New VCM Member Welcome

We’re starting a new “occasional” series as a way to welcome new VCM members.  It’s nice way to help introduce you to some of the recent additions to the club.  Welcome Nathalie Trees!


Nathalie sampled a few rides with us and decided that not only were we relatively harmless, but also fun to be around. She became an official member this summer. A strong climber, she also loves to explore new routes and most importantly, has been know to bring cold pizza along as her energy food!

Nathalie Loma Alta

Nathalie chowing down at top of Loma Alta

Nathalie has her own Acupuncture and Functional Medicine practice in Monterey, and earlier in her career travelled much of the world as an acupuncturist for a cruise line. You can check out her website to learn more.

You may spot Nathalie on her white Trek on the 8:30 Saturday ride, or Tuesday’s NRJ ride. If so, be sure to introduce yourself. Welcome Nathalie!


Car Week Rides

A quick reminder that it’s Car Week on the Monterey Peninsula again, so be extra careful on the roads with all the extra “speedy” traffic.

Also due to the closure of Pebble Beach to cyclists this weekend, the regular Saturday 8:30 ride on Saturday August 20 will go out to Pezzini’s and back. Either meet at the regular start behind the Lighthouse Cinema in PG at 8:30, or join Cath who says she’s starting from the Wharf Marketplace right on the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail at 8:45. Note that the regular ride leader Yvonne is out of town, but still expects the ride to start on time.

Velo Club Monterey Clothing Available

For those of you who missed out on ordering Velo Club Monterey clothing we have a few VCM Logo items available. These are cash only sales and will be available at Summer Picnic (Sunday, Aug 21). Or if you can’t make it to the picnic and want to arrange to purchase an item, send email to and we’ll work out a time and place to get you your clothing.

Men’s Club Cut Short Sleeve Jersey with Full Zip
1 Medium, 2 Large, 1 XXL remaining – $55

Velo Club Jersey Front

VCM Cycling Caps – (Black with White Logo & trim)
6 caps remaining – one size fits all – $12


VCM Cycling Socks – (older logo) – $3
S/M – size 5-9 men/6-10 women (Buy 2 pair for $5)
L/XL – size 9-13 men/10-14 women

VCM Socks

Also, don’t forget we’ve also still got Velo Club Water Bottles available in two sizes.

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Buy bottles online and pickup at a variety of places. You must first register as a Member to get the discounted price.


VCM Open Board Meeting – Tuesday, Aug 2nd at 7pm

All Velo Club Monterey members are invited to join the VCM Board and other club members this Tuesday Evening, August 2nd for the summer board meeting. Meeting will be held in the back of Old Capital Books, 559 Tyler St, Monterey at 7pm.
Some of the topics on the Agenda will include:
  • Summer Picnic (to be held on Saturday afternoon on August 21st at Carmel Valley Community Park so put it on your calendar)
  • Update on discussions with Rafael Payan, the General Manager of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District, about their plans for opening up road and mountain cycling trails from in Palo Corona park to connect to South Bank Trail behind Rancho Canada and onto Quail Lodge.
  • VCM Adopt-a-Highway cleanup day for the Carmel Hill bike path along Hwy 1 (we are the sponsor for that stretch of path)
  • Outreach to bring new members into the club including:
  • The creation of a VCM brochure for bike shops to attract new members
  • Creating/reviving a shorter and slower “Welcome Ride” for newer, less experienced cyclists as an introduction to the club and group riding (maybe once a month).
You will also have an opportunity to ask questions or bring up club related issues at the meeting. Please join us for this open club meeting – this Tuesday at 7pm at Old Capital Books, 559 Tyler St, Monterey.

2016 VCM Summer Picnic – Sunday, August 21

Join us for the 2016 VCM Summer Picnic & Ride!
Sunday, August 21st at Carmel Valley Community Park.

bicycle picnic invite

THE LOCATION:  At Carmel Valley Community Park
East end of the park on Carmel Valley Road. Drive past Ford Road, take the next left into the parking area

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

THE RIDE: Club tradition is to ride the Big Arroyo Seco Loop, leaving from the park, climbing Laureles Grade, out to River Road and back over Cahoon Summit (about 87 miles). Some have also suggested a shorter route up to Cahoon and back down adding in the Cachagua Loop (41 miles). To gauge interest, we’ve created a survey. Click the Picnic Route Survey to let us know which route you would like to do.

Please RSVP no later than August 15th so we can get a head count and know how much to bring.  You can either RSVP directly from the Picnic Route Survey or send email to

We look forward to seeing you at the Summer Picnic –
Sunday August 21st at 2pm – Carmel Valley Community Park!

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