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  • 16 Feb 2018 7:32 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    Today, Singletracks Magazine published an article about the Western Gateway Trail Project. Click here to read the article.

  • 14 Feb 2018 6:54 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    Part time Sedona residents Steve Flagg and Mary Henrickson are supporting the VVCC's Ride for Five Drive by contributing the Carbon 41w 27.5” Whiskey Wheel Set with SRAM 900 Hubs through QBP's Custom Wheelhouse Division giveaway prize. Thank you Steve and Mary!

    Steve and Mary founded QBP in 1981 in a small office in St. Paul, MN. QBP was early to import hard-to-find mountain bike parts from suppliers in Japan, and business took off. As the company grew, so did the number of employees, the ability serve more dealers, and the opportunities to expand product offerings with new, in-house brands. Today, QBP is the industry leader in distribution, and its brands consistently create new categories in cycling.

  • 13 Feb 2018 11:28 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    The VVCC is proud to welcome its newest Gold Level Sponsor, Rockford Fosgate® out of Tempe, AZ. Rockford has generously provided a complete 600W auto sound system for the VVCC' Ride for Five Drive.

    A huge thank you to Rockford's Bill Jackson for stepping up to support the VVCC!

    About Rockford Fosgate® 

    Rockford Fosgate® is POWER. For those who don’t eat, drink and sleep audio, this may seem a little terrifying. Why would someone want thousands of watts of Rockford Fosgate® power in an amplifier that’s bigger than most cars are wide? Because sometimes, too much power is perfect!

    Rockford Fosgate® is built for the future. We implement the most state-of-the-art technology in the audio world. Best of all, our entire line of products…amps, subwoofers, speakers, processors, and source units are designed and engineered in Tempe, AZ, USA!

    Rockford Fosgate® isn’t just about technology. We’re about creating human experiences in sound. Technology and audio science merge in brilliant design of circuitry and components that enable you to enjoy impactful and passionate music. Just as the artists intended. Jim Fosgate founded Rockford with a passion for music, and he’s still pursuing his dream. Mr. Fosgate won an Emmy® Award for his ingenuity in developing surround sound technology. You could say his entire career has been defined by music and technology.

    Rockford Fosgate® Where Music Meets Technology. 

  • 7 Feb 2018 9:35 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    We recently caught up with VVCC Member Craig Bierly, at Firecreek Coffee in the Village of Oak Creek.

    Hi Craig. Thanks for meeting with us.

    Hi. You’re welcome.

    What did you do before you became a mountain bike vagabond?

    For 26 years I worked in aerospace. I was not an engineer but a tool production planning manufacturing engineer so I dealt with the engineering. I have a very focused point on the fact that measurements are important and you build from the drawing. 

    Great, so what changed for you?

    I got my first bike back in 1985 and I’ve been reading Mountain Bike Action since issue 2 and in that magazine plus other magazines, there were many articles about places to ride in the country. I wanted to ride some of these places while my body was still good, but when I was living in Spokane, most of them were deemed “too far away to go.” I realized that while I was working for somebody, I wasn’t receiving any benefit from it other than wages and I wanted something for myself…do something that was me – my current business card says “doing what I want since 2008" – and that’s what I did.

    It was July 2008. I sold my house, most of my possessions, and distilled my life down into my Sprinter and took off.

    Where was the first trail you rode after taking off?

    I remember Crested Butte was the one that had been getting quite a bit of advertising for several issues. When I was living in Spokane, Downieville was as far away as I’d gotten. But when I took off and got to Crested Butte, the boundary was broken and the country was mine. I parked out on the road with the side door of my Sprinter facing the road. Took off riding Bear Flag, Reno, Deadman and as I’m pedaling back up, I see the side door open and I’m thinking “oh my gosh, I’ve been burglarized/vandalized just after my start.” I searched. Nothing was missing. Turns out in my excitement to ride, I took off and left the door open.  

    How many miles do you put on your Sprinter in a year?

    There’s 215,000 miles on it now, I had 20,000 on it before I started, almost 10 years. You do the math and it comes to about 18,000 miles a year or so.  And, it depends upon what I do. Last year I put on a little over 10,000 miles because I stayed in the western United States. The year before, I drove around the perimeter of the country, rode in 26 States and there might have been 22,000 miles driven.    

    How many States have you ridden in?

    Forty-nine. The Sprinter’s been to forty-eight. It took me 11 months and 3 weeks to ride once in each one of the lower forty-eight States.  

    Which State did you miss, Alaska or Hawaii? 

    Alaska and Hawaii were not part of my plan. I had an opportunity to go to Hawaii. It was crazy. I had a choice of places to stay on two islands. I’m using MTBProject to research rides and picked a ride on Kauai. I did my research and found a bike shop there that claimed to be “this is where mountain biking is on the islands.” It took me three bus rides to get to the bike shop. I rented a trail bike. Rode 8 miles of pavement to get to 3 miles of dirt and it was a jeep road!  

    What’s your favorite ride?

    There are way too many to choose from. Because I’ve ridden so many, none stand out as number one. One I’ve really enjoyed is Devil’s Gulch outside of Wenatchee, WA. What’s great about that one is that it’s 13 miles downhill but the gradient on it is such that you can ride up it as well as down. 13 miles of a continuous downhill makes that pretty good!

    Wow. So how do you plan your year?

    The one I’m working on now will tell you what I’m going to do. Singletracks has a top 1,000 (or 200) rides in America list and they’re numbered based on, I guess, reader feedback. I contacted Singletracks and it looks like they’re working with me. I want to get a file of all those trails that I can sort by state/city to work with my map and locate those rides/potential rides. From there, I just link them as I’m thinking about going around the country again. In 2016, I drove north across the top of the country. I caught the fall colors in Duluth, MN and I went down the Appalachian chain and saw colors and colors. It was just a phenomenal experience.    

