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El Grupo has grown to include daily programs offered seven days a week Diamente says. We hold practices five times per week and we offer academic and mechanical sup- port. We do many outreach events races and adventures for youth aged 12-20. And for younger kids ages 6-12 we have El Grupito a scaled-down version of El Grupo and our Summer Bike Camps. Not everyone has to race says Rivera de Rosales. Our program is about finding whats right for each child. Week- end training rides are also available. Participants spend an av- erage of 50 hoursmonth engaged in leadership and cycling development. This summer El Grupo will offer three week-long bike camps for ages 7-14 from June 6-10 June 13-17 and June 20- 24. Each childs confidence knowledge and skills increase in a safe fun and peer-led environment through activities that focus on developing safe-riding skills mechanical knowledge and bike handling for all skill levels. By Daniela Diamente Executive Director Co-Founder El Grupo Youth Cycling with photos by Damion Alexander WanttogetinvolvedwithElGrupo Hereswhatyouneedtoknow El Grupo welcomes riders of all genders shapes sizes backgrounds and interests. Currently EG aims to maintain at least one-third female participants in all programs. Try-outs for El Grupo and El Grupito are based on three Cs coachability compatibility and commitment. No previous experience equipment or skills necessary. El Grupos outreach programs including Kidical Mass target underserved neighborhoods and youth who would not otherwise be able to afford a bike safety equipment and training. The organization encourages diversity and therefore does not discriminate on any grounds. Riders come from every walk of life from all over Tucson. Participants are not necessarily athletes or health-oriented youth they are youth who just want something positive to get excited about. El Grupo provides that and more. Check out www.elgrupocycling.org for more information and email infoelgrupocycling.org to get started El Grupo would not exist if it were not for the amazingly generous Tucson and larger regional cycling community that we have. El Grupo youth ride bikes parts and equipment that have been donated by people like you You can support a low-income youth to participate in El Grupos programs with your donation. Find out how you can help and more at www.elgrupocycling.org.