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  • 22 Mar 2018 7:50 AM | Lars Romig (Administrator)

    Yes we did!!! We encourage all members to make comments and submit them directly to the FS just as we will. We ALSO encourage you to send your comments to us  so we have a good view of what our members want to see out of this trail expansion and naturalization. The FS project documents are linked below.  We are excited to see this project move forward!!!!!! Comments are due to the Forest Service by April 15th (who needs to do their taxes ;) We would appreciate your comments to us by April 7th to allow us time to read through them and form our letter as a club.

    Red Rock Trails Enhancement 2018 DOcs

  • 20 Mar 2018 3:41 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    Mike Raney

    We recently caught up with VVCC Member Mike Raney, at Over the Edge Bike Shop in Sedona.

    Hi Mike…

    Hey Kevin

    Thanks for meeting with me, I really appreciate it.

    You’re welcome.

    Let’s get to it. Where are you from originally?

    I was born in Denver and grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. I came to Northern Arizona for college and loved it ever since.

    When did you first come to the Verde Valley?

    That would have been when I moved out here as a freshman in college in 2002. Moved out to go to NAU and on my college visiting trip, I brought my bike and thought I’d ride in Flagstaff which was a huge mistake as it was in the middle of winter. Then I came down to Sedona and was totally blown away.  I knew right then that NAU was going to be the spot for me. If I could ski and ride in the same day, that seemed like a paradise for me and that’s why I came here. 

    When did you open Over the Edge? 


    What did you do before opening OTE?

    I took some time and moved to Santa Fe, NM right after college.  I was there for about four years. I lived there with my girlfriend at the time who is now my wife.  I took a job at Bicycle Technologies International or BTI as it’s more commonly referred to. BTI is a wholesale distributor of bike parts. We imported and sold parts to bike shops. Pretty big operation, they have a huge warehouse, ship all over the country and do a lot in South America.  We were importing parts from all over the world, marketing and selling them. It was a pretty sweet job. We loved Santa Fe too. But, I love it here more and had to move.

     What gives you the most satisfaction about OTE’s business?

    The job before, even though it was in the bike industry was a different beast. It was an office job – more of a corporate life – not exactly, but more in that direction. I wanted to be outside more often. I wanted to share my passion for riding on the ground level. Now, I’m interacting with people who are excited about riding every day. When I go the extra step and help someone get their bike fixed for a ride to meet their friends in half an hour, that just makes me so excited. People come back and tell us how great their ride was every day. That feels really good and is the most rewarding thing.

    How many mountain bikes does OTE rent in a year?

    Oh boy, I have no idea. Thousands I’m sure. We have about a hundred bikes in our fleet and I don’t know how often they all go out.

    How many states/countries are represented by those annual bike rentals?

    A lot. People definitely come from all over the world here to Sedona. We certainly see riders from as far away as New Zealand and Australia frequently.

    How long have you been producing the Sedona MTB Festival?

    Four years.

    How many registrants did you have for the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival this year?

    I’m still doing the count. We finished the event on Sunday and packed down the park until it’s dark. Monday return back there and continue packing down the park, pulling fence posts, picking up trash that blew around because we want to return the park in better condition than we found it. There was a crew of us there most of Monday. Then, all of the stuff comes back to Over the Edge where it has to be put in our storage units and locked away.  That’s Tuesday. Then Wednesday, I had a wrap up meeting with some of our volunteers and some of our sponsors that were still in town. Here we are today, on Thursday, and I’m back at the bike shop for the first time this week. I still have some totaling to do but I haven’t had a chance to breath yet.

    The Festival was bigger this year. From what I’m seeing, we’re going to finish at 4,000 people came to town for the Festival. That’s not nearly how many passes we sell and we don’t want to sell that many passes because we want the demo experience to be good for people. Kind of like when you go skiing, you don’t want a million people on the runs, you want a limited number of tickets sold so you’re not bumping into people all day.  We go with the same idea. This year, we stopped selling passes online at 1,200 and we allowed people to register day of and I’m guessing – we’re still counting as it’s all paper based – we had another 300 take advantage of the day of registration. Some sort of pass. That could be a single day, e day, and I definitely don’t have that total yet.    

    Do you think the Festival will outgrow its current venue?

