Week Before TBC

Hey all. Thanks for the good weekend, and for those who pushed through the cold. Hopefully this was the last weekend of winter!

This week we’re prepping for TBC, which begins on Friday:

Tuesday 02/26

4:30 – Road bikes

Wednesday 02/27

3:45 – Road bikes

4:30 – Road bikes

Thursday 02/27

TBD whether or not we’ll ride


Weekend details will be posted soon!

Reminder – Team Kit Re-Order Due Monday!

Coaches are kindly requesting that you BUY A VEST if you can. They are incredibly affordable, and help SO MUCH to find you on group rides and races. You will get lots of use out of this article of clothing for years to come!


This is for TEAM MEMBERS ONLY and those approved to get access to the Team El Grupo Kit!

Did you order enough for the year? Want to get accessories? NOW is your time. There will NOT be another re-order this year….so order more or wait until NEXT JANUARY!

The order closes on Feb. 25th – next Monday. Will arrive the first week in April. Make sure you have enough to properly represent El Grupo throughout the year.


Welcome to the Voler Online Ordering System

Your team has decided to use the Voler Custom Online Order System for collecting and processing your cycling apparel order. Please follow the steps below to place your individual order for inclusion in the overall team order.

1. Click on this link to access your team order site: http://www.voler.com/custom/ordering/li/27402

2. Click on “LOGIN” to enter your Login/Billing Info. Click on “Create Account” to save the information and to create your new User ID and Password. You will automatically be directed to the home page for your team order. If you are a returning customer, please use your original Login and Password.

3. Click on “Begin Shopping” to gain access to the orderable products page. To place items in your shopping cart, click on the item you want to order, then the options you want to select, then the “Add to cart” button. You can choose to “View Your Bag” or “Continue Shopping” after adding each item. Repeat these steps for each item you want to order.

4. After placing the last item you want to order in your shopping cart, click on “View Your Bag” to display the items. Carefully review the items and make any necessary modifications or deletions. Because each item is custom built, refunds and exchanges will not be accepted. After you have confirmed your order is correct, click on “Proceed to Checkout” to complete the secure checkout process by entering your credit card payment information.

5. After you have completed the secure checkout process, an Order Confirmation will automatically be displayed and e-mailed to you for your records.

6. After the order deadline date has passed, you will no longer be able to access the order site. If you have not completed the checkout process for your order by this date, any items in your cart will be removed. The Order Deadline and the Order Ship Date are displayed on the order homepage. The Ship Date is the date that your order will be shipped from Voler.

Thank you for your order. If you have any questions, please call 800-488-6537 and ask for assistance from a Voler Customer Service Representative, or send us an email at sales@voler.com.

This weekend and TBC Logistics

What a special day in the desert. I hope everyone is truly enjoying the miracle that is today.


Weekend Plans


If you can only make one ride this weekend, please prioritize Sunday


Saturday— 7:15 Old Man

7:30 Big Kid

8:30 B team ride


I know it is going to be cold. However its really just one more time this season. Also we dealt with it at the 24 hour race, so I know we can all deal with it.

If it is too much for you, then enjoy a great B Team ride. Its a super solid ride and it will be warmer.

So yes, we are shooting out. Yes it will be cold. However we have clothes and gear for these conditions.


Sunday— TBC Time Trial Practice at McCains loop

9 am leave the clubhouse and return by noon



TBC Logistics


Tucson Bicycle Classic. This is the biggest race in Tucson. It is also one of our sponsors. Parents if you are able to help and volunteer during the race, that would be amazing. Coach Steve Bohn has been running this race for over 30 years and he has been a great friend to El Grupo.


The information below should be enough to give you a sense of the race. I will post exact information about logistics later in the week.


All information for the race can be found here: http://www.tucsonbicycleclassic.com/


This is a stage race, so every rider has to complete every stage to start the next. So you must complete the event on Friday to race on Saturday and you must complete the event on Saturday to race on Sunday. As is right now, I have everyone on the team participating except for the few that have told me otherwise recently. This is whole team event.


