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VELO CLUB MONTEREY

PEDALING THE MONTEREY PENINSULA

AND CENTRAL COAST SINCE 1968

Welcome new riders!

Our purpose is to champion bicycling activities and opportunities

These activities include:

  • Recreational riding
  • Long-distance touring
  • Randonneuring
  • Junior development


We support and promote advocacy for

the interests and safety of cyclists. Improving access

to public and private lands, and the creation of new

bicycle routes and pathways.


VCM's goal is to encourage and promote social 

activities for cyclists to build community awareness

and foster new relationships.


Upcoming events

Disclaimer: Bicycle riding is an inherently dangerous sport. The weekly rides are open to the public and Velo Club Monterey does not organize, sponsor, nor assume any liability for your participation in these rides. The VCM web site acts as a go between for the benefit of all riders who like to ride with others and want to share their rides.  This web site posts a variety of regular on-going rides established by local riders.

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  • March 09, 2022 8:48 PM | Anonymous

             

     VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!

    Help support the VCM (we get paid!) and the Sea Otter Classic by volunteering at this years event. Velo Club Monterey is responsible for providing volunteers at two rest stops during the Gran Fondo event on Saturday, April 9th. Go to the Sea Otter website volunteer page at https://sea-otter-classic.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=60108  and type in the password "velo". Enjoy the company of fellow cyclists and your VCM teammates in this beautiful setting.


  • March 05, 2022 11:53 AM | Anonymous

    The team store is open and is set to close on March 31st.


    https://teamstore.pactimo.com/stores/velo_club_monterey/show

     All sales are final once they are placed. Our team Account Manager (Yvette Harris) has the ability to go in and adjust SIZES while the team store is OPEN, but she cannot adjust QUANTITIES. If team members decide they want additional items, they must submit a second order. 

    SIZING AND FITTING Links to forward to your team. 

    Please urge them to use these tools!  “I’m usually a large in cycling gear” or “I wear an XL tee shirt” is not useful

    in determining your size with Pactimo as other vendors and clothing manufacturers tend to size larger than we do.

    1. Size and Fit Charts
    2. Men's Jersey Fit Comparison Videos
    3. Women's Jersey Fit Comparison Videos
    4. Call 800-801-9869 to speak to a fit expert during our business hours 8:30-5 mountain time

    The team store will close at midnight on March 31st. Once the store is closed, no additional orders can be accepted. At that point all orders will go into Production and the 6 week delivery time frame begins. Items purchased within the team store are not put into production until the entire store closes, not calculated 6 weeks according to the order date.

    Our store has individual shipping. Please verify your shipping address. All shipments are delivered via Fed Ex, and cannot go to a PO Box and may require a signature at time of delivery.

    THANK YOU!


  • February 01, 2022 8:33 AM | Anonymous

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!By all accounts the annual New Year's Day ride up to the Cahoon Grade summit was a success. Braving the typical sub-40 degree temperature, at least 18 VCM members made it to the top for a sip of bubbles before the chilly decent. I'm told that Robin and Bill hosted a lovely lunch at their place in the village afterwards. Many thanks for those that put this together!

  • December 18, 2021 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    It’s time to get your Santa suit on!

    – the 5th Annual Santa Cycle Ride is Saturday, December 18th at 12 noon beginning at the Monterey Wharf. 

    Meet up at Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey by 11:50 so we can organize and roll out at noon.

    The group will ride along the bike path towards Pacific Grove, take a left on Asilomar Blvd., head up to Canterbury Woods to spread some cheer, and do a couple laps of downtown PG. Then it's back on the bike path with the final destination being Dust Bowl Brewing. We're planning on taking over the outside seating on the Del Monte Blvd side of the old train station. Park all bikes outside the patio leaning up against the low fence in the Del Monte parking lot. Members may purchase their own drinks from Dust Bowl and the Taco Truck will be open as well.

    Support Fremont St. Mission for Homeless Women

    One again this year, we’re raising funds on the Santa Cycle ride for Lois Varner and the Fremont Street Mission for Homeless Women, a charity that reaches out to local elderly homeless women.  Lois uses donations to purchase and distribute items such as blankets, gloves, warm socks, food cards, laundry cards, bus and gas cards to homeless women in the area. Her assistance is limited to $10 per week per person, so any funds we raise for her will impact a large number of women. We will ask Cycle Santa riders to donate what they can to help her Mission at the end of the ride.


  • November 12, 2021 5:37 PM | Anonymous

    Please join the VCM Board and members for our first Holiday Party since 2019! There will be live jazz, food, drinks, and great company.  The menu will be provided by 831 catering including fresh tacos with a veggie option. Raffle prizes, awards, and dancing.


    December 11th from 6-9pm. at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. We will have a dessert table awaiting yummy contributions from whomever wants to show off their favorite Holiday sweet course (finger foods preferred).

    Contributions to the bar are always appreciated!

  • September 19, 2021 3:53 PM | Anonymous

    Hello Fellow Velo Club Members,

    You can earn $ for our club, some goodies for yourself, and help the Sea Otter Classic at the same time! Sea Otter now has an online sign-up platform for volunteers. We have two rest stop locations and will need 10 volunteers at each site. Information on how to sign-up was sent to all Velo Club Members last week on September 15th.

