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 or our Basics of Friendly & Safe Group Rides post.

Regularly Scheduled Rides

–Road–

SATURDAYS
(A-Level Ride) 7:00 am,  Starting at Custom House Plaza this is a very fast “race pace” ride. 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 10-15 riders. This is NOT a “no drop ride” Get dropped and 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.
Short-Flat Ride (D-Level) 8:30 am,  This is a slower paced (10-12 MPH) ride that is a shorter and flatter route from Pacific Grove. Starts the same time as the longer 8:30 route, but only 11 miles and two short hills. Perfect for beginners or more casual riders. Be sure to tell the 8:30 ride leader you are looking for the “Short-Flat” Ride.
Meet at parking lot behind Lighthouse 4 Cinema in Pacific Grove. Ride follows the coast along PG, into Pebble Beach on 17 Mile Drive, but turning back at MPCC/ Ocean Rd. to head back to Pacific Grove and coffee at Carmel Valley Roasting on Lighthouse Ave. 11 mi.

SUNDAYS

8:00 am, Meet at Portola Plaza (in the 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 starts out on the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail and from there could go anywhere, as long as it ends with either Beer, Wine or Coffee, often at Alvarado Street Brewery. Moderate pace, with route determined by the group. Distance is usually 25-35mi. +/-  Everyone is welcome, but you should be comfortable riding in a group at a 15-17 mph pace in the flats and there are often hills involved. Contact ride organizer:  webmaster@vcmonterey.org for more info.


–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

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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.

2017 Twilight Rides

  • January 18
  • February 15
  • March 15 – Hosted by NPS
  • April 12 – Hosted by Monterey Bay Racing Team
  • May 12 – Hosted by Bay Bikes
  • May 18 – Hosted by MORCA
  • June 14 – Hosted by NPS
  • July 5 – Hosted by DC-10
  • August 15 – Hosted by NPS
  • September 20 – Hosted by California Custom Sheds Cycling
  • October 11 – Hosted by Monterey Velo Club
  • November 8 – Hosted by MORCA
  • December 13

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

 

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