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  • 10 Dec 2018 3:35 PM | Deleted user

    A big thanks to all that came for the VVCC Holiday Party, great friends, holiday cheer, prizes and BBQ.

    The raffle raised $1,575.00. Thanks to members' generosity, raffle proceeds at our "free" events help ensure that 1) the VVCC is able to produce "free" events and 2) our sponsors and potential sponsors continue to support the VVCC by providing raffle items and free beer to entice members to consider their offering. Thank you to Bill Jackson, Hollywood Racks, Patti and Dennis Wyman, Trail Sports, Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Peter Hart, Paul Hallinan, REI, Lagunitas and all our sponsors in helping us produce these events. Details on how the VVCC uses raffle funds can be found on the Financial Information section on the VVCC's website.

    John Ellis won the $50 Trail Sports Gift Certificate door prize and promptly handed it to his wife, Rebecca. Marty won the Camelbak donated by Paul. His wife, Lisa, was picking the raffle ticket winners since she conveniently showed up after raffle ticket sales were closed. Hmmm. More on this alleged scandal later. The TV grand prize winner, Chris Bolles, also won the Pittsburg Steelers Antonio Brown autographed photo and promptly sold it to Al Milavec for $25, more than recouping his $20 raffle ticket investment. Brad Vierek won the VVCC Gourd, hand painted by Peter Hart. Lauren Barnett won the Sonos Soundbar.

    Patti won a Hollywood Racks bike rack at the VVCC fall picnic, gifted the rack back to the VVCC to use as a Holiday Party Prize, only to win it back at the Holiday Party. Thinking it was her lucky night, she graciously refused the prize. Then Lisa Glinsky picked Marty’s number three times before Heather Parris’ number was drawn. Sadly, Patti’s number was never drawn again. Will the VVCC Directors appoint a special counsel to investigate how Marty arranged for Lisa to keep picking his numbers?

    In addition to the prize donors mentioned above, the second bike rack was donated by Hollywood Racks, the football was donated by the Arizona Cardinals, the AB autographed photo donated by the Pittsburgh Steelers, the $50 gift certificates were donated by Trail Sports, The Samsung TV and Sonos Sound bar donations were arranged by Bill Jackson and the beer was donated by Lagunitas Brewery. The VVCC provided the wine, water and Bigfoot Bar-B-Que. Raffle proceeds more than covered the VVCC’s expenses and the surplus will be available for mission purposes. See more pictures from the party here

    Ride on!

  • 6 Dec 2018 3:27 PM | Deleted user

    VVCC Initiative for Sedona Bike/Hike Plan

    VCC Members-

    Please plan to attend the Sedona City Council meeting, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec 11th to show support for our initiative to move the City to include city-wide multi-use pathway system in the master transportation plan. The Council agenda for the meeting includes discussion of Agenda Bill AB2378, “Discussion/possible direction regarding the Sedona In Motion transportation program”. The Council is appreciative of strong turnouts in support of initiatives. You do not have to be a city resident to attend or if you want to address the Council for three minutes.

    VVCC has sent a letter to each Council member and Mayor Moriarty asking that there be a multi-use pathway system included in the transportation plan. You can read the full letter here

    I hope to see you at the Sedona City Hall on Tuesday!

  • 22 Nov 2018 8:48 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    When you attended a SRRTF/REI/VVCC sponsored Western Gateway volunteer trail work day this season, the delicious pizza you're scarfing down at the après is in large part due to the generosity of Steve Buysse, owner of Famous Pizza & Beer in West Sedona and the VOC.

    Thank you Steve!

  • 21 Nov 2018 12:16 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    VVCC Member Emma Young

    How long have you lived in the Verde Valley?

    I have lived in the Verde Valley since 2015 and moved from Frankfort, Michigan. 

    Are you married and, if so, to whom and for how long?

    I am married to Randy Young from the Verde Valley Bicycle Company.  We got married just over a year ago at a bicycle themed ceremony!  

    What do you do for a living?

    I am a teacher. 

    How long have you been a teacher?

    Four years 

    Where do you teach/what grades/subjects?

    I teach 5th and 6th grade ancient world history at Cottonwood Community Elementary School.  

    What do you like most about being a teacher?

    I love teaching because I get to work with youth, I have so much fun with them.  The other part I love about the job is that it challenges my creative side while allowing me to use scientific based practices.  

    What do you like least about being a teacher? 

    Does your school participate in the Bikes4Kids Program? 

    Yes, we just started a club this year and the students are thrilled!  

    How often does the program meet in your school?

    We meet twice a week for an hour and a half or two hours.  

    How many students participate?  

    We have seven members. 

    What have we missed?

    When I moved to Arizona I wanted to begin riding a mountain bike because it was so popular here.  I did not want to miss out!  I fell in love with riding because of the exercise, being out in nature and most of all the community.  

  • 20 Nov 2018 11:12 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    On May 31, 2018, RRRD Ranger, Nicole Branton, approved the Red Rocks Trails Enhancement Decision Memo authorizing the addition of more than 34 miles of non-motorized trails to enhance recreational opportunities in the RRRD.

    The planned trail enhancement is to occur in three separate areas: the Western Gateway in West Sedona, Village of Oak Creek (VOC) and Camp Verde. Here's what's been happening.

    Western Gateway Update

    On November 8th, ground broke on the Girdner realignment that is part of the Western Gateway, with the first of 12 REI/SRRTF/VVCC sponsored trail workdays. Photos courtesy of Joe Hazel.

