Lots of Save the Dates…

We’ve got a bunch of upcoming events to add to your calendar…

Thursday, April 20, 10am – Noon: [postponed to a later date] Adopt-a-Highway cleanup of bike path along Highway One near Carmel Hill. Did you know we sponsor the cleanup of the bike path between Hwy 68 bridge and Viejo Road along the south side of Hwy 1?

We’ll need 6 or 7 volunteers to help clean up the path.  You can turn in your helmet and cycling attire for a hard hat and the always fashionable optic-yellow road crew vest! Send email to
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Sunday, June 4, Noon-2pm: Velo Club Monterey Bocce Ball Tournament at Talbott Vineyards Carmel Valley Tasting Room. Details and signups to come later…

Talbott Vineyards Bocce Ball Court


Saturday, August 19, 2-5pm: Velo Club Monterey Summer Picnic – at  a new undisclosed Carmel Valley location!

bicycle picnic invite


Sea Otter Gran Fondo Rest Stop support

Sea Otter 2017 Logo

Velo Club Monterey is supporting the Sea Otter this year by supplying volunteers to the first two Aid Stations on the Gran Fondo route on Saturday morning, April 22nd.

This smaller commitment (a single morning, with fewer volunteers needed) directly interacts with one of the major Sea Otter events and is great fit for the club’s mission to support cycling in our area. In return for volunteering, Sea Otter will grant $600 to VCM.

The first Aid Station is at Gallo/Talbott’s Winery (mile 24) and we’ll need volunteers there from 6:30 to 10:15 am. The second stop is at Zabala Vineyards (mile 43) with volunteers to be there from 7:15 to 12:30.  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.

Zabala photo

VCM members showing up early to help out…


To sign up, click this link Volunteer Sign Up  which will take you to an Evite page where you can enter your name, email, 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.

Thanks for your help in supporting Sea Otter and the club.

Little Bellas Cycling Program

Know of a young girl interested in cycling? Here’s the scoop on a great program for girls ages 7-13 to get them started in mountain biking. It runs Sunday afternoons for 8 weeks beginning in early April.
Meets on selected Sundays in Toro Park throughout the spring to reinforce a strong female bond and a mountain bike skills progression.
The program includes registration for the Sea Otter Classic camp, an end-of-season party, custom jersey, snacks and a goodie bag.
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Date: April 2-June 4, 2017 (8 Sundays)
Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
Venue: Toro Park, Salinas
Required: Mountain bike, helmet and closed-toe footwear.
$225 before March 15th; $250 after March 15th.
Includes registration for Sea Otter Classic (on Sunday, April 23 at 9:00 am-1:00 pm).
Scholarships available upon request.
Kelly Damschen (kelly@littlebellas.com)

TAMC Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee Update – Feb

TAMC LogoBill Boosman is the Velo Club representative on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee of the Transportation Agency of Monterey County.  To keep you updated on what TAMC is doing here’s his report from the February 1st meeting…

There was not a lot of action for the committee at this meeting. Approve consent agenda ( minutes of last meeting), hear a report from TAMC about the 2017 Regional Surface Transportation Program, which has a mix of grants, including almost $7mil in competitive grants. There was some discussion about grant criteria and project scoring, especially in regards to Safe Schools projects. I did mention the concept of the chaperoned “bike busses” and “walking busses”.

Staff also presented on planning on for May’s Bike Month events. Adult training for the BikeSAFE program is to be “paused”/suspended, for lack of interest and participation. Discussion about expanding Ciclovias to south County cities. Sounds like staff are coordinating with other departments, such as the Health Department to put on more school “bike rodeos”.

The last major item was an update and discussion of the current work on the Active Transportation Plan. TAMC received 430 comments from about 300 participants on the wiki mapping tool. The agenda has a summary of public comments received, which I found interesting. I passed along that I’ve been hearing positive comments about the map and it sounds like TAMC is going to keep it up for input. Next step is for staff to have meetings with the various jurisdictions to develop final goals. The committee suggested contacting school districts to get input on their problems and needs. That process is expected to take several months. There should be a draft final plan around late summer, with a goal of a completed plan for the fall.

Meeting Agenda Link here

TAMC Active Transportation Plan Map page

Velo Club Bowling Party

Join VCM for a Bowling Party at Monterey Lanes on Sunday afternoon January 15 from 2 to 4pm. We’ve got lanes reserved just for the club. Cost is only $15 per person (payable to Velo Club Monterey when you arrive) which includes 2 games and shoe rental. Balls are provided by Monterey Lanes. Fun provided by you! Food and Beverages are extra.

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