VCM Twilight Ride at Laguna Seca – June 19

Time to ride the racetrack!  Wednesday evening June 19, Velo Club Monterey is sponsoring Twilight Cycling at WeatherTech Raceway from 5:30 to 7:30. Come experience ride Laguna Seca’s 11-turn, 2.25 mile course, highlighted by the legendary Corkscrew drop.

Laguna Seca Twilight Brats & Beer

Once again we’re also bringing BRATS & BEER to the ride for your pre or post ride fuel. It’s lots of fun, so don’t miss out on this great evening of riding the track and hanging with your Velo Club friends. 

Helmets are required… for the riding, not the Brats & Beer! The cost is $10 to ride, plus a $10 donation to the club if you eat and drink. You can visit the WeatherTech Raceway Twilight Cycling Page for more info on the ride.

Event Recap:
What: VCM Twilight Cycling Night with Brats & Beer
Where:  WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca
When: Wed. June 19 – Anytime between 5:30-7:30pm
Bring: Bike, Helmet, $10 entry fee, $10 for Beer and Brats donation

Tell your friends – Twilight Cycling is open to anyone with a bike, helmet, and desire to ride the famed race track. We hope to see you there!

P.S. If you can help with serving or cleanup of the Brats & Beer, we could use some volunteers. Remember members who volunteer for 3 or more hours throughout the year, earn free entry to the Holiday Party.  If you can help out with either, send us an email at 

VCM Bocce Ball Party – Sunday, June 23rd

It’s the kickoff to Summer for the Velo Club – a bike ride to the top of Cahoon Summit followed by Bocce Ball, summer snacks and a little bit of wine from Talbott Vineyards.
Join fellow VCM members for a Bocce Ball Party at the Talbott Vineyards Tasting Room in Carmel Valley – Sunday, June 23 from Noon to 2.

The Pre-Bocce ride up to Cahoon Summit starts at 8:30 am at Talbott’s. (Slower climbers may want to start at 8:10.) That gives us enough time to get to top and return as well as clean up a little before we bocce at Noon.

We’ve got the Bocce Ball Courts reserved for free but we should all plan on bringing some snacks or light lunch items to eat and share. We can’t bring our own alcoholic drinks so plan on buying a glass (or bottle) or two of Talbott vino. Non-alcoholic drinks are fine to bring.

Spouses, significant others, and others are welcome to join. Just indicate how many people you are bringing (and their names) when you RSVP. We’re limited to about 30 people who can play, so respond early to make sure you get a spot. Let us know if you are interested in riding in your comments so we know to expect you.

Please RSVP via EVITE by Tuesday, June 19th so we can get a head count.

To Recap:

  • What: Velo Club Monterey Bocce Ball Party
  • Where: Talbott Vineyards Tasting Room, 25 Pilot Road, CV.
  • When: Sunday, June 23 from 12 – 2 pm
  • Bring: yourselves, something to snack on and share with others, $ for wine or drinks
  • Optional Bonus Feature – Climb to Cahoon ride starting at Talbott’s at 8:30.

We hope to see you there!


VCM Memorial Day Pie Ride to Gizdich – May 27

The Velo Club Memorial Day Pie Ride to Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville is coming up Monday, May 27th. The ride out to Gizdich is always lots of fun, with a few short hills, a little bit of wind and, oh yeah… a stop in the middle for pie!

You’ve got two different ride options:
– 70 mile version – Meet at 8am at Monterey Wharf on the bike path near the Custom House (same start as Tuesday NRJ Ride).
– 42 mile “Pie Lite” version – 9am start that joins the longer route riders at Pezzini Farms on Nashua Rd. outside Castroville.
– Bring water, ride snacks and some money for pie. There are also sandwiches, drinks and even ice cream available.

Route Map for the longer (70 mile) Pie Ride starting at Monterey Wharf at 8am: Gizdich Ranch Pie Ride Route

Route Map for “Pie-Lite” (42 miles) starting at Pezzini Farms (460 Nashua Road) at 9am: Gizdich Ranch Pie Ride (from Pezzini’s)

We hope you can join us for the Pie Ride, this Memorial Day, May 27th!

Save the Dates – Upcoming Velo Club Events

There are lots of Velo Club upcoming events to add to your calendar…

  • Pacific Grove Bike Night – Friday May 3rd, 5-8 pm
  • VCM Adopt-A-Highway Bike Path Cleanup, Tues. May 14, 1 pm
    After the NRJ Ride – Email if you can help
  • Gizdich Ranch Pie Ride – Memorial Day, May 27
  • VCM “Beers & Brats” Laguna Seca Twilight Ride – Wed. June 19, 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Bocce Ball at Talbott Vineyards – Sunday, June 23rd, 12-2 pm
  • VCM Summer Picnic – Sunday August 4, 2-6 pm

Pacific Grove Bike Night – Friday May 3rd, 5-8 pm

To help promote and encourage cycling in Pacific Grove and connect cyclists with one another, the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce is organizing Pacific Grove Bike Night, on Friday May 3rd. The event will take place in downtown Pacific Grove on Lighthouse Avenue from 5-8 PM and features a raffle, bike-to-work day, music, and plenty of cyclists!

Velo Club Monterey is leading a “ride-around” of the downtown area on Lighthouse Avenue starting at 6:30. This will be a slow cruise, so bring whatever bike you want. We’ll have a VCM table in front of the BofA on Lighthouse to hand out information about the club and local riding, so meet up with us there a few minutes before the ride. 


Email if you plan on joining us or if you can volunteer some time to serve at the VCM information table.

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