2017 Membership Renewals

This is the time of year to renew your annual Velo Club Monterey Membership for 2017. If you are attending the VCM Holiday Party, you can bring your completed and signed Membership Application and payment to the party.

For the first time in many years, the Board of Directors has voted to increase the annual dues in 2017. Individual memberships are now $35 and Family memberships are $50. Junior memberships (under 18) are still $10.

Why the increase? In the past, the club earned a significant portion of it’s annual budget from volunteering at Sea Otter. Most members are no longer interested in volunteering there, so to make up for that shortfall we are increasing dues.  $35 or $50 is still a great bargain. It will not only allow us to continue to provide the Holiday Party and Summer Picnic at no cost to members, but will also enable us to continue supporting the junior cycling program and serve as an advocate for cycling in the area. We’ve also got plans to add new club events in the coming year so stay tuned.

Click on this updated Membership Application link, complete and sign the form and either bring it to the Holiday Party or send in the completed application and payment via mail to:

Velo Club Monterey
P.O. Box 1404
Monterey, CA 93942

While our insurance policy requires us to have your actual physical signature on file each year, we are also giving you the option of paying your dues online via PayPal. So if you just hate writing checks, visit the Membership Dues Payment page to pay your dues online (but still bring or mail in your signed Application Form).

Intro to Group Riding

Are you new to riding with a group and want to learn how to get comfortable with other riders? If you’ve been riding mostly solo, it can be intimidating to join a cycling group. No worries! Not only do we not bite, we’ve got just the answer to get you ready to jump in with a riding group.

The Introduction to Group Riding Series is a set of 3 consecutive 9am Sunday morning rides that will progressively teach riders the etiquette, safety and skills needed to ride with a group of other cyclists.

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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
  • safe drafting & pace lines

These sessions are for cyclists of just about all experience levels. The only thing we ask is that you are comfortable riding and controlling your bike. 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.

The next Introduction to Group Riding Series rides will be in Spring 2017. If you are interested, please email veloclub@vcmonterey.org and we’ll make sure to contact you when the next Series begins.

2016 VCM Holiday Party – Saturday Night, Dec. 3

It’s party time! The Annual Velo Club Monterey Holiday Party is Saturday December 3 from 5:30 to 10pm at Wave Street Studios near Cannery Row in Monterey. 
 

vcm-v-logo-with-wreath_smallThere’ll be great food and drink, and of course music, dancing and the normal VCM Holiday Party shenanigans! The club will provide the main courses including Salmon, Ribs and Tri-Tip, plus non-alcoholic beverages. We ask attending members to bring a complimentary dish and your choice of beer or wine to share. To make sure we cover all the bases, we suggest you bring the following dish based on the first letter of your last name:

  • A-F – bring an Appetizer
  • G-N – bring a Dessert
  • O-Z – bring a Side dish or Salad

A reminder that we also ask for donations to help out those who are less fortunate.  You can bring packaged or canned goods for the Food Bank of Monterey County and well also have a donation jar at the bar for Dorothy’s Place in Salinas.

You can also give your input on the music that DJ Antonio will play at the party. To submit songs you want to hear, visit http://soundshine.djintelligence.com/request/vcm and give Antonio your picks!

The party is free for current Velo Club Members. If you bring along a non-member guest it’s $15. You can either pay for your guest that night, or in advance via PayPal. Click this link to pay for your guest online: Guest Holiday Party Pre-Pay.
 
IMPORTANT: We need you to RSVP so we know how many to plan for. Please do so by Monday, November 28th. RSVP by clicking this VCM Holiday Party Evite Page LinkYou don’t need to register – just enter your name, email and if you are bringing a guest.  If you really must, you can also RSVP via email to veloclub@vcmonterey.org.
 
Here’s the important stuff…
 
2016 VCM Holiday Party
Wave Street Studios
774 Wave Street
Monterey, CA 93940
 
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The Offset Project – Eco-Totem Bike Counter

Local non-profit, The Offset Project, is running a campaign to pay for the installation of the region’s first Eco-Totem Bike Counter in Monterey to showcase our community’s healthy climate, bike-friendly lifestyle and encourage more residents to enjoy cycling.

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Eco Totum Bike Counter installed in Portland OR

The Eco-Totem is a tool for promoting cycling that will:

  • count and display the number of bike trips on a key segment of our community’s bike routes in real time;
  • help quantify and promote the virtues of carbon-free modes of transportation;
  • provide a unique and visually engaging reminder of our community’s commitment to climate protection and a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

Perhaps more importantly, the city of Monterey has committed to using the data collected through this counter to help quantify ridership and improve their chances to receive state funding for bike improvements within the city. Currently because Monterey does not have this data it doesn’t qualify for certain funding opportunities.

The Offset Project is running their fundraising campaign for the Eco-Totem Bike Counter through Monterey County Gives! Every dollar donated will be matched. Also Bay Bikes is helping lead the campaign by donating FREE swag to people donating over $50 bucks. To learn more and to donate, visit the Offset Project Donation Page.

Be on the Lookout for Larry’s Bikes…

Bad news… VCM member, Larry Dick, had 3 bikes stolen from his place in Pacific Grove this week (Nov. 9). Be on the lookout for the following…
58cm Cervelo R3 – Black with Red highlights
      Serial # SNR3CI0L00134
58cm Specialized Venge – Black
      Serial # wsbc604000342I
57cm Specialized Ruby – Deep Blue with black
      Serial # WSBC6140005261
If you see them or hear of them send word to:

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