Velo Club Bowling Party

Join VCM for a Bowling Party at Monterey Lanes on Sunday afternoon January 15 from 2 to 4pm. We’ve got lanes reserved just for the club. Cost is only $15 per person (payable to Velo Club Monterey when you arrive) which includes 2 games and shoe rental. Balls are provided by Monterey Lanes. Fun provided by you! Food and Beverages are extra.

vcm-bowling-party-graphic2It 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 by Monday, January 9th so we can get a head count and know how many lanes to grab. We’re tracking RSVPs through Evite again so click here: Velo Club Monterey Bowling Party Evite to sign up.  Bowling starts at 2 so arrive by 1:45 to get shoes and teams sorted out. When you check in just say your with the Velo Club.

We look forward to you joining us for the VCM Bowling Party, Sunday, January 15th at Monterey Lanes.

Welcome to 2017 – Membership Renewal time

Happy New Year from Velo Club Monterey! If you were not at the VCM Holiday Party this year you probably missed a couple of things…

First, the club elected a new Board of Directors. Long-time President Matthew Sundt stepped down after 5 years of leadership. Your new board looks forward to serving the club and includes:

Mark Kaufmann – President
Chris Swainson – Vice President & Membership
Ed Bredthauer – Treasurer
Cath Tender-Valencia – Secretary
Edmund Gross – Director at Large
Suzanne Kroeze – Director at Large

Second, you probably missed out handing in your membership renewal form and payment, so this is your friendly reminder that if you have not yet renewed, please do so today. Click on this updated Membership Application link, complete and sign the form, and 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 mail in your signed Application Form).

VCM Membership bring you:

  • Membership card that offers 10%-15% discounts at bike shops throughout Monterey County.
  • The summer barbecue as well as a spirited holiday party.
  • Social events for members such as movie and bowling nights.
  • Constantly updated VCM website and Facebook page with info on upcoming rides and local cycling news.
  • Bicycle travel boxes to loan for your next air travel.
  • Park tools to borrow for your next repair.

VCM is also your bicycling advocate with local and regional governments and with a representative on the Transportation Agency of Monterey County (TAMC). We donate time and money to local bicycling causes, and we sponsor the local Junior Development cycling team.

And of course VCM members participate in literally hundreds of different rides throughout the year. We’d love to have you join us!

New Year’s Day Cahoon Climb

This year we’re kicking off 2017 with a new, New Year’s Day tradition – a Cahoon Summit Climb from Carmel Valley Village to the top of Carmel Valley Road. You are invited to join us!


Here’s the details:

  • Date: Sunday, January 1, 2017
  • Start/Finish: Trailside Cafe, 3 Del Fino Place, Carmel Valley
  • Start time: 9:00 am (a slower climbing group will go off at 8:45 if you want to get a head start)
  • Route: Carmel Valley Village to Cahoon Summit. Option for adding the Cachagua Loop on descent. Hardcore and want more miles? Ride out to start and then ride home.
  • Out & back distance – 36 miles. With Cachagua Loop – 40 miles.

We’ll finish at the Trailside Cafe for no-host drinks & eats. (They also serve breakfast so you can get your coffee and sustenance for the climb by heading there early before the ride.)

We’ll want to let the cafe know how many we might be, so if you plan on joining us please RSVP by email at: so we can get a headcount.

Join us this New Year’s Day and get your cycling year started right with some climbing and camaraderie. We’ll see you there!

Note: Steady rain or stormy weather will cancel.


Santa Cycle Monterey Photos

Just over 25 riders joined in on the inaugural Santa Cycle Monterey ride. The sight of a couple dozen cycling Santa’s cruising Monterey to Pacific Grove, handing out candy canes, singing Christmas carols and giving lots of hearty “Ho, Ho, Ho’s” drew reactions that ranged from squeals of glee to outride belly laughs.  We can’t wait to do it again next year with even more Santa’s.

Here’s some pics from the ride…









2 Local Holiday Rides

Two different holiday season rides are coming up on the Monterey Peninsula the weekend of December 17th.

Santa Cycle Monterey

Inspired by similar rides around the world, on Saturday, Dec 17 at Noon a group of Velo Club members are initiating a holiday season ride called Santa Cycle.

Dressed in full Santa regalia the group will head out from Monterey Wharf along the bike path towards Pacific Grove, circle around the coast, cruise through downtown PG and then head back to Monterey, where recovery drinks will be had at Alvarado Brewing.

For inspiration, here’s the Santa Cycle event in Milwaukee. We probably shouldn’t expect quite that many riders our first year!

This will be a slow, cruising pace ride and anyone with a full Santa suit can join in – Mrs. Clauses, elves, and even reindeer if you can pull that off – are also welcome. Meet at Monterey Wharf in your Santa outfit at 11:50am on Saturday, Dec. 17.

If you want to come out and cheer the Santa Cycle riders on, here’s the Cycle Santa Route on RidewithGPS.

Critical Christmas Ride

Then the following night, Dec. 18  is the annual Critical Christmas Ride (aka Lighted Bike Parade).  Decorate your bike (and yourself) with lights and join in the fun. Meet up at 6pm at the Custom House Plaza near the ice rink. This is a “weather permitting” ride, but you can stay updated on the  Critical Christmas Ride Facebook Page.  Also, remember you’ll be riding in the dark, so in addition to Christmas lights, don’t forget your regular bike lights.


Critical Christmas Riders



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