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  • 14 Nov 2019 12:05 PM | Deleted user

    “Bikes for Kids Program Enters Second Season”

    Verde Valley Bikes for Kids entered its second season this fall. Under this program, over 70 youths from grades 3 through 8 participate in after school mountain bike clubs on bikes purchased by Bikes for Kids. In addition, Bikes for Kids gave away 35 new bikes in 2019 and will give away over 100 new bikes to Verde Valley students in grades 3-8 in 2020.

    Seven of the eight Verde Valley public elementary schools have mountain bike clubs. School teachers and volunteer coaches from the Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition spend at least one day a week teaching mountain bike and safety skills. There are plans to expand the Bikes for Kids program to the eighth school, Jerome-Clarkdale Elementary School, during the 2020-2021 academic year or earlier, coach dependent.

    The Bikes for Kids goal is to empower young people in these grades, through mountain bicycles, fostering values that support youth on and off the bike into their future.

    The Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition funds the Bike for Kids program through generous donations and grant sponsors. The program purchases and maintains bikes, helmets and gear for the schools’ clubs. An annual bike event at the Sedona Bike Skills park is held each spring bringing youth from all 7 elementary schools together for an afternoon of biking along with great food and camaraderie among the young riders.

    More information on the great program is available here

    Contact Rich Leever, Chairperson Bikes For Kids at for more information.

    Rich Leever

    Chairperson, Bikes for Kids

    Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition

  • 14 Nov 2019 11:57 AM | Deleted user

    Friday, Every Week until May 21, 2020

    Mountain Bike FUNdraiser Ride - Hosted by the Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition. All levels, no drop. Meet at the Verde Valley Bicycle Company, 743 N. Main Street, Cottonwood. Wheels roll at 11:15am sharp, weather permitting. Expect about a two hour ride at Dead Horse State Park. Donations to benefit the Blowout Wash Trail System in Clarkdale are encouraged but not mandatory. Visit or VVCC Mountain Bike Rides on Meetup for more information.

  • 28 Oct 2019 8:45 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    On routine patrol near Yavapai Vista on October 27th, RRBP Leader Marty Glinsky was able to provide first aid to a visiting 70 year old Cleveland Ohio area hiker who had fallen and gashed open a head wound.

    The hiker refused to have the dried blood cleaned off as he wanted to show his wife.

    RRBP - Assist, Educate and Inform

  • 26 Oct 2019 4:34 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    The 2019-2020 Trail Work Season officially began at 8:30 AM on October 26th when Trails Coordinator Forrest Saville welcomed over 25 volunteers at the Girdner Trailhead.

    The volunteers built a little over 1/2 mile of new trail connecting the Stirrup Trail to the Cultural Park.

    Photos courtesy of Marty Glinsky

  • 14 Oct 2019 4:09 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    We recently caught up with Forrest Saville, Trails & OHV Coordinator for the Red Rock Ranger District (RRRD).

    Forrest, thanks for taking the time to field our questions. We're hearing there's much news on the personnel front at the District. Can you tell us about the changes and how you think they will affect trails in the District?

    It is an exciting time on the Red Rock. We have a lot of new faces around the office. Amy, the new district ranger, has been here a few months and she is coming from Bend, OR. She is coming in with a lot of recreation experience and everyone knows Bend is a great place to ride bikes. Chris, our new recreation staff officer (replacing Adam Barnett), is coming from Florida after years running a large military recreation program. He is very excited to be in Sedona, and just happens to be a really nice guy. Also, Kyle Robb will be coming back to the Red Rock for the winter and will be filling in behind Bret Edstrom. I am very excited to have Kyle back on the team. This will be his 4th season here, and it’s going to be a huge help to have him back on the team.

    I think this season will be our busiest season that we have ever had. It will be fun to get the new folks out with volunteers and the trail crew to show them what Sedona trails are all about. It’s going to be a great season.

    What's the District's maintenance and enhancement plan/goals for the upcoming trail work season?

    I think this year will be our biggest year ever. For the first time ever, we are going to have a 10 person trail crew! That doesn’t happen in the Forest Service….anywhere. Most of them are starting mid-October and will be here until mid-April. We are going to maintain at least 250 miles of trail and build at least another 10 miles of new trail. Our big focus this year is finishing Western Gateway! We have a lot of work to do but with all of our volunteer events and youth corps, we know we can get it done.

    Special THANKS to all of our partners that help make this happen. We couldn’t do it without the Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund, VVCC, and all the wonderful volunteers.

    What's the status of your position with the FS moving forward?

    Always a good question – hopefully we are able to move the hiring process along and I will still be here in a year. To be continued…….

    Who cuts your hair?

    Let’s just say, I am not a regular at the barbershop. When you only get your haircut every 2 years, they tend to forget you.

    Where do you see the District's trail effort five years from now?

    With any luck, I will still be here growing the program. We have a lot of interesting projects on the horizon including – Turkey Creek, Rimrock, Camp Verde. 5 years is a long time but one thing I know is that I won’t be bored.

    Any famous last words?

    Please reach out and give us feedback from things you are seeing on trail. If you see areas that need work or something that happened that you don’t like. Let me know!

    Hope to see everyone out at volunteer events this season!

  • 6 Oct 2019 8:11 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    32 Patrollers logged 4,201.2 hours in the federal government's fiscal year that ended September 30th, with a dozen logging over 100 hours...with nine of these logging over 200 hours each.

    Justin Loxley, the RRRD Volunteer Coordinator stated "

    We appreciate the role your group plays as our ambassadors to the biking community. Your miles on the seat also provide critical intelligence on trail conditions and the identification of safety hazards our visitors may encounter.

    Your group plays a very critical role in the overall success of mountain biking in the Sedona community. On behalf of the Red Rock District, I’d like to thank you for all of your dedication and hard work towards our common goals. Outstanding contributions!"

    Patroller Name         Volunteer Hours

    Kevin Adams                       703.9

    Marty Glinsky                      643.8

    Mike Harris                           517.0

    Patti Wyman                        293.3

    Dennis Wyman                    249.8

    Mike Berlly                            248.6

    Mary Viereck                        237.3

    Marlene Macek                    213.7

    Brad Viereck                         211.8

    Ron Rusk                                176.7

    Rhett Atkinson                     146.3

    Dora Krenzelok                    129.9

    Phil Dehne                                85.5

    Bob Krenzelok                        64.1

    Richard Ellis                             45.0

    Steve Payton                           43.2

    Deb Gens                                  41.8

    Hal Mattern                             34.8

    Kaitlyn Propp                          20.5

    Brenda Hansen                       20.3

    Adam Hansen                          12.0

    Andy Vejnoska                        10.0

    Pam Milavec                               9.0

    Eric Mansfield                            8.3

    Scott Hansen*                              7.9

    Charles Blake                              7.1

    Will Quan                                     5.1

    Joanie Hansen*                           4.0

    David Lee*                                    3.5

    Iain Hackett**                              3.0

    Mike Raisler*                                3.0

    Scott Anderson*                         1.5

    Total                                      4,201.2

    * Joined the patrol in September 2019

    ** Moved from the area and is no longer a patrol member

  • 28 Sep 2019 3:48 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    Cool temps and partly cloudy skies made for an enjoyable VVCC picnice for the 50 VVCC members and guests who showed. Here's some pictures of the event. Thank you to everyone who came out and made the event such a success.

  • 22 Sep 2019 5:39 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    If you want to see the future of cycling, look no farther than the Arizona Interscholastic Cycling League. Founded in 2012, this League is an affiliate of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). The Arizona League consists of 75 teams from all over the State organized into three conferences.

    This weekend, we had the opportunity to witness the first day of the league's Prescott race. 331 athletes - boys and girls - in grades 6 thru 8 competed on the 5.75 mile course on Saturday. Another 537 student athletes competed at various distances on Sunday. The Sedona School's MTB Club, consisting of 18 members, was represented at this race.

    The races are spread out over two days as Saturday the middle schoolers compete and Sunday the high schoolers have their fun. In between, there are acres and acres of team pits and camping.

    There's even an Athletes' Zone, sponsored by Pivot, where no coaches or adults are permitted.

    Founded in 2009 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, NICA develops interscholastic mountain biking programs for student-athletes and coaches across the United States. NICA provides leadership services and governance for local leagues to produce quality mountain bike events. NICA has served approximately 40,000 student-athletes. Currently, NICA has 25 state and regional leagues and over 9,000 volunteer coaches who are working annually with over 19,000 student-athletes from nearly 1,000 high schools and middle schools in the USA.

    Saturday's Races:

    Race Distance 5.75 miles for all heats.

    In the Boys 8th Grade (even bib numbers) race, Sedona's Jackson Maddox came in 6th in 26:14 (13.2 MPH) and was followed by Willie Hunt in 45th place in 36:18 (9.5 MPH). 

    In the Boys 8th Grade (odd bib numbers) race, Sedona's Luke Shook came in 20th in 27:29 (12.6 MPH).

    In the Boys 7th Grade (even bib numbers) race, Sedona's River Valdez came in 2nd in 26:27 (13.0 MPH).

    The Boys 7th Grade (odd bib numbers) race, Sedona's Carter Pedersen came in 12th in 0:30:25 (11.3 MPH).

    Sedona 7th grader, Conner Hunt, was a race day scratch due to a pulled muscle that occurred late this week running at school.

    The Girls 8th Grade race, Sedona's Bronwyn Bosman came in 10th in 30:21 (11.4 MPH) and she was quickly followed by Skyrah Wilmer in 12th place in 30:32 (11.3 MPH).

    Of course, it wasn't all racing as the team camped out on Saturday night.

    Photo courtesy of the Sedona NICA team

    Sunday's Races

    In the Girls JV2 11.5 mile race, Sedona's Nyah Valdez, a 10th grader, came in 4th in 57:56 (11.9 MPH).

    In the Boys JV1 17.25 mile North Conference race, Sedona's Cooper Barber, a HS senior, came in 15th in 1:17:43 (13.3 MPH) while HS junior, Dakota Farrar, was 19th in 1:20:10 (12.9 MPH).

    The Boys JV2 11.5 North Conference race saw Sedona HS junior Quinn Franklin come in 5th in 53:24 (12.9 MPH) while HS junior Stephen Dufresne came in 31st in 1:02:25 (11.1 MPH).

    The Boys 11.5 mile Freshman North Conference race saw Sedona's Kale Emerson come in 35th in 57:02 (12.1 MPH). 

    Here's pictures of the start and some Sedona team members of Saturday's races. Congratulations to all racers and to Coach Eric Mace and all his able, hard working assistant coaches: Andrea Valdez, Ashley Campbell, Carrie Barber for strength training, Daniel Wishnewsky, Evan Jarvis, Evan Puglia, Freddie Valdez, Matthew Dawson, Pamela Lusk, Phillip LeBlanc, Steve Hulme, Duff McCampbell and Wes Barber. .

  • 20 Sep 2019 5:47 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    We recently caught up with a very busy VVCC Member Elizabeth McFarland. What follows is a summary of our conversation.

    Word on the street is that you've been selected for a prestigious volunteer award. Congratulations. Could you please tell us about the award and what you did to achieve it?

    The award was by the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona and was the Verde Valley’s Spirit of Sedona Volunteer of the Year for 2019.

    “How” I came to be a volunteer is because of my parents. Both my parents modeled volunteering and expected me to volunteer. I am modeling volunteerism for the next generation.

    “Why” I volunteer is because it is a win-win life strategy. Not only does the organization and community benefit from the volunteer’s efforts, so does the volunteer. Volunteering provides opportunities for building social support networks that benefit both community members and volunteers.

