Velo Club Monterey hopes you are continuing to enjoy your solo rides. We’ve enjoyed beautiful weather and amazing wildflower displays this Spring and we’ve seen lots of people out on their bikes.
Unfortunately to stay safe under the Covid-19 threat and abide by the current restrictions on large gatherings, this year’s Memorial Day Pie Ride to Gizdich Ranch is cancelled. Not only would it be unsafe to organize a group ride of 30-40 people, but Gizdich Ranch’s Bakery is currently only open for pickup orders.
We look forward to a Pie Ride with you at a later date.
Anyone who has been out riding or hiking the past few weeks has seen first hand what a gorgeous Spring we are having in regards to the wildflower display. Here’s a few from Edmund taken at Ft. Ord.
If you’ve got some photos to share email them to us here and we’ll try to post them here and on the Velo Club Facebook page.
UPDATE 2: The updated Monterey County Shelter in Place order continues to allow us “To engage in outdoor recreation activity, including, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, bicycling, and running, in compliance with Social Distancing Requirements…”
Note that large sections of the Rec Trail are currently closed except to commuters. Please be a good neighbor and abide by these restrictions.
UPDATE: Obviously under the current Shelter-in-Place and social distancing restrictions, there are no group rides. Be safe and keep everyone else safe by not riding with a group.
The social aspects of group riding are one of the main motivations for cycling. As we are now living under the threat of the community spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), the club would like to urge you to help minimize the risk and protect yourselves and your fellow riders.
To that end:
- If you are feeling sick or showing any signs and/or symptoms of illness (fever, cough or shortness of breath), do not attend a group ride.
- If you are in a high risk group or live with someone who is, you should strongly consider riding solo, or ride with just 1 or 2 others so you can more easily control your environment. Avoid groups of 10 people or more.
- While you might be able to stay the recommended six feet apart while riding, it’s not quite so easy to do at the start of a ride, while regrouping, or at coffee/beer afterward. Maintain distance from each other at stops. If you do ride with a group, consider skipping the post-ride get together.
- Be extra cautious about coughing, sneezing or clearing your nose in the group. Cover your mouth and nose before coughing and sneezing. Bring tissues rather than blow snot rockets.
- Wash your hands and face with soap and water both pre- and post-ride.
Most of us learned to love cycling by riding on our own. Now might be a good time to revisit the joy and freedom of riding solo.
Be safe, be well.
Spring is just around the corner, so it’s time to order your Velo Club Monterey cycling clothing. Once again you can choose from two jersey styles (Century LX jerseys are club-fit and Continental jerseys are performance-fit), shorts, bib-shorts, and lightweight vests (a new model) – all in specific men’s and women’s sizes; plus unisex cycling caps and arm warmers.
For 2020 we’ve have added some new options to the Velo Club clothing line: Knee and leg warmers, gloves in team colors, and even a Quick Release Changing Kilt to give yourself some outdoor changing privacy!
The Velo Club Monterey TEAM STORE is open from now until March 19th, with clothing expected to be delivered in mid-May. The store includes 3D images, details on each piece, and a sizing chart so you can determine the right fit.
Heres’s a few examples:
Pactimo is our clothing vendor and you will order from and pay them directly online. All sales are final once they are placed. Our team Account Manager has the ability to go in and adjust SIZES while the team store is OPEN, but she cannot adjust QUANTITIES. If you decide you want additional items, you must submit a second order.
The team store will close at midnight on March 19th. Once the store is closed, no additional orders can be accepted. At that point all orders will go into production and a 7 week delivery time frame begins. Items purchased within the team store are not put into production until the entire store closes.
You will see shipping & handling charges on your order when you place it, but these are much reduced because we’re having all orders shipped to Velo Club Monterey World Headquarters for distribution to you.
When you access the Team Store, you will see the Team Kit items listed first. Items can also be sorted by garment line to view. Below the Velo Club items you’ll also see some Pactimo Special Offers. These items are available to our team members to purchase at a 30% discount off normal pricing on the Pactimo retail site. Special Offer orders will be shipped directly from the Pactimo offices in Colorado within 5-7 business days at no additional shipping cost to team members. This is a great opportunity to purchase items such as base layers or jackets at a deep discount.
This is a short ordering window so please don’t wait to put in your orders.
Join us on Wednesday, February 26th at 6:30 for VCM Movie Nite featuring the classic race film, A Sunday in Hell – a chronology of the 1976 Paris–Roubaix bicycle race from the perspective of participants, organizers and spectators created by Danish Director Jørgen Leth. Peter Cowie of the International Film Guide called A Sunday in Hell, “Arguably the best film ever made about professional cycling”.
Paris–Roubaix is the most famous and dramatic of the spring classics. Much of the latter portion is over narrow, cobbled tracks that choke with dust on dry days and become slick and muddy in rain. For the riders it is a challenge to keep going without puncturing or crashing. The film captures not just the events of the 1976 edition but the atmosphere of a professional race.
Once again, the venue for the VCM Movie Nite – is the Mad Dogs & Englishman bike shop in Carmel on Mission St. between Ocean and 7th Ave.
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 you can just put a few bucks in the donation jar to help defray the costs or volunteer to stay after to help clean up! No need to RSVP, just come on over.
What: Velo Club Movie Night – A Sunday in Hell
Mad Dogs & Englishmen Bike Shop
Mission St. – South of Ocean, Carmel-by-the-Sea
Google Map here
When: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6:30pm
We hope to see you there!