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El Grupo summer rider
Quinton Kiercoff
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Summer Issue!  

Here we are at the summer issue of Tail Winds. Yes, a little late but here nonetheless. We have a few stories on what’s happening in and around Perimeter Bicycling and El Tour, scheduled for Nov. 23, 2019.

We take a look at El Grupo, a great organization that helps empower youth through cycling. Enjoy their story.

We feature Kay Erb, a volunteer for Friends for Pima Animal Care Center. She’s been around for 14 years and now is helping through cycling. Then there’s Karin and Dick Roth, who are going through health issues but stay strong through cycling. Same for Thomas Malisewski, who crashed on his bike but is steadfast in a cycling return. We applaud all of you.

Have a great rest of summer and see you in El Tour!


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Did you know the Arizona adaptive sports program is one of the most competitive groups in the country? Well, it is and it continues to get better each year behind Peter Hughes, the new adaptive sports director at the University of Arizona. Winning titles happens quite frequently at UA. More will come in the future. 
Kate Hiller is halfway through her first year of being executive director of El Grupo. She’s having a good time given she’s working with youth and helping make an impact. Hiller feels, “The Importance of El Grupo in the community is that we are building Tucson’s future leaders.”
Hiller was quick to point out those who participate in El Grupo have a 100 percent high school graduation rate.
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Riding her bike in and around Tucson brings joy to Kay Erb. In this year’s El Tour de Tucson, Erb will ride for The Friends of Pima Animal Care Center.
The Friends of PACC is the nonprofit affiliate to Pima County’s animal shelter. They help with critically needed resources to Pima Animal Care Center. 
With the 37th El Tour de Tucson coming in a few months, the cumulative amount raised for charity will surpass $100,000,000. That is One Hundred Million Dollars! 
This might make El Tour de Tucson the granddaddy of charity cycling events in the known universe. If there are any larger, I’d love to hear/know what it is. 
Few things will prevent Thomas Malisewski from riding his bike. Clearly, a near-death experience won’t.  He also knows he’s lucky to be alive given the circumstances of what was to have been a nice day on his bike with fellow members of Tucson Riders for the Cure.
After all, he’s been riding a bike for more than 20 years for the “good health” of it and “the beautiful outdoors.” Accidents happen, he said, but it’s about getting back on the bike now. 
 – Of Course
Dick and Karin Roth have been together for more than 34 years and enjoy every moment.  They are  that cute couple you see enjoying life on a bicycle … no matter the circumstances.
Yet, they power through.


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