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  • 21 Sep 2012 8:26 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    NICA announces high school cycling league in Arizona

    High school cycling programs now in nine states

    Press Release. For immediate release. 

    Contact: Paul Skilbeck 415.516.1444

    BERKELEY, Calif. – The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) a youth development organization governing high school mountain biking in the United States, today announced the Arizona High School Cycling League as one of three new leagues in its expanding national program. Arizona's entry into the national association marks a significant step towards NICA’s mission of providing high school mountain biking coast to coast by 2020.

    The Arizona League, based in Scottsdale, brings the NICA movement to 10 leagues, spanning 9 states, including (in chronological order): California, Colorado, Washington, Texas, Utah, Minnesota, and the 2012 inductees Tennessee, New York and Arizona.

    “We are pleased to welcome the Arizona league into the flourishing NICA community,” said Doug Selee, executive director of NICA. “Arizona brings with them a great passion for mountain biking and a love of youth development. Moving forward, our national NICA team will provide training and support as they prepare for their inaugural season in 2013.”

    Mike Perry, director of the Arizona league, said, “We are really excited to be working with NICA to bring organized high school mountain bike racing to Arizona. NICA has a proven formula in other states and the Arizona team is primed to carry forward those principles and values.”

    The Arizona League management team will work closely with NICA staff to replicate the existing high school student cycling programs, which promote strong mind, body and character through mountain biking. Support from NICA will include a wide range of educational and training services geared to both a successful first season and a sustainable program.

    Thanks to generous sponsorships from founding league sponsor Pivot Cycles, as well as Epic Rides, DNA Cycles, Mountain Bike Association of Arizona, Empire Cat, STI Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation and Vassago Bicycles, the Arizona league is making a flying start.

    Top of the agenda now for the Arizona League is its inaugural annual Leaders’ Summit, a two-day conference for coaches, which will take place in spring 2013 near Phoenix. Arizona's first high school mountain bike racing season will commence in fall of 2013.

    To find out more about the Arizona High School Cycling League, contact Mike Perry at or go to

    About The National Interscholastic Cycling Association

    Founded in 2009, The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) is the National Governing Body for grades 9-12 interscholastic mountain biking and fosters the development of high quality competitive cross-country mountain biking programming for high school aged athletes. NICA provides leadership, governance and program support to promote the development of interscholastic Mountain Biking Leagues throughout the United States. NICA exists by virtue of generous donors and sponsors including the founding national sponsor, Specialized Bicycle Components, as well as Easton Foundations, SRAM, Trek Bicycles, Clif Bar and Co., Primal Wear, Shimano, GU Sports, Kinetic, Maxxis, adidas Eyewear, CamelBak, Crank Brothers, Dirt Rag, Feedback Sports, Fort Lewis College, Fox Racing Shox, Mellow Johnny's, Mountain Bike Action, QBP, Ritchey Designs, WTB,and Yakima. For more information on NICA visit or call 510.524.5464.

    Doug Selee (executive director, NICA), Mike Perry (director, Arizona), Rick Spittler (president, NICA). Credit: PB Creative

  • 14 Sep 2012 8:25 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    Come join us on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20th – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21st 2012 … for this two-day, double-dose event of bike riding FUN & FUNdraising. This annual charity road-riding tour, sponsored by ABSOLUTE BIKES, will allow participants to cycle throughout the majestic rock formations of Sedona and the scenic high desert landscape of the Verde Valley of Northern Arizona. This year’s event will include a different metric century road ride each day, in addition to shorter less strenuous alternatives. These varying ROUTES will allow participation by cyclists of all ages & riding ability. There will be SAG support, rest stops, and maybe even an after-ride massage waiting for you. We are very pleased that this year’s beneficiaries of funds raised will be the Big Park Community School Parent Teacher Student Association and the All American Road Foundation. Funds raised will be going back into education for the children and improved cycling facilities for the area. How can you get any better than that? Accept our invitation to join us for this charity road bicycling event in one of the most scenic bike riding areas of the country. This is RED ROCK COUNTRY!

  • 4 Sep 2012 8:21 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)


    The long wait is over. The VVCC Club jerseys have arrived … and, if I do say so myself, look great! See the attractive jersey model, David Singer, in the photos. I’ll bring the jerseys to the Saturday Morning VOC/Sedona Road Ride this week, 8/18, for distribution to anyone that wants to pick up their jersey. I’ll be handing them out between 7:30am-8:00am. I’ll also be at the RED ROCK CAFÉ next to IGA Webers Grocery Store between 10:30am-12:00 noon or so after the ride. We’ll also make arrangements to coordinate a pick-up in Cottonwood for sometime next week. Those details to follow. Anyone else that wants to make special arrangements, just let me know. I’m happy to help. Ride in style! 

  • 1 Sep 2012 5:06 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    First day for the Bike & Bean Friday ride and an awesome showing of riders. Headed out
    to the Highline pedestal and back down to Slimshaddy to Templeton to Coconino and
    back to Slim again, returning to the shop for pizza and brew.

    Posted by VVCC President

  • 31 Aug 2012 11:36 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    Hangover gets looked over by the Archaeologist

      I spent a few hours out of my morning taking     FS archaeologist Jeff Charest out on The           Hangover Trail. As many of you know Hangover  has been in the assessment process for adoption into the FS system. Lets hope the report looks good and also hope that this image of Jeff awards him a hefty supply of Nature Valley Granola Bars through a contest of where you can take your granola bar. 
    Posted by VVCC President
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