    I think we hit the limits this year of what Posse Ground can handle. 

    If so, where are you looking to move the festival to?

    Posse Ground is such a great venue and I don’t see us changing from it. It’s central to Sedona and is practically dead center on the map of Sedona. We can disperse people to all the trails with shuttles. We have a bike park at Posse Ground and a stage. It would be pretty hard to beat that type of venue. Not looking to move the Festival at this point.

    What’s the biggest complaint you get from festival attendees? 

    People cutting the line. Hands down. We try to have the vendors help us police that. Nobody likes a cutter and if your brand is supporting a cutter that’s not good. A lot of these brands get pointed out in the comments in our surveys. If we could have folks stop jumping the fence, we would, and we had people patrolling the fence this year to cut down on that and we’re going to have a lot more next year.  


    Exhibitors generally like the Festival. A lot of them want to go home earlier on Sunday. If it’s not busy on Sunday, they’re tired from a long weekend and they want to get out of there and start breaking things down. 

    Local residents?

    Local residents is an interesting one. On our Facebook page, we’ve had a lot of reviews. I had one negative review from a gentleman who lives in Phoenix and was up hiking this weekend. He was pretty vague with about what happened to him but he said that bike riders were not nice to him. I feel like if we can provide a good time for 4,000 people with one bad review, I can deal with that.

    I also think we get a lot of locals – I’ve had people yell at me – that we’re ruining the trails. Yet, they don’t hike, bike or otherwise experience the trails, it’s just a preconceived thing that they have filling their heads. Then there’s the complaint that there’s extra traffic and people in town. At the same time, I know we exposed a lot of new people to riding by having the free passes. A lot of people bring their significant other that might not have ever been interested in riding. We’re growing cycling as a sport in a positive way. We also donate to the Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition and the Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund and have the Forest Service presence at the Festival.

    What’s the nicest complement you’ve received about the festival?

    Jordan Reese met his wife at the Festival. When I first put up the Facebook page, one of the early comments was this is the perfect place to meet your future wife. I thought that was pretty cool.

    Any last thoughts?

    I’m thankful for everyone who came to the Festival and supports the shop. It takes a village to put on the Festival and I’m really thankful for everyone involved.

    5 Minutes With is a running series of articles celebrating VVCC members who are making a difference for bicycling in the Verde Valley. If you know of a VVCC member that fits this description, please send their name to VVCC's Treasurer at

  • 16 Mar 2018 4:16 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    The Coconino National Forest is seeking public input on the Red Rock Trails Enhancement Project. 

    This project on the Red Rock Ranger District would add more than 34 miles of non-motorized Forest Service system trails--constructing 17 miles of trail and adopting 17 miles of user-created routes into the official trail system—while also re-routing and naturalizing other segments of trails at specific locations within the district.

    The public is invited to provide input during the comment period from March 16 through April 15, 2018, regarding the project’s proposed action. Comments can be submitted in writing through one of the following methods:

    • via email to (include "Redrock Trails Enhancement" in the subject line);
    • via mail to Red Rock Ranger District, Attention: Red Rock Trails Enhancement, PO Box 20429 Sedona, AZ 86341;
    • via facsimile to (928) 203-7539; or
    • in person at the Red Rock Ranger District Office, 8375 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ 86351.

    You can view the proposed action, including a vicinity and three detailed maps, on the Forest Service’s project website:

    The following chart provides a summary of the Red Rock Trails Enhancement Project.


    New Trail Construction

    User-Created Adoption

    System Trail Re-route

    User-Created Naturalization

    System Trail Naturalization

    Western Gateway

    15 miles

    11 miles

    2.8 miles

    10 miles

    1.6 miles

    Village of Oak Creek Trails






    Camp Verde Loops






    Thunder Mountain






    Total Activity

    17 miles

    17.1 miles

    6.9 miles

    13.5 miles

    4.8 miles

    The VVCC is currently in the process of raising $75,000 for the Western Gateway Project.

  • 5 Mar 2018 9:37 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)
    Thirsty mountain bikers were glad to see the VVCC volunteers who staffed the Sedona MTB Festival's beer token booth this past weekend. Almost 4,000 beer tokens were sold during the Festivals three days. Over $6,000 was raised for the Western Gateway Trail System during the Festival!

