Volunteer for Sea Otter

Velo Club Monterey is supporting the Sea Otter again this year by supplying volunteers to Aid Stations on the Gran Fondo route on Saturday, April 13th.

We also need 2 volunteers to help with Mechanical Support – you need to be relatively proficient in changing flat tires and minor bike adjustments, plus have a vehicle that can carry a bike or two.

Sea Otter 2018 Crew

After membership dues, providing volunteers to Sea Otter is how the club earns most of our money to support the club’s activities, so your participation is important and needed. Plus you get to hang out with fun people and help out fellow cyclists.

Donating your time on Saturday morning has some important benefits:

  1. You will directly interact with one of the major Sea Otter events and help the club’s mission to support cycling in our area.
  2. Each volunteer will receive one 4­ day festival pass wristband, and a 2019 Sea Otter Classic tee shirt.
  3. Luis Zabala is once again hosting a barbecue/picnic/party at Zabala Vineyard (the second rest stop) for the rest stop volunteers.
  4. NEW THIS YEAR Because the cost of our Holiday Party has continued to rise (In 2018 it cost the club $48 per person!), beginning this year there will be a $20 per person charge to attend the party. However… by volunteering to work 3 or more hours at a club-related event, you will earn a free entry to the Holiday Party. This includes volunteering for Sea Otter.

The first Aid Station is at Gallo/Talbott’s Winery (mile 24) and we’ll need volunteers from 6:30 to 10:15. The second stop is at Zabala Vineyards (mile 43) with volunteers to be there from 7:00 to 12:30. This year we’re also helping at the Los Laureles Lodge (mile 84) just outside of Carmel Valley Village from 10:15 to 4:40.

You’ll help in preparing and serving snacks and drinks for the riders. As most of you know a smiling, encouraging face gives a big boost to riders during an event and this is a great way to pay forward all the rest stops you’ve probably encountered in your own rides.

We need your help as a volunteer, so please sign up. Simply click on the Volunteer Sign Up text which will take you to an Evite page where you can enter your name, email, t-shirt size, and your preference for which Aid Station you’d like to volunteer at.  Please note that there is no guarantee that you’ll get your choice of station.

If you would like to help serve as a mechanical support person, contact Jan Valencia at answerman1@vcmonterey.org


Italian Cycling Hotel visit to Winning Wheels

Join Winning Wheels and the Velo Club for an evening of Italian-inspired food and wine as we welcome Stefano Giuliodori, the owner of Hotel Dory – a cycling hotel on the Adriatic coast – along with retired pro cyclist, Andrea Gennari, now the lead guide at the hotel. The event takes place Thursday, April 4th from 5:30 to 7pm at Winning Wheels, 3018 Grand Ave. in Pacific Grove.

UPDATE: There will be a short presentation on the hotel  by Stefano and Italian wines and Prosecco will be served along with pizza.  The big news – there will be a prize drawing for 1 free week cycling holiday at the hotel.

Hotel Dory was the first cycling hotel in Riccione, Italy. It hosts weekly group rides and also offers longer tours of the area. They also create custom group rides exploring routes such as Florence to Venice. Stefano and Andrea are warm, personable individuals who are living the dream of sharing their passion with like-minded people from all over the world. 

Velo Club Members Gordon and Sue Martine have stayed at Hotel Dory several times and will tell you that each visit has been marvelous with top notch guides and accommodations. But what brings them back to the Dory is the people who provide the services and all the cyclists they’ve met from all around the world: Isreal, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, England…

While you are enjoying food and wine, Stefano and Andrea will talk about the hotel and all the cycling opportunities in their part of Italy. Learn earn more about the cycling opportunities they offer at the Hotel Dory Website.

To Recap:

  • What: Evening of Food & Wine with Stefano and Andrea of Hotel Dory 
  • Where: Winning Wheels Bike Shop – 318 Grand Ave, Pacific Grove
  • When: Thursday, April 4th – 5:30-7pm
  • Cost: Free

Note: The regular Thursday BWC Ride will start at Winning Wheels that day so we can finish and join the event.

We hope to see you there!


2019 Velo Club Bowling Party Wrapup

Lots of fun at Monterey Lanes this past Sunday with Velo Club Bowlers.  Congratulations to Team 2 with Leonard Loeb, Alex Capelli, Gundi Neuhoff and Mark Bradley who took the top prize with the highest average score over two games.  MVP award goes to Leonard who was on fire, rolling a smooth 197 in his second game!  

VCM Movie Nite – The Bikes of Wrath

Velo Club Monterey is hosting a special one-time screening of the film The Bikes Of Wrath on Wednesday evening, April 3 at Cinemark Monterey 13  in the Del Monte Center. This award-winning film follows 5 Aussies as they retrace the path taken by the Joad Family in John Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath, this time on bicycles. As you might expect, chaos ensues!

To learn more, view the trailer, and reserve your tickets, please click here to visit The Bikes of Wrath Demand Film Event Page.

Unlike a traditional movie showing, this Demand Film screening requires that 40 tickets be reserved in the next 47 days in order for the screening to occur. Tickets are $13, but you won’t be charged until the ticket threshold is met.

We’ll need your help if we’re going to make this event happen. Not only do we want to see you in the audience, we’d also really appreciate you helping spread the word about the movie. Tell your other friends and have them join us for this special one-time screening of The Bikes Of Wrath!

About The Bikes of Wrath…

Five Australians attempt to cycle 2600 kilometers from Oklahoma to California in honor of the westward migration undertaken by ‘The Grapes of Wrath’s’ Joad family. Through chance encounters with everyday Americans, the cyclists expand on the novel’s core themes of migration, inequality and the perceived land of opportunity. The group explores whether America has progressed since the book was written, discussing the wealth gap, immigration and the American Dream. The fascinating people they meet along the way reveal the enduring strength of human spirit despite the inequality and disenfranchisement which runs as deep today, as it did in Steinbeck’s seminal novel. The Bikes of Wrath is a unique, funny and insightful documentary filled with adventure, literature, music, and human connection.

To Recap:

We hope to see you there!

VCM Bowling Party – Sunday, February 24

If it’s February, it must be time for a Velo Club Monterey Bowling Party! Join us at Monterey Lanes on Sunday, February 24th from 2 to 4pm. We’ve got lanes reserved just for the club. Cost is $20 per person (payable to Velo Club Monterey when you arrive) which includes 2 games and shoe rental. Balls are provided by Monterey Lanes. Food and beverage is extra.

You don’t have to be much of a bowler – we’re doing it for fun, so sign up and we’ll put together some teams. And we’ll have some prizes to give out to the team with the best scores!

Please RSVP via Evite by Wednesday, February 20th so we can get a head count and know how many lanes to grab.

Bowling starts at 2, so come 15 minutes early to get shoes and teams sorted out. When you check in just say you’re with the Velo Club.

To Recap:

  • What: Velo Club Monterey Bowling Party
  • Where: Monterey Lanes 2161 Fremont Street
  • When: Sunday, Feb. 24 from 2-4pm
  • Bring: $20 bucks and your best bowling shirt
  • RSVP at Evite by clicking here

We hope to see you there!

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