Thanksgiving Week

El Tour Recap


In the 100 mile event we had Andy, Jesus, and Alex challenge the front of the race. Jesus took an amazing 10th place over all and the Juniors win, while Andy and Alex were just behind with Andy coming in 2nd place for the juniors.


In Alumni news Ethan Overson finished in 6th place as he led his teammate out who finished in second.


Also riding the 100 were Tomas and Julian. A huge congratulation to Julian for riding his first century and a bravo to Tomas for being there with him and guiding him through the event.


We also had Nick and Taryn ride the 57 mile event and Nick was able to support Taryn to a second place female finish.


3 other Grupito riders were able to finish the 57 as well.


Grupito was at El Tour and they split into 5 units and each team crushed it. They all rode across the line as teams in matching T Shirts and had an incredible experience.


The coaches at Manzo were able to get a huge crew of kids out for the 10 mile ride and I was able to watch them roll out of the clubhouse with all the excitement that followed.


El Tour is a special Tucson tradition and it was another beautiful event.


Since it comes right after the high school season, as coach, I don’t like to put any pressure on the event. I want kids who want to enjoy it to have the opportunity to take it on as they wish. But we only get so much emotionaly energy so we have to choose to where to spend it.




We are two weeks out from the last high school race and now 4 weeks out from the last middle school race. I hope this means that many of you are excited to get back to work and looking ahead to the spring racing season. The spring season is going to be chaulk full of races, which I hope sounds really fun.


I want to take the next few days as transition days still. I want everyone to be able to finish school strong going into this break. So please if you need the next few days to get caught up in school please do so. I also know many of you will be traveling and will need to get prepared, so I very understand that.


Looking ahead to the Spring season, I see the day after Thanksgiving as the start of the training season. If you are in town then I hope to take you all on some fun rides to start to build our aerobic system. If you are out of town enjoying family, no worries, we are going to have plenty of time.


However if you are in town I hope to use this break as the kick off for our Spring Season. You can think of this as a mini training camp.


The following weeks then as we head towards the Winter Break we are going to work on our endurance, skills and off the bike strength. We are going to have cross training workouts every day after our rides, and our rides will be centered around building volume and base. This means that consistency and great attendance will really impact how your season goes. This is my kind coach ask, that you all do what you can to have great attendance and attitudes over the next 6 weeks.


But over the front half of this week we are still in transition.


Tuesday — Tumamoc. 

Wednesday — Endurance Road Ride 

Thursday– OFF 

Friday– 9 am start. Endurance Road Ride

Saturday– Shoot Outs or Valentins ride

                     7:30 Big Boy — Please arrive at 7 am there is a special guest joining you. 

                     7:15 Old Man 

                     7:30 Valentin’s Ride 

Sunday– 9 am Endurance Road Ride 

Week of November 15th

In school we learn that mistakes are bad, and we are punished for making them. Yet if you look at the way humans are designed to learn, we learn by making mistakes. We learn to walk by falling down. If we never fell down, we would never walk. 

People who avoid failure also avoid success. 


This quote certainly got me thinking. I appreciate it and am encouraged by it. We don’t need to be right all the time, we need to learn how to listen to get things right. Ultimately we are all learners and forever will be as our lives progress. So keep yourself always open to the new lessons to be learned.


I want to thank everyone who came out and supported the club at the Swap meet. We were able to have a successful day and most importantly say hello to many old friends.


I also want to take a second and applaud and thank everyone who came out to hike Mt Wrightson. This is the peak of the Santa Rita Mountains and an amazing summit. At 9,430 feet it feels as huge as it sounds. A special bravo to Nick, as this was his biggest hike ever and to Luci B and Rosalie for getting to the summit, which is no easy feet.


Riders please remember that having your lights charged and ready is mandatory for you to leave on the rides as is having a vest or jacket. We all know as soon as the sun goes down the temperature plummets. We certainly don’t need anyone getting sick because of poor clothing choices. So Lights and Vest/ Jackets are mandatory on every after school ride unitl further notice. 




For the next two week we are going to be in transition. We are going to put our focus on moving in different ways while still being with teammates and hopefully getting to interact with different ones we typically don’t ride with.


We are going to keep active but more freely from the structure of disciplined training. I hope to make these next few weeks super fun and active, but not too demanding. But rest assured we will be physical.


Tuesday– Tumamoc Hill. Please come with sturdy shoes, a water bottle and jacket. This is will be old school fun with activities at different parts of the mountain. We will drive out to the hill, hike and work out together.


Wednesday– Road Rides. Endurace.

2:30 pm start time and 4:30 pm.

Some of you are able to get out the door sooner than others and I want to encourage some of you to do so. This allows you all to get home sooner and get to your homework. Please consult with me on Tuesday to see if this makes sense for you.


Thursday– Endurance Road Ride and Cross training work out.



I will post about the weekend later as Saturday is El Tour and I need to confirm with the amazing coaches about availability on Sunday. So please stay tuned.


Bicycle Swap Meet Sign Ups



Thank you to everyone for their continued help and support as we all together find ways to keep our riders, safe, happy and engaged.


This Sunday is the Bicycle Swap Meet and I need everyones help to make it a success.


We can make a few thousand dollars if we all work together.


I ask that riders work at least 2 hours during the event and are welcome to work a few more.


I ask riders to do one of three tasks:


  1. Sell Baked goods by walking around and encouraging folks to buy stuff
  2. Help sell Merchandise that we have such as bikes, parts and clothing
  3. Work our bike valet station– taking in bikes and giving them back


I also ask families whom are bakers to make home made goods that we can sell in $1 incraments. Hopefully this is a fun way for families to enjoy time together as they make a batch of cookies or the like for the team. We annually can make hundreds of dollars this way.


So please take a minute and look at the sign up and find some times that work for you.


Also Grupito Families plesae feel encouraged to help and join in the fun.

High School State Championship and So much More

This past weekend was the High School State Championship Mountain Bike race that occured in Sierra Vista and we had another amazing weekend of fun, laughs and podiums.   Please take time to congratulate all of the athletes that raced.   What I want to highlight though has nothing to do with podiums or medals…. Read more »


All Caps because I want to make sure everyone notices.   I told all the riders who at practice yesterday and I will continue to remind everyone.   We will leave at 12:30 pm on Saturday.   Please arrive at the clubhouse at Noon having already eaten lunch.   That way we get there at… Read more »

November and More

Just when we think things will slow down after NICA and we can all take a breath the fun keeps coming.   There will be a bunch of information in this post so please take your time and read through.   State Championship NICA MTB Race November 6th and 7th The race will be held… Read more »

Weekend Update

Saturday   Valentin’s B ride 7 am depart the clubhouse. Be prepared to be out for 3 hours.   Old Man Departs at 6:45 am   Shoot out departs at 7 am.   Remember to be super punctual. It’s like job training. Got to get to work on time.   Those few going to the… Read more »



One To Go

We have one more NICA race to go.   I hope this puts wind in your sails and inspires you all to finish strong.   Thank you for another great weekend outside full of bikes, laughs, and maybe a bit too much sun.   Certainly want to take time to thank all of the coaches,… Read more »

We had a wonderful weekend of amazing Tucson traditional rides.  First of course on Saturday was the famous shootout ride.  Our team members benefit greatly from this weekly ride and integrating with the Tucson cycling community. Sunday we were able to hold our annual Fall Fondo after a year’s absence.  I was really impressed how… Read more »