Bike Club coach Dava Varela is a bilingual native Tucsonan who brings years of experience to El Grupo. From the age of 16 – 24 she taught aquatic classes and coached swim teams for the City of Tucson with participants aged 6 months through 17 years old. She enjoys being active, the outdoors, and has personal experience cycling with her two children. During her senior year at Pueblo High School she joined Road Warriors to participate in El Tour de Tucson and has had a love for riding since. Dava finds nothing more fulfilling than being able to teach kids and bring something positive to their lives.
Allison is professional rider for and founder/owner of the nation’s first ever professional and elite-development women’s cyclocross team, J.A. King p/b BlueRidge’Cross. She was introduced to cycling through cyclocross, and though she has raced professionally on the road and collegiately in mountain bike, ‘Cross remains her passion in cycling. Allison has been a cycling-specialist coach with Studio7Mutlisport since August 2015, and has guided several clients to obtain multiple National podiums over the years. She graduated from Brevard College in 2016, having earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a minor in Coaching Methods. During her time in college she raced with and was the women’s team captain for Brevard’s cycling team where she netted individual and team Collegiate National Championship titles in three different disciplines. Most of her six year of professional experience have been in American UCI races. Allison has also been on two Europe cyclocross trips and two Europe road trips with the national team. In 2016 she was one of six riders to be named to the inaugural women’s U23 World Championships team. When not training, racing, or coaching, the new to Arizona resident also enjoys training Brazilian jiu jitsu, exploring the surrounding mountains, cultivating her amateur coffee barista skills, west coast swing dancing, live music, and playing guitar.
Gord brings a lifetime of experience in the world of cycling, first as a competitor, then as a coach, and most recently for the past decade directing pro-cycling teams as they competed across the globe. He raced with the Canadian Olympic team in 1996, 2000, and 2004, and raced in the Tour de France in… Read more »
Colter is an accomplished photojournalist, having worked on numerous political campaigns and embedded in Mexico during the migrant crisis. By the age of 19, his work had been featured in national publications. His first real taste of independence came from El Grupo, joining the team at age 12, he very quickly became obsessed with the… Read more »
Luke Murray is a born and raised Tucsonan whose been a part of the El Grupo team since the end of 2010 when he joined as a rider in high school. For the last seven years he has dedicated himself to cycling advocacy and education both inside and outside of El Grupo. Luke is the… Read more »
I am a Grupito Coach, physical educator, graduated form the University of Arizona, and long time bike mechanic! I love anything with wheels and enjoy sharing my passion for bike riding with others, especially youth. Arrived in Tucson in 1999 and fell in love with the desert through cycling. Cycling has taking me many places… Read more »
Karen moved to Tucson in 2018 with plans to retire. It turned out she wasn’t tired enough to retire, but didn’t want to do a 9-5 gig or start another business. Instead, she decided part-time work in an organization with a strong mission would offer the right balance of work and leisure life. Karen happily… Read more »
I’m an Arizona native, dad, and bike rider/advocate. My bike racing days go all the way back to the early ‘70’s where my first race was at PXA (Phoenix) BMX on my big wheel! I’ve pretty much been obsessed with bikes and racing since that day. My academic education consists of a microbiology degree from… Read more »