T Shirt Design Competition

We need new team t shirts. Shirts that you all care about and are proud to wear. I’m talkin about t shirts that’ll dolce your gabana. Shirts that make your hair looks like it’s blowing in a cool ocean breeze when it’s a humid 104 in Tucson. Shirts that say “I walk between a mama bear and her cubs cause I’m on truck’n el grupo”. But not literally. And don’t do that, you all are good bike riders but you can’t outrun an angry mama bear.


This is a team wide T shirt design competition. It is open to all members of Team el Grupo. The winning design will be chosen by Ben and I and will be printed on our new T shirts. The winning designer will receive two free t shirts, as well as bragging rights for having created something really cool.

Originally, Ben and I were just gonna design a shirt. But that’s not what this team is. El Grupo is about you guys, and what you care about. We’ve got some amazing artists on the team, and I think “artist” or not every single one of you is capable of coming up with a shirt that’s more original and more creative than anything Ben and I could make for you.

I really hope that everybody gets into this challenge and submits a contribution.


1) Do not use more than four colors (more colors = more expensive)

2) Include the words “el Grupo” and “Tucson, AZ”

This is intentionally extremely open ended. Use any format/medium you like (paper&pen, ipad, word, you name it).

How to Enter:

1) Come up with a sweet design.

2) Get it to me by July 26th.


1) Ben and I will decide what we think was the best one. Don’t worry, I have a great eye. I’ve watched a ton of project runway.

2) the winning design will be selected, announced to the team, and made into shirts


The winner will receive TWO free shirts!!!

Deadline to submit is July 26th. That’s the Monday after we get back from Durango. It’s a month away.

I challenge you all to put me in the position of having too many amazing designs to choose from. Good luck. Git after it.

Week of July 1

Hey all,

First off, many apologies for the lack of communication this last week. Max and I were in rural Utah and thought we’d have reception, but had none. Serious thanks to Morgan for helping organize practices while we were gone.

Hopefully everyone had a relaxing last week post bike camp. This month we are going to increase our riding compared to June.

This Week

Tuesday: 6:00am meet, 6:30am leave, back by 9:00am – mountain bikes!

Wednesday:  Short Track at 36th St. 5:30pm Meet, 6:00pm leave, back by 8:00pm (come early if you want to work on your bike — I’ll be there at 4:00pm)

Thursday: 6:00am meet, 6:30am leave, back by 9:00am – Road bikes – If you’re new to the team, talk to Max or I about getting a road bike on Tuesday or Wednesday!

Friday: Cross Training 6:30am-8:00am – Arrive at 6:15am

Saturday: Road Bikes! High Schoolers who regularly do the shootout can do the shootout. All others (new riders and others) do a fun ride with Max and I.

Old Man: Starts at 5:45am

Big Boy: Starts at 6:00am

All Others: Start at 6:30am – Arrive at 6:00am – Back at 10:30am

Sunday: MTB ride – Driving somewhere fun. Meet 6:00am – Leave 6:30am – Back by 11:30am

For those who are training for MTB Nats or other races (Myles), I will email you a training plan this afternoon!


Wednesday & Saturday ride info

Hey all!

My apologies for getting this post out this close to the ride day. Ben and Max are on a much-deserved vacation, and I don’t work on this Blog sight often.

We are on for the Wednesday short track races tomorrow. We will meet at 5:30 PM at the clubhouse and depart at 6:00 PM sharp. After last Sunday’s ride, I know there are some bikes needing some maintenance before we leave. Please arrive early (4:30 PM) if yours is one of them. I’ll be there to help.

No scheduled rides/workouts for Thursday and Friday. This might be a good time to get your room cleaned and help your mom and dad with some chores around the house (ahem… my children).

Saturday: Shootout. This is only for riders that are normally encouraged to do the Shootout. OMSO meet at 5:30 AM and roll-out at 5:45. Regular SO meet at 5:30 and roll-out at 6. Two water bottles, a tube and a pump/CO2 mandatory!!

No ride on Sunday.

Sunday, June 23

THE MTB RIDE IS ON FOR SUNDAY. Thanks to parents and volunteers for helping us out with this one. Starr Pass – Meeting 6:00am, leaving 6:30am – Back by 9:30am Morgan is the ride leader here. We will have Nick King, Sarah, Hannah, and Joel assisting with the ride as well! Coaches: go wherever in… Read more »

This Weekend

Hey All! Apologies for the late post, I was in transit to Utah. In regards to this weekends riding schedule: Because Max and I are out of town for the next week, we’re gonna have a weird schedule. Please keep an eye on the blog to stay updated. Saturday 06/22 – No Ride. If you… Read more »

June 17 – June 23

Hey! Bike camp is in it’s final week. Here is the practice schedule for the week: Tuesday: Cross Training 6:00am-7:00am Wednesday: Short track – 5:30pm meet – 6:00pm leave – 8:00pm return Thursday: Cross Training 6:00am-7:00am Friday: Cross Training 6:00am-7:00am Weekend ride schedule will be up later this week. Likely a road ride Saturday and… Read more »

Sunday, June 16

HEY! It’s been brought to my attention that tomorrow is Fathers day. If you want to spend time with your family, please do. For this reason, I’m gonna just do a skills ride on MTB’s tomorrow.  Meet: 6:00 Leave: 6:30 Back by: 8:30 See some of you in the AM.  

June 11th – June 16th

Hey! Firstly: I’d like to welcome all the kids who are now joining us on El Grupo! For those on the team now, please take care to welcome them to the ‘family’ and get to know them. Secondly: El Grupo is one heck of a privilege. If you don’t want to be on this team,… Read more »

This Saturday Ride – Cancelled

Hey! Post first week of bike camp, we’re gonna cancel the organized rides on Saturday. Enjoy your Saturday and go on a ride with your friends or family.  If you would like to do the shootout on Saturday (and normally do), feel free, but there will be no organized coaches out, so we don’t encourage… Read more »

Monday June 3 – Sunday June 9

Hey! TO CLARIFY: LEMMON RIDE (JUNE 2) TOMORROW MEETS AT 6:00AM, LEAVES AT 6:30 We’re stoked to get Bike Camp going this week! Thanks to all who are helping out. If you weren’t at the clubhouse cleanup/expectations meeting, expect an email with the details of the job. Please read it! For the weekdays in June,… Read more »