VCM Movie Night – The Flying Scotsman

Join us for another Velo Club Monterey Movie Night on Wednesday, April 4 at 7pm. The main attraction will be The Flying Scotsman – a feature film based on the remarkable true story of Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree.

In 1993, as an unemployed amateur, Obree broke the world one-hour record on a bike of his own revolutionary design, which he constructed out of scrap metal and parts of a washing machine.
Throughout his cycling career, Obree fights both depression and the governing bodies of cycling who ban his experimental bike and his unorthodox riding style. It’s an inspiring cycling film.

In keeping with the Scottish theme, we’ll also feature another short video from Scottish rider, Danny MacAskill, once again showing off his unbelievable trials skills.

VCM Movie Night is free for club members and a guest. We’ll have beer, wine and some light snacks, but feel free to bring your own if you wish, or put a few bucks in the donation jar to help defray the costs.

There is limited space with only room for 35 people, there so please RSVP on Evite and include a guest if you are bringing one.

To Recap:

What: Velo Club Movie Night – The Flying Scotsman
The Old Walking Tall offices
26346 Carmel Rancho Lane, Carmel 93923
Suite 201-E (upstairs)
Directions are here
When: Wednesday, April 4, 7PM

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:


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!

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