2017 Velo Club Holiday Party

It’s Holiday Party time for VCM!

The Annual Velo Club Monterey Holiday Party is Saturday, December 16th from 6 to 10pm. This year we’re at a new location, The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, where we’ll have more room, more parking and even a giant stuffed bear to party with! There’ll be  great food and drink, plus music and dancing.

The club supplies the main courses including Salmon, Ribs and Tri-Tip, plus non-alcoholic beverages. We ask attending members to bring a complimentary dish and your choice of beer or wine to share. To make sure we cover all the bases, we suggest you bring the following dish based on the first letter of your last name:

  • A-F – bring a Side dish or Salad
  • G-N – bring an Appetizer
  • O-Z – bring a Dessert

Please RSVP so we can plan for food. Just visit the Velo Club Holiday Party RSVP Page on Evite to let us know you are coming.

A reminder that we also ask for donations to help out those who are less fortunate.  Please bring in packaged or canned goods for the Food Bank of Monterey County and we’ll also have a donation jar at the bar for Dorothy’s Place in Salinas.

As always, the party is free for current Velo Club Members. If you bring along a non-member guest it’s $15. You can either pay for your guest that night, or in advance via PayPal. Click this link to pay for your guest online: Guest Holiday Party Pre-Pay.

We look forward to seeing you at the Velo Club Holiday Party!

VCM Movie Night – Wednesday, Oct. 25

Velo Club Monterey Movie Night featuring Marinoni – The Fire in the Frame is Wednesday, October 25 at 7pm.

This documentary focuses on Giuseppe Marinoni, a former champion cyclist who made the transition to master bike craftsman, building tens of thousands of frames by hand before returning to racing at the age of 75 in an attempt to set the world hour record for his age group. Even more remarkable he would be using a track bike he’d built almost 40 years earlier. Click for more details on Marinoni – The Fire in the Frame.

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VCM Fall Time Trial Winners!

We had a great Fall Time Trial on Saturday, Sept. 9 out in Ft. Ord. Congratulations to the overall winners: young Stefan Hubrick who trains with the Junior program, took first place in the Men’s Division with a screaming 18:23 time over the 6.8 mile course, while Vera Noghera took the Women’s Division title.

Women’s Overall Winner – Vera Noghera & Men’s Overall Winner – Stefan Hubrick

In addition to earning the overall Winner’s Medals, they also took home the newest VIBE tail light (motion sensitive!) donated from local bike lighting maker, Light & Motion (thanks Heidi Hall); a $50 gift certificate from either Winning Wheels or Peninsula BikeWorks; and in Vera’s case, a bottle of Chardonnay donated from Luis Zabala.

In the age group brackets: Ken Hashimoto won the 50-59 group; Rick Chung, the 60-69 bracket; and Ralph Wege the 70+ grouping. Each received a $25 gift certificate from the aforementioned local bike shops.

Rick Chung, Ken Hashimoto, Vera Noghera & Stefan Hubrick

Congrats to all who participated in the time trial and special thanks to Edmund Gross, Randy Naylor, Lesley Everett, Lisa Kaufmann and Jim Wrona for serving as Course Marshalls.

Here’s more pics from the day (Thanks to Lesley for the photos)…


Labor Day Pie Ride – Sept. 4

We don’t need much of an excuse to eat pie, and Labor Day Monday is a great reason – so let’s do a Pie Ride to Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville. Choose between long version leaving from Monterey Wharf (same start as Tuesday NRJ ride), or “Pie Lite” leaving from Pezzini’s near Castroville.

Here’s the details:
– Labor Day, Monday, September 4 – Pie Ride to Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville.
– Meet at 8am at Monterey Wharf on the bike path near the Custom House for the 70 mile ride (same start as Tuesday NRJ Ride).
– “Pie Lite” – 9am to join the longer route riders at Pezzini Farms on Nashua Rd. outside Castroville for the 40 mile route.
– Regular route through Elkhorn Slough, back via Trafton, or shortcut up Salinas Rd (your choice).
– Long version of route is here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13236308
– Bring water, ride snacks and some money for pie. There are also sandwiches, drinks and even ice cream available.

Join us for a Labor Day Pie Ride!

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