Volunteers needed for Sea Otter Gran Fondo

Once again this year Velo Club Monterey is supporting the Sea Otter by supplying volunteers to the first two Aid Stations on the Gran Fondo route on Saturday morning, April 21st.

By donating your time on Saturday morning, you will directly interact with one of the major Sea Otter events and help the club’s mission to support cycling in our area. As an additional benefit, Luis Zabala is offering once again to host a barbecue/picnic/party at Zabala Vineyard (the second rest stop) for the rest stop volunteers.

Providing volunteers at Sea Otter is also one of the club’s major fundraisers for the year as we earn $700 for our help in supporting these two rest stops.

The first Aid Station is at Gallo/Talbott’s Winery (mile 24) and we’ll need volunteers there from 6:30 to 10:15 am. The second stop is at Zabala Vineyards (mile 43) with volunteers to be there from 7:15 to 12:30. You’ll help in preparing and serving snacks and drinks for the riders. As most of you know a smiling, encouraging face gives a big boost to riders during an event and this is a great way to pay forward all the rest stops you’ve probably encountered in your own rides.

So, we need your help as a volunteer, so please sign up. Simply click on the Volunteer Sign Up below which will take you to an Evite page where you can enter your name, email, and your preference for which Aid Station you’d like to volunteer at. Please note that there is no guarantee that you’ll get your choice of station.


Monterey Jr. Cycling Development Camp

Here’s an update from Gordon and Sue Martine on their annual team building camp for the local Junior Cycling Team that was held earlier this year…

We all seemed to have a great trip down to San Luis Obispo for our 2018 team building camp. We had 12 juniors and 8 volunteers. It was amazing that all the adults were pretty shelled after each ride and the kids seem to recover almost immediately!  The weather held out for most of the day with a 20 minute hail storm. And, as far as I was concerned, I believe the hail is better than rain because we were not sopping wet and cold for the rest of the day. Day one of camp ended up being 78 mile & 7,825ft climbing.  We had a nice team dinner in the hotel conference room.  Sue and I had fun finding small tokens that reminded us of each junior that we presented.  We also had some nice donated items to give each athlete.  

On Sunday, we did a 60 mile ride with 2700 feet of climbing. It was a beautiful day out and it warmed up nicely compared to Saturday. We took team pictures at a scenic park overlooking the ocean. Attached, you will find some wonderful pictures shot by Gabe Stewart.

I would like to thank all our dedicated volunteers and sponsors for making this a fun and safe event.  We already have the date for the 2019 team building camp set for Saturday and Sunday February 16-17th.   –  Gordon & Sue Martine

FYI,  there are some great photos of the team at the camp here: www.photography831.com/Don-Chapin-Team-Camp


Local Bike Swap Meet to aid Jr. Development Team

On April 22nd – the Sunday of the Sea Otter Classic – there’s a local Bike Swap where you can sell, trade or buy all kinds of bikes, parts, and accessories. It’s from 9am-3pm at McShane’s Landscape Supply on Monterey Salinas Hwy, just 8 miles east of Laguna Seca.

All of the proceeds from the bike swap will benefit the Monterey Junior Cycling Development Team. (Thanks Gordon & Sue!)

Admission is free for shoppers, but if you want to get your own space to sell your bike related stuff you should jump on it now before they are gone. Help support the Juniors by getting a space.

More details and contact info on how to reserve your space are below in the Event Poster.

VCM Bowling Party – Sunday Feb 4

Last year’s bowling party was so much fun we had to do it again! Join us for a Bowling Party at Monterey Lanes on Sunday, February 4th from 2-4pm. We’ve got lanes reserved just for the club. Cost is $20 per person (payable to Velo Club Monterey when you arrive) which includes 2 games and shoe rental. Balls are provided by Monterey Lanes. Food and beverage is extra.

It doesn’t matter if you are a good, average or even a lousy bowler, we’re doing it for fun, so sign up and we’ll put together some teams. We’ll even give out prizes to the team with the best scores!

Please RSVP via Evite by Wednesday, January 24th so we can get a head count and know how many lanes to grab. Bowling starts right at 2 so come 15 minutes early to get shoes and teams sorted out. When you check in just say your with the Velo Club.

To Recap:

  • What: Velo Club Monterey Bowling Party
  • Where: Monterey Lanes 2161 Fremont Street
  • When: Sunday, February 4, 2-4pm
  • Bring: $20 bucks and your best bowling shirt
  • RSVP via Evite by clicking here.

We hope to see you there!

Heritage Edition – Long Sleeve VCM Wool Jersey

Sorry – the order period for the Velo Club Monterey Heritage Edition – Long Sleeve Wool Jersey is closed. We may have a few extras after they arrive in mid-February. If interested in a jersey send us an email.

Based on the design of the original Velo Club jersey from the 70’s this “Heritage Edition” Velo Club Monterey jersey is 100% Marino Wool, features long sleeves and is made by Oregon Cycle Wear. It features an embroidered Velo Club Monterey logo on front with smaller embroidered text on left sleeve. It’s a quarter zip with a single, large zippered rear pocket and includes red/white/black ribbing on both collar and sleeves.

This is a really nice wool jersey perfect for winter, early spring and fall riding here on the Monterey Peninsula.  Group pricing allows us to make it available to you for just $105, including embroidering and shipping.

Jersey Front

Embroidery on left sleeve

Back with zippered rear pocket

According to Oregon Cycle Wear their wool jerseys are midway between a Euro and US fit. Size chart below will give you more accurate measurements. Wool stretches well so fits most body types. Sorry there are no women specific sizes.

Chest Sizing
Jersey length (back)
Sleeve length
S – 32-34″ 84cm
25″ 63cm
30″ 76cm
M – 36-37″ 93cm
27.5″ 70cm
31″ 79cm
L – 38-41″ 98cm
28″ 71cm
32″ 81cm
XL – 42-44″ 108cm
28.5″ 72cm
34″ 86cm
XXL – 45-47″116cm
29.5″ 75cm
35.5″ 90cm

Sorry – the order period for the Velo Club Monterey Heritage Edition – Long Sleeve Wool Jersey is closed.

How to order your Velo Club Monterey Heritage Jersey:
We want to get jerseys to you as quickly as possible so the ordering time frame will be short. Enter your order before January 10th. We’ll put the club order in at that time. We expect that we’ll have the jersey’s available in approximately 4 weeks, with delivery to you sometime around the second week of February. They will all be shipped to the club and then we’ll coordinate delivery to you.

  1. Select your size and click “Add to Cart”. You can add multiple jerseys of different sizes to the cart.
  2. Click the “Checkout with Paypal” button and follow instructions to pay. Note that you can pay via Paypal as a guest without having an account.
  3. Wait impatiently for your jersey to arrive in February. We’ll contact you when they get in.

If you absolutely don’t want to order online, send an email to veloclub@vcmonterey.org with the size you want and then mail a check to Velo Club Monterey, P.O. Box 1404, Monterey CA, 93942


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