Friday is the Time Trial in McCains loop. This is on the west side of the Tucson Mountains.

All Women 12:00 NOON
Men 35+ to 75+ 12:45 PM +/-
Jr. 9 to 18 2:00 PM +/-
Men 5 2:30 PM +/-
Men 4 to Pro 3:00-5:30 PM



These are the approximate start times for each group. Some of you might have to get out of school early. Vans will be departing at different times of the day from the clubhouse to make this all work. Exact start times will be posted on Thursday night.


If you are like Camilla who is unable to miss school, you can show up late. However your time will reflect your being late. This will allow you though to race on Saturday and Sunday.



Saturday is the road race in Green Valley.


1st Wave Miles
Men 5, 39 and under 7:00 am
Women 3 7:10
Men 5, 40+ 7:15
Women 4/5/35+ 7:20

Jr. 17-18 7:27
Jr. 15-16 7:30
Jr. 13-14 7:33


2nd Wave
Women Pro/1/2 9:15 1
Men Pro/1 9:25
Men 2 9:30 82 4
Men 3 9:35 61 3
Men 4 9:50


Again we will have coming and going for both waves at applicable times.



Sunday is a circuit race that is at Pima West. This is the most spectator friendly event and one that I hope everyone sticks around to enjoy and cheer. I will buy and have lunch foods for the team so we can all enjoy the races.

Below are the start times. We always ride to the start from the clubhouse and we will have coaches on hand to take you back and forth.


Men 5, 40+ 6:58

Women 3 7:00

Women 4/5/35+ 7:02


2nd Wave
Men 4 8:55

Men 5,39 &under 8:58

Jr. 17-18 9:00

Jr. 15-16 9:02

Jr. 13-14 9:05 17 3

Jr. 9-10/11-12 9:07

3rd Wave
Women Pro/1/2 10:30
Men Pro/1 10:35
Men 2 10:40
Men 3 10:45


Hey all. Apologies for the late notice. Due to the crappy weather, practice is cancelled today. I will be at the clubhouse at 4:00pm if anyone would like to work on their bikes! More info about the weekend rides will be posted today or tomorrow. Ben

Wednesday Ride

Valley riders– 3:45 and 4:30 start times. We are going to go back to work   24 Hour riders– 4:30 only. We are going to go on a cruise on our road bikes.   Nick King that you for asking for the clarification

What a weekend and more to come

Really where do I start?   6 teams on the podium and three wins at the 24 Hour Race.   An incredibly fine, helpful and wonderful showing of support and love from all the parents who came to the event to help.   Handlers who got every kid to the start on time and ready… Read more »

Tuesday Practice

I will post a lot more information tomorrow.   I too am tired after an amazing weekend.   Tuesday Practice— Rolling out, stretching and recovering from the weekend of racing. With Dani and Daniela.   Yes mandatory– You only get faster when you rest and let the work soak in. And so we will.

Team Kit Re-Order – Due Feb 25th!

This is for TEAM MEMBERS ONLY and those approved to get access to the Team El Grupo Kit! Did you order enough for the year? Want to get accessories? NOW is your time. There will NOT be another re-order this year….so order more or wait until NEXT JANUARY! The order closes on Feb. 25th –… Read more »

24 Hour Race venue parking

I want to thank everyone who has been on the email thread in regards to carpooling up to the race. It will really be helpful if we do a good job of it.   There is extremely limited space at the event and in our camp area as well.   I cannot with any faith… Read more »

24 Hour race notes

It will be cold. Please bring plenty of warm clothes and plenty of extra socks it might be wet.   Sleeping Bags. Please if yours is not a modern quality sleeping bag, please ask to borrow one. Also we will be in the big tents so feel free to bring extra blankets. That said if… Read more »