    Where do you stay?

    I live in my Sprinter. I have spent less than 10 days in 9+ years out of my Sprinter and we can net out 5 of those with two different hospital stays.

    How many years have you wintered in Sedona?

    This is my 9th year.

    Why Sedona?

    I can ride here. I’m out of the snow.  My travel retinue is such that I’m a mountain biker who can ride 365 days a year by choosing where I am in the country. I can ride every day if I want to. I lose the few days that Sedona gets snow, but the bulk of it I can ride here. I go where the weather suits my riding. 

    Is there any trail in the U.S. that you haven’t ridden but would like to ride?

    I have no to-ride trails in a bucket list. I think as I make up my travel plan for this year trails will find their way to a bucket list.  Short term planning. Unridden IMBA Epic trails, if on my travel plan, will be bucketed. Over time I have ridden almost all the Epics either as a designated epic or before the trail gained that designation. There are some stinker epics.

    Since you ride around the country riding trails, do you ever give back?

    My travels put me on miles of trails built and maintained by locals. I ride what other people have created for my experience. Traveling by myself and being a vagabond, I lack connection to a community. I establish community connections by volunteering on trail projects. Here w/ VVCC I have helped at almost every trail day over the years when here. I belong to GOATS in Oakridge. They recognize volunteers by giving specific colored hard hats to volunteers. Newby is white, work 20 to 100 hours earn a blue hat, 100 hours plus a white hat. I earned a blue hard hat – one of my cherished possessions. Over time I have also attended IMBA Trail Care sessions. I pick the brains of subject matter experts on trail building techniques including land managers. I share what I have learned to others. I still am pretty much a sponge for knowledge and giving back is important to me. For 2 years I have helped at a Moab local Thanksgiving feed.

    Any final thoughts?

    Make wise decisions in your life that gives you the freedom to do what you want to do. Do what you want to do while your body is still allowing you to do it. 

    You can follow Craig’s adventures at

  • 31 Jan 2018 12:38 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    VVCC Sponsor, Trail Sports is sponsoring a Women's Mountain Bike Camp on February 24th and 25th. This camp will be led byTrek Bicycle Women’s Advocates and certified Professional Mountain Bike Instructor (PMBIA) Kate Nolan along with other certified coaches and advocates Charlotte Batty, and Michelle Thiry.

    The clinic will take place a Trail Sports Bike Shop in West Sedona with trail rides originating from the shop.

    For more details and to register, please click here.  

  • 26 Jan 2018 2:21 PM | Pam Milavec

    On Wednesday, January 24th, the VVCC sponsored a women's mountain bike ride in the Village of Oak Creek.  The ride was organized and led by VVCC director Pam Milavec, who is hoping to encourage and improve cycling opportunities for women in the Verde Valley.  We had 8 women show up, all of whom were pleasantly surprised to see so many other talented, local women shredding the red!  The ride was enjoyed by all as we challenged ourselves and supported each other, some of us trying new obstacles while others coached and showed us how to conquer whatever the Sedona trails throw our way.  And Bonnie stole the show with her fearless jumping skills!  The next ride will be at 1 pm, Wednesday, Jan. 31st, meeting at the Shelby Dr. trailhead to ride Caroll Canyon trails.

  • 19 Jan 2018 7:40 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    The first 250 new and renewing VVCC members since December 1, 2017 will be receiving both sides of the above 23% off REI coupon (don't try to use the above picture as it won't work.) This coupon is good for one purchase at any REI store in the USA as well as online at and expires at 11:59 pm PT on December 31, 2018.

    You will receive your coupon via email shortly after joining or renewing. Those who have  joined or renewed between December 1 and today will be receiving your coupon via email in the next couple of days.  You'll have to print out the coupon - the side with the single-use coupon code on it - to obtain the discount at a REI store. You just need to know the single-use coupon code if ordering via phone or online.

    This is just our way of saying thank you for supporting the VVCC.

    Thank you REI for your generosity.

  • 18 Jan 2018 10:31 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    The VVCC was recently recognized for its transparency with a Silver Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile!

    GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a network of 200+ partners use GuideStar data to grow support for nonprofits.

    In order to get the Silver Seal, the VVCC shared important information with the public using its profile on Now our community members and potential donors can find in-depth financial information about the VVCC.

    Check out our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile and tell us what you think:

  • 17 Jan 2018 10:13 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    Did you know there is great mountain biking in Rimrock, AZ?

    Beaver Creek Trails Coalition President, Stan Mish, as well as local resident John Garth sure do know it and led several VVCC Board Members, Members, and guests on a 10+ mile ride from the Forest Glen Trail Head yesterday.

    VVCC Vice President, Dan Blaettler; Treasurer, Kevin Adams and Events Committee Chair Pam Milavec joined Members Mike & Jaime Coyne, Charles Bailey and Mike Berlly for the ride. Also riding was Gary Miller who visits Sedona a couple times a year from Rifle, CO.

    BCTC President Stan Mish (right) ponders a point while local rider John Garth (center) and VVCC Member Mike Coyne (left) look on

    From left to right VVCC Members Mike Berlly, Charles Bailey, Jaime Coyne and Mike Coyne listen as the ride details are announced

    Gary Miller (left) listens to the ride details while Pam Milavec (far center) and Dan Blaettler (far right) get ready to ride

    Sedona as seen from the ride

    Dan, Pam and Jaime enjoying the ride

    At the end of the ride, everyone was marveling at the hidden trail gem in Rimrock and echoing Stan's "What a great time and a what great bunch of folks!" comment. Thank you Stan and John for showing us this little known gem.

    Below is a Google Earth mapping of our ride.

    For more information on the Beaver Creek Trails Coalition click here.


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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