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VERDE VALLEY CYCLISTS COALITION

Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition "VVCC" P.O. Box 20332, Sedona, AZ 86341-0332
VVCC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

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  • 7 Jan 2019 8:10 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    Verde Valley Bikes for Kids is drawing national attention for its work getting kids on bikes. Just recently, Trek President John Burke awarded the program a $2,000 grant as a "thank you for doing GREAT work in your Community!"

    Trek is the VVCC latest Gold Level Sponsor.

    Thank you John and Trek!

  • 4 Jan 2019 7:52 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    The first 2019 VVCC Mountain Bike Friday FUNdraiser Ride on January 4th attracted 20 riders with three from Colorado

    If you think that mountain biking and beer go together, the VVCC Mountain Bike Rides MeetUp Friday FUNdraiser ride is for you.

    Each Friday, 10-25 mountain bikers meet at the Verde Valley Bicycle Company at 743 N. Main Street in Cottonwood for a ride on the trails at Dead Horse State Park. The ride starts at 11:15 AM (wheels rolling) and is a no-drop one that covers a little over 11 miles taking just about 2 hours to complete. The park usually waives the entry fee - plenty of regulars have annual passes or are Patrollers - and the trails offer a challenging experience.

    Après ride, beer from Lagunitas Brewery and socializing opportunities abound. A donation box is available, but the après' emphasis is on FUN, not "raising".  Since the first ride on October 19th, $456.00 has been raised for Western Gateway trail construction.

    Hope to see you there!

  • 26 Dec 2018 10:20 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    Q. With the new year approaching, what do you see as the VVCC's biggest:

    Strengths?

    A. Our leadership position throughout the Verde Valley. The many years of hard work has resulted in our club being the "go-to" organization for anything and everything involved with bicycling in our geographic area. From roadway safety initiatives to our "Bikes for Kids" program, we represent the best of our bicycling community. 

    Q. Weaknesses?

    A. As with many organizations whose programs are run entirely by volunteers, our ability to recruit and keep our people excited about what they do, can be difficult at times. 

    Q. Opportunities?

    A. There are many new and exciting adventures for us to initiate in the future. A city-wide bicycle pathway, improved bike lanes, new mountain bike trails, etc. The possibilities are wide and far-reaching. There will never be a shortage of opportunities.

    Q. Threats?

    A. As I alluded to previously, involved volunteers will be the key to our success in the future. Recruiting new people for leadership roles, as well as simply getting new volunteers to serve on committees, is our main goal. The threat to our continued success and future growth, will be our ability to attract more volunteers. I already see some of our volunteers getting "worn-out". 

    Q. Where do you see the VVCC by the end of 2019?

    A. I see 2019 as one of the most exciting years since our inception 15 years ago. We will continue to gain new members, albeit at a slower pace than 2018. Our wide variety of advocacy groups and programs, will experience continued growth and interest.

    Q. What do you like most about the VVCC?

    A. That's simple...our wonderful members and volunteers. 

    Q. What do you like least about the VVCC?

    A. The continuing efforts needed to encourage our membership to step-up in their volunteering. 

    Q. If you had the power to change one thing associated with the VVCC, what would it be?

    A. I have a pet peeve that I can't shake. There are MANY bicyclists in the Verde Valley, that for a number of reasons, shun our group. While they certainly enjoy the fruits of our club's labors, they not only refuse to get involved in the only bicycle advocacy group in the area, but they actually go out of they way to demean our group and our members. In Marty's perfect world, we would obtain 100% membership from all bicyclists. 

    Q. What's stopping you from changing it?

    A. I've tried and in a few cases, I've succeeded. However, quoting Mr. Gump, "stupid is as stupid does". I have a problem with ignorance.

    Q. Anything you'd like to add?

    A. I'd like to ask all members to chose a committee or program and get involved!


  • 25 Dec 2018 8:26 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    VVCC Friday Rides Back When

      

    VVCC Friday Rides December 28, 2018

  • 24 Dec 2018 4:05 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)


    Thank you To the following donors for their generosity!

    Mark Evans                Rich Leever           Wally Tibbits              Virginia Baird

    Marlene Macek        Anonymous          Jim & Janet Oliver    Kristen Highfield

    Bob Hudson              Paul Majane         Hubble Family Trust  Kate Hansen

    Alan McNulty            Bob Windham      Daniel Erway               Joseph Green

    Cheryl Harter            Nancy Lorig       Charity Silvera     Dennis & Patti Wyman

    Rebecca & John Ellis    Paul Hallinan       Anne Hess                 Bill Jackson      

    If you intended to donate but the holidays got in the way...

    Donations received through April 15, 2019 reduce your 2018 or 2019 - your choice - Arizona State Income Tax Liability Dollar-for-Dollar Up to $800 ($400 for single/individual filers)

  • 20 Dec 2018 7:40 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    The Mountain Bike Association of Arizona "MBAA" today announced the the VVCC was selected to receive a grant in the amount of $2,500 for the Western Gateway.

    Thank you MBAA!

  • 14 Dec 2018 9:00 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    Marzocchi was founded in 1949 and it is presently involved in the design and manufacturing of mountain bike suspensions. Acquired by Fox in November 2015, Marzocchi was recently re-launched to be more than just fun times and shred fests. Marzocchi is e building a brand that wants to be a true steward of the sport and brings sweet suspension technology to more riders. 

    With that in mind, VVCC Members can score 20% off with coupon code VVCC20. The 20% discount is initiated by going to shop.marzocchi.com and placing an order and entering the code when prompted.

    The VVCC has also scored with five Marzocchi forks: 29”(130 mm, 140mm, 160mm) and 27.5” (140mm, 160mm) all in black that will be  used as fundraisers at upcoming VVCC Member events and raffle in conjunction with the Sedona MTB Festival.

    Thank you Marzocchi!


  • 13 Dec 2018 6:43 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    A huge thank you to all VVCC members and supporters who contacted Sedona City Councilors concerning the lack of a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian plan as part of Sedona In Motion's (SIM) Transportation Plan.

    Several VVCC Members and Directors were present at Tuesday's meeting of the Sedona City Council where various parts of the SIM was on the agenda. It took over two hours for SIM 11 - Bicycling and Pedestrian Plan - agenda item was addressed and the VVCC was ready. VVCC DirectorDoug Copp, Treasurer Kevin Adams (speaking on behalf of the Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund) and President Marty Glinsky spoke in favor of a comprehensive plan since SIM-11 was very limited. VVCC members Mike Raney and Scott Keller also spoke in favor of a comprehensive plan as did several residents.

    Providing moral support in the audience were VVCC members Janet Levy, Randy First, Lauren Browne and Evan Puglia as well as VVCC Vice President, Dan Blaettler and Directors Pam Milavec and Don Mathieu. If we missed anyone who was there, please let us know.

    As a result of these efforts, the Council directed City staff to develop such a plan. Democracy at work!

  • 10 Dec 2018 3:35 PM | Paul Hallinan (Administrator)

    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 | Paul Hallinan (Administrator)


    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!


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