Winter Break Ride Logistics

The Tour of the Home Country is my rediculous name for the bike tour that we just completed.

I want to thank all of the riders and coaches who came out to support and help on the adventure. This is my favorite time of the year.

 

3 days and two nights.

213 miles and 12,838 feet is what I gathered.

 

Day 1 Tucson to Arivaca, 67 miles and 3,000 feet. We then camped in Arivaca at a friends house.

Day 2 Arivaca to Parker Canyon Lake, via Ruby Road. 81 miles and 8,000 feet. This is gut check day.

Day 3 Parker Canyon Lake back home. 65 miles and 1,749 feet via Box Canyon.

 

These types of rides and adventures really have nothing to do about generating the perfect physiological response. These adventures and rides are all about learning about yourself, your emotions and what you are capable of. Sometimes we just need a chance to soul search and dream. I build these trips not for the perfect physcial training, but for the beautiful opporunity to learn about yourself.

 

We have a few more rides like this coming up, and I hope that sounds exciting to everyone.

 

WINTER BREAK RIDE LOGISTICS

 

December 22nd– CANCELLED. I want to have excellent attendance for the 23rd so I am cancelling this ride in that attempt.

 

December 23rd– Valley of the Sun Road Race recon and 24 Hour course recon

                             Valley Course Recon — Ignacio
                             9am depart clubhouse
                             10:30 on bikes
                              1pm– packing up trailers
                              2:30pm– Back at clubhouse
24 Hour Race course Recon– Chuck, Mark, Jody and Daniela
                            9am Depart clubhouse.
                            10:30 on bikes at trailhead
                             3pm– Packing up trailers
                             4:30 pm– Back at Clubhouse

 

December 24th and 25th– OFF

 

December 26th– East side road ride leaving from the clubhouse. 9am departing.

Approx. 4 hour ride in total duration with stops.

Ignacio, Chuck, Jody, Hayden, Joel, and Daniela

 

 

December 27th– OFF

 

December 28th– Patagonia Gravel Day. If you do not have a gravel bike, please you are encouraged to ride your MTB.

Chuck, Mark, Jody, Hayden, Joel, Daniela, Ignacio

Depart Clubhouse at 9am.

Arrive in Patagonia 10:30am and bikes out of the trailer by 11am.

Ride is 4 hours.

So back at the car at 3pm and leaving town by 4pm.

Back at the clubhouse at 5pm.

 

December 29th– West Side MTB. 9 am  Ignacio and Chuck

We will leave from the clubhouse to ride our local trails and hopefully explore some we don’t have time for usually. This will be 3 hours.

 

 

December 30th– Mt Hopkins.

2 Groups

Group 1- Ride from the clubhouse on Gravel Bikes all the way to the mountain and up. This is only for riders who can confidently complete at least the Old Man Shoot Out. We will leave the clubhouse at 9am.

Ignacio, Joel, Mark

At the Madera Store at 11am.

At the turn off by Noon.

At the first observatory by 12:45.

At the top at 2:30.

Down at the cars at 3:30pm.

Packed up by 4pm.

At the clubhouse by 5:30pm.

 

 

Group 2– I would really encourage everyone in this group to ride their mountain bikes.

Daniela, Jody, Chuck

Arrive at clubhouse 9:00am.

Depart at 9:30am.

On bike no later than 11:30am.

Down at cars at 3:30pm.

At the clubhouse by 5:30pm.

 

December 31st– OFF

 

January 1st– Regular Saturday Morning Rides.

 

Valentin/ Daniela/ Gravel Girls Group 9 am Start time.

 

 

January 2nd– Willow Springs/ Freeman Road Gravel Loop

Chuck, Joel, Daniela, Hayden

If you have a gravel bike, you will ride it and if you just have a road bike, we have a ride for you as well.

 

Depart clubhouse at 9am.

On bikes at 10:30am.

Ride for 4 hours and be at vans at 2:30pm.

Back at the clubhouse at 4pm.

 

NICA #4

 

AMAZING MIDDLE SCHOOL LADIES

 

 

EVER IMPRESSIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUNG MEN

 

 

 

BEST RACE EVER FOR NATHANIEL AND ONE PROUD COACH

 

 

FIRST FRESHMAN TO EVER RACE IN VARSITY AND HE TAKES THE WIN BY 2 MIN

 

JESUS GIVING PROPS TO A GREAT COMPETITOR

 

WINNER OF FRESHMAN LADIES– TARYN

 

 

FRESHMAN BOYS WINNER ALEX AND SERIES WINNER

 

 

ELLIOT AFTER MONTHS BATTLING WITH TENDINITIS HE GOT BACK TO RACING AND FROM THE BACK ROW PASSED 60 SOME ODD KIDS TO TAKE 4TH AND ALONG THE WAY HELP DANIEL SECURE HIS SERIES OVERALL PODIUM. BEST TEAMMATE AWARD.

