Nominations for 2020 VCM Board Members

Each December we elect the Velo Club Monterey Board of Directors for the following year. As per the Club by-laws, the current Board of Directors has created a Nominating Committee to propose candidates for next year’s Board and Officers. 

5 of the 6 current board members have agreed to serve on the 2020 board if re-elected. Edmund Gross is retiring from the board at the end of this year. Tom Rolander has indicated his willingness to replace Edmund as a Director-at-Large and the Nominating Committee believes that he would be an excellent addition to the board. The Committee is proposing that the following members be nominated to serve as the 2020 Velo Club Board of Directors and Officers:

Mark Kaufmann – President
Chris Swainson – Vice President
Jack McKenna – Treasurer
Keely Clifford – Secretary
Suzanne Kroeze – Director-at-Large
Tom Rolander – Director-at-Large

Any other club member in good standing may also be nominated to run in the board election by the motion of one member and the support of two other members. Nominations for the 2020 Board must be sent in writing or via email to the Club Secretary and received by November 1 to be added to the ballot. You can email nominations to or mail them to:Velo Club Monterey – Club Secretary, P.O. Box 1404, Monterey, CA 93942
For more complete information on the election process see the Velo Club Monterey By-Laws here.

On or around November 15, you will be sent an email with a link to the online ballot for the board elections. Voting ends December 1st. 

Note: There is no action you need to take now. The election links will come in an email on November 15th.

Oct. 16 – VCM Twilight Ride at Laguna Seca

This coming Wednesday, October 16th, Velo Club Monterey is sponsoring Twilight Cycling at WeatherTech Raceway from 5 to 7pm. Come experience ride Laguna Seca’s 11-turn, 2.25 mile course, highlighted by the legendary Corkscrew drop.

Once again we’re also bringing BRATS & BEER (plus some non-alcoholic choices) 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 we ask for 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. October 16 – Anytime between 5 to 7pm
Bring: Bike, Helmet, $10 entry fee, $10 for Beer and Brats donation. You may also want to bring your bike lights as sunset is around 5:30 that night.
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 2 or 3 volunteers. Reminder: members who volunteer throughout the year, earn free entry to the Holiday Party.  If you can help out, send us an email at 

Vintage VCM Caps and more club items available

Earlier this year, Hector Chavez of Winning Wheels made an archeological discovery in his storage room – a cache of Velo Club Monterey Cycling Caps from the distant past.

Vintage Velo Club Monterey Caps




We’ve got 30 of these vintage caps available for the low cost of just $10 per cap.  If you are interested in getting a cap, send an email to

We also have a few more Club odds and ends available….

While there won’t be another chance to order Heritage Jersey clothing until Spring, there are two XL Velo Club Monterey  jerseys available now…

  • VCM Heritage Jersey
    • 1 Men’s Century LX Jersey (XL/Club Fit) – $72
  • Long Sleeve Wool Heritage Jersey
    • 1 XL – $105


VCM Water Bottles in the wild…

Additionally, we’ve still got a few club water bottles available. If yours are looking scruffy, pick up a couple new ones.  VCM Water Bottles are top quality Specialized Purist water bottles and available in 22 or 26 oz. bottles –  you can choose either black or white caps.


  • 22 oz Bottles are $5
  • 26 oz Bottles are $6 
If you want to purchase any of these items, just send an email to or talk to Mark K at the Saturday 8:30 or Tuesday NRJ ride.

N. Fremont St. Bike Path Grand Opening

The City of Monterey is inviting Velo Club Members (and all cyclists) to the Grand Opening Celebration of the new North Fremont Bike and Pedestrian Project on Saturday, September 14th. The event will be held at the CVS Parking Lot on the corner of North Fremont and Airport Road from 1-2pm.

If you are a Saturday morning 8:30 rider, we’ll lead a group over to the event from Pacific Grove after coffee.

Attendees will receive a free cinch sack “Goody Bag” containing many special giveaways from the North Fremont Business District, Transportation Agency of Monterey County and other organizations. There will also be a drawing to giveaway two electric bikes!

This is an important way to show the city that the Velo Club supports their efforts to make cycling safer and more accessible, so please come to the event and wear your VCM colors.

You can learn more about the project here: North Fremont Bike and Pedestrian Access and Safety Improvements Project

To Recap:

  • What: North Fremont St. Bike and Pedestrian Project Grand Opening
  • Where: CVS Parking Lot at corner of Fremont St. and Airport Rd.
  • When: Saturday, Sept. 14, 1-2 pm
  • Bring: Your bike and Velo Club Monterey jersey
  • Optional Bonus Feature: Free goody bag and chance to win a new E-Bike.

We hope to see you there!

Labor Day Pie Ride to Gizdich Ranch

Join us Monday, Sept. 2nd for a Labor Day Pie Ride from Monterey (or Castroville) to Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville. There’s just a few short hills, some wind, and pie in the middle! Start at Monterey Wharf at 8 AM, or Pezzini Farms near Castroville at 9.



  • What – Pie Ride to Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville.
  • When – Monday, Sept. 2. 8am start at Monterey Wharf on the bike path near the Custom House for the 72 mile ride (same start as Tuesday NRJ Ride);
    or “Pie Lite” – 9am to join the longer route riders at Pezzini Farms on Nashua Rd. outside Castroville for the 42 mile route.
  • Route – Through Elkhorn Slough, with options to come back via Trafton, or shortcut up Salinas Rd, or back through Elkhorn (your choice).
  • Bring – Water, ride snacks and some money for pie. There are also sandwiches, drinks and even ice cream available at Gizdich.

Route Map for the longer (72 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)

Welcome in the fall riding season with a Velo Club Pie Ride!

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