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Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition "VVCC" P.O. Box 20332, Sedona, AZ 86341-0332
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  • 24 Nov 2012 11:14 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)



    I'm reaching out to make you aware of an exciting movement that's finally reached Arizona and am hoping that you’ll help spread the word.  The Arizona High School Cycling League (AHSCL) is now forming and next year we'll begin producing an annual race series exclusively for high school student-athletes.  As you know, traditional ball and stick sports aren't for every kid.  The AHSCL gets kids outside and active, and gives them an alternative outlet to experience high school athletics, the teamwork and camaraderie that they otherwise might miss out on.  Riding a mountain bike is in many cases very fun for kids right from the start.  They come back and say "This is awesome.  Can we do this more?"

    The AHSCL is the governing body for grades 9-12 interscholastic mountain biking in the region, operating under the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA).  NICA currently oversees 10 leagues in nine states - California (NorCal and SoCal), Colorado, Texas, Minnesota, Utah, Washington, New York, Tennessee and Arizona - and has a stated objective of being coast-to-coast by 2020.  The leagues work to establish and maintain safe, quality high school mountain bike programs for student-athletes and teams from public, charter and private schools. 

    Participation is open to all high schools in the state that register with the league.  Initially, it will be a club sport for most schools, but the ultimate goal is to become an official high school sport.  There are three types of team: single school teams; composite teams (student-athletes from more than one high school in the same district or other geographic proximity); and independent riders (students whose school doesn't have a team).

    The league race season will run from September thru October, and begin in the fall of 2013 with a four race series.  Planned venues are in greater Phoenix (2), Prescott and Tucson.  Courses are typically 4-6 miles in length, and the number of laps varies depending upon the category; boys and girls compete in freshmen, sophomore, junior varsity and varsity categories.

    We are actively seeking potential coaches, families and student-athletes and I would appreciate it if you'd forward this message to your club members.  Anyone interested in being involved with the league should complete the League Advocate Survey on our website.  Besides getting folks in our email database, it’s a useful tool to help connect likeminded people in the same area.

    And one last ask...  It would also help broaden league awareness if you would like us on Facebook; plus you'd stay in the know with all the latest news.

    Thank you for your support.

    Mike Perry  |  Executive Director

    Arizona High School Cycling League

    480.636.0698

    www.arizonamtb.org

     / ArizonaHighSchoolCyclingLeague


  • 24 Nov 2012 11:11 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    Hi all! Come out and ride with the VVCC at the Holiday Parade in Cottonwood on December 1st (next Saturday)! It seems to be a new era for us cyclists here in the valley with more people riding bikes, more people bike-curious, more bike lanes, more on the way, growing rapport with the land managers, new and improved trails, and more! 

    For the parade, we're all going to wear as much RED as we can....red jerseys (like the NMBP jersey), red elf hat, red bike if ya got one....throw some red tinsel on your bike if ya can... we'll paint the town... RED! :-) (FYI, per the Chamber of Commerce, NO Santa suits.) 

    We all have to be checked in prior to the parade. So please be at the Fairgrounds in Cottonwood, 12th & Cherry Street, NO LATER THAN 10:15 am. From there, find me and MAKE SURE to sign the official consent form. 

     Per the Chamber, please see below Parade rules... 

     --No Santa suits. 

    --Helmets highly recommended (add some decorations there too if ya like). 

     --No stopping in front of the judges stand. (Although brief trackstands are O.K. Wheelies are a plus!). 

    --Candy/items are allowed to be PASSED OUT, but please do not THROW it into the crowd. 

    --Parade will take place...rain or shine. Let's represent! 

     --Be safe and HAVE FUN!! :-) 

    Also, here are some tips for a better/safer ride: 1) PAY ATTENTION!! There will be other riders, a pothole or two, friends who call out your name, etc., so be aware of what 's going on around you. 2) Keep space around you and other riders. Crashes aren't fun, and make us all look bad. It's absolutely amazing how quickly another rider's wheel can take you down! 3) We will likely ride in counterclockwise loops. Trying to move at walking/parade speed can be difficult. 4) Past years have seen everything from light snow to temps in the 70s. Make sure you've brought an emergency layer, and/or any other clothing that will make your ride more comfortable! 5) This is a great time to ride that "unusual" bike you might not get on too much - recumbents, choppers, tall bikes, 36" wheeled bikes, longbikes, whatever. And if you've got talented friends who can wheelie, manual, jump, bunnyhop, ride a unicycle, has a monkey that rides a bike, or a dog in a bike trailer, that's a plus too! Anything that grabs attention & pleases the crowd is a plus. In 2005 we won the Grand Prize - we can do it again! 6) Sadly, the Cottonwood Fairgrounds produces a prizewinning crop of goatheads each Spring. Some kind of flat protection - Slime, Stan's, Tuffys, Armadillos, Gatorskins - is a must. Remember, we'll be traveling at the blistering pace of 7 MPH - so you can pretty much throw weight/performance issues out the window. Far more is the ability to keep moving. The group won't stop & wait for you to fix a flat as on a regular ride! 7) Bring a powerful painkiller! You'll have SO MUCH FUN that your cheeks & jaws are really gonna hurt after two hours of grinning like a ridin' fool! 

