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 & B Level Rides) 7:30 am,  Starting at Custom House Plaza this is a challenging and scenic and hilly ride through Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach and back to Monterey. This is a fast-paced A & B level ride with only a few regroups and typically 15-30 riders.  35+ miles and 1900 ft. of climbing.  Finish at East Village Coffeehouse in Monterey (498 Washington St).  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. View Saturday 8:30 C-Ride route here.
 
(C-Lite Ride) 8:30 am,  This is a slower paced (10-12 MPH) ride that is a shorter and flatter route from Pacific Grove. Starts at the end of the Rec Trail at Lover’s Point and goes out to either Seal Rock or the Lodge in Pebble Beach.Perfect for beginners or those recovering from injuries. Hosted by The Triathlon Club of Monterey.
 
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 25-30mi. +/-  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: $10 to ride. $20 to rent a track bikes. $6 for parking, or by a yearly permit for $90.


–Non-Scheduled Rides–

Road Bike Rides

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TWILIGHT CYCLING RIDES AT WEATHER-TECH RACEWAY – LAGUNA SECA

WeatherTech Raceway Twilight Cycling

Monthly twilight rides allow cyclists to experience the excitement of pedaling WeatherTech 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.

2019 Twilight Rides

  • January 23, hosted by Naval Postgraduate School Cycling Club
  • February 20, hosted by NPSCC
  • March 27, host to be determined
  • April 17, NPSCC
  • May 8, hosted by Little Bellas
  • June 19, hosted by Velo Club Monterey
  • July 10, hosted by DC-10 / Doug Chandler
  • August 13, hosted by Monterey Off Road Cycling Association (MORCA)
  • September 11, hosted by California Custom Sheds Cycling Team and benefiting MORCA’s annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
  • October 16, hosted by Velo Club Monterey
  • November 20, hosted by NPSCC
  • December 11, host to be determined

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

 

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