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!

2019 Velo Club Holiday Party

The Annual Velo Club Monterey Holiday Party is Saturday, December 14th from 6 to 10pm. For the third year, we’re at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History! Join us for great food and drink, music and dancing, and a fun evening with your cycling friends.

Click here to RSVP via Evite 

The club supplies main courses including Salmon, Ribs and Tri-Tip, plus non-alcoholic beverages. We ask attending members to bring a complimentary dish and your choice of beer or wine to share. To make sure we cover all the bases, we suggest you bring the following dish based on the first letter of your last name:

  • A-G – bring a Salad or Side dish 
  • H-Z – bring an Appetizer 

Note that we already have desserts covered separately.

Please do not bring serving spoons with you – we are providing these from the club. Also if you bring a Vegetarian or Gluten Free dish, please let us know so we can indicate them on the tables.

A reminder that we also ask for donations to help out those who are less fortunate.  Please bring in packaged or canned goods for the Food Bank of Monterey County. The donation barrel will be at the front door.  Additionally we’ll raffle some cool cycling stuff from Winning Wheels, BikeWorks, WorkHorse Bicycles and Mad Dogs & Englishmen – all proceeds of the raffle go to Dorothy’s Kitchen.

Bring your 2020 Membership Form and Payment

Please bring your completed membership form for 2020 along with your check for payment to renew your membership for next year. Membership rates are the same as the last few years: $35 for Individuals, $50 for Families and $10 for Juniors (under 18).  We’ll have forms on hand, but much easier to do it in advance so you can download the form here: VCM Membership Form.

The cost to attend the Holiday Party for members and guests is $20. Members who have volunteered throughout the year have earned free attendance to the party (Visit here to see if you are on the list.) You can either pay the night of the party, or in advance via PayPal. Click this link to pay for you or your guest online: Holiday Party Pre-Pay.

We look forward to seeing you at the Velo Club Holiday Party!

Click here to RSVP via Evite 

Breaking Away – VCM Movie Nite – Wed. Nov. 20

Join us on Wednesday, November 20th at 6:30 for another VCM Movie Nite. This time featuring the cycling classic – Breaking Away.

This 1979 American coming-of-age film follows the cycling-obsessed Dave Stohler and his 3 best friends who have recently graduated from high school and are now faced with finding their way into adulthood.  It’s funny, bittersweet… and features lots of cycling. 

We have a new venue for Movie Nite – the Mad Dogs & Englishmen 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 put a few bucks in the donation jar to help defray the costs. Or just volunteer to stay after to help clean up!

To Recap:
What: Velo Club Movie Night – Breaking Away
Where: 
          Mad Dogs & Englishmen Bike Shop
          Mission St. – South of Ocean, Carmel-by-the-Sea
          Google Map here

When:  Wednesday, November 20, 6:30pm

We hope to see you there!

BWC Ride moves to 1pm

Just a quick notice that with the change in Daylight Saving Time, the Thursday BWC (aka  Beers With Chris) ride moves to a 1 o’clock start time this week. It’ll give us a bit more daylight to make it home.

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