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Helping a new generation to learn to love all things about cycling!

El Grupito, for youth ages 7 – 12,  provides valuable framework of teaching how to ride safely, encouraging youth to develop their abilities, and how to have fun on a bike!

Things to Know:

  • Grupito has a Fall and Spring Season. Youth can participate in one or both.
  • Practices are Monday/Wednesday OR Tuesday/Thursday, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. with additional weekend excursions (1-2 per month).
  • Practice rides start and end at the Clubhouse. Our destinations vary.
  • Drop off riders between 4:00 and 4:20 p.m. Rides leaves promptly at 4:30 p.m.
  • We try to get back by 6:00 p.m. for pick up.
  • Goals: Be comfortable on bike, learn bike safety, and enjoy being with friends.
  • Tuition per season is $300 per rider. Financial assistance and sibling discounts are available.
  • We can provide gear and a bike if needed.
  • Coaches are CPR and first aid certified. Parents are provided with coach’s contact information.
  • Snacks are provided, but please send something with your rider if he/she has dietary restrictions.
  • Parents are invited to ride during weekend excursions.

What you need to join El Grupito: Coachability, enthusiasm, and a willingness to try new things.

Riders should also know at least 80% of the following before joining:

  • Brake when needed
  • Stand up on your pedals
  • Start by not using feet
  • Go down stairs
  • Ride with one hand
  • Pick up water bottle and drink
  • Signal turns
  • Comfortable with space
  • Comfortable riding on different surfaces (streets, trails, loose gravel)
  • Ride downhill standing on pedals
  • Eyes forward

Get to Know Your Coaches

photo-2 Morgan Adams | El Grupito Coordinator & Coach
morgan@elgrupocycling.org

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 NAU, but I only really remember all those Sedona-Flagstaff trails. In 2003 my family moved away from Tucson, then moved back in 2011. I learned about El Grupo and wanted to get involved, but timing was wrong. Now the timing is right between my family and the start of El Grupito. I love coaching the El Grupito riders! I’m always so impressed with their natural abilities and enthusiasm. I hope to help kids learn to love all things about cycling and believe El Grupo is providing a valuable framework for that goal.
bikecamp2016 run lynn only Lynn Hudson | El Grupito Coach
lynn@elgrupocycling.orgI am a bike lover, physical educator for the past 10 years, graduated form the University of Arizona with a BS and K-12 teaching certificate, 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 over the years and made many friends along the way. I now get to share these experiences with my two children through el Grupito and work along side el Grupo! Mountain biking, road biking, BMX, commuting, and anything else bike related is a great way to instill positive life long habits in the youth and el Grupo/Grupito is the way! 
FullSizeRender-17 Luke Murray | El Grupito Coach
luke@elgrupocycling.orgI started taking the build-a-bike class at BICAS with Ignacio and was helping him teach by the fourth time I’d taken the class. Ignacio asked if I wanted to join the El Grupo Team and I rode for more than two years. Ever since then, bikes have been a huge part of my life. I never really thought about the potential of an individual until I was challenged to push myself passed the boundaries that I had for myself in El Grupo. It’s cool to be able to instill that idea of potential into kids as an El Grupito Coach. I also act with Stories that Soar (which allows me to focus a lot about how a kid think/imagine), I rock climb, and I work construction.
Pam Patterson | Grupito Coach & Volunteer Coordinator
pam@elgrupocycling.orgHi, my name is Pam and I was born and raised in West Texas. When I was 20, I decided to become a ski bum and moved to Durango, Colorado. I lived in Durango from 1980 to 1994. While in Durango I obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Human Services at Fort Lewis College and later a Master of Arts in Counseling from Alamosa State College. While in Durango I began road cycling and quickly figured out how to ride mountain passes . . . slowly, and my knees can attest to the climbs. I also watched the first UCI Mountain Bike World Championships held at Purgatory Ski Area in 1990. Pretty cool. I accepted a position as a Federal Probation Officer in San Francisco, California where I lived for seven years until I transferred to Tucson in 2001. I retired in July 2016 and immediately traded in my professional clothing attire for spandex and mountain bike shorts. Life is good. As a retiree I wanted to dedicate my time to meaningful work and found it in the form of El Grupo Youth Cycling where I work as the volunteer coordinator and an El Grupito coach. I love the culture of expectation, encouragement, fun, and respect found within El Grupo. I especially love interacting with all of the youth in Grupo programs. They are our future and I like to think I have a small part in their development.

 Please email any questions to Morgan, El Grupito Coordinator.

 

El Grupito started as a pilot program in the Fall of 2014 with generous support from:
 

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