Welcome! The VeloRaptors are a social group of cyclists based out of Montclair, Oakland. We offer regular rides on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday open to many experience levels and make sure to include a coffee/snack stop along the way. The majority of our rides are 30 miles or less, but we also have a group that enjoys planning longer, more challenging rides.
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VeloRaptors Ride the Bay Bridge to Dedicate Vista Point on Yerba Buena Island

Tuesday, May 2, 6 VeloRaptors took the fabulous ride on the Bay Bridge bike path out to the opening ceremony for the Vista Point rest stop on Yerba Buena Island.

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At the start of the trip we got a look at the newly renovated ‘event center’ (a converted maintenance bldg)

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and then were treated to a nice lunch at Vista Point – after a few speeches.5.2 Yerba Buena Vista Pt8
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Overall, this rest-stop is a great addition to the trail, complete with rest rooms and a water station!

Ride to Glory!

Twelve VeloRaptors took a beautiful ride from Vacaville to Lake Berryessa to view the Glory Hole.  It was a beautiful ride up Pleasants Valley Road, then out Route 128 to the dam.  Temperature was mild, and we had lots of sun, and a fine lunch at Steady Eddie’s in Winters.  Basically, it was 44 miles of bliss.

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A Poet Among Us

Recent Prize Winning Poem from Larry D.

I Married a Cro-Magnon Woman

Even though you wear petite,

I should have known.

The way you hold your head,

the focused movement,

thrift in speech —

All were clues.

When you muscled the case of wine

into the trunk while

I was calling, “Wait!  Wait!”

When you dug up the whole garden

with a rusty shovel.

When you dragged the garbage bins

up the driveway two by two —

I realized that twins would be no problem.

You’d suckle one at each breast

while chewing leather to downy softness

for me to wear on winter hunts.

You’d make our autumn fire,

spinning one stick on another.

You’d keep it going throughout the winter

to cozy up our share of cave.

You’d heat up water with hot rocks

and use the waiting time

to ply your awl for boots.

You’d swat the kids and laugh.

You’d be ever looking out

for fat and protein.  And so in spring

you’d heft a load, and off we’d walk

to where the fish were running.

I’d use up secret hours

to make a necklace from

a thousand shells I’d found

and managed to hide from you.

VeloRaptor Holiday Party!

The annual VeloRaptor Holiday Party was fabulous as usual. This party is always one of the highlights of the season, and this year’s edition did not disappoint! I estimate that nearly 100 Raptors celebrated in fine style, with plenty to eat and drink. Many thanks to Fred and Alyston for hosting all of us, and to Leslie and Cheryl for the wonderful catering service.

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Lots of pics from Paul and Randy can be found here:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mqmcghyi0f16btf/AACPrE5W4A74flYaUO9SJeLfa?dl=0

Raptor-Readers

Idea from Rob:

A lot of us love great books, and we have gotten up many hills discussing the books we have read.  With that in mind, let’s try a book of the month club for 2017.  For those who are interested, here’s how it would work:

-At the beginning of each month I will send out an email with the title of this month’s book.  If you want to read it, you can do so.  Hopefully during the course of the month you’ll be on rides with others who have read the book and you can talk about it.  

-If you don’t want to read it, don’t.  This is totally optional for those who are interested. 

-I am hoping that every month a different person will volunteer to suggest the book.  I will organize and send out the monthly email.  Let me know if you want to suggest the book for a future month.

-This has many of the benefits of a regular book club with none of the guilt.  If you don’t feel like reading the book and don’t get around to it, there is no expectation.   Added benefit – if you don’t really like the book and don’t want to finish it, but are mildly curious how it ends, you can find someone to tell you.

As I said, I’m hoping a different person will select a book every month.  Since I’ve suggested this, I’ll go ahead and select the book for this month.  It is:

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.  This book won the national book award and is one of the NY times 5 best fiction books of the year.  It is a very unique book that combines a historical novel with a touch of magical realism.

Each month the new book title will be posted on the web page under Links

Happy riding and happy reading in 2017!

VeloRaptors Invade Treasure Island

On Sunday, November 13, over 30 VeloRaptors pedaled their way through the fog and along the new bike lane on the Eastern span of the Bay Bridge to Treasure Island.  For many riders this was their first time on the island, despite living here for many years.

We circumnavigated the island constantly wondering what sights we were being hidden by the fog, and before long ended up at the Aracely Café where we enjoyed coffee and pastries.  The café includes a sizeable event center, and they were setting up for a luncheon for 300 people.  However, they have an outdoor area, complete with couches, that easily handled our group.

The sun froke through as we headed back to Oakland, and we did enjoy some lovely views.

Paul L. and I  took a few photos.

All in all, a nice 25 mile ride.

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BORP Bike Wash – Aug 22

Hope to see you all at the BORP bike wash fund raiser next Saturday at Randy’s home in Moraga.  Randy, Kevin, Dennis and Gregg will be cleaning up your bikes, while 2 Steves are in the back, manning the grills. Bring your bike, a dish to share, an appetite and a smile.

Dinner $25

Donation to BORP  – Please give generously to support our team.

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See you there,

-Steve B.