Save the Date(s)… VCM Holiday Party & Cycling Celebration

Velo Club Monterey – Save the Date…

VCM 2020 Holiday Party and Cycling Celebration
(while remaining COVID Compliant)

While we can’t hold our Annual Holiday Party in person, this year we’ve put together a special way for you to celebrate the season with fellow VCM members. It’s a full week of Cycling Celebration – commencing Saturday Dec. 5th and ending with the VCM HOLIDAY PARTY – Saturday Dec. 12th.

Ride one of two Fall Century Rides between
Saturday Dec 5th and Saturday Dec 12th

Complete the ride of your choice, in as many or as few stages as you like, record the ride(s) using Strava or similar, take photos & have an adventure.

  • Choose from the Traditional 100 mile Century or the 100km Metric Century
  • Get in the holiday spirit – choose to ride in your favorite Holiday Costume
  • Donate to our chosen charities
  • Take some great photos
  • Remember those funny/memorable moments

Prizes will be awarded at the Holiday Party (best costume, funniest photo, best scenic photo, most feet climbed, fastest time recorded etc.)

Saturday Dec 12th – Join us for a VCM ZOOM Celebration Party

(Nervous about ZOOM? Never used ZOOM before? – don’t worry, we have this covered – more details to follow)  

  • Order & Collect your Party Food at one of our participating (discounted) local restaurants
  • Join the VCM Team Quiz
  • Find out what is happening with the Velo Club – plans for 2021, announcements etc.
  • Century Ride Prize winners
  • Raffle
  • Mingle with your VCM friends in our virtual holiday party rooms
  • Pay your 2021 VCM Dues and collect your FREE 2021 VCM Special Gift

More details to follow – for now, SAVE THE DATE. We hope to see you there!

Follow Velo Club Members on Strava

The current COVID-19 pandemic has severely restricted our ability to host safe local group rides.  As a result most of us are cycling alone or in very small groups.  Our goal is to facilitate your connection with other VCM members.

Many of you may already be using Strava to record your rides. There is a Strava Club exclusively for VCM members. If you are not a Strava member it is free to join at the basic level.  Click here to Join Strava and create your account. As a Strava member, you can visit the Strava VCM Club here:  www.strava.com/clubs/vcmonterey. Just click on the Request to Join button on the Strava VCM Club page and within a day or two we’ll approve your membership in the club.

In an effort to promote connections among our VCM members we have made changes to improve the Strava Club for the VCM.  With this change our Club on Strava requires VCM membership.  It is available to VCM members who have paid their dues. 

The main feature of joining our Strava VCM Club is that you can easily see the rides in a list of “Recent Activity” which other members have made and they can see your rides.  This is a great way to see what rides other members are doing including their routes, distance, elevation and speed.  You should be able to find suitable riding partners!  This is also a way to encourage fellow VCM members by giving them kudos and comments on their rides.

For those of you who are driven by Leaderboards, this change means that VCM Club Leaderboard will only contain VCM members.  Previously as an open Strava Club the VCM Leaderboards were filled by cyclists from all over the world with no connection to our local club.  If you choose to be a Strava Premium paid member you will also have access to Segment Leaderboards for VCM members.  You will only be competing with other VCM members on the Segment Leaderboards.

We invite you to join your fellow Velo Club members on Strava. Visit the Strava VCM Club to get started. If you have any questions or problems with Strava send an email to rides@vcmonterey.org.

VCM Summer Picnic Cancelled

In any other year, right now we’d be deep into the planning stages of the Annual Velo Club Summer Picnic normally held in early August. Unfortunately, nothing is normal this year. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic; the restrictions on large gatherings; and more importantly the Club’s concern for the safety and health of our members, mean that we need to cancel this year’s get together in Carmel Valley, along with the associated group rides that usually happen the same day.

With all the uncertainty on when we can socialize in groups again, planning for the rest of year is nearly impossible. But we look forward to the time, hopefully in the not to distant future, when we’ll be able to get together with you again.

Until then enjoy your riding and stay safe out there.

Pedaling the Monterey Peninsula and the Central Coast since 1968

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