2019 Velo Club Membership Renewal

December is the month to renew your Velo Club Monterey membership.  Here’s the simple 4 step process to renew for 2019… 

  1. Click the link to get to the 2019 VCM Membership Application.
  2. Complete the form and print it out. If you access the form from a computer (not a mobile device) you can type your information directly into the form from either your web browser, or if you download the form, in your PDF Reader. Make sure you sign and initial it in the spaces marked in Red. 
  3. Write a check to Velo Club Monterey for the amount ($50 – Family, $35 – Individual or $10 – Junior). Note: you can also pay online via Paypal here.
  4. Mail your completed Membership form and payment to: Velo Club Monterey, P.O. Box 1404, Monterey, CA 93942, or hand it to a club board member.

Please make it easy on us. Chasing down membership renewals until July is not how the board wants to spend our time (we want to be out riding!), so please renew now by mailing it in before the end of the year.

Need more motivation?  Here’s 20 reasons to join Velo Club Monterey…

  1. Your Velo Club membership card gets you 10%-15% discounts at Bobcat Bicycles in Salinas, Peninsula Bike Works and Work Horse Bicycles in Monterey, and Winning Wheels in Pacific Grove.
  2. Discounts at Light and Motion, our local bicycle lighting manufacturer, is offering discounts between 10 and 15% to club members.
  3. Alvarado Street Brewery offers members a 10% “Neighborhood Discount” on food with a membership card. 
  4. We are bicycling advocates with a representative on the Transportation Agency of Monterey County (TAMC), and we donate time and money to local bicycling causes.
  5. Summer Picnic & Barbecue
  6. Annual Holiday Party
  7. Movie Nites
  8. Bowling Party
  9. Bocce Ball
  10. Santa Cycle Ride
  11. Brats & Beer Twilight Ride Nights at Laguna Seca
  12. Three Saturday Morning Rides
  13. Tuesday Morning “No Real Job Ride” 
  14. Thursday afternoon BWC (Beer, Wine or Coffee) ride almost always ending at Alvarado Street Brewery!
  15. New Year’s Day Ride (with Champagne at the top of Cahoon Summit!)
  16. Pie Ride’s to Gizdich Ranch
  17. Vintage “Steel is Real” Ride
  18. Support for Sea Otter Gran Fondo rest stops
  19. Traveling bike boxes to loan for your next plane trip
  20. Park tools to borrow for your next repair


2018 VCM Holiday Party – Saturday December 15th!

The Annual Velo Club Monterey Holiday Party is Saturday, December 15th from 6 to 10pm. Once again we’re at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History! Join us for great food and drink, music and dancing, and a fun evening with your friends.

The club supplies 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 Dessert
  • G-N – bring a Side dish or Salad
  • O-Z – bring an Appetizer

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

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.

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.

Bring your 2019 Membership Form and Payment

Please bring your completed membership form for 2019 along with your check for payment to renew your membership for next year. Membership rates are the same as the last few years: $35 for Individuals, $50 for Families and $10 for Juniors (under 18).  You can download the form here:  VCM Membership Form.

We’ll see you at the Velo Club Holiday Party, Saturday night December 15 at 6pm!

Santa Cycle 2018 – Sat. December 8

Get in the holiday spirit by riding in the 3rd Annual Santa Cycle Ride – Saturday, Dec. 8th at 12 noon starting at Monterey Wharf.

Santa Cycle Ride is a short 10 mile cruise from the Monterey Wharf to Pacific Grove followed by post-ride recovery drinks and snacks at Melville Tavern’s 
outdoor patio on Washington St (next to East Village Coffee). 

Back by popular demand, we’ll also make a mid-ride stop at Recumbent Rich Campbell’s Santa-themed house in PG for Mulled Cider and Holiday Cookies!

Santa Cycle is not limited to Velo Club members. All Santa Riders are welcome to ride. Meet up at Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey by 11:50 so we can organize and roll out at noon.

Santa (or elf or holiday) suits are required. Since many riders already have them, this year you are on your own to requisition your suit.  You can find many inexpensive suits at Amazon, Home Depot, or probably hundreds of other places online. Locally you might try one of the Target stores or Party City in Marina (831) 582-9350). Below are a couple of links to Santa suits online…

Edit: Bruce French has some extra “Economy” suits. New, still in-package, for just $11.96. Contact Bruce or send the club an email and we’ll get you his contact info.

Support for those in need

Each year we pick out a worthy non-profit to support with the Santa Cycle Ride. This year, we’re raising funds on the Santa Cycle ride for Lois Varner and the Fremont Street Mission for Homeless Women, a charity that reaches out to local elderly homeless women.  Lois uses donations to purchase and distribute items such as blankets, gloves, warm socks, food cards, laundry cards, bus and gas cards to homeless women in the area. Her assistance is limited to $10 per week per person, so any funds we raise for her will impact a large number of women. At the end of the ride, Cycle Santas will be asked to donate whatever they can to help her mission.

So get your Santa Suit on and join us on Saturday, December 8th. Meet at Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey at 11:45 so we can organize and roll out at Noon.  Here’s the Santa Cycle Course Map.

If you plan to join us at Melville Tavern after the ride, please RSVP by  responding to this email at veloclub@vcmonterey.org so we can get a headcount. This is a “no-host” affair, so bring some cash to cover your food and beer costs.

We hope to see you for Cycle Santa 2018!

VCM Movie Nite – Triplets of Belleville – Nov. 14

Join us for The Triplets of Belleville on VCM Movie Nite, Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30pm at the old Walking Tall offices in Carmel Rancho.

The Triplets of Belleville is an Oscar nominated animated film that includes a young racer named Champion, the Tour de France, the French Mafia, kidnapping, and, of course, the renowned Belleville Triplets… The film earned a 94% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

VCM Movie Night is free for club members and a guest. We’ll have beer, wine and some light snacks, but feel free to bring your own if you wish, or put a few bucks in the donation jar to help defray the costs. Or just volunteer to stay after to help clean up!

Space is limited to 35 people, so please RSVP if you plan to attend. Click here to RSVP on Evite. Remember to include a guest if you are bringing one.

To Recap:

What: Velo Club Movie Night – The Triplets of Belleville
Where:
The Old Walking Tall offices
26346 Carmel Rancho Lane, Carmel 93923
Suite 201-E (upstairs)
Directions are here
When: Wednesday, November 14, 6:30pm
RSVP: EVITE VCM MOVIE NIGHT

We hope to see you there!

Save the Dates – Upcoming VCM Events

There are a handful of Velo Club Monterey and other cycling events coming up before the end of the year, so here are your Save the Date reminders…

VCM Movie Nite DetailsTriplets of Belleville (Oscar nominated animated film), plus a second short film TBD. Location is the old Walking Tall offices in Carmel Rancho at 6:30 pm. Seating limited to 35. RSVP for Movie Nite at Evite.

If you attend it would be nice if you can bring some beer, wine or movie snacks to share, but it’s not required. Or just volunteer to stay after to help clean up!

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