     If ya have any questions, please feel free to shoot me an email at RedRock88@ymail.com. Thanks and see ya next weekend! Laura and the VVCC crew


  • 21 Nov 2012 11:10 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)


    Saturday the 8th of December @ the Huckaby Trailhead @ 9:30am then car pool to the Cow Pies Trailhead . The Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition is sponsoring a work day on the iconic Hangover Trail.

    Volunteers need to come prepared and bring with them: a helmet if available, sun glasses, work gloves, drinking water, sun screen, a hat, long sleeved shirt, long pants, and wear boots with ankle support.

    For more detailed information on locations and to share your interest, please call F. Adrian at 203-7531 or email her at fcadrian@fs.fed.us

  • 20 Nov 2012 11:08 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    If you are interested in how the Prescott NF will be managed and guided the comment period to give your input on their guiding document ends in a week. To review the the current draft go to the link below. Of direct concern to cyclists is the proposed Black Canyon Wilderness area. The beautiful and rugged Black Canyon Trail is a great ride that should be kept open to cyclists. Please review this and send your comments in by November 28th.

    DRAFT PLAN: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/prescott/home/?cid=stelprdb5383073

    How to Submit Comments:

    Please send your email comments to: prescott-forest-plan-comments@fs.fed.us

    Or submit written comments to:

    Prescott National Forest

    Attention: Plan Revision

    344 South Cortez Street 

    Prescott, AZ 86303-4316

  • 11 Nov 2012 11:06 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    Want to see a mountain bike skills park here locally in Sedona? Express your opinion through this petition to show the city of Sedona that this is a worth while endeavor. The park would provide Mountain Bike specific features that: Reduce multi-user conflicts on Forest Service trails; Help eliminate the need for illegally built trails on Forest Service land; Provide the growing local and non local mountain bike community a safe environment to progress skills; Provide a safe and inspiring stepping stone for outdoor enthusiasts that are interested in Mountain Biking but are intimidated by Sedona's naturally technical terrain; Provide local kids a gateway into the healthy sport of mountain biking that can last a lifetime.

    SIGN THE PETITION

  • 11 Nov 2012 11:02 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)
    Agenda for the November 14th Board of Directors Meeting.
  • 7 Nov 2012 9:30 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    THURS (Nov 15) - 8 AM 

    LOC: MEET AT BELL ROCK TRAILHEAD 

    MTB EASY CHICAS RIDE. 

    Details: 

    Beginners welcome. Easy/sociable pace. No drop. We'll ride for 60-90 minutes but there will be at least two "bail-out" spots where you can shortcut back to the trailhead if you're short on time, have mechanical issues, etc.. We'll be there to ride/play together, so this will be at a fun and supportive pace. This is generally for local chicas, however, every now and then we let a lucky guy or two join us (provided he's a beginner! :-)

    Temps are dropping so plan to warm up with coffee/lattes after the ride at the Bike & Bean (by trailhead). The only things ya need for this ride are a BIKE, HELMET, WATER, sense of adventure and a good joke if ya have one. If you have sponsors that's cool, but leave your race kits at home. In fact, if ya wanna throw on a tutu or a tiara on your helmet, then go for it. If you haven't been on your bike in a while, ya might want to make sure your bike is ready to roll. Feel free to stop by any of our local shops to have them check it out, especially the tires (slime? stans?)....tell them you're going on this ride and I'll bet they'll cut ya sweet deal and/or maybe even for free! :-) Questions? 

    ...RedRock88@ymail.com 

    See ya there!

  • 4 Nov 2012 9:26 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

         More than 70 show for first trail planning meeting

  • 29 Oct 2012 9:22 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

    U.S. Forest Service

    Coconino National Forest 

    www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino 

    www.twitter.com/CoconinoNF 

    www.flickr.com/photos/coconinonationalforest 

    For Immediate Release 

    October 29, 2012 

    Contact: 

    Brady Smith, Coconino National Forest, 928-527-3490 

    Brienne Magee, Flagstaff Ranger District, 928-527-8290 

    Connie Birkland, Red Rock Ranger District, 928-203-7505 

    Participate in volunteer trail work to “make a difference” 

    Sedona, AZ – If you like the outdoors and are interested in volunteering to “make a difference” in the National Forest, come join the Forest Service trail team with several upcoming volunteer trail work days. 

    The first volunteer work day is scheduled for Sunday, November 11. Volunteers will organize into several small teams lead by the Forest Service where they will work on a portion of the Slim Shady trail, located west of Yavapai Point Vista. Individuals will learn trail construction techniques and how to safely contribute to a well planned and maintained trail system. 

    Interested volunteers are asked to meet at the new Yavapai Vista parking area for the November 11 event at 10 A.M. The parking area is located south of Sedona on State Route 179 and is accessed from the southbound lane.

    Volunteers need to come prepared and bring with them: a helmet if available, sun glasses, work gloves, drinking water, sun screen, a hat, long sleeved shirt, long pants, and wear boots with ankle support. 

    Additional Red Rock District volunteer trail events are planned for: 

    · December 8th and 19th, 2012 

    · January 19th and 30th , 2013 

    · & February 16th and 27th , 2013 

    For more detailed information on locations and to share your interest, please call F. Adrian at 203-7531 or email her at fcadrian@fs.fed.us

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