Summer Bike Camp and Road Nationals Notes

We had a tremendous three weeks of Summer Bike Camp.  We got through some record heat temperatures and together we brought smiles and miles to over 150 kids that participated this year.  Hopefully the camp will start a cycle for newcomers to El Grupo.  Many of our team members in the senior programs of BikePacking and Team have started out in a Summer Bike Camp and we hope that trend continues.  Our semester based Grupito program would be the perfect follow up to Bike Camp.

Speaking of the El Grupo cycle, it was rewarding to witness our Team and BikePacking members work the camp as junior counselors.   Giving back to the community is an important aspect of the organization and the cycle comes fully around when team members instruct and teach lessons they’ve learned while a part of El Grupo.

We are extremely proud of our two members that attended Road Nationals in Florida this past week.  Damiano podiumed in every event of the 11-12 age bracket with incredible silber medals in the time trial and criterium while snagging bronze in the road race.  Myles would take 15th in the 17-18 road race, 27th in the tt despite mechanical issues and 31st in the criterium.

We will get back to practices on Wednesday night with a mtb shortrack evening, followed by a morning endurance road ride.  Here is the schedule for next week.

Summer Bike Camp week 3

A new week and the promise of slightly cooler weather await.   I’m looking forward to our last week of Summer Bike Camp.   Working with our team members in their junior counselor roles has been rewarding.   Let’s finish off with great energy and enthusiasm that El Grupo is renowned for.

Body Work sessions with Coach Daniela continue Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 6am while our shortrack night resumes Wednesday at 5pm.

Here’s the practice schedule;


Summer Bike Camp Continues

We had a fantastic Week 1 of Summer Bike Camp with incredible experiences for the kids, the staff and of course our Team El Grupo members acting as junior counselors.  Week 2 promises much of the same.  We will meet Monday at 6:45am for the extra preparation entailed in welcoming all the new faces for their week of fun.  All other days back to our normal 7am arrival for 7:15am workday start.

Temperatures will be higher then last week so plan accordingly.  Here are some great words/notes from Coach Ignacio.

Summer Bike Camp

We have done this before. We have been here before. This will not even be the hottest week ever of Bike Camp. Yes it’s hot. But we are of the desert and we can handle this. This will just be another chance for us to practice our preparedness skills.

Bring plenty of water to camp.Stay hydrated all day, before and after camp.

Take a nap after camp and get to bed early.

Dress appropriately for camp and keep your skin covered.

Be mindful of the places you take campers and take a few more breaks this week.

If we do these things we will yet again have a great week.

Week 1 was a smashing success and I truly appreciate every one of you that I had the opportunity to work with. If we keep up the same incredibly high level of engagement with our campers we will again have a brilliant week.

Team Workouts

Kudos to every one of you who showed up with spirit and purpose at the workouts. You find out a lot about yourself when the weather and situations are not perfect. To all of you who had the courage to show up in the early morning and the heat, a huge Kudos to all of you. Your ability to battle will take you far in life. Daniela personally thanks all of you for sharing your great energy and work ethic.

Who you are, is who you are, when no one is looking.

This week we have Tuesday and Thursday workouts in the morning before camp and we have MTB short track races in the evening on Wednesday. We have a strong crew heading to MTB nationals later in July so let’s help them get ready by racing with them and wonderfully pushing them.

Here is the latest practice schedule;

Here are some latest shootout pics from Resul Kurtbedin.


June will be a busy month as Summer Bike Camp is starting.  This important program serves many purposes.  It primarily is a great service to the community as families need a place to keep kids engaged and occupied while school is out.  Our camp once again is sold out and the popularity is only growing. … Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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 »