2017 VCM Summer Picnic

The VCM Summer Picnic is Saturday, August 19 from 2-6pm.  This year we’re moving to a new location – the Coniglio Family House on Laureles Grade in Carmel Valley – which 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 dessert.
  • If your last name starts with I-Q bring a salad or side dish.
  • If your last name starts with R-Z bring an appetizer.

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 9am. 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 12th 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 at veloclub@vcmonterey.org  The Summer Picnic is free for VCM members. We do ask that any non-members give a $10 donation to the club.

We look forward to seeing you at the Summer Picnic!


The basics of friendly and safe group rides

Earlier this year the club hosted an Introduction to Group Riding class for local cyclists. A number of members mentioned that nearly all riders could stand to be reminded of the etiquette, safety and skills needed to ride with a group of other cyclists. So here you go…

Key Principles:

  • Take responsibility for the safety of the group
  • Ride predictably
  • Learn to “Hold your Line” –  Ride a straight line without any wobbles or sudden swerves
  • Don’t overlap wheels
  • Communicate to other riders

Safe Riding around other cyclists:

  • Communicate to other riders: Use hand signals and communicate verbally for: turning, slowing, and stopping. Point out and verbalize road hazards or other road conditions that riders behind you may not see such as: “pothole”, “stick”, “glass”, “bike up”, “runner up”, “car up”, “car back”, “on your left”, or the always popular, “young mom with double baby stroller and Chihuahua puppy on leash coming up”.

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2017 Ride the Rockies – VCM Team Video

The 2017 edition of the Ride the Rockies tour of Colorado featured a large contingent of Velo Club members.  Monterey was well represented by Tony  Greening, Allen Dickason, Ed Bredthauer, Ralph Drumheller, Richard Dampier, Bruce French, and Nathalie Trees.

Here’s the photo/video montage that Ed put together. It’s worth a look!

Larger version available here:  RTR 2017 Velo Club

Vintage Monterey Bike Race

It’s hard to find cycling stories from Monterey that pre-date the Velo Club, but here’s a flyer, map and press coverage for a Road Race held on the Monterey Peninsula back in 1951.

The race was put on by the Chamber of Commerce. 33 Racers competed and did 2 laps around the Peninsula.

These were found on Velovecchio.com , a site with some nice vintage Northern California cycle racing photos and stories.

Velo Club Jerseys, Caps & Bottles available

If you missed out on ordering club kit this year, we ordered a few extra jerseys and caps which are now available.  We’ve also still got club water bottles available.

We’ve got the following items available:

Velo Club Jersey Front

  • Men’s Jersey – Club Fit in Medium, Large, X-Large
  • Women’s Jersey – Club Fit in Large (Medium is already claimed)
  • VCM Cycling Caps
  • VCM Water Bottles in either 22 oz. or 26 oz. bottles – and you can choose either black or white bottle caps.



Jersey’s are $62. Caps are $16. Bottles are $5 and $6.


Send email to veloclub@vcmonterey.org if you are interested in any of these.

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