Almost there!

Alrighty. We’re getting so close. Whiskey is in 11 days, and Gila starts in 15 days. This point in the season it starts to feel like you’ve been training and racing forever. The riding wears on you. School wears on you. AZ merit testing wears on you. We know. Here’s the thing: you’ve all made it this far. At this point, you just need to put in another few hard practices and you’ll be ready for your events. Honor the work you’ve done all season by finishing this last bit strong.

Tuesday the 16th:

If you are racing Whiskey, show up on your MTB. If you are racing Gila, show up on your road bike. If you are racing both, show up on your MTB.

Wednesday the 17th:

Road bikes all around. 3:45, 4:30, Gila, Whiskey, whatever. Road bikes.

Thursday the 18th:

If you are racing Whiskey, show up on your MTB. If you are racing Gila, show up on your road bike. If you are racing both, show up on your road bike. Read that closely if you’re doing both… 🙂

Saturday the 20th:

Shootouts! Plus Extra. Same start times as last week. More info soon.

Sunday the 21st:

Lemmon. We know it’s Easter. Please try to make it. These weekends of back to back Shootout/Lemmon will do wonders for the legs. Physiological adaptations galore. Start time info will be posted soon.

Paris Roubaix and Game of Thrones were both on Sunday. It was a great day for me. Stoked for Gilbert to take the W. Here is one of my favorite bike racing videos. It’s the 2016 Paris Roubaix, won by Matt Hayman- one of the most humble and kind cyclists in the WorldTour peleton. It’s a pretty amazing video cut together from behind the scenes clips and race footage. Very emotional. Quite cool. Hope you enjoy.

For Grupo Girls and All Moms – Sunday afternoon

Calling all my lady friends to get together to swap clothes, sell ($1-10 max!) some of mine, and enjoy one another’s company. I’ll have snacks, wine, and sparkling waters. Feel free to bring your unwanted but still in good condition clothes to swap out for others’ clothes and/or snacks or drinks to just hang out. All sales will go strictly towards my Gelato Fund while in Italy 🙂 Come celebrate, hang out, and walk away with some great clothes as I prepare to leave for the year – soon! This will be our one month-to-go party! All women’s clothing, all sizes, styles, etc welcome. All leftover clothes will be donated to a women’s shelter.


  • HOST:
    Daniela Diamente
  • Sunday, April 14 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
  • WHERE:
    El Grupo Clubhouse ~ The “little” house

All Grupo girls and moms are welcome and invited. Non-grupo friends of mine are also welcome!! Just want to pass along some of my clothes and have a girl afternoon get-together. Bring clothes you are tired of wearing or that don’t fit you right and maybe they will be great for someone else! Or just show up and maybe go home with a great new outfit! Hope you can join me Sunday!

Weekend Update

State Crit– I posted earlier this week about the race and asked for feedback. I really did not get any at all from riders. So we made a decision.

If you are racing at Gila then you will be doing the crit. You need the practice.

If you are not racing Gila then you will not be racing. If you wanted to, then may this be your lesson to speak up.

Gila Ladies– You will ride to the Bridge on Saturday and then prepare to depart for you crit.

Gila Boys– You will ride the whole Shoot out and then head over to the crit.


Crit races you will be leaving the clubhouse at approx. 2 pm. Ben and Max will be leading this charge.


Saturday– Again we are going to ask that the B Team Squad come out and enjoy the Old Man. This time we will let you try and get to Sprint Hill. After that you will turn around and head in with a coach.


Old Man 6:15 start

Big Kid 6:30 start



Sunday– Swap Meet. Lynn and Ignacio will set up and will work the event until 9 am. After that we need help by all Grupo kids, so yes Grupito and Gruppetto can come and help. The first few hours are bike sales not as much clothing sales, so Lynn and I can handle it. We also do need baked goods and kids to sell them.


7 am Ride up Mt Lemmon. If you are riding the Whiskey you don’t want to miss this. And if you are racing Gila, then you don’t have a choice. You need to be there. This ride will be 3-4 hours long.

Week of April 8th

Thank you to everyone for your help at the Scavenger Hunt. It was another hugely successful event and we really cannot do it without all the wonderful support we get from the families and friends of the team. Thank you all so much.   This weekend is another one packed with events. Saturday we have… Read more »

Weekend Update

Saturday– Scavenger Hunt!!!!  The most fun race of the year. I hope everyone has made arrangements to have a great day with friends and family. This is the first year that I have not developed the “game” so I am sure it will be even more fun this year.   Before the Hunt I want… Read more »

We are at least in town this weekend

Bravo to all the riders, staff and families for their super successful trip in California.   Thank you– Ben, Max, Maya and Morgan for taking the kids and allowing them to chase their dreams.   This is the last month of this season and we only have 2-3 more races to go. The end is… Read more »

Logistics for the weekend.

I really do apologize to the wonderful parents of this team. The start times are crazy early for the races, and it dictates when we have to leave. I really do thank you all for supporting your kids in the ways that you do.   Also a huge bravo to all the kids who doubled… Read more »

Week of March the 25th

Many of you will notice that many of your teammates are gone this week. Many kids are in Southern California in San Dimas. They are there because they are preparing for one of the biggest races for juniors in the country. It is a 3 day stage race, just like TBC, but all the best… Read more »

Just to make sure we are on the same page

Saturday– We are leaving at 8:45 so please arrive at 8:30 or sooner to help pack up the trailer   Also this weekend is the first big European Bike Race of the Year. Milan to San Remo.   Here is an interview with last years winner  

This coming Weekend of fun

While many of our teammates are heading back to California to compete against the best, those of you in town have another great opportunity.   This Saturday there is a MBAA mountain bike race in Phoenix. Thank you to all of you who communicated as I hoped.   Here is who I have: Caden, Elliot,… Read more »