VCM Bowling Party – Sunday, Feb. 23rd

Join us at Monterey Lanes on Sunday, February 23rd 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.

Doesn’t matter if you are a lousy 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 19th so we can get a head count and know how many lanes to grab.

Bowling starts right 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. 23rd from 2-4pm
  • Bring: $20 bucks and your best bowling shirt

We hope to see you there!  

RSVP HERE

Upcoming 2020 Events & Rides

Get ahead of the curve for for your 2020 cycling calendar. Here’s your Velo Club “Event Planner” for the first half of the year.

Velo Club Events

  1. Bowling Party – Sunday Feb. 23, 2-4pm – Monterey Lanes
    CLICK HERE TO RSVP VIA EVITE
  2. Movie Nite –  A Sunday in Hell – Wed., Feb. 26, 6:30pm
    – Mad Dogs & Englishman, Carmel
  3. Vintage Bike Ride (Steel is Real!) – Sunday, March 22nd
  4. Sea Otter Gran Fondo Rest Stop Support – Saturday, April 18th
  5. Highway One Bike Path Cleanup – Tuesday, May 12, 1-3pm
  6. Memorial Day Pie Ride to Gizdich Ranch – Monday, May 25
  7. VCM Laguna Seca Twilight Cycling – Wed., June 10, 5:30

Upcoming Organized Rides

Click the links to learn more and register for these rides.

  1. Eroica California – Cambria – April 4-5
  2. Tierra Bella – Gilroy – Saturday, April 25
  3. Wildflower Century – Creston (near Paso Robles) – Saturday, April 25
  4. I Care Classic – Morgan Hill – Saturday, May 9
  5. Sonoma Backroad Challenge – Santa Rosa – Saturday, May 16
  6. Strawberry Fields Forever – Watsonville – Sunday, May 17

We hope to see you at some of these events.

2020 Velo Club Membership Renewal

Welcome to the New Year! If you haven’t done so already, please take a few minutes to renew your Velo Club Monterey membership for 2020. If you don’t need a hard sell on why you should renew, just follow the simple 4 steps below. If you need more persuasion, skip to below the photo and read on…

Velo Club Membership Renewal 

  1. Click this link to get to the 2020 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 pay your membership fee online via Paypal here, but we still need your completed and signed form.
  4. Mail your completed Membership form and payment to:
    Velo Club Monterey, P.O. Box 1404, Monterey, CA 93942.

Please renew now – it’s a real pain for your board to spend the first half of the year chasing down membership forms and dues.

The “Hard Sell”…

Here’s 21 reasons to join Velo Club Monterey…

  1. A great bunch of like-minded friends to go on rides with!
  2. 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. Mad Dogs and Englishmen in Carmel also offers a free, one-hour, E-bike rental to any Member as well as 10% off service and accessories.
  3. Discounts at Light and Motion, our local bicycle lighting manufacturer, is offering discounts between 10 and 15% to club members.
  4. Alvarado Street Brewery offers members a 10% “Neighborhood Discount” on food with a membership card. 
  5. 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.
  6. Summer Picnic & Barbecue
  7. Annual Holiday Party
  8. Movie Nites
  9. Bowling Party
  10. Bocce Ball
  11. Santa Cycle Ride
  12. Brats & Beer Twilight Ride Nights at Laguna Seca
  13. Three Saturday Morning Rides
  14. Tuesday Morning “No Real Job Ride” 
  15. Thursday afternoon BWC (Beer, Wine or Coffee) ride almost always ending at Alvarado Street Brewery!
  16. New Year’s Day Ride (with Champagne at the top of Cahoon Summit!)
  17. Pie Rides to Gizdich Ranch
  18. Vintage “Steel is Real” Ride
  19. Support for Sea Otter Gran Fondo rest stops
  20. Traveling bike boxes to loan for your next plane trip
  21. Park tools to borrow for your next repair

Thanks for being a member. We hope you can join us again in 2020.

Click here to open the 2020
VCM Membership Application

 

New Year’s Day – Climb to Cahoon

If it’s New Year’s Day, it must be time to kick off 2020 with a Carmel Valley Road climb to the top of Cahoon Summit.

Slower climbers start at 8:30 with the rest beginning at 9am from in front of the Trailside Cafe in Carmel Valley Village. We’ll climb 18 miles up to the summit and celebrate the New Year together with a little Champagne before turning around and descending.

Here are all the details:

  • Date: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020
  • Start/Finish: Trailside Cafe, 3 Del Fino Pl, Carmel Valley
  • Start time: 9am (8:30 for slower climbers)
  • Route: Carmel Valley to Cahoon Summit and back 
  • Distance: Out and back is 36 miles
  • Refreshments: A taste of Champagne at the top

While the weather is supposed to be mostly sunny, it’ll most likely be cold at the start, so layer up for the ride. The Trailside Cafe opens at 8 so you can caffeinate before the ride. Post-ride we can gather there and depending on the weather either cool down or warm up!

Start the year off with a Climb to Cahoon on New Year’s Day. We hope to see you there!

Santa Cycle 2019 – Saturday Dec. 21st

It’s time to get your Santa suit ready – the 4th Annual Santa Cycle Ride is this Saturday, December 21st at 12 noon beginning at the Monterey Wharf.

Santa Cycle is a short 10 mile cruise from the Wharf to Pacific Grove and back to Monterey. As is our custom, we’ll stop mid-ride at Rich Campbell’s Santa-themed house in PG for Mulled Cider and Holiday Cookies for 45 minutes or so and then return for a loop through downtown Monterey. 

And this year Christina Cuva-Rodriguez is hosting a post ride get-together with wine, beer, beef stew and vegetarian minestrone at her home which is just a short ride from downtown Monterey on Via Mirada.Santa Cycle is not limited to Velo Club members. All Santa Riders (in their holiday suit) are welcome to ride.

Meet up at Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey by 11:50 so we can organize and roll out at noon. Also, non-riders are welcome to meet us at Rich’s house as well around 12:30 or so. It’s on Short St. across from the Baseball Park in Pacific Grove.  Here is a link to view the Santa Cycle Course Map.

Support Fremont St. Mission for Homeless Women

One again 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. We will ask Cycle Santa riders to donate what they can to help her Mission at the end of the ride.

If you plan to join us at Christina’s after the ride, please RSVP by responding to this email at veloclub@vcmonterey.org so we can get a headcount. I’ll send you her address privately so you can park near her house prior to the ride if you wish.

We hope to see you at Cycle Santa 2019 this Saturday, Dec. 21st!

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