We recently caught up with the VVCC's longest serving board member Doug Copp.
Q. How long have you lived in Sedona?
Doug - We moved here in the summer of 1994. I grew up in N. Az, but left after college. I always wanted to return.
Q. What boards have/do you serve on?
Doug - TRACS (Trail Resource Access Coalition of Sedona, a trail advocacy group in the 90's), Sedona Recycles Inc, on and off since 1996, current board president since 2014, SRRTF since the group formed approximately 3 years ago and the VVCC.
Q. How long have you served on the VVCC board?
Doug - Not exactly sure, probably since around 2005. I was good friends with Daniel Paduchowski, we mountain biked and did road rides. TRACS was defunct at that point so I joined VVCC.
Q. Why are you a VVCC board member?
Doug - I am a minimalist. I think the bicycle is one of the great inventions since fire and the wheel. I wish more people rode bikes. I also love Sedona's incredible trail system and the VVCC has been a great supporter of our trails and helping Sedona become a Bicycle Friendly Community.
Q. What's been the VVCC's biggest successes over the years and why?
Doug - Getting the USFS to be more friendly to mtbrs. Getting more trails, especially purpose built trails. The VVCC was also the driving force behind the SR179 bike lanes, the SR89A bike lanes and the Sedona Bike Skills Park and our bronze & silver Bicycle Friendly Community awards.
Q. The VVCC will be celebrating its 15th anniversary soon, where do you see the VVCC 15 years from now?
Doug - Bigger and better than ever, largely thanks to Kevin, Pam, Rich, Dan and Paul who have transformed the VVCC.
Q. Any last words?
Doug - Ride more, drive less.