Welcome to Velo Club Monterey’s Web site!

Here you will find information about locals rides, bike shops (many that offer discounts to VDM members), and other biking information.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Jan (the answer man) on our CONTACT PAGE.

If you have information you would like posted on this site (information, photos, etc.), please email  kimb@me.com.

Ride safely and have fun!


VCM KITs Available for Ordering (Cart closes May 31st)

Greetings to All Who Want VCM Kits!
Our shopping cart at Champion System is open from May 14 through May 31

1. Go to www.champ-sys.com, select U.S., then select the “cycling” icon then click on the ‘Custom Clothing Login’ button in on the right side of the page. The left side is for the account manager.
2. On next page under ‘CS Direct Member Login’ enter this temporary information – Login is: VCM2014, Password is: peddlemry1968
3. Next you will be prompted to create your own account using a new email and password personal to you. Then login again using your new email/password information.
4. Once this is complete you can order from the shopping cart. If you have ordered in the past & you remember your login info, use that.

If you need assistance in ordering, here is a link for a tutorial:

If you still need help, contact the clothing coordinator, rgharness@yahoo.com

IMPORTANT! After the cart closes no modifications can be made to the order as it will be sent to production. PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST “CHECK OUT” WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED ORDERING; ANY ‘SAVED’ ORDERS WILL NOT BE PLACED WHEN THE CART CLOSES!

Want to buy a VCM bike kit?

VCM is requesting that anyone who is interested in purchasing clothing now let the clothing coordinator know by emailing Robin at rgharness@yahoo.com.  To start an order there needs to be a minimum of ten (10) pieces purchased.  The ordering process will be as it was in the last order, via CS Direct. Please contact Robin by April 8th if you are interested in ordering clothing. THANKS!


Sea Otter Classic 2015 (April 16-19) VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!

Fellow VCM Members:

A message from VCM Board Member (and Sea Otter Coordinator)
Andrew Smith:

Spring is nearly here and so is the Sea Otter Classic! The Sea Otter classic is one of the best ways to give back to the local and international cycling community—It’s our chance to be part of a world class cycling event that brings people from all of the world to our lovely peninsula. This event is also a boon to our local economy that benefits some of our most favorite local businesses.

For those of you who have volunteered in the past, thank you! I know it is not  fun working long hours for zero pay, but your efforts do not go unappreciated. In fact, the modest revenue  the club receives from the event helps fund our kickin’ holiday party and summer picnic.

I know we all have busy schedules, but please take a moment to look at the attached VCM volunteer program and let us know if you can find time to make this year’s Sea Otter Classic the best yet.


Thank you,
Andrew Smith

2014 Critical Christmas Bicycle Ride

2014 Critical Christmas Bicycle Ride

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Starting at 5:45 PM/Depart at 6:00 PM

Start and Finish at Custom House Plaza, Monterey

The Critical Christmas Bicycle Ride will roll around Monterey once again on December 21, 2014.

The Critical Christmas Bicycle Ride started many years ago as a cross between “Critical Mass” and that goofy event in Ukiah involving semi-trucks festooned with hundreds of Christmas bulbs. The goals of Critical Christmas are to get out for a little fun (and family) exercise during the Christmas season, and (this is the really important part) ride a bike with as many battery powered LED Christmas lights as can be duct taped in place.

Critical Christmas is not a race, but it is a family event, so bring the kiddies, bring the duct tape, bring the batteries, bring the lights, bring more lights and if that’s not enough lights bring more.

The event rolls out of the Custom House Plaza fountain area at 6:00 PM on Sunday, December 21, 2014 (rain will cancel). We have no predetermined route, so whatever happens, happens. The only knows part of the route is that we will do hot laps around the fountain…probably in two directions.

The event is Sunday, December 21, 2014 and is free to all riders. Expect to roll out at 6:00PM. Custom House Plaza is located at the water’s edge at the foot of Alvarado Street and not too far from Fisherman’s Wharf.

