Saturday, December 29, 2012

Update: New Years Day Rides

Great rides this New Years Day about the Verde Valley!!!! Many miles logged today and many more smiles. If you had a resolution to ride more............ you will succeed, we live in AZ and have a great riding community where it is possible to find good company and weather nearly every day of the week! 2013 will be a great year of riding!!!!!!!!

Looking to start the year off right? Here are some of the local rides to to get your fix.

Road ride from the Red Rooster Cafe in Old Town Cottonwood - Meet @ 10am CONTACT - KEVIN DIX - 928-202-1338

Mountain ride from the Bike and Bean - Meet @ 2pm CONTACT - SHOP - 928-284-0210

Mountain ride from Over the Edge Sports - Meet at 12am for "Hungover on Hangover" CONTACT - SHOP - 928-282-1106 (Advanced Ride)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

RTCA Meeting

NEWS RELEASE                                                                       
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

U.S. Forest Service                                                              
Coconino National Forest                                      

For Immediate Release
October 5, 2012
Public Affairs Contacts:
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

December 20th Meeting for Red Rock Trail Planning

Sedona, AZ –Join us December 20, 2012 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for the third trail and ecosystem protection planning meeting. This meeting will be held at the Hilton Hotel on Ridge Trail Drive in the Village of Oak Creek.  

The Red Rock Ranger District, in partnership with the City of Sedona and the Big Park Council, are seeking to create a non-motorized trail plan that will reflect local values and recreation needs and promote regional benefit while protecting the resources that draw people to this special area. This is the third in a series of monthly meetings to update the trail plan for Forest lands near Sedona and Big Park.  All members of the public are welcome. Your voice, values, and ideas are vital for this collaborative planning effort.  

Agenda for the December 20th meeting will include:
·      Forest Service “trail facts” and standards
·      Discussion of what works and what doesn’t work about the trail system for trail users
·      Discussion about what information is needed to assist the planning process and who will gather it

National Forest trails in the Red Rock area are used by over 600,000 people each year. Trail popularity and use continues to increase particularly for hiking and mountain biking. What will the future of our trails be? What new trail opportunities are appropriate? How can trails be sustainably maintained into the future? These are some of the challenges that can be addressed by this planning process. For more information about the trail planning process please call Jennifer Burns at 928-203-2900 or go to our website at click on land and resource management, planning, and red rock trails.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Article from our VP Doug Copp on cycling for transportation.

As the weather warms and gas prices rise, some folks may be considering transportation alternatives to their automobile. Riding a bicycle is a great way to reduce expenses, improve health and fitness, reduce air pollution and lessen traffic congestion. Cycling can be a joyful reminder of childhood pleasures.   The feel of wind and speed, changing of unobstructed panoramas, and the mobility and accessibility cycling affords are a few of these joys. Though a bike may not be suitable for every task or commute, it
is appropriate for many. Traveling to work, school or running errands on a bicycle can be enjoyable provided you make the proper preparations.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Christmas Ride/Meeting/Party!!! December 18th

Come join us at Crema for a Christmas Party that starts at 6:30 December 18th. Everyone bring a dish + Crema will be supplying a few dishes and keeping beer wine and beverges for sale. Prior to the party road and mountain rides will head out from Crema at 2pm. The board will meet at 5:30 for the December Board meeting and then into party time @ 6:30. See everyone there!!! 

917 N. Main Street in Historic Old Town Cottonwood, AZ 86326 • 928.649.5785 • On Scenic and Historic 89A

Friday, December 7, 2012

11-29-2012 RTCA Meeting Notes

Notes from the meeting are up in case you missed the meeting

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

IMBA TCC Coming to town!!!

Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew: Cottonwood, AZ

Great news the Trail Care Crew is coming to Dead Horse State Park February 21st to the 24th. VVCC applied jointly with the the RRRD and will be working on the new Lower Bones Trail. Come join in the fun! Also any city, gov and forest folk from Verde Valley cities/agencies are urged to come to the presentations and trail building to learn the value of better trails. 
The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew, on the road since 1997, is IMBA's grassroots educational program and an authority on sustainable trail building practices. Two teams of professional trail experts travel year-round throughout the United States and beyond, leading trail work sessions, meeting with land managers and working with IMBA-affiliated clubs and the communities they serve to improve mountain biking opportunities. The Trail Care Crew program has inspired great volunteer trail work across the U.S. and abroad - a big help to government agencies and land managers who have limited funding for trail construction and upkeep. As a direct result, there are now thousands of new and improved trails in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and several European countries.

