The No Real Job Ride – A Short History & 20th Anniversary Gallery

2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of the No Real Job Ride. A Monterey area cycling institution, the NRJR has hosted hundreds of different riders over the years. Heidi Haussermann, who has been shepherding  (perhaps cat-herding is more accurate!) the ride for all these years, has written up this little history of the NRJR…

A brief history of the No Real Job Ride

The No Real Job Ride began in 1998 with a few riders from both the Carmel Valley Triathlon Club and the Monterey Velo Club who wanted a weekday ride in addition to VCM’s Saturday Morning Ride. Originally, the ride started at 6:00 a.m. on Thursdays from Lover’s Point and went out to Castroville or Salinas and back. In 2000, the ride switched to Tuesdays at 9:00 from Fisherman’s Wharf.

In the early years, the route would often vary, occasionally riding up Carmel Valley Road and looping through Cachagua or riding out towards San Juan Bautista and back. As more riders joined the group the route became consistent so people could meet us anywhere along the way. Starting in the early 2000s, the regular route was pretty much what it is today: from Monterey to Marina along the Rec Trail, into Ft. Ord, always up Barloy, then down into Seaside and back to Monterey for coffee.

Some of the early riders were Steve, Mireya, Bruce Z, Heidi, and Peter. Other long time NRJR riders include Harry, Penny, Phillip Darst, Dennis Renault, Randy, and Sharon. As time passed, more and more people from VCM started coming to the ride each week, and when it was listed as a regular VCM group ride, visiting cyclists from other states and countries would join us as well.

Who came up with the name, “No Real Job Ride?” I don’t know. Harry maybe? Phillip? Great name, great ride, great people!!

– Heidi H

Below is a gallery of photos of many of the riders who have participated in the Tuesday No Real Job Ride over the years. Note: If you have a photo from the NRJ ride that you’d like to add to the gallery, or you see a naming mistake of the photos, please send it to

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