Go to Facebook and search for “Critical Christmas” to get more information. Rain will cancel. This is a free event.


2014 Holiday Party–SAVE THE DATE

December 6 
5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 
774 wave street 
RSVP to veratruth50@yahoo.com 
BRING appetizers A-F 
Side dish/salad G-R 
Dessert S-Z 

We will be serving wild salmon and an additional meat. Nonalcoholic beverage provided. Bring a bottle of wine or 6 pack of beer to share. A donation container will be available at the BAR …proceeds to go to charity.

As has been the tradition for several years there will also be a FOOD BANK barrel.


The moment has arrived.  The Champion System Direct Ordering Account has been set up.  Attached you will find a tutorial on how to set up your own sub account and place your order.  ORDERING BEGINS SUNDAY, OCTOBER12 AND ENDS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31!!!! After that time, there will be no opportunity to place an order for a long time so get it done now.  All orders will be individually packaged but sent to Robin Harness for distribution to save on shipping costs.  If you are not in the Monterey area and need your order shipped to you, please contact me & we will make arrangements for payment of the shipping cost.  Production of our order will begin after the order window closes on 10/31 and will take SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS to be completed.  So don’t expect your order to get here before the end of December.  Sometimes we do get our order earlier than expected but there are no guarantees that will happen.
To begin the ordering process go to  http://custom.champ-sys.com/Login/en-US/
The Temporary Username is VCM2014
The Temporary Password is  peddlemry1968
If you have any questions, please contact Robin at rgharness@yahoo.com


8/16 Saturday Ride Will Be A Pie Ride to Gizdich

The 8:30 Sat. ride is going to be doing a pie ride on August 16th – car week.  Those who want to do the longer ride will be meeting at the normal 7:30 start place – but the start will be at 8:00 AM (I believe that’s the anchor).

Those that want a bit of a shorter ride will be starting from Pezzini’s at 9AM.  There will be two return routes for those that prefer not returning on Hwy 1.

Hope to see you there!


Laguna Seca Twilight Ride 8/12 Tuesday

The Alto Velo Racing Club and Alto Velo Elite Racing Team to Host Twilight Cycling Ride August 12

Free BBQ to be Provided for Participants
MONTEREY, Calif., July 28, 2014 – Twilight Cycling, presented by Rabobank, will be held August 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. during Monterey’s Classic Car Week, just prior to the start of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The paddock will be full of vintage race cars and their drivers may even join in on the fun.

The evening is hosted by the Alto Velo Racing Club, which was founded in 1992 and has over 200 members, and the club’s Alto Velo Elite Racing Team (AVERT), a program designed to foster team racing and racer progression from the Cat 4 to Cat 1 levels.

The popular local cycling club will hold a gravity race from the top of the Corkscrew starting at 6:00 p.m. There will be a modern “aero” division and a classic “non-aero, non-carbon” division. Prizes will go to the winner (longest coasting distance) and most stylish bike (judge’s discretion) in each division. This will be followed by a five lap circuit race starting at 6:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded following the races.

The evening concludes with a free BBQ, offering the ideal way to unwind after challenging the 2.238-mile world-class road circuit.

“This is a rare opportunity to ride your bike on one of the world’s most famous racing circuits,” says Mike Reed, general manager of AVERT. “No cars, but pure excitement!”

The monthly cycling sessions provide a wonderful way to meet fellow cyclists and perhaps engage in some friendly competition. The evenings are open to all ages and levels and costs only $10 per person. Helmets are required. Twilight Cycling participants should follow the signs to the Red 9 parking lot and then proceed over the start/finish bridge.

For more information on Twilight Cycling, presented by Rabobank call 831-242-8201 or visit www.MazdaRaceway.com/twilight-cycling.

For more information on the Alto Velo Racing Club and AVERT, visit www.altovelo.org.

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Johanna Koch
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Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca