Local Rides

Local Rides

Disclaimer: Bicycle riding is an inherently dangerous sport. The weekly rides are open to the public and Velo Club Monterey does not organize, sponsor, nor assume any liability for your participation in these rides. The VCM web site acts as a go between for the benefit of all riders who like to ride with others and want to share their rides.  This web site posts a variety of regular on-going rides established by local riders.

Also, if you are new to group riding please take a few minutes to read these Group Riding Tips.

Regularly Scheduled Rides

–Road–

SATURDAYS
(A-Level Ride) 7:00 am,  Starting at Custom House Plaza this is a very fast “race pace”  ride. This is a challenging and scenic 35 mile hilly ride through Pebble Beach and back to Monterey for coffee at East Village Coffeehouse, (498 Washington St).  Typically 10-20 riders. This is NOT a “no drop ride” If you get dropped you are on your own.
(B-Level Ride) 7:30 am, Also starting at Custom House Plaza this is  a more moderate pace than the 7am ride but still a brisk pace with four re-group points.  35+ miles and 1900 ft. of climbing. The group varies from 10 to 25+.  End at East Village Coffeehouse in Monterey.
View Saturday 7:30 route here.
(C-Level Ride) 8:30 am, Meet at parking lot behind Lighthouse 4 Cinema in Pacific Grove. Ride follows the coast along PG, through Pebble Beach and back for coffee at Carmel Valley Roasting Company in PG (510 Lighthouse Ave). A more mellow ride than the 7:30 ride, but still not a beginner’s ride. You need to be able to ride in  a group and tackle the challenging, hilly and beautifully scenic route. 31+mi.

SUNDAYS

8:00 am, Meet at Portola Plaza (walkway near Portola Hotel & Spa). Moderate pace; distance and destination determined on the spot. Typically a slower ride to Pezzini’s Fruit Stand and back.

TUESDAYS
9:00 am, Starting near the Custom House on Old Fisherman’s Wharf the No Real Job Ride is a hilly ride that starts out along the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail, heads through Former Fort Ord and Barloy Canyon and ending at East Village Coffeehouse. 30mi. +/- Everyone is welcome.
View Tuesday No Real Job route here.

THURSDAYS
2:00 pm (1 pm during winter, so check Calendar for correct time)
, Starting near the Custom House on Old Fisherman’s Wharf the BWC Ride typically starts out along the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail and from there could go anywhere, as long as it ends with either Beer, Wine or Coffee, often at either Post No Bills in Sand City for a beer or at Wharf Marketplace for coffee or glass of wine. Moderate pace, with route determined by the group. Distance is usually 25-35mi. +/- Everyone is welcome. Contact ride organizer webmaster@vcmonterey.org 


–Mountain–

Please visit the Monterey Off Road Cycling Association (MORCA) website for Mountain bike ride schedules.


–Track–

Have you ever wanted to try track racing or just get in some time on a velodrome? The Hellyer Park Velodrome has a
Saturday Morning Beginner Sessions open to everyone.

When: Every Saturday 8:30-11:30AM
Cost: $5 to ride, $5 to rent a bike, $6 for parking, or by a yearly permit for $65.


–Non-Scheduled Rides–

Road Bike Rides
  • “The Loop” A 100 mile ride that loops through the Salinas and Carmel Valley.
  • “The Pie Ride” to Gizdich Ranch.
    Pie Ride route starting from Pezzini Farms
    Pie Ride route starting at Monterey Wharf
  • “Strawberry Fields Forever Rides”
    Beautiful rides through the farmlands surrounding Watsonville, Elkhorn Slough areas.
    30 MILE ROUTE
    100K ROUTE
    100 MILE ROUTE
    GPS downloads are now available for some routes.  (These are for riders that have GPS-enabled bicycle computers; especially those that have mapping support.  Examples:  Garmin 705, Garmin 800.)  To download the route information to suitable GPS-enabled devices (such as the Garmin 800), just open the link for the map of the route you want
    (such a as http://www.ridewithgps.com/routes/2118407),
    click on the Export tab on the right, and then click on the format you want (such as “TCX Course”).
    Follow the instructions for your device, such as http://ridewithgps.com/help/garmin-edge-800 (downloading either to your computer and then to your Garmin, or downloading directly to your Garmin).

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TWILIGHT CYCLING RIDES PRESENTED BY RABOBANK

Mazda Raceway Twilight Cycling

Monthly twilight rides allow cyclists to experience the excitement of pedaling Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s 11-turn, 2.238-mile course. The ride is highlighted by the legendary Corkscrew turn that drops an equivalent of 5 1/2 stories. Rides generally run from 5:30–7:30 p.m. (5-7 p.m. in the winter months), and are open to all levels of cyclists. Helmets are required and the cost is $10 per rider.

Each month is hosted by a different local bicycle club, organization or business, some holding competitions such as time trials or criterium races and many with off-track activities such as barbecue dinners, costume contests and giveaways.

2016 Twilight Rides

  • January 14 (5-7 p.m.)
  • February 3 (5-7 p.m.) Host: Salinas High Cowboys
  • March 16 (5:30 -7:30 p.m.) Host: Don Chapin MBRT
  • April 27 (5:30 -7:30 p.m.) Host: Little Bellas
  • May 18 (5:30-7:30 p.m.) – AMGEN TOUR arrival
  • June 15 (5:30-7:30 p.m.) Host: NPS Cycling Club
  • July 13 (5:30-7:30 p.m.) Host: DC-120
  • August 16 (5:30-7:30 p.m.) Host: NPS Cycling Club
  • September 7 (5:30-7:30 p.m.) Host: Calif. Custom Sheds
  • October 5 (5-7 p.m.) Host: MORCA
  • November 9 (5-7 p.m.) Host: NPS Cycling Club
  • December 7 (5-7 p.m.) Host: TBA

Dates are subject to change. Visit Mazda Raceway Twilight Cycling webpage to confirm schedule.

 

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