    VOC Update

    The Transept trail in the VOC has been closed to cross-country travel to mountain bikes since early 2013 so it was great to see the Decision Memo approving its improvement and adoption into the system. 

    On November 10th, the RRRD conducted a volunteer workday on Transept that was followed by seasonal FS crew work. When the seasonal crew finished the rest of the trail to Hiline, temporary signs were installed and on November 19th, the RRRD officially opened Transept to cyclists!

    According to VVCC Director Pam Milavec "We rode it yesterday.  They definitely did not “sanitize” the trail!  It’s quite a program.  Al did well on it, while I struggled a bit.  Oh well, it’s a beautiful trail!"

    Camp Verde Update

    Also on November 19th, Patrick Kell, IMBA Grants Manager, notified the VVCC that IMBA secured funding to begin the conceptual planning of approximately 5 miles of new trails in Camp Verde. These trail plans will be completed for an area near the planned Sports Complex Park in Camp Verde. IMBA plans to meet with the town of Camp Verde staff in January to discuss the project and expects to have Trail Specialists from their Trail Solutions Department on the ground in late spring 2019 reviewing the terrain/potential trail corridors and will then develop a map and report of their findings. 

    A huge thank you to the RRRD for making it happen!

    This article will be updated as events occur.

  • 19 Nov 2018 9:50 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    July 1st began the VVCC's 16th year as a bicycle advocacy organization. In recognition of 15 years of improving the bicycling environment and quality of life in the region, we have been scouring the archives - thank you Daniel Paduchowski - to bring our past to the present. 

    Now that Sedona is in the stage of bringing its Transportation Master Plan to life, an effort known as Sedona in Motion, the VVCC is advocating the need to create a dedicated Bike and Ped Master Plan for Sedona. This plan must address what the highest priorities for pathways are, the needs of the community, and what pathways should connect to what places.

    The below Op-Ed and article from a January 2007 Red Rock News edition remind us that there is still much more to be accomplished.

  • 16 Nov 2018 10:17 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    This morning, Randy Ortiz, Managing Director at Arabella Sedona Hotel cut the ribbon officially opening a Bike Pavilion to their property for guests and the public.

    The pavilion is equipped with a bike repair station... well as a bike wash station!

    Arabella Sedona Hotel is located on the east side of the SR 179 Bike Path at 725 Highway 179 Sedona, Sedona, Arizona 86336. 

    More bike repair stations are coming to various Sedona locations, but Arabella's is the only one offering a bike wash station. 

    When you're at the pavilion, check out the chandelier!

    A huge thank you to Randy and the entire Arabella staff for helping to make Sedona more bike friendly and opening the pavilion to the public!

  • 14 Nov 2018 9:07 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    The VVCC is pleased to announce that our good friends at Lagunitas Brewing Company have been upgraded to Gold Level Sponsor status. Lagunitas has provided the beer for the VVCC's 2017 Holiday Party, 2018 Spring and Fall Picnics, Friday FUNdraiser MTB Rides and just recently donated 24 cases to support 12 Western Gateway Trail Work Days.

    The International Mountain Bicycling Association just contributed $500.00 to the VVCC for Western Gateway Construction and were named a VVCC Silver Level Sponsor. Thank you IMBA for helping us build "more trails close to home!"

  • 10 Nov 2018 6:42 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    In 1998, the revised Forest Plan for the red rock area first identified a "trail access hub" to access a robust non-motorized trail system in the Western Gateway area. On November 8, 2018 ground broke on this trail access hub now commonly referred to as the Western Gateway - a 29 mile non-motorized trail system in West Sedona.

    Approximately 30 volunteers and Forest Service trail crew members attended the first of 12 Western Gateway volunteer workdays.

    These workdays are sponsored by the Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund "SRRTF" through a generous grant by REI. Justin Ingles of REI Flagstaff was on hand with raffle prizes for the volunteers. On January 9th, two four person American Conservation Experience "ACE" crews from Flagstaff will begin 8 weeks of construction of the Western Gateway. The ACE crews are funded by a National Forest Foundation grant awarded to the SRRTF with the matching funds provided by the VVCC.

    The work day goal was to construct a re-route of a portion of the Girdner Trail to eliminate a fall line section and have the trail hug the hillside above the Dry Creek flood plain.

    When the volunteers returned to the trail head after the work day concluded, they were greeted with delicious pizza courtesy of Famous Pizza, cold water/gatorade, and a cooler stocked with an an assortment of beers from Lagunitas Brewery provided by the VVCC. One lucky volunteer won a back pack and water bottle courtesy of REI.

    The next Western Gateway volunteer work day is November 17th at 8:30AM. Volunteers will meet at the Girdner Trailhead just off Cultural Park way in West Sedona.


  • 8 Nov 2018 11:43 PM | Deleted user



    Raffles, prizes and gear! Good times with local cyclists and the bike shop crew!



    All items in shop, including custom order and bicycles are 20% off standard prices! Come in and take advantage of this incredible deal as a thank you to your customer loyalty. 20% discount takes place November 16th - 24th.

    743 N. Main St. Cottonwood, AZ 86326

    Store Phone - 928.202.4941


The VVCC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 2003 (incorporated in March 2004) to promote road and mountain bike advocacy in, and around, the Verde Valley of Northern Arizona.




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