UPDATE!!!: Hiline Trail Day

UPDATE: New meeting location and time for a more efficient hike to the work site and avoidance of weather. Meet Wednesday the 19th of December 11:30 @ CR Ranch 2nd Entrance Coyote Crossing Rd. Meet and sign in. The Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition is sponsoring a work day on the iconic Hiline Trail. Come help keep the Hiline trail at its best.

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. We will be out for a good day of work and fun.

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

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Cottonwood Christmas Parade

Thank you!!! To everyone who showed up for the parade. Good times!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Reminder: Trail Planning Continues - Mark your Calendars November 29th

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
U.S. Forest Service
Coconino National Forest

For Immediate Release

November 20, 2012

Public Affairs Contacts:
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

Red Rock community trail planning continues

Sedona, AZ – The public is invited to the second Red Rock trail planning meeting Thursday, November 29, from 6 to 8 P.M. at the Village of Oak Creek Fire Station #3, on Cortez Drive. This planning session is the second in a series of meetings over the coming months in cooperation with the City of Sedona and the Big Park Council.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Arizona High School Cycling League

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?"

Cottonwood Christmas Parade Dec.1st

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 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

Thanks and see ya next weekend!
Laura and the VVCC crew

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hangover Trail Day December 8th

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

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Preserve MTB opportunities on Prescott National Forest - Plan Revision Comment Period Ends the 28th

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.


How to Submit Comments:

Please send your email comments to:

Or submit written comments to:

Prescott National Forest
Attention: Plan Revision
344 South Cortez Street
Prescott, AZ 86303-4316

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sign the Sedona Bike Park Petion!!!!

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 

November 14th BOD Agenda

Agenda for the November 14th Board of Directors Meeting.

Thanks everyone who showed up for the trail day!!

Great turnout today to work on the Slim Shady trail. 12 projects identified and 12 completed. Erosion mitigated, flow enhanced and all the while keeping the character of the trail in tact. Beautiful weather and lots of riders coming through loving the trail. Double thanks to those who pushed through to 4pm, 6 hours dedicated to the trails. Big thanks as well to Absolute Bikes for bring the copious amounts of energy foods and beverages to fuel our day and to the Bike & Bean for getting people into gear with your wonderfully strong cup of Bean!!!

If you missed it and wanted to be there mark your Calendars for December 8th!! Hangover will be getting the first pass of love to repair many areas in need.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Don't forget Trail Day Sunday!!!!!! 10am

Sunday the 11th of November @ the Yavapai Vista Trailhead 10am. Rain is coming down right now prepping the dirt to be perfect for Sunday. I hope to see you there. Absolute Bikes will be bringing hydration supplies as well as some food. Bike & Bean is offering up free coffee at the shop to volunteers headed up to the work day.

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

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Get your flow on!!!

Corviglia Flowtrail in St.Moritz from Darco Cazin on Vimeo.

Who wants to see trails like this in our neck of the woods?


THURS (Nov 15) - 8 AM




Monday, October 29, 2012

Trail Day November, 11th at 10 A.M


U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
U.S. Forest Service
Coconino National Forest

For Immediate Release

October 29, 2012

Click Read More For Full Details

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Post meeting update: Future Trails Planning

So the meeting was a great turnout! Lot of ideas and Kate Bradley the facilitator took notes of the many comments and here are pics of the notes in case you missed it and are wondering what happened.

A reminder tonight is the RTCA trails planning meeting for the Coconino NF RRRD. 6pm at the Synagogue of the Jewish Community of Sedona
100 Meadowlark Dr
Sedona, AZ 86336

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Great news from RRRD!!!!!

