Castroville Bike Bridge Grand Opening – Thursday, May 31 at 10am

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new Castroville Pedestrian/Bicycle Railroad Overcrossing is this Thursday, May 31st at 10am.

Velo Club members have all been invited to the opening ceremony which will be held on the East side of the new bridge. Many of you have probably crossed those tracks dozens of times over the years so Thursday is your chance to bid them a fond farewell.

There is a group of us who are riding to the event that morning. We’ll be leaving promptly at 8:30 from the Monterey Wharf to ride the 16 miles to Castroville. Show up a few minutes early so we can leave on time.

The bridge won’t be open on our way out, so we’ll all get one last chance to “hike-a-bike” across the tracks. But we’ll pedal back in grand fashion as we cross the new bridge from high above. Be sure to proudly wear your Velo Club Monterey kit.

For more details on the ceremony visit the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) website.

2018 Memorial Day Pie Ride

Join us on Monday, May 28th for the traditional Memorial Day Pie Ride from Monterey (or Castroville) to Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville. This fun group ride features only a few short hills (and a bit of wind).

Here’s the details:
– Memorial Day, May 28 – 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).
– Bring water, ride snacks and some money for pie. There are also sandwiches, drinks and even ice cream available. 

Route Map for the longer (70 mile) Pie Ride starting at Monterey Wharf at 8am:  Gizdich Ranch Pie Ride Route

Route Map for “Pie-Lite” (42 miles) starting at Pezzini Farms (460 Nashua Road) at 9am: Gizdich Ranch Pie Ride (from Pezzini’s)

Come join us for the Memorial Day Pie Ride!

Volunteers needed for Bike Path Cleanup – Tuesday, May 1.

VCM is the Adopt-a-Highway sponsor for the bike path that runs along the south side of Highway 1 going up/down Carmel Hill and it’s time for a little spring-cleaning.

Join us next Tuesday on May Day to help clean up the bike path. Mostly it’s be pine needles, sticks, etc, and a little bit of garbage. We’ve got gloves, vests, helmets, protective eyewear and “garbage grabbers” so you don’t need to even bend over much! If you’ve got a stiff push broom, or a gas powered leaf blower bring them along as well.

The plan is to meet after the usual coffee break that follows the regular Tuesday morning No Real Job Ride. We’ll plan to be at the bottom of the path on 613 Viejo Rd. around 1pmHere’s the location on Google Maps.

If you can help out for an hour or so, please let us know by responding to this email at so we know who to expect.

Thanks for helping out if you can.

VCM Movie Night – The Flying Scotsman

Join us for another Velo Club Monterey Movie Night on Wednesday, April 4 at 7pm. The main attraction will be The Flying Scotsman – a feature film based on the remarkable true story of Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree.

In 1993, as an unemployed amateur, Obree broke the world one-hour record on a bike of his own revolutionary design, which he constructed out of scrap metal and parts of a washing machine.
Throughout his cycling career, Obree fights both depression and the governing bodies of cycling who ban his experimental bike and his unorthodox riding style. It’s an inspiring cycling film.

In keeping with the Scottish theme, we’ll also feature another short video from Scottish rider, Danny MacAskill, once again showing off his unbelievable trials skills.

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.

There is limited space with only room for 35 people, there so please RSVP on Evite and include a guest if you are bringing one.

To Recap:

What: Velo Club Movie Night – The Flying Scotsman
The Old Walking Tall offices
26346 Carmel Rancho Lane, Carmel 93923
Suite 201-E (upstairs)
Directions are here
When: Wednesday, April 4, 7PM

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