 

 

THIS CREW OF AMAZING KIDS FINISHED 3RD OVERALL IN THE STATE STANDING FOR THE SOUTHERN DIVISION OF SMALLER CLUBS.

Europe update – final reflections

Matteo, Brandon, Tyler sweep the podium in Geel

After the Geel Kermesse where we went 1-2-3, I entered into my third and final week in Europe, at least for a while.  By then, I had fallen into the rhythm of daily life at Fitland, and it felt like home.  Going over to Europe, I was expecting a dose of homesickness, but I was surprised that I only felt slightly nostalgic here and there throughout the trip.  I even grew used to the terrible wi-fi and the lack of air conditioning. The Wednesday of my last week was my 5th race, the Lommel Kermesse.  We arrived in our sprinter van, and I could already tell this race was different, bigger. There were officials standing at the entrance of the parking lots, and they checked off our team from their lists. We went to sign in (its called inscription in Europe), and again I noticed that this race seemed more important. The entire perimeter of the race course was closed off with non-translucent chain link fence.  The only way to go inside was to pay.  We got in for free because we were racing, but they were making serious bank because there were thousands of people inside that fence.  This race was also our first cobbled race, with two separate cobbled sections on the short, criterium-like course.  This was no American criterium, though.  Other than the two cobbled sections, there were 8 turns, on a 1.2 km course.  One of the cobbled sections had a turn in it, which was crazy. Perhaps even crazier was the fact that the finish was situated right on the other cobbled section.  Needless to say, this provided for a very interesting and exciting race.

Right from the gun, the chaos began.  The torrid pace that is thrown down at the beginning of every race subsided momentarily after a few laps, and I looked back to evaluate the damage that had been dealt.  The race had shattered into our lead group of 10, plus about 10 more small groups dispersed behind us.  Brandon was off the front, and so I was following moves in case any worked.  I followed a move with Chris Blevins, and we got a little gap, but the angry Belgians didn’t let us stay away.  For the rest of the race I mostly just survived with this group.  By this point we were racing for second as Brandon had a sizable gap.  In the end I didn’t have good position and finished 10th.
The final race was the Drieslinter Kermesse.  This race was very similar to the stereotypical Belgian race you hear about in the US.  There were over 100 racers, lots of crashes and havoc, road furniture, and concrete roads with a crack down the middle.  Less than 15 seconds into the race, there was a massive crash that Matteo was involved in, and he snapped his top tube.  Brandon was repeatedly attacking, but by now everyone knew who he was and refused to let him go.  Eventually a large breakaway formed which included Brandon, my teammate Maxl, and a handful of others.  Not wanting to miss out on the fun, I bridged up to them.  We survived a few laps, but an angry peloton combined with some not so cooperative breakaway companions brought our demise.  Brandon continued to attack and eventually one stuck, with one other guy.  I was recovered and considering bridging, when suddenly their gap multiplied and they were gone.  Brandon went on to attack and win solo.  Meanwhile I was in the group, and with about 3k to go, there was a crash right in front of me, and I t-boned some guy’s back.  I hit him really hard and probably broke his back.  I went down myself pretty hard, but I was up right away and pedaling.  I used my adrenaline-pumped legs to make it back up to the group.  I was going really fast.  I caught the group with about 1.5k to go and everything seemed in slow motion.  I had to somehow move up 80 positions in 1.5 kilometers.  The entire road was taken up by people doing the same, and the people the front were going as hard as they could to keep their positions.  I hopped the curb and rode the sidewalk, but I just couldn’t make it all the way to the front in time and I ended up 36th.
Leaving Europe was really hard, especially when I had school only hours later.  I was still able to bring a little bit of Europe back home, knowledge.  I learned a lot during the trip, most of which would be hard to explain with words.  I know just a little more than I did one month ago, and I hope to teach some of it to everyone else on El Grupo.  There is also plenty that the L’Abitabi guys can teach us, as they had a completely different experience than mine.  Between various sources such as these, El Grupo has learned a lot as a whole team this summer.  Hopefully we can use it to our advantage to continue to be awesome.