If you’ve been riding mostly solo, it can be intimidating to join a cycling group, but not riding with a bigger group means you are missing out on a big part of the fun of cycling. If you are new to riding with a group, or you know someone who wants to learn how, we’ve got a perfect way for you to get comfortable with other riders.
On April 30 and May 7th, Velo Club Monterey is running an Introduction to Group Riding Series – a set of two, 9am Sunday morning rides that will progressively teach riders the etiquette, safety and skills needed to ride with a group of other cyclists.
Each session will include a lesson and discussion, followed by a short ride to get comfortable with your new skills. Some of the topics covered will include:
- taking responsibility for the safety of the group
- hand signals and verbal communications to other riders
- managing “others”… cars, walker/runners, dogs, strollers, etc…
- riding predictably
- learning to read the road
- drafting safely behind other riders
By the end of the 2nd lesson you’ll be ready to join in the fun of a group ride.
These sessions are for adult cyclists (18+) of just about all experience levels. The only thing we ask is that you are comfortable riding and controlling your bike and can ride at least 12 miles on a relatively flat route. You need to be able to start, pedal, shift and stop. If you use clipless pedals you need to be able to comfortably clip in and out of them.
Session 1 of the Introduction to Group Riding Series is Sunday, April 30th and Session 2 is Sunday, May 7. Meet behind the Wharf Marketplace near the Coastal Trail/Bike Path at 9am. If you want to join us or have questions email email@example.com or call Mark Kaufmann at 408-568-1331.
Velo Club Monterey Cycling Kit for 2017 is now available for ordering (through April 23rd). Designs will remain the same as the past few years and Champion System continues as our supplier. You will place and pay for your order directly from CS and then all orders will be shipped free to the club to distribute to you.
Tierra Bella is always a popular ride for Velo Club members. This year it’s on April Fool’s Day. If you haven’t already registered, it’s not too late. Visit www.tierrabella.org for more info and to register.
The 100K riders from the Peninsula are planning to carpool from the Edgewater Shopping Center in Sand City (the one where the Target and Ross stores are). If you’d like to join us, meet near the Panera Bread parking lot by 7:20 so we can leave by 7:30 to carpool up to Gavilan College.
That probably means we’ll start riding around 8:30-8:40. At the event we’ll try to meet at the stoplight on the corner of Santa Teresa and Mesa Rd. (near the north parking lot of Gavilan) around 8:30 before we take off.
Some of the 100 mile riders were planning for a rollout at 7:30, also meeting at the Mesa Rd. intersection. Here’s a Google Map link showing you the intersection location where VCM riders meet up: https://goo.gl/maps/wzevLqkE7vk
See you at Tierra Bella on Saturday!
We’ve got a bunch of upcoming events to add to your calendar…
Thursday, April 20, 10am – Noon: [postponed to a later date] Adopt-a-Highway cleanup of bike path along Highway One near Carmel Hill. Did you know we sponsor the cleanup of the bike path between Hwy 68 bridge and Viejo Road along the south side of Hwy 1?
We’ll need 6 or 7 volunteers to help clean up the path. You can turn in your helmet and cycling attire for a hard hat and the always fashionable optic-yellow road crew vest! Send email to
firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
Sunday, June 4, Noon-2pm: Velo Club Monterey Bocce Ball Tournament at Talbott Vineyards Carmel Valley Tasting Room. Details and signups to come later…
Saturday, August 19, 2-5pm: Velo Club Monterey Summer Picnic – at a new undisclosed Carmel Valley location!
Velo Club Monterey is supporting the Sea Otter this year by supplying volunteers to the first two Aid Stations on the Gran Fondo route on Saturday morning, April 22nd.
This smaller commitment (a single morning, with fewer volunteers needed) directly interacts with one of the major Sea Otter events and is great fit for the club’s mission to support cycling in our area. In return for volunteering, Sea Otter will grant $600 to VCM.
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.
VCM members showing up early to help out…
To sign up, click this link Volunteer Sign Up 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.
Thanks for your help in supporting Sea Otter and the club.