    “What” I did to receive the award included, in part, pro bono legal work for many local nonprofits too numerous to list, but including drafting the documents to form the Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund, and also included service on nonprofit boards of directors to take advantage of my legal and business expertise.

    Volunteering the hours I do while working full time is only possible with the love and support of my husband Larry Lineberry who mans the home fort and the hard work of my paralegal Lori Arnold who mans the office fort.

    Wow! What other volunteer activities have you had?

    When serving on the Boards of Northern Arizona Healthcare and the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona and the Verde Valley, I helped both entities transition to a new board structure, while focusing on the entity’s best interest and striving to enhance each entity’s reputation.

    While serving on the ACF Board of Advisors, I chaired the Scholarship Committee where I reviewed applications and awarded scholarships, established an ACF scholarship application training program at Red Rock and Mingus Union High Schools and inaugurated the Verde Valley Cash for College.

    Another example of my volunteering to respond to a transition occurred when I represented the Benefactors of Red Rock State Park. After the financial crisis, the State of Arizona swept the budget of the State Parks into the general fund, which meant that Red Rock State Park would close to the public. On behalf of the Benefactors, I negotiated with the Arizona State Parks and the City of Sedona to come up with a solution. The resulting intergovernmental agreements were crucial to keep Red Rock State Park open with its full recreational and education program for the public’s benefit.

    How long have you been practicing law?

    Since 1993.

    How long has your practice been in the VOC?

    Since January 2002.

    What does your practice specialize in?

    Estate planning, guardianships and conservatorships, probate, and business transactions.

    What's your next big adventure?

    Cycling cruise from Dubrovnik to Venice fall 2020. On a ship small enough to go into all ports, the road cyclists can see less trafficked places (as well as the must-see tourist destinations). For ten days, no unpacking, but riding every day in a different area, sometimes two if the ship travels between islands at lunch.

    Are you a roadie, mountain biker or both? Both

    Where are your favorite places to ride?

    Mountain: Aerie, Campbell’s Mesa, AZ Trail out of Aspen Corner, Brown’s Ranch (Scottsdale), 50 Year Trail (Tucson), Rainbow Rim (North Rim), Phil’s World (Cortez, CO), and Galloping Goose (Telluride/Lizard Head Pass, CO).

    Road: Santa Barbara, CA, Lake Mary Road, AZ Highway 179

    Both: Northern Idaho/Eastern Washington/Western Montana

    What are you currently riding?

    Road – Specialized Sequoia 27 speed (3x9) - Came perfect stock (just add pedals) from our friends at Absolute Bikes

    Mountain – Trek Fuel Ex 8 27.5” 1x12 with disc brakes - Added bar ends, pedals and elliptical chain ring from our friends at Verde Valley Bicycle Company

    What advice would you give to the VVCC to better serve its sponsors and members?

    As both a member and sponsor of VVCC, I applaud the VVCC Board and its members for all their hard work and dedication. Each director’s efforts have strengthened the community and sense of belonging in Sedona. However, I would suggest, not as a criticism of the current Board, but to improve what is already there, that the VVCC Board actively work to diversify the VVCC Board to include directors with different ages, sexes, races or ethnicities, work status (working or retired), bicycling backgrounds, and professional experience because research shows that a diverse board produces diverse perspectives, which results in better decisions for the entity and its members. VVCC could better achieve its mission by drawing on the skills, talents, and perspectives of a broader and more diverse range of leaders. In my view, the Board itself is a reflection of the organization’s commitment to the community.

  • 16 Sep 2019 3:24 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    The Cottonwood OWLS were busy on Saturday September 14th as a group of 8 OWLS rode the Pedal the Petrified Ride Metric Century. 

    Cottonwood OWLS Metric Centurions Bob Richards, Andy Bailey, Mike Owen, Jim Graham, Kristen & Pete Gangl and Mark Luffman less photographer Larry Grubisich.

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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