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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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  • 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.


  • February 15, 2021 12:46 PM | Anonymous

    FIRST VCM TRIVIA NIGHT – TUESDAY 2/23 6PM – ARE YOU GAME?

    FEBRUARY 15, 2021 TOMROLANDER LEAVE A COMMENT

    Hello fellow VCM member!

    Vanessa and Lesley have cooked up a game we know you’ll want to play.  They guarantee laughs … and who doesn’t need one?

    FIRST VCM TRIVIA NIGHT
    –          Trivia:  Covering 6 categories
    –          Hostess:  Alexa Trebeka
    –          Date:  February 23
    –          Time: 6-8 pm
    –          Place: any room in your house
    –          Attire: comfortably dressed (at least from the waist up)
    –          Food: BYOB and BYOF (snacks, takeout dinner, etc.) 
    –          ZOOM STATION: https://zoom.us/j/93839318184

    Please arrive at 6pm and no later than 6:15pm – after that you will not be able to take part as teams will have been allocated. 

    Of course, partners will be on the same team.

    There will be PRIZES!

    If you need help with ZOOM let us know and we can arrange a test run. 

    Hoping you will join in,
    Suzanne Kroeze
    VCM Events Coordinator


  • December 19, 2020 12:48 PM | Anonymous

    2021 VCM BOARD OF DIRECTOR ELECTION RESULTS

    DECEMBER 19, 2020 MARK KAUFMANN LEAVE A COMMENT

    As expected, it was a landslide win for the Velo Club Monterey Board of Directors slate.  Congratulations to President, Chris Swainson; Vice-President, Tom Rolander; Treasurer, Jack McKenna; Secretary, Keely Clifford; Director-at-Large, Suzanne Kroeze; and new Director-at-Large, Patrick Tregenza – who have all been elected to the board for 2021.

    Also, by way of introduction if you don’t know Patrick, here is a short bio. He is clearly an example of local boy makes good!

    Oh Salinas. It’s given us Steinbeck, salad, Kiddie Kapers, and, well, Patrick Tregenza. A second-generation Monterey County native, he ventured westward towards the Peninsula in 1978, only to find that it’s pretty much like Salinas except the land runs out. He decided to stay anyway, though he never forgot his roots, and so, to this day, he is able to identify nearly any vegetable field at 60 miles per hour. In between rides, Patrick operates a commercial food photography studio in downtown Monterey. His participation in Velo Club Monterey has inspired Patrick to increasingly feel that oftentimes two wheels are better than four, and that is why his garage currently houses 22 wheels, though only twelve are considered “his.”

    Also, just a heads up, be on the lookout next week for another email with information on renewing your Velo Club membership for 2021.

    Have a great Holiday Season and let’s hope for a 2021 where we can spend more time riding together.


  • November 29, 2020 12:50 PM | Anonymous

    VCM 2020 HOLIDAY PARTY AND CYCLING CELEBRATION

    NOVEMBER 29, 2020 MARK KAUFMANN LEAVE A COMMENT

    Sorry this event has been cancelled. Fall Century rides still on though so keep riding!

    2020 Velo Club Monterey Holiday Party
    and Cycling Celebration

    While we can’t be together in person this year, your Velo Club Elves have put together a special Cycling Celebration this holiday. We’ve got two ways for you to join in the fun this year. Here’s how…

    STEP ONE… Ride one of two Fall Century Rides between
    Saturday Dec 5th and Saturday Dec 12th

    It really is as simple as it sounds – keeping within YOUR COMFORT ZONE and remaining compliant with the Monterey County COVID guidelines – complete a century ride between 6am Saturday Dec 5th and 2pm Saturday Dec 12th.

    The ride can be anywhere you choose, and you can make up the century in as few or as many stages as you like. As long as the total distance is 100 miles (Traditional) or 100km (Metric).

    STEP TWO… Send us your ride details for a chance to earn prizes at the Holiday Party:

    • Record your ride stages
    • Take some p­hotographs
    • Count your flats
    • Have an adventure . . .

