2019 VCM Summer Picnic – Sunday, Aug. 4

The Velo Club Summer Picnic is coming up on Sunday, August 4th from 2-6pm. The picnic is held at the Coniglio Family House on Laureles Grade in Carmel Valley. There’s lots of room, a big grill, swimming pool, and even a shower for those who want to clean up after the morning rides.

THE PICNIC: VCM provides barbecued burgers, sausages, hot dogs and the fixings, as well as coolers/ice, plates and utensils and non-alcoholic beverages. BYO Beer, Wine or other alcoholic drinks. Also we ask that members bring salads/side, appetizers or desserts to share.

  • If your last name starts with A-H bring an appetizer.
  • If your last name starts with I-Q bring a dessert.
  • If your last name starts with R-Z bring a salad or side dish.

Coniglio Valley House
437 Laureles Grade
Carmel Valley, CA 93924

THE RIDES: Long Ride –  Big Arroyo Seco Loop. Start/meet at the Coniglio Family House at 7am, climb Laureles Grade, Hwy 68 to River Road, Arroyo Seco and back over Cahoon Summit into Carmel Valley (about 87 miles). Shorter Ride – Climb to Cahoon Summit (with Cachagua Loop option on the way back) ride leaving at 9:30. If you get back early, you can help setup the picnic or take a dip in the pool to cool off.

As you may remember, because of the higher costs of our Holiday Party in December, beginning this year there will be a $20 per person charge to attend the party. However…  if you volunteer 3 or more hours at a club-related event, you will earn a free entry to the Holiday Party. To that end, you can work off most of those hours by helping out at the summer picnic. We need the following:

  • 2 or 3 volunteers to help setup for the picnic (Noon-2)
  • 2 more people to help Jim and Doug on the grill (90 minutes)
  • 5 or 6 to help with cleanup at the end (6-8pm)

Email: veloclub@vcmonterey.org if you can volunteer to help.

RSVP via Evite no later than July 31st so we can get a head count and know how much to bring. If you are planning on riding that morning, please mention what ride you will be doing in your RSVP comments. You can also RSVP by emailing veloclub@vcmonterey.org  The Summer Picnic is free for VCM members. Non-members are welcome but we do ask they give a $10 donation to the club.

We look forward to seeing you at the Summer Picnic

Click here to  RSVP

VCM Twilight Ride at Laguna Seca – June 19

Time to ride the racetrack!  Wednesday evening June 19, Velo Club Monterey is sponsoring Twilight Cycling at WeatherTech Raceway from 5:30 to 7:30. Come experience ride Laguna Seca’s 11-turn, 2.25 mile course, highlighted by the legendary Corkscrew drop.

Laguna Seca Twilight Brats & Beer

Once again we’re also bringing BRATS & BEER to the ride 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 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. June 19 – Anytime between 5:30-7:30pm
Bring: Bike, Helmet, $10 entry fee, $10 for Beer and Brats donation

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 some volunteers. Remember members who volunteer for 3 or more hours throughout the year, earn free entry to the Holiday Party.  If you can help out with either, send us an email at veloclub@vcmonterey.org 

VCM Bocce Ball Party – Sunday, June 23rd

It’s the kickoff to Summer for the Velo Club – a bike ride to the top of Cahoon Summit followed by Bocce Ball, summer snacks and a little bit of wine from Talbott Vineyards.
Join fellow VCM members for a Bocce Ball Party at the Talbott Vineyards Tasting Room in Carmel Valley – Sunday, June 23 from Noon to 2.

The Pre-Bocce ride up to Cahoon Summit starts at 8:30 am at Talbott’s. (Slower climbers may want to start at 8:10.) That gives us enough time to get to top and return as well as clean up a little before we bocce at Noon.

We’ve got the Bocce Ball Courts reserved for free but we should all plan on bringing some snacks or light lunch items to eat and share. We can’t bring our own alcoholic drinks so plan on buying a glass (or bottle) or two of Talbott vino. Non-alcoholic drinks are fine to bring.

Spouses, significant others, and others are welcome to join. Just indicate how many people you are bringing (and their names) when you RSVP. We’re limited to about 30 people who can play, so respond early to make sure you get a spot. Let us know if you are interested in riding in your comments so we know to expect you.

Please RSVP via EVITE by Tuesday, June 19th so we can get a head count.

To Recap:

  • What: Velo Club Monterey Bocce Ball Party
  • Where: Talbott Vineyards Tasting Room, 25 Pilot Road, CV.
  • When: Sunday, June 23 from 12 – 2 pm
  • Bring: yourselves, something to snack on and share with others, $ for wine or drinks
  • Optional Bonus Feature – Climb to Cahoon ride starting at Talbott’s at 8:30.

We hope to see you there!


VCM Memorial Day Pie Ride to Gizdich – May 27

The Velo Club Memorial Day Pie Ride to Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville is coming up Monday, May 27th. The ride out to Gizdich is always lots of fun, with a few short hills, a little bit of wind and, oh yeah… a stop in the middle for pie!

You’ve got two different ride options:
– 70 mile version – Meet at 8am at Monterey Wharf on the bike path near the Custom House (same start as Tuesday NRJ Ride).
– 42 mile “Pie Lite” version – 9am start that joins the longer route riders at Pezzini Farms on Nashua Rd. outside Castroville.
– Bring water, ride snacks and some money for pie. There are also sandwiches, drinks and even ice cream available.

Route Map for the longer (70 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)

We hope you can join us for the Pie Ride, this Memorial Day, May 27th!

Save the Dates – Upcoming Velo Club Events

There are lots of Velo Club upcoming events to add to your calendar…

  • Pacific Grove Bike Night – Friday May 3rd, 5-8 pm
  • VCM Adopt-A-Highway Bike Path Cleanup, Tues. May 14, 1 pm
    After the NRJ Ride – Email veloclub@vcmonterey.org if you can help
  • Gizdich Ranch Pie Ride – Memorial Day, May 27
  • VCM “Beers & Brats” Laguna Seca Twilight Ride – Wed. June 19, 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Bocce Ball at Talbott Vineyards – Sunday, June 23rd, 12-2 pm
  • VCM Summer Picnic – Sunday August 4, 2-6 pm

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