    Right next to the Festival beer booth, the VVCC's This Bell Rocks tent


    sold SWAG such as commemorative bells, VVCC shirts, and Ride-for-Five Drive Raffle tickets.

    Ron Rusk and Tim Bergman serve thirsty mountain bikers

    Rebecca Ellis and Jeri Merritt ring those bells

    VVCC President, Mary Glinsky closing a sale while VVCC members Roger Sneed and Kaitlyn Propps look on

    Mikey Berlly, Lars Romig, Joel Bowers and Roger Sneed brave the cold on Sunday

    A huge thank you to the below volunteers who made the VVCC's presence at the Sedona MTB Festival a success.

    Marty Glinsky, Roger Sneed, Doug Copp, Mikey Berlly, Craig Bierly, John Ellis, Rebecca Ellis, John Ellis Jr., Jeri Merritt, Douglas Pierce, Pam Milavec, Al Milavec, Marlene Macek, Pat Roberts, Tim Bergman, Ron Rusk, Grant Munkwitz, Lori Munkwitz, Charles Blake, Mikeala Ray, Dan Blaettler, Louise Brinton, Kaitlyn Propp, Lars Romig, Mike Wise and Joel Bowers.

  • 1 Mar 2018 8:23 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

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  • 23 Feb 2018 4:27 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    The Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition “VVCC” is pleased to announce it will once again be the “BeerTender” at the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival. This three-day festival held March 2nd – 4th, is attended by thousands of mountain bikers from across the United States looking to Shred the Red. The Festival offers a Main Expo with 85 exhibitors, Bike Demos, Ride Shuttles, Beer Garden offering four distinct micro-breweries’ brews, and six different bands performing throughout the weekend at the Posse Grounds Park Pavilion.

    In addition to being the Festival’s BeerTender, the VVCC will be staffing a booth located right next door to where the VVCC will be selling beer tokens to thirsty mountain bikers. At the VVCC booth, the VVCC will be offering This Bell Rocks unique bike bells featuring an image of Bell Rock and the caption: Sedona 2018 to raise funds for the Western Gateway Trail System construction slated to being in Fall 2018. The Western Gateway Trail System is envisioned as a stacked loop trail system of at least 15 trails (beginner (2), intermediate (10) and advanced (3)) consisting of loops, connectors and incredible vistas located on Coconino National Forest land in the West Sedona area. 

    The VVCC’s Ride for Five Membership/Fundraising Drive launches March 1st and runs through May 31st with special giveaways valued at over $9,500 to be awarded on June 8th. All 200+ VVCC Members as of March 1st automatically receive one free entry to the June 8th award drawing. New and renewing members during the drive also will receive free drawing entries. 

    For those VVCC members wanting to increase their odds of winning, additional giveaway entries are available for sale at and with entry proceeds benefiting the Western Gateway Trail System and the VVCC’s Bikes-for-Kids program respectively. 

    VVCC members who volunteer to assist VVCC led activities at any of the following events will receive one entry for all Ride-for-Five Drive giveaways for each volunteer shift: Sedona MTB Festival (March 1-4); VVCC Spring Picnic (March 31st); Cottonwood Elementary School Bike Rodeo (April 6th); and West Sedona Elementary School Bike Rodeo (May 4th).

    Additionally, drawing entries are also available for online purchase at the Sedona MTB Festival and at the following Verde Valley bike shops: Absolute Bikes, Bike & Bean, Over the Edge, Trail Sports, Trail Zen, and Verde Valley Bike Company. Proceeds from these bike shop sales will benefit the Western Gateway Trail System.

    Here’s a list of the giveaways to be awarded on June 8th.

    • Choice of Stumpjumper Comp Carbon Mountain or Tarmac SL5 Expert Dura Ace Road Bike
    • Carbon 41w 27.5” Whiskey Wheel Set with SRAM 900 Hubs through QBP's Custom Wheelhouse Division
    • Complete Rockford-Fosgate 600W Car Audio System consisting of Prime 600W Full Range Class-D 4-Channel Amplifier, Punch 6.5” 2-Way Full Range Speaker (2), Punch P300-10 Single 10” Subwoofer, and RFX8K Install Kit
    • Trek 8.2 Dual Sport Hybrid Bicycle
    • Hewlett Packard 250 Notebook PC with Intel Core i5 7200U/2.5 GHz, Win 10 Pro 64-bit, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, DVD-Writer, 15.6" 1366 x 768 (HD) and HD Graphics 620
    • Kali Interceptor Cycling Helmet (4)
    • Camelbak Hydration Pack (2)

    The Ride for Five Drive official rules can be downloaded here.

