Monthly Insider Newsletter
January 2014
"Inspiring others towards happiness brings you happiness."

-mid-day tea bag
Empowering Youth Through Bicycles
Goings On... 
 
Thanks to all for a wonderful, active winter break for those of you who were here and put so much time and effort into it. You get out of anything what you put into it, and it will be fun to see all the results. We already are seeing results, in fact. And not race or ride results.

The kind of results that really matter are those of greater self-confidence, resilience, self-discipline, sense of community, leadership and enjoyment. We have witnessed all of these kinds of gains in so many of you, and that is what El Grupo is all about. 

Thanks to all parents and family members who joined in on our first-ever skills sessions and rides specifically for parents. Please continue to give us your feedback on those. We will be planning more soon - and one specifically for board members :) Before long, we hope to offer these up to the public at a small fee to increase others' riding skills and their awareness of how awesome El Grupo youth riders are!
 
CHANGE is coming! The new clubhouse and new website are not just rumors, promise. It is looking like both will be realities before the end of the month!
 
We want to THANK all the wonderful parents, loved ones, supporters and volunteers who come together to make this all possible. So THANK YOU AGAIN!
Events Upcoming... 
 
Kidical Mass - Beyond Event - Saturday, January 11th
  • Join El Grupo Youth Cycling's trained Youth Leaders and LSA volunteers for a leisurely ride through Armory Park, Barrios Santa Rosa and Viejo. We'll leave around 12:15 pm from Armory Park.
  • Treat yourself and your hungry kiddos to FREE ice cream, courtesy ofIsabella's, after the ride!
  • Enjoy piece of mind knowing your bike is securely parked by Pima County Bicycle Ambassadors in their secure FREE Bike Valet parking area from 12-3pm while you check out the other activities at BEYOND Tucson's Main Event.
 
WoCAA Kickoff Event & Awards Ceremony (plus female group ride) - Saturday, January 18th
What: Series awards for 2013 regular and CX series & 2014 kickoff event
When: Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 4-6pm
Where: Fitworks Cycling Support - 186 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85701

WoCAA = Women's Cycling Assoc. of Arizona
There will be a great party to celebrate the first year of the WoCAA Series and kickoff the second year!  Riders who placed in the top 5 in any of the categories in 2013 will receive prizes.  Championship jerseys will be awarded to the winners of each category. This includes the following El Grupo ladies: Ana, Chloe, Madison, Isabel, and Maya

Daniela will be leading a WoCAA group ride (males & females welcome) from LeBuzz at 11am same day.
 
2014 Team Presentation & Supporter Appreciation
SAVE THE DATE!! - Sunday, January 26th 3pm-5pm
All team members will be expected as we present the 2014 team and team kit, appreciate our sponsors and supporters, and kick off the start to a great 2014 at the new clubhouse. More details before long... You should have all received the 2014 Sponsor list and be studying them! Team kits and more will be made available shortly before this event - with NO ONE allowed to wear or reveal it before then.

February 1st & 2nd - 2014 Road Race season begins
Saturday will be the UofA Criterium (UA BioPark on South Kino) and Sunday will be the Oracle Road Race. Let the fun begin!!
Tuition Reminder & Update... 
 
Thank you to those who have turned in your 2014 Tuition Pledge sheets. This helps us plan for the year. If you have a recurring payment already set up, you do not need to turn one in, unless you are anticipating changes.
 
You should be receiving an electronic RECEIPT for each payment for your records. Please let me know if you have questions or concerns.
 
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. 
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In The News 
 
You won't want to miss out on a fantastic documentary coming out by local pro female athlete & author Kathryn Bertine:
 
Half the Road : The Passion, Pitfalls & Power of Women's Professional Cycling
 
SPECIAL ADVANCE SCREENING! WED JAN 29TH, 2014 TUCSON, AZ, THE LOFT, 7PM

Highly recommended to purchase tickets in advance!
 
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El Grupo Youth Cycling
PO Box 295
Tucson, AZ 85702

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