VCM Board Meeting – Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7PM

Velo Club Monterey members are invited to join the VCM Board and other club members this Thursday Evening, October 20 at 7pm for the fall board meeting. Meeting will be held at:

Walking Tall offices
Suite 201-E (upstairs)
26346 Carmel Rancho Lane, Carmel 93923
[Link to directions here]

Some of the topics on the agenda include:

  • Holiday party planning update (Date is December 3)
  • Membership fee increase for 2017
  • Presentation from The Offset Project to present their upcoming fundraising campaign for bike improvements in Monterey County
  • Possible club endorsement of Measure E – which would continue the existing $25 parcel tax to fund the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District which has bike friendly plans to increase cycling activity in the county
  • Status of VCM Brochure for bike shops to encourage new memberships
  • Calstar and other air ambulance rescue insurance

You will also have an opportunity to ask questions or bring up club related issues at the meeting. Please join us for this open club meeting – Thursday October 20 at 7pm at Suite 201-E, 26346 Carmel Rancho Lane, Carmel 93923

2016 VCM Holiday Party – Save the Date

Just an early reminder to get the 2016 Velo Club Monterey Holiday Party on your calendar for Saturday eveningDecember 3rd. Once again it’ll be at Wave St. Studios on Cannery Row. The club will provide the main courses and members will bring desserts, sides/salads and appetizers to share. And of course there’ll be music, dancing and the normal VCM Holiday Party shenanigans!

More details on the party to come later, but we do need some assistance and are currently looking for volunteers to help with the following:

  • Decorations
  • Cooking
  • Main Course Prep
  • Membership Table
  • Chairperson of the Holiday Raffle (a new VCM holiday tradition!)
If you can help out with any of these contact the Party Chairman, Chris Swainson at

Invitation to “The Golden Shore” talk at Hopkins Marine Station

VCM Member Steve Palumbi has invited his fellow Velo Club Members to a talk given by author and ocean activist David Helvarg at the Hopkins Marine Station (Steve is the Director at Hopkins) next Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 PM.helvarg_web
Presented by Friends of Hopkins, David’s talk will cover the history, culture and changing nature of the California coast and ocean, discussing how Native American trading, the Gold Rush, WWII and even surfing have redefined “The Golden Shore”.helvarg_goldenshorecover
The event will be held at the Boat Works Lecture Hall at Hopkins Marine Station, 120 Ocean View Blvd. Pacific Grove. Admission is free, but RSVP’s are required either by phone 831-655-6200 or online at
More info on The Golden Shore talk by David Helvarg is available here: The Golden Shore at Hopkins Marine Station

VCM Movie Night – Tuesday, Sept. 27

You are invited to a Velo Club Monterey Movie Night, next Tuesday nightSeptember 27 at 7:30pm.  The evening is centered around the screening of two cycling short films produced by a small German group of professional film makers, called Barodeur Films, who have a great passion for the beautiful sport of cycling and its many facets.

The first short film we will show is an arty black and white film that gives a glimpse into the urban cycling scene of Berlin, featuring a young female fixed-gear rider.

The second short film features our newest club member, Richard Geng (Richard frequents the Saturday morning 8:30 ride). In this short documentary, the film team follows Richard as he attempts to ascend the legendary Mont Ventoux in France with his road bike nine times within 24 hours. Richard will be at the event to answer questions and explain what madness prompted this self-imposed challenge that is nothing short of a severe self-punishment. Come see for yourself if Richard was able to complete this masochistic challenge of 235 miles, including more than 40,000 ft of climbing… or if the “windy mountain” in Provence cut his epic ride short.

After the Q&A with Richard we will then show a surprise cycling classic.
VCM Movie Night will take place at:
Walking Tall (Chris Swainson’s office)
26346 Carmel Rancho Lane, Carmel 93923
Suite 201-E (upstairs)

on: Tuesday night, September 27th at 7:30pm

The event is free for club members and a guest. We’ll have beer, wine and some light snacks and there will be a donation jar to help defray the costs. You can also BYOB if you wish.

We’d like to get a head count for those who plan to attend so we can ensure that there is enough room for everyone, so please RSVP by sending an email to:  if you will attend and let us know if you are bringing a guest.  This should be a fun evening and we look forward to seeing you there.

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