Summer’s Here!

Happy Memorial Day!  Most students are now on summer break and I hope you all enjoyed your first weekend free of homework.  Most practices will begin in the morning to avoid the rising temperatures.  Keep an eye on the signup genius for practice times linked below.

We have a busy week ahead of us.  Summer Bike Camp staff trainings are this week on Tuesday and Thursday from 1-3pm.  Note that all of you must attend one of these sessions.

After a year delay due to the pandemic, we finally get a chance to celebrate riders that have graduated in the past year and a half.  This is all happening at the clubhouse on Thursday, June 3rd.   Current team members, graduates and families alike are invited to bring either dinner to keep within their family units or to share pot luck style.  We will have beverages and surely a tale or two of our departing members.  Should be fun.

Next week starts first week of Summer Bike Camp.  This popular program is back after a year hiatus and the demand continues to be high as all spots are full.  Practices will be simply cross trainings from 6am to 6:45am Tuesdays and Thursdays before the Camp day starts.  Look for Saturday to remain unchanged, however.

We will also be holding a meeting for all new families who have kids joining one of our teams for the NICA season.  We have three teams competing representing Tucson High School, Catalina Foothills HS and an El Grupo Composite team that will comprise of individual riders whose schools don’t field a team.  This meeting will be Friday June 4th at 6pm at the clubhouse.

Here is the practice schedule, as well as other pertinent times for the next few weeks.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904054DADA72CA3FC1-may31june

 

 

Summer Camp, NICA on the horizon.

Thanks for all those that attended our little garage sale.  We were able to tidy up around the clubhouse and unload some great items that we just can’t use with the team.  We continue to rely on the generosity of the Tucson (and beyond) cycling community which is responsible for almost 90% of the bikes and clothing we use.   The proceeds of the sale go directly into team programming and will benefit the team greatly as summer commences.

This week is the last week for after school practices.  We hope everyone is excited to finish off the school year strong.   Summer means that Bike Camp is fast approaching and everyone is tasked with staffing this incredible initiative.  Don’t forget that there’s an obligatory staff training session either on the 1st or 3rd of June.  Pick whichever is most convenient for you.

We would like to invite all current team members to congratulate our graduating riders.   The celebration is on the 3rd of June from 6-8pm at the clubhouse.   Some graduates came through our Grupito program and up through Team Grupo.  A special mention to Eve Yockey who was even part of the very first Grupito class!  We hope that the bike will always serve an important role for our graduates as they enter new chapters of their lives.

Optimism is high that racing will pick back up throughout the summer and fall seasons.  A big casualty for us as an organization last fall was the cancellation of the interscholastic race season known widely as NICA.  This past weekend I attended the newly re-branded Arizona Cycling Association summit for team leaders.  Many topics were discussed and there’s confidence that NICA racing will resume this September.  It was amazing to see the scope and reach of the league.  I was especially happy to meet an old racing colleague, Scott Nydam who now is the president of the Silver Stallion non profit at www.bicyclecoffee.org

 

We expect that all team members will be excited and will register to race NICA this fall.  This is the very best and fun entry into team oriented racing.  Look for a special NICA meeting for all team members and parents in the coming weeks.  We want to continue a tremendous tradition of success and camaraderie that the NICA race season uniquely offers.

Practices are going well and we still would like to see continued and improved attendance from team members and volunteers.  Saturday in particular was well attended and a shout out to Axel Biederman for winning his first bigboy Shootout after a great leadout from Myles (who won the week before!!).

Here is this week’s practice;

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904054dada72ca3fc1-may1730

I hope everyone had a nice off week and have your schoolwork where you want it.  We will resume practices this week as normal with evening times.  Cross training returns on Thursdays for everyone except the crew that are looking ahead to mountain bike nationals in July.

Saturdays are continuing to enjoy good participation despite the early start times.  Once school has finished, look for most practice times to move to early morning.  Here are some pics by Resul Kurtbedin Photography from the bigboy Shootout last Saturday.

 

Summer Bike Camp is coming up in June.  We will have staff training for all the new team members that have not participated in this wonderful program before.  Mark down either June 1st or 3rd   (1pm-3pm) to help get you oriented.  Even if you’ve worked camp before, it’s always a good idea to get re-oriented with your roles.

Our garage sale is this Sunday at the clubhouse from 8am until 11am.   You may have seen flyers posted around town.  We have many cruiser and low end mountain bikes for sale; perfect for getting around town or to school.  We also have many items of clothing, shoes, and helmets.  You’ll never know what you may find digging through our stash of items.  Spread the word to friends and family. Thanks to all the donations over the years as this makes programming possible.

Here’s a look at the remaining practices for the month of May;

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904054DADA72CA3FC1-may1730

 

 

Practices canceled this week May 10-13

We’ve learned that a staff member has tested positive for Covid-19.  Despite all the vaccinations happening, we still want to take a cautious approach.  As schools continue to wind down, we understand family’s needs to place studies in front of team programming.  With that said, we’ve decided to cancel practices this week to help everyone… Read more »

May notes

Flagstaff hosted the last round of this spring’s MBAA races and once again the team had great representation, results and experiences.  Results in respective categories include; 1st Axel; 2nd– Damiano; 3rd– Alex and Jorah; 4th– Taryn and Tomas; 5th– Maggie;6th- Olivia; 8th– William; 10th– Liam and big should for another 10th place in her very… Read more »

A very busy April and May

We had a memorable gravel experience last weekend up in Northern Arizona, just east of Payson.  We all went through physical and emotional challenges to complete Saturday’s 75 mile ride.  On Sunday some riders opted for a hike while others rode west on top of the spectacular Mogollon rim with distances of 30-50 miles respectively. … Read more »

Summer looming

In this more virtual world, it’s nice to see that we can still run a fun, safe, and memorable event with our annual Scavenger Hunt.  It was great being stationed at the clubhouse to see numerous families ride in on their quests to decipher the fun riddles and clues that our team had put together. … Read more »

The Hunt

Another great weekend of rides and races, in particular the MBAA race in Prescott.  Coach Ignacio lead an 11 rider contingent with places as follows in their respective categories. 1st– Taryn; 2nd– Axel and Damiano; 3rd– Olivia and Sam; 4th– Maggie; 5th-Liam; 9th– Alex; 10th– Thomas and William and 11th for Kaiden.  Thanks again for… Read more »

April notes

April is heating up with races both on the mountain bike and road bike.  The latter was a criterium on Saturday night out at the GoKart track.   It was awesome to see Myles pin numbers on for the first time since his crash last year at the Valley of the Sun race. IMG_1162 MBAA races… Read more »