Monthly Insider Newsletter
August 2014
 "Cycling is the sport of usefulness." 
-Fred DeLong
Empowering Youth Through Bicycles
Goings On... 
School is back in session! Or will be within a short time for all. This means we move back to our standard school schedule, revive Academic Hours, and begin every Friday mechanic hours. El Grupo will be providing a full five days after school of useful opportunities to keep you having fun, learning, and growing with your friends. 
It is also time to celebrate an AMAZING spring and summer of successes for El Grupo, and welcome new friends to the team. We do hope that ALL of you can make it to the team party and meeting next Sunday, August 10th! 
The fall semester will bring the Arizona High School Mountain Bike League and separate mountain bike and road bike middle school student goal events. Of course, we all will engage with Tour de Tucson in November. 
In addition, we will start up a pilot group of El Grupito - with opportunities for mentoring younger kids at times; lead Kidical Mass rides, one-day bike skills sessions, and participate/lead old and new fundraisers. It should be a really fun and engaging fall!
Events Upcoming... 
Race Re-Cap & Lessons Learned - Wed, August 6th 5:30pm - 6:30pm (approx. following practice)
Ben, Christian, Daniel, Keenan, Logan & Nick will present on their expriences at Tour de l'Abitibi to the other riders (and others are welcome to attend) at the clubhouse. We hope to have a separate one with Tyler & Europe trip!

End of Summer & Senior to Alumni Celebration!
Sunday, August 10th @ the Helmke's house- 4pm - 7pm - 4370 N Camino Yermo
Join us with a side dish or dessert to share for the potlukc and pool party to celebrate both Christian and Logan as they transition from youth riders to almuni, and to celebrate everyone's accomplishments thus far this year. El Grupo party time! We will also have a short team meeting to kick off the fall semester, and sign ups for individual rider/parent(s) check in meetings. 
Arizona High School Mountain Bike League
Mark these dates now! 
2014 Race Schedule
  • Sept. 14 – Pioneer Park – Prescott
  • Sept. 28 – Fort Valley Trail System – Flagstaff
  • Oct. 12 – McDowell Mountain Regional Park – Fountain Hills
  • Oct. 26 – SARA Park Rodeo Grounds – Lake Havasu City
  • Nov. 9 – White Tank Regional Park  – Waddell
Others - We will have some choices to make as we approach September/October and State Champ Time Trial and Hill Climb races vs. mountain bike events. We will discuss more at the team meeting and individually. 

As usual, more details will be posted on the blog in the coming days/weeks about all of these... Thanks!
MEET: Lindsay Walker | El Grupo Assistant Director 
Macintosh HD:Users:lindsayjanay:Pictures:iPhoto Library:Previews:2014:01:11:20140111-222405:GXommO8%SgWS9ajNpUzJBQ:IMG_1005 - Version 2.JPGI learned about El Grupo in 2012 when I was attending the University of Arizona and was able to collaborate with them on multiple occasions through academics and my Peace Corps Fellows internship with Living Streets Alliance. In May 2014, I graduated with a Master of Public Health in health behavior and health promotion. El Grupo encompasses many areas of public health that interest me: active transportation, physical activity, positive youth development and psychosocial wellbeing.  Working with youth to improve their quality of life by improving their self-efficacy, self-esteem and resiliency by developing skills for a lifetime is a vocation I am drawn to.  

Professional Development Support during Academic Hours | Mondays 4-7pm
I enjoy hearing the youths’ stories and brainstorming tangible ways to achieve their goals. In part to help our El Grupo youth develop positively, I will offer professional development support during academic hours. Every Monday from 4-7pm at the Clubhouse, I will be available to assist youth with any questions they may have about their personal and academic goals.  Some topics of interest may include researching about specific college programs, preparing professional documents, learning job skills, vocation assessments and more~

Email me if you already have a topic in mind and would like to set up a time!
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Tuition Reminder  
You can make payments through our Donate button on the website and set up recurring payments. That is the easiest way to not forget each month - and it is secure. Please try to make your monthly contribution by the 15th of the month. Thank you!
If ever you have trouble paying one month, please communicate with Daniela about it. 
Mechanic Hours 
Now Fridays 3pm -6pm

Coach Shawn is adding the Team Mechanic position to his many ways that he contributes to El Grupo, and we are super excited about it! 
We will begin with open shop hours on Fridays, and schedule more structured workshops soon.
If you have a specific mechanic skill set you would like to learn, please talk with Shawn and/or Ignacio about it. 
Also, Fridays are a great day after school to get your bike(s) cleaned up and ready for the weekend. 
WoCAA season survey 
El Grupo wins juniors & team category!
From WoCAA: 
2014 was only our second year running the series, and we’d like to get your feedback on what worked well and what could be improved.  
So we’d really appreciate if you could take 5 minutes to answer our short survey, and please share with with your friends.
Thanks for your time and feedback!

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