20th Anniversary No Real Job Ride – Tuesday Sept. 18

2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Tuesday No Real Job Ride. And we’re commemorating it with a celebration Anniversary ride on Tuesday September 18th.

The Anniversary NRJ Ride will have a few special treats – some homemade sweets, sparkling wine and non-alcoholic cider, and a neat little commemorative item for any and all riders who’ve enjoyed the NRJ over the years.

Also, we can’t mention the NRJ ride without giving a special thanks to Heidi Hausserman, who began the ride back in the late nineties when it was just a handful of riders. Through the years, Heidi has watched it become one of the most popular rides on the Monterey Peninsula.  She  has written a short history of the NRJ ride and helped put together dozens of photographs of the riders who have participated throughout the year. 

Click here for the 20th Anniversary History & Photo Gallery.

Even if you have a Real Job, you should take the morning off on Sept. 18 to help us celebrate twenty-years of slacking off on Tuesday mornings!

VCM Vintage Bike Ride – Sunday, Sept. 16

Got an older bike? Steel, aluminum, an Eroica special? Join the Velo Club for a vintage bike ride with Hector Chavez of Winning Wheels as we celebrate all things Classic (both bikes and riders).

Route will leave Winning Wheels in Pacific Grove at 9am and head out to Castroville; take the back way into Moss Landing for a coffee stop at Surf City Coffee; then return via Hwy 1 and Molera Rd back to Pezzini’s and finally to Pacific Grove. Approximately 47 miles.

No set rules on the bike you ride, but please no modern carbon fiber. We want to see you on your vintage bike (that’s why it’s a flat route)!

Here’s the route map… Winning Wheels to Moss Landing and Back.

Email the Velo Club if you have any questions.

Pie Ride Revisited (Monday Sept. 3)

We’re getting the band back together this Monday, Sept. 3rd for a Labor Day Pie Ride from Monterey (or Castroville) to Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville.  You can either start at Monterey Wharf at 8 am or join the ride at Pezzini Farms near Castroville at 9.

Here’s the details:
– Labor Day – Sept. 3 – 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)

Welcome in the fall riding season with a Velo Club Pie Ride!

Twilight Cycling at Laguna Seca with VCM

On Tuesday evening August 21, Velo Club Monterey is sponsoring Twilight Cycling at WeatherTech Raceway from 5:30 to 7:30. Come experience the challenge and excitement of riding Laguna Seca’s 11-turn, 2.25 mile course, highlighted by the legendary Corkscrew drop.

Not only can you ride the famous track, but 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.

Laguna Seca Twilight Brats & Beer

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: Tuesday, August 21 – 5:30-7:30pm
  • Bring: Bike, Helmet, $10 entry fee, $10 for Beer and Brats

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!

Note: Due to the activity at the race track as they prepare for the historic car races which begin the next day, Twilight Ride participants are asked to park in the Blue 2 parking area (see map here) and ride into to the paddock where they will go past beautiful, historic race cars on their way to the track entrance.

Velo Club Summer Picnic -August 26

The VCM Summer Picnic is Sunday, August 26th from 2-6pm. Once again it’ll be held at the Coniglio Family House on Laureles Grade in Carmel Valley. Those who were there last year know it features lots of room, a big grill, swimming pool, and even a shower for those who ride and want to clean up.

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

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.

RSVP via Evite no later than August 20th 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!


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