VCM Movie Night – Wednesday, Oct. 25

Velo Club Monterey Movie Night featuring Marinoni – The Fire in the Frame is Wednesday, October 25 at 7pm.

This documentary focuses on Giuseppe Marinoni, a former champion cyclist who made the transition to master bike craftsman, building tens of thousands of frames by hand before returning to racing at the age of 75 in an attempt to set the world hour record for his age group. Even more remarkable he would be using a track bike he’d built almost 40 years earlier. Click for more details on Marinoni – The Fire in the Frame.

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VCM Fall Time Trial Winners!

We had a great Fall Time Trial on Saturday, Sept. 9 out in Ft. Ord. Congratulations to the overall winners: young Stefan Hubrick who trains with the Junior program, took first place in the Men’s Division with a screaming 18:23 time over the 6.8 mile course, while Vera Noghera took the Women’s Division title.

Women’s Overall Winner – Vera Noghera & Men’s Overall Winner – Stefan Hubrick

In addition to earning the overall Winner’s Medals, they also took home the newest VIBE tail light (motion sensitive!) donated from local bike lighting maker, Light & Motion (thanks Heidi Hall); a $50 gift certificate from either Winning Wheels or Peninsula BikeWorks; and in Vera’s case, a bottle of Chardonnay donated from Luis Zabala.

In the age group brackets: Ken Hashimoto won the 50-59 group; Rick Chung, the 60-69 bracket; and Ralph Wege the 70+ grouping. Each received a $25 gift certificate from the aforementioned local bike shops.

Rick Chung, Ken Hashimoto, Vera Noghera & Stefan Hubrick

Congrats to all who participated in the time trial and special thanks to Edmund Gross, Randy Naylor, Lesley Everett, Lisa Kaufmann and Jim Wrona for serving as Course Marshalls.

Here’s more pics from the day (Thanks to Lesley for the photos)…


Labor Day Pie Ride – Sept. 4

We don’t need much of an excuse to eat pie, and Labor Day Monday is a great reason – so let’s do a Pie Ride to Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville. Choose between long version leaving from Monterey Wharf (same start as Tuesday NRJ ride), or “Pie Lite” leaving from Pezzini’s near Castroville.

Here’s the details:
– Labor Day, Monday, September 4 – Pie Ride to Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville.
– Meet at 8am at Monterey Wharf on the bike path near the Custom House for the 70 mile ride (same start as Tuesday NRJ Ride).
– “Pie Lite” – 9am to join the longer route riders at Pezzini Farms on Nashua Rd. outside Castroville for the 40 mile route.
– Regular route through Elkhorn Slough, back via Trafton, or shortcut up Salinas Rd (your choice).
– Long version of route is here:
– Bring water, ride snacks and some money for pie. There are also sandwiches, drinks and even ice cream available.

Join us for a Labor Day Pie Ride!

Velo Club Fall Time Trial – Saturday, Sept. 9

NOTE: Time Trial start time has been moved to 3pm on Saturday.

How fast can you go?! Velo Club Monterey is hosting a time trial in Ft. Ord on Saturday, September 9th and we’re inviting all members to come join us, with a chance to win prizes for best times.

VCM is not a racing club so most members can only guess how they rank against each other. Here’s your chance to measure yourself against the clock with a 6.8 mile time trial in Ft. Ord.

The course will start at 8th and Gigling and circle counter-clockwise down the 8th Ave Extension, left at Parker Flats cutoff, left at Eucalyptus, left to climb Hennekens Ranch Rd., left on Gigling and back to the finish line. You’ll be riding the course by yourself with 3 minute intervals between each rider.

VCM Fall Time Trial Course (counter-clockwise route)

Participants must be Velo Club members (our insurance requires this). There is no fee, although we suggest that participants make a $10 donation to the club to help defray the costs of both the permits and prizes. Non-members can join the club in order to participate paying only 50% ($17.50) of the annual dues to cover membership through the end of 2017.


Prizes will be awarded for the overall fastest time for both men and women, and there will also be age group prizes. Age groups will be determined by number of participants and their ages. Prizes include:

Overall Best Time (winners in both Women’s and Men’s Divisions):
– Winner’s Medal
– New light from Light & Motion
– Bottle of Zabala Wine
– $50 bike shop gift certificate

Age Group Prizes (both Women’s & Men’s Divisions):
– $25 Gift Certificate from Local Bike shop


We also need a few Course Marshalls to help monitor riders on the corners of the route. If you don’t want to ride, we hope you will volunteer to be a Course Marshall.


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