2018 Memorial Day Pie Ride

Join us on Monday, May 28th for the traditional Memorial Day Pie Ride from Monterey (or Castroville) to Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville. This fun group ride features only a few short hills (and a bit of wind).

Here’s the details:
– Memorial Day, May 28 – Pie Ride to Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville.
– Meet at 8am at Monterey Wharf on the bike path near the Custom House for the 70 mile ride (same start as Tuesday NRJ Ride).
– “Pie Lite” – 9am to join the longer route riders at Pezzini Farms on Nashua Rd. outside Castroville for the 40 mile route.
– Regular route through Elkhorn Slough, back via Trafton, or shortcut up Salinas Rd (your choice).
– 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)

Come join us for the Memorial Day Pie Ride!

Volunteers needed for Bike Path Cleanup – Tuesday, May 1.

VCM is the Adopt-a-Highway sponsor for the bike path that runs along the south side of Highway 1 going up/down Carmel Hill and it’s time for a little spring-cleaning.

Join us next Tuesday on May Day to help clean up the bike path. Mostly it’s be pine needles, sticks, etc, and a little bit of garbage. We’ve got gloves, vests, helmets, protective eyewear and “garbage grabbers” so you don’t need to even bend over much! If you’ve got a stiff push broom, or a gas powered leaf blower bring them along as well.

The plan is to meet after the usual coffee break that follows the regular Tuesday morning No Real Job Ride. We’ll plan to be at the bottom of the path on 613 Viejo Rd. around 1pmHere’s the location on Google Maps.

If you can help out for an hour or so, please let us know by responding to this email at veloclub@vcmonterey.org so we know who to expect.

Thanks for helping out if you can.

VCM Movie Night – The Flying Scotsman

Join us for another Velo Club Monterey Movie Night on Wednesday, April 4 at 7pm. The main attraction will be The Flying Scotsman – a feature film based on the remarkable true story of Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree.

In 1993, as an unemployed amateur, Obree broke the world one-hour record on a bike of his own revolutionary design, which he constructed out of scrap metal and parts of a washing machine.
Throughout his cycling career, Obree fights both depression and the governing bodies of cycling who ban his experimental bike and his unorthodox riding style. It’s an inspiring cycling film.

In keeping with the Scottish theme, we’ll also feature another short video from Scottish rider, Danny MacAskill, once again showing off his unbelievable trials skills.

VCM Movie Night is free for club members and a guest. We’ll have beer, wine and some light snacks, but feel free to bring your own if you wish, or put a few bucks in the donation jar to help defray the costs.

There is limited space with only room for 35 people, there so please RSVP on Evite and include a guest if you are bringing one.

To Recap:

What: Velo Club Movie Night – The Flying Scotsman
The Old Walking Tall offices
26346 Carmel Rancho Lane, Carmel 93923
Suite 201-E (upstairs)
Directions are here
When: Wednesday, April 4, 7PM

Volunteers needed for Sea Otter Gran Fondo

Once again this year Velo Club Monterey is supporting the Sea Otter by supplying volunteers to the first two Aid Stations on the Gran Fondo route on Saturday morning, April 21st.

By donating your time on Saturday morning, you will directly interact with one of the major Sea Otter events and help the club’s mission to support cycling in our area. As an additional benefit, Luis Zabala is offering once again to host a barbecue/picnic/party at Zabala Vineyard (the second rest stop) for the rest stop volunteers.

Providing volunteers at Sea Otter is also one of the club’s major fundraisers for the year as we earn $700 for our help in supporting these two rest stops.

The first Aid Station is at Gallo/Talbott’s Winery (mile 24) and we’ll need volunteers there from 6:30 to 10:15 am. The second stop is at Zabala Vineyards (mile 43) with volunteers to be there from 7:15 to 12:30. You’ll help in preparing and serving snacks and drinks for the riders. As most of you know a smiling, encouraging face gives a big boost to riders during an event and this is a great way to pay forward all the rest stops you’ve probably encountered in your own rides.

So, we need your help as a volunteer, so please sign up. Simply click on the Volunteer Sign Up below which will take you to an Evite page where you can enter your name, email, and your preference for which Aid Station you’d like to volunteer at. Please note that there is no guarantee that you’ll get your choice of station.


Monterey Jr. Cycling Development Camp

Here’s an update from Gordon and Sue Martine on their annual team building camp for the local Junior Cycling Team that was held earlier this year…

We all seemed to have a great trip down to San Luis Obispo for our 2018 team building camp. We had 12 juniors and 8 volunteers. It was amazing that all the adults were pretty shelled after each ride and the kids seem to recover almost immediately!  The weather held out for most of the day with a 20 minute hail storm. And, as far as I was concerned, I believe the hail is better than rain because we were not sopping wet and cold for the rest of the day. Day one of camp ended up being 78 mile & 7,825ft climbing.  We had a nice team dinner in the hotel conference room.  Sue and I had fun finding small tokens that reminded us of each junior that we presented.  We also had some nice donated items to give each athlete.  

On Sunday, we did a 60 mile ride with 2700 feet of climbing. It was a beautiful day out and it warmed up nicely compared to Saturday. We took team pictures at a scenic park overlooking the ocean. Attached, you will find some wonderful pictures shot by Gabe Stewart.

I would like to thank all our dedicated volunteers and sponsors for making this a fun and safe event.  We already have the date for the 2019 team building camp set for Saturday and Sunday February 16-17th.   –  Gordon & Sue Martine

FYI,  there are some great photos of the team at the camp here: www.photography831.com/Don-Chapin-Team-Camp


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