    Why? . . . because there will be prizes for:

    • Total distance
    • Longest single ride
    • Total elevation
    • Fastest century
    • Best Photo
    • Most Flats
    • Best story

    Make sure you submit your ride details before 4pm Saturday, Dec. 12th so that we are ready to award those prizes and give space at the party for one or two stories you may like to share!

    Details to include with your Century Ride submission:

    • Century Choice (Traditional or Metric)
    • Number of Stages­
    • Total distance
    • Total elevation
    • Total time
    • Number of flats
    • Between 1 and 3 Photos
    • . . . and of course, your NAME

    Submit your ride details via email to: veloclub@vcmonterey.org

    STEP THREE: Attend the VCM ZOOM Celebration Party (even if you didn’t do a Century ride) – Saturday December 12th, starting at 6:30pm.

    Join the Party Saturday evening using the following ZOOM link:

    • https://zoom.us/j/99507589379
    • Please arrive at the Party at 6:30pm – arriving late will mean you will miss out!
    • Before the Party, make sure you DOWNLOAD THE LATEST VERSION OF ZOOM TO YOUR DEVICE.
    • Join the party by clicking the ZOOM link at 6:30pm on Dec 12th
    • Do not join the ZOOM party using ZOOM through a Browser – Joining ZOOM using a Browser will not allow you to participate in some of the events we have planned.

    NOTE: YOU DON’T NEED TO RIDE IN THE FALL CENTURY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ZOOM CELEBRATION PARTY.

    Need help with ZOOM?

    Join Chris Swainson for a ZOOM Workshop between 6pm and 8pm on Wednesday December 9th using this ZOOM link:

    PARTY ITINERARY – IMAGINE A DINNER PARTY

    • STARTS 6:30pm – login using ZOOM and get comfortable.
      DON’T BE LATE
    • Fun Activities . . . wait and see
    • The Main Event
      • Club Announcements
      • Prize Awards
    • Following the Main Event, we will create ZOOM Rooms for you to end the evening in – just like a regular House Party!

    PARTY FOOD

    We’ve arranged some special Holiday Party menus for Velo Club Members for that evening. Make a night of it by ordering and collecting your Party food at one of our participating restaurants.

     Aabha Indian Cuisine – Barnyard in Carmel

    Power Lunch Box for Velo Club December 12 – $17.95 (before tax) Includes: Choice of two curries, Salad, Rice, and Butter naan.  Place your order BY WEDNESDAY DEC 9, and tell Aabha when you will pick up your order on Saturday Dec 12.

    Bistro Moulin – Wave St. near Aquarium

    Three course Holiday Prix Fixe Menu for Velo Club December 12 – $50 (before tax)  Place your order BY December 9 – You may also ask for wine pairing suggestions when ordering.

    Il Vecchio –110 Central Ave., Pacific Grove 

    Take Out – Special Dinners – Fixed Price – $19.50 Includes entrée choice and ‘insalata mista’ – artisan greens with marinated vegetables.

    Melville Tavern – Washington St., Monterey near WorkHorse Bicycles 

    Melville’s features a broad range of: Appetizers, Salads, Entrees, Burgers & Sandwiches, Pastas and Wood Fired Pizzas available for Take Out!

    Click here for more details on all the restaurant menu items.

    IMPORTANT STEP:  RSVP!

    Please RSVP if you are planning on attending the PARTY by Dec 5th. Treat this as a dinner invite from friends – you would not just ignore it and not let them know if you were coming.  Be sure to tell us how many are attending if there will be more than one person attending from your location.

    If we do not get enough RSVPs then we will not go ahead with the Party – it takes a lot of effort to put this on.

    RSVP No later than 5pm Sat Dec 5th!

    Click here to RSVP via EVITE

    TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read) version – RSVP (B4 DEC 5) to let us know if you intend to join the party + ride a century between 6am Sat Dec 5thand 2pm Sat Dec 12 + record the ride stages + take photos + submit the details before 4pm Sat Dec 12th to veloclub@vcmonterey.org+ join the party at 6:30pm on Dec 12th.

    We can’t wait to see your ride details and see you via Zoom on the 12th!

    Any questions, email us at veloclub@vcmonterey.org 


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