Looks like rain, folks. If we can ride, we will. Come prepared for cross training work, though. Bring good shoes. If we’re confined to the indoors, we’ll be focusing on relearning 1) land exercises and form and 2) how to ride rollers. If we can ride, we’ll ride. If you bike to practice, make sure you’ve got lights and a rain jacket for the dark and almost certainly wet commute home.


Hey Everybody! Hope you all enjoyed your little break. Ben and I had a doozey of a trip out to New Mexico. Imagine if somebody took all the trails on A Mountain and turned them into literally the rockiest roads you’ve ever ridden on. Then you rode a 60# bike across those bowling ball bouncers for several days. Type 2 fun.

We’re ready to get back to it and hope you guys are too. Huge shoutout to Eve, Kaileen, Izzie and Jorah who got started a little early by riding all the way to Summerhaven last weekend!! So rad.

This is the time of year where we can slow down a little, and do all those little things right. We’re going to be focusing on some cross training and stretching/rolling out after practice, building strong cores and functional strength off the bike. On the bike, we’ll be focusing on riding that low intensity base season pace. To be clear, these practices are not meant to be easy. They are lower intensity, but still focused efforts to target specific neuromuscular adaptations.

The best part about this time of the year is that anything is possible for you next spring. We’re 2-3 months out from our next races, depending on what races interest you, so everybody has the time to focus and find the form that they want this season. Be careful, though, time slips by quickly! It’s all too easy to find yourself facing down San Dimas or Temecula with form that is not what you’d dreamt it would be. Trust me, I’ve been there.

So. Take these practices one day at a time. Focus on doing the little things right. Focus on creating new and healthier training habits. Think about nutrition! You KNOW what good food is. Eat it, and steer clear of the candy. Focus on your form, your pedal stroke, your position on the bike. Ask questions!! With focus, the form and strength will come.

LIGHTS!!! – It is lights season. If you have lights. Bring them. If you do not. Ask Ben and me for a set. This week is the grace period week to get your lights in order. Starting next week (Quinn and Izaac- I’m lookin at you), if you do not have lights you will be riding rollers in the clubhouse. No joke.

Road bikes ALLL week. Also, we will be getting back on the early side. PRACTICE IS NOT OVER WHEN WE GET BACK. IT’S OVER AT 6:30, WHEN WE’RE DONE WITH CROSS TRAINING.

Wednesday: Road bikes. Riding at 3:45 and 4:30, back around 6PM. Cross training until 6:30. Practice ends at 6:30.

Thursday: Road bikes. Riding at 4:30PM. Back around 6PM. Cross training until 6:30PM.

Saturday: El Tour day. Meet at 7AM, leave the clubhouse at 7:30AM. Road skills/crit skills. Cornering. Pack riding. Foundations.

Sunday: Late start. Meet at the clubhouse at 8:30, leave at 9AM. 2 hour ride, back around 11:30AM. This is a special event, riding with Joel Thompson and a crew of el Grupo supporters.

El Grupo Team Kit Order Due Tomorrow by 5 PM

Hey all,

I hope you are all enjoying your rest week.

This is a reminder that the Voler team kit order is due no later than tomorrow by 5 PM. This is your only opportunity to redeem the credits provided you and the only chance for ordering next year’s team kit. Don’t miss it!

See Coach Ben’s November 6th post for order instructions. If you can’t find the email from Voler, check your spam folder.

Grupo riders – Please read

Hey all, As Max and I leave for ~2 weeks post-NICA season, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all. I don’t tell you all enough, but I am extremely proud of you: proud to be your coach, proud to watch you succeed and grow in you MTB skills and speed, proud to… Read more »

End of NICA and beyond

LONG POST, READ ALL End of NICA We made it. 10 weeks. It’s a long season, and I know how challenging it’s been for everybody. No sweep = no blue hair for me, but I’m still very proud of how everybody raced, and the progression I saw in so many of you over the course… Read more »

Tucson Bicycle Classic – Parents and Volunteers

Hey all. Steve Bohn, a longtime supporter and volunteer for El Grupo is looking for help running the Tucson Bicycle Classic (which he founded). Please respond if you have any interest! Dear El Grupo parents, supporters, families and friends: I am reaching out concerning the 34th annual 2020 Tucson Bicycle Classic Stage, March 13-15 The… Read more »

Week of Oct 28

Hey everybody! Great job at the Fondo today. We pulled off a great event, and I heard nothing but good things about all of you. Thank you. This week is our final week of the fall season. This is it. Starting next week we will have a break from practices for a couple of weeks…. Read more »

PARENTS! Fall Fondo

A message from our Executive Director: Hey parents, We need your help to make El Grupo a success. Please sign up to volunteer either at the event or on the ride course on Sunday – help us make the event a success. We will feed you with lunch. Fall Fondo raises money to support us… Read more »

Week of Oct 21

Team, good race this weekend. We’ve got one to go. We are currently sitting 1-2-3 in the team rankings for the season. It is VERY close. Several teams are nipping at our heels. I really want to die my hair blue in two weeks, so let’s stay focused and keep pushing these final two weeks…. Read more »