Click to read the latest trails update from the RRRD. Much new trail cleared for adoption as well as new construction. Get ready for many trail days coming up to help bring these into the system and to construct the new ones. Most people will know of the two big ones Hiline and Hangover trails. These two iconic trails will now be brought into the system. We as cyclists must deliver on helping out on these to fix some parts and assist with the maintenance. Are you excited?? I am!!!! Many determined people deserve much thanks in working with the local RRRD to accomplish this!! Get ready for the trail days.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
U.S. Forest Service                                                            
Coconino National Forest                                           

For Immediate Release
October 11, 2012
Public Affairs Contacts:
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

A call for community collaboration on future trails

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Red Bull Rampage 2012

 Took a quick trip to see one of the pinnacles of our pedal powered sport in the Utah Desert. It is amazing to see how far people can take their technical skill level. Here are just a few pics from the Sunday finals of the Red Bull Rampage. Great riding in the surrounding area of Virgin, Hurricane and Gooseberry Mesa. If you get a chance make the trip.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

UPDATE: Pledge to halt illegal trail construction on the Coconino National Forest - Red Rock District

The RRRD of the CNF has been expressing it's concern on illegal trail building. They are considering a potential closure to cross country travel, and the prohibition of use of non-system trails as a solution. The VVCC is very concerned about this as it could potentially close many of our favorite trails. Meetings have been taking place between VVCC, SMBC and IMBA leadership with FS staff and FS Law enforcement to figure out the details and hopefully prevent any loss of trail. Please sign the pledge to help show support that our MTB community will pull together on this. we are not asking anyone to turn people in, just to support no more illegal building, cross country riding to create trail and not support the culture that it is ok to do so. We have had much success on getting trails adopted, with more on the way. If riders continue to construct in light of great efforts by the FS to help, I worry that people choosing to continue building will cause the MTB community to lose traction on keeping trails and moving forward with new trails."

As President of the VVCC, I want to make clear that this is a purely voluntary pledge intended to show that our tight-knit community of riders is serious about changing the current paradigm. That we’re

Saturday, October 6, 2012

VVCC Club Jersey

 Jerseys are disappearing fast. We are nearly out, with roughly one of each size in men's and women's. Contact Benny if you are interested. Jerseys are 72.00 and you must be a VVCC member to purchase.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Annual Picnic October 27th !!!!

Get ready for some good times at Dead Horse State Park at our annual picnic. Come see members of the club and socialize. Enjoy some great rides in Dead Horse State Park starting around 8-10. Meet leaders within the club and learn about current projects the VVCC is pursuing. More Details to follow. 


Click to add to your calendar.

Newest Corporate Sponsors!!!!


Thanks Over the Edge and Sedona Destination Adventures for supporting the VVCC. Two businesses run by avid cyclists that are helping make the cycling community better for all. If you have not been into OTE stop in for some great service and an awesome selection of bikes/gear. Sedona Destination Adventures can take you or your visiting friends or family on some sweet single track riding through the red rocks with professional/permitted guides .

Thanks Guys!!!!!!!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

BOD October Meeting Agenda

Click to view agenda.

Unauthorized 'Wildcat' trail rehab day with RRRD - Strong Work!!

Saturday September, 29th the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest hosted a work day to rehab a 1/2 mile of trail illegally constructed off of Brewer Road. Volunteers showed up ready to work and put tool to ground to help restore the land. There has been much success in moving forward and developing the trail system here. The VVCC does not stand to see any more illegally constructed trail and will continue to work with the RRRD to help adopt, plan, maintain and construct new trail in the area. If you couldn't make it you missed out. Good times and some good prizes. we had a great offering of schwag from the local shops Bike & Bean, Over the Edge, Absolute Bikes, The Hike House and the VVCC. A couple attendees even won double prizes. Stay tuned as we will have more trail days coming up to get involved in and help. Click read more to see the pics.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Arizona High School Cycling League

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.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Sedona Metric Centuries


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!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

VVCC Club Jerseys Are Here...

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! Thomas McGoldrick (928) 301-3621

Click a photo for a closer look!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Awesome Friday Ride

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.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Hangover Update.

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.