BWC Ride moves to 1pm

Just a quick notice that with the change in Daylight Saving Time, the Thursday BWC (aka  Beers With Chris) ride moves to a 1 o’clock start time this week. It’ll give us a bit more daylight to make it home.

Save the Dates – Upcoming VCM Holiday Events

We’ve got a few Velo Club Monterey and cycling events coming up before the end of the year, so here are your Save the Date reminders. Details on each of these events will follow later, but please add the following to your calendars:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 20 – VCM Movie Nite – Mad Dogs & Englishmen in Carmel, 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 14 – Velo Club Holiday Party – PG Museum, 6-10 
  • Saturday, Dec. 21 – Santa Cycle Ride – Monterey Wharf, 12 Noon
  • Sunday, Dec. 22 – Critical Christmas Lighted Bike Parade – Custom House Plaza, 6 pm

You may remember from earlier announcements that due to increased expenses the Holiday Party is no longer free to members. We’re asking for a $20 donation for each attendee to defray the costs of the party.

HOWEVER… Anyone who has volunteered a couple of hours during the year to help with club events – the Sea Otter rest stops, cleaning the bike path, helping at the Summer Picnic or Twilight Rides, and yes, even volunteering to help at the Holiday Party – earn free entrance to the party.  

And it’s not too late to get on the list. If you can help with the Holiday Party, we could still use some volunteers as bartenders, cleanup crew etc… Click here to send an email to volunteer.

We’ll send out additional details on each of these events in the coming weeks.

Nominations for 2020 VCM Board Members

Each December we elect the Velo Club Monterey Board of Directors for the following year. As per the Club by-laws, the current Board of Directors has created a Nominating Committee to propose candidates for next year’s Board and Officers. 

5 of the 6 current board members have agreed to serve on the 2020 board if re-elected. Edmund Gross is retiring from the board at the end of this year. Tom Rolander has indicated his willingness to replace Edmund as a Director-at-Large and the Nominating Committee believes that he would be an excellent addition to the board. The Committee is proposing that the following members be nominated to serve as the 2020 Velo Club Board of Directors and Officers:

Mark Kaufmann – President
Chris Swainson – Vice President
Jack McKenna – Treasurer
Keely Clifford – Secretary
Suzanne Kroeze – Director-at-Large
Tom Rolander – Director-at-Large

Any other club member in good standing may also be nominated to run in the board election by the motion of one member and the support of two other members. Nominations for the 2020 Board must be sent in writing or via email to the Club Secretary and received by November 1 to be added to the ballot. You can email nominations to or mail them to:Velo Club Monterey – Club Secretary, P.O. Box 1404, Monterey, CA 93942
For more complete information on the election process see the Velo Club Monterey By-Laws here.

On or around November 15, you will be sent an email with a link to the online ballot for the board elections. Voting ends December 1st. 

Note: There is no action you need to take now. The election links will come in an email on November 15th.

Oct. 16 – VCM Twilight Ride at Laguna Seca

This coming Wednesday, October 16th, Velo Club Monterey is sponsoring Twilight Cycling at WeatherTech Raceway from 5 to 7pm. Come experience ride Laguna Seca’s 11-turn, 2.25 mile course, highlighted by the legendary Corkscrew drop.

Once again we’re also bringing BRATS & BEER (plus some non-alcoholic choices) for your pre or post ride fuel. It’s lots of fun, so don’t miss out on this great evening of riding the track and hanging with your Velo Club friends.

Helmets are required… for the riding, not the Brats & Beer! The cost is $10 to ride, plus we ask for a $10 donation to the club if you eat and drink. You can visit the WeatherTech Raceway Twilight Cycling Page for more info on the ride.

Event Recap:

What: VCM Twilight Cycling Night with Brats & Beer
Where:  WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca
When: Wed. October 16 – Anytime between 5 to 7pm
Bring: Bike, Helmet, $10 entry fee, $10 for Beer and Brats donation. You may also want to bring your bike lights as sunset is around 5:30 that night.
Tell your friends: Twilight Cycling is open to anyone with a bike, helmet, and desire to ride the famed race track. We hope to see you there!

P.S. If you can help with serving or cleanup of the Brats & Beer, we could use 2 or 3 volunteers. Reminder: members who volunteer throughout the year, earn free entry to the Holiday Party.  If you can help out, send us an email at 

Vintage VCM Caps and more club items available

Earlier this year, Hector Chavez of Winning Wheels made an archeological discovery in his storage room – a cache of Velo Club Monterey Cycling Caps from the distant past.

Vintage Velo Club Monterey Caps




We’ve got 30 of these vintage caps available for the low cost of just $10 per cap.  If you are interested in getting a cap, send an email to

We also have a few more Club odds and ends available….

While there won’t be another chance to order Heritage Jersey clothing until Spring, there are two XL Velo Club Monterey  jerseys available now…

  • VCM Heritage Jersey
    • 1 Men’s Century LX Jersey (XL/Club Fit) – $72
  • Long Sleeve Wool Heritage Jersey
    • 1 XL – $105


VCM Water Bottles in the wild…

Additionally, we’ve still got a few club water bottles available. If yours are looking scruffy, pick up a couple new ones.  VCM Water Bottles are top quality Specialized Purist water bottles and available in 22 or 26 oz. bottles –  you can choose either black or white caps.


  • 22 oz Bottles are $5
  • 26 oz Bottles are $6 
If you want to purchase any of these items, just send an email to or talk to Mark K at the Saturday 8:30 or Tuesday NRJ ride.

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