    Hope you can help us make this happen!

    Thank you,

    Suzanne Kroeze

    VCM Events Coordinator


  • July 31, 2021 12:38 PM | Anonymous

    2021 VCM SUMMER PICNIC – SUNDAY AUG. 29

    JULY 31, 2021 MARK KAUFMANN LEAVE A COMMENT

    Hello All! We’re looking forward to our first official IN PERSON VCM party in over a year. Welcome Back!

    Our traditional Velo Club Summer Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, August 29 from 2-6pm, for all members and guests who have been fully vaccinated for COVID 19.

    The picnic will be held at the Coniglio Family House on Laureles Grade in Carmel Valley, as in recent years. There’s lots of room, a big grill, swimming pool, and even a shower for those who want to clean up after the morning rides.

    THE PICNIC: VCM provides barbecued burgers, sausages, hot dogs and the fixings, as well as coolers/ice, plates and utensils and non-alcoholic beverages. BYO Beer, Wine or other alcoholic drinks. Also we ask that members bring salads/side, appetizers or desserts to share.

    • If your last name starts with A-H bring an appetizer.
    • If your last name starts with I-Q bring a dessert.
    • If your last name starts with R-Z bring a salad or side dish.

    THE LOCATION:  
    Coniglio Valley House
    437 Laureles Grade
    Carmel Valley, CA 93924

    THE RIDES: Long Ride – Big Arroyo Seco Loop. Start/meet at the Coniglio Family House at 7am, climb Laureles Grade, Hwy 68 to River Road, Arroyo Seco and back over Cahoon Summit into Carmel Valley (about 87 miles). Shorter Ride – Climb to Cahoon Summit (with Cachagua Loop option on the way back) ride leaving at 9:30. If you get back early, you can help set up the picnic or take a dip in the pool to cool off. 

    VOLUNTEERING TO HELP SET UP/CLEAN UP
    We need the following:

    • 1 or 2 volunteers to help decorate for the picnic (Noon-2)
    • 2 or 3 volunteers to help setup for the picnic (Noon-2)
    • 3 volunteers to help on the grill (90 minutes)
    • 5 or 6 volunteers to help with cleanup at the end (6-8pm)

    RSVP via Evite  or Email (veloclub@vcmonterey.org) no later than August 22nd so we can get a headcount and know how much to bring.

    If you’ll be riding that morning, please mention which ride in your RSVP comments.

    Also, PLEASE tell us if you’re able to fill one of the volunteer positions needed to make the picnic a success, in your RSVP.

    The Summer Picnic is free for VCM members. Non-members are welcome but we ask that they give a $10 donation to the club.

    We look forward to seeing you at the Summer Picnic!!



  • April 24, 2021 12:42 PM | Anonymous

    VERNAL EQUINOX CENTURY CHALLENGE AWARDS

    APRIL 24, 2021 TOMROLANDER LEAVE A COMMENT

    We are pleased to announce the winners of the VCM Vernal Equinox Century Challenge Awards.

    Each of the award winners is receiving a $25 Gift Certificate for the local bike shop of their choice.  Please congratulate these winners the next time you see them on the road!

     

    Award Category Recipient
    Greatest Total Distance Ridden: 147.20 miles Stanley Mellin
    Longest Single Ride: 85.13 miles Michael Burke
    Highest Elevation/Mile Ratio: 111.61 ft/mile (7182 feet over 64.35 miles) Bob Brigham
    Best Wildflower photo (see below) Ed Bredthauer
    Best Story (read below) Peggy & Jon Beard

    VCM Spring Century STORY – Beard

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  • April 24, 2021 12:41 PM | Anonymous

    UPCOMING EVENTS – SAVE THE DATES

    APRIL 24, 2021 TOMROLANDER LEAVE A COMMENT

    1.       SECOND VCM Trivia Night — soon (via ZOOM)! Thursday May 13, 6:00 PM. ARE YOU GAME?

    Back by popular demand – Lesley and Vanessa are cooking up another game we know you will want to play. Hope to see you there for good laughs and a good time!  Further details coming soon ….

    2.       Summer BBQ Bash 
    Sunday August 29 in Carmel Valley – IN PERSON   


  • March 04, 2021 12:44 PM | Anonymous

    2021 VERNAL EQUINOX CENTURY CHALLENGE

    MARCH 4, 2021 TOMROLANDER LEAVE A COMMENT

    WHAT?    Ride one of two spring centuries, either traditional or metric, in stages or all in one day.

    WHEN?    Between Wednesday March 17 and Wednesday March 24, 2021.

    WHERE?    Anywhere you like as long as it’s legal and you stay within the COVID-19 guidelines.

    BE SURE TO:
        ● Record your stages
        ● Take some photos
        ● Count your flats
        ● Have fun
        ● Be safe

    PRIZES FOR:
        ● Total distance
        ● Longest single ride
        ● Total elevation
        ● Best wild flower photo
        ● Most flats
        ● Best Story

    Submit your ride details to: veloclub@vcmonterey.org by March 26, 8 p.m.


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