading the Old Man Shootout group and Gord for the Big Boy Shootout.
We had great participation in our latest Team and BikePacking tryouts this past weekend with 14 motivated athletes attending. There’s always a wide range of experience and ability levels but with all coaches on deck, we managed things very well. Friday night was our meet and greet along with PowerPoint overview of both programs.
Many athletes had never ridden a road bike so we spent a good portion of Saturday demonstrating the mechanics like braking and shifting. After matching athletes with suitable bikes from our bike library (thanks again all donors for their continued generosity) we took them to a nearby grassy park for extensive bike handling drills.
Sunday we applied all lessons together and enjoyed a 15 mile group ride. We communicated very well and enjoyed riding safely until our favourite climb where we took the governor off and let them hammer to the top.
Very pleased to hear that perhaps there’s about an even split in interest in the BikePacking and Team programs.
The coaching staff will be reaching out to families as early as tomorrow to go over what next steps need to be taken. Again we want to thank all who showed up and pushed their limitations!
For existing team members, note that this weekend is the next MBAA race at Estrella Park up in Phoenix. Team members look to take on the challenging course which draws favourable comparisons to our ‘homecourt’ trails at Starr Pass. Ignacio will be captaining this project so please contact him for more details.
For those not traveling to race, we still are leading various rides this Saturday. Coaches will cover the popular Cara’s ride, Old Man Shootout and the Big Boy Shootout. Attendance has been waning Saturday a bit so we’d like to encourage everyone to try and come out. It’s rewarding to have such a great ride over with before noon and you can spend the rest of the day with family. Here are this week’s practices;
Reports from the Phoenix MBAA this past weekend were very positive, with great, safe racing and encouraging signs that more races are scheduled to take place. This comes as great news as another recent casualty of the covid crisis is the beloved 24 Hours of Old Pueblo. Results include both Taryn and Damiano winning their… Read more »
Happy New Year everyone! Like my household, most of you are back at school so this week’s practice schedule is lighter to allow all of you to get back in the swing of scholastic endeavours. I’m hoping this new year will bring with it new challenges and we hope that you incorporate as much practice… Read more »
I apologize for this late notice. I do not have access to my car tomorrow, so I am unable to get out there. If you already planned on heading out there, I very much encourage you to do so. It is a great network of trails. They are fast and flowy and lack… Read more »
I trust that everyone is enjoying the holiday season. We will continue with morning programming this week and have some different options available so check with the signup Genius for the new schedule at the bottom of this post. Firstly, another reminder that the weather is wide varying in winter so being prepared with adequate… Read more »
Happy Holidays. I hope this finds everyone enjoying time with their family while staying healthy and safe. I want to thank everyone for my present of being able to do what I love with the group of young people that I admire so much. It has been a joy to be able to come… Read more »
It was fun hearing the preliminary war stories from the gravel grinder trip this weekend. Sounds like fun and challenging times were had by all. Thanks to the Cross, Diamente and Lewis family for all their hard work to help make it a success. Congrats everyone. Gravel bikes have evolved from the cyclo-cross world. … Read more »
Apologies for the late Monday night post. We had a safe and successful Swap Meet on Sunday that raised the organization close to three thousand dollars. Plans are afoot to possibly have another one in the spring if the traditional GABA event isn’t happening. El Grupo wishes the team the best of luck with your… Read more »