    Thank you for your support and good luck!

  • 22 Feb 2018 3:09 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    Win Prizes, Support New Trails and Get Kids on Bikes

    The VVCC’s Ride for Five Membership/Fundraising Drive launches March 1st and runs through May 31st with special giveaways valued at over $9,500 to be awarded on June 8th.  These giveaways include:

    • Choice of Stumpjumper Comp Carbon Mountain or Tarmac SL5 Expert Dura Ace Road Bike
    • Carbon 41w 27.5” Whiskey Wheel Set with SRAM 900 Hubs
    • Complete Rockford-Fosgate 600W Car Audio System
    • Trip for (2) on any AZT Expeditions MTB Trip
    • Trek 8.2 Dual Sport Hybrid Bicycle
    • Hewlett Packard 250 Notebook PC with Intel Core i5 7200U/2.5 GHz processor
    • Kali Interceptor Cycling Helmet (4)
    • Camelbak Hydration Pack (2)

    “The Ride for Five Drive is raising funds to support construction of the Western Gateway Trail System in West Sedona scheduled for Fall 2018 and the VVCC’s Verde Valley Bikes for Kids Program” stated VVCC President Marty Glinsky. “All of the net raffle proceeds will support these two programs as chosen by ticket buyers” added Glinsky. 

    “New and renewing members during the drive receive raffle entries and a 23% off coupon for one REI Co-op item good at any REI in the United States and online” said Kevin Adams VVCC Membership Committee Chair. “Getting to 500 members would make the VVCC one of the largest advocacy non-profits in the Verde Valley” added Adams.

    Six Verde Valley bicycle shops – Absolute Bikes, Bike & Bean, Over the Edge, Trail Sports, Trail Zen and the Verde Valley Bicycle Company are facilitating Ride for Five Drive raffle ticket sales.

    To join the VVCC and/or purchase raffle tickets, please go to where proceeds support new trails or  where proceeds support getting kids on bikes.

  • 20 Feb 2018 7:05 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    Greg Heil, Editor in Chief worked with the VVCC to publish an article about the Western Gateway Trail System that's coming to Sedona starting this fall. The article, one of the most popular on Singletracks so far this year with almost 2,900 shares, raised more funds over a weekend for Western Gateway than we normally raise in a month. 

    Thanks so much Greg for helping raise funds for the Western Gateway Project.

  • 19 Feb 2018 10:21 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    When Hermosa Tours' Director Matt McFee saw the recent Singletracks article about the Western Gateway Trail System and the VVCC's Ride for Five Drive raffle, he knew he needed to help. So, he reached out over the weekend and offered a a trip for (2) on any AZT Expeditions MTB trip which the VVCC gladly accepted. Now, the Ride for Five Drive raffle has giveaways valued at $9,500! Thank you Matt.

    About Hermosa Tours

    Hermosa Tours, LLC was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in beautiful Durango, Colorado with a second location in Sedona, AZ. We offer premium, guided mountain bike tours throughout the western United States for all skill levels from families to beginners to even the most advanced riders. In addition, Hermosa Tours now offers self-guided trips on the Colorado Trail, Kokopelli Trail, Durango to Moab, Arizona Trail and many others.

  • 18 Feb 2018 1:43 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    The VVCC is proud to welcome CDW-G as our latest Silver Level Sponsor. CDW-G Vice President of Defense Sales, Ben Bourbon, contributed a Hewlett Packard 250 Notebook PC with Intel Core i5 7200U/2.5 GHz processor to the Ride for Five Drive.

    Thank you Ben!

    About CDW-G

    CDW-G is a wholly owned subsidiary of CDW, a leading multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare organizations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. A Fortune 500 company with multi-national capabilities, CDW was founded in 1984 and employs more than 8,700 coworkers. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the company generated net sales of approximately $15 billion.


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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