Welcome! The VeloRaptors are a social group of cyclists based out of Montclair, Oakland. Our regular rides are:
Sunday - 8:45 Meet at Paddington Cafe in Montclair,
Wednesday - 9:00 Meet at Starbucks in Montclair, and
Saturday - 8:45 Meet at Warehouse 416, 416 26th in Uptown Oakland.
Most rides are 30 miles (or less). We usually stop for coffee/snacks at a cafe along the way.

VeloRaptors Support BORP Revolution

The 15th annual BORP Revolution ride was held Oct 23 at Trentadue Winery near Geyeserville.  This year the VeloRaptor team had 8 riders, most of whom did the metric century.  The weather was clear and not too hot, and the Sonoma County wine country was beautiful, as always.

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Together the VeloRaptors raised nearly $13,000 for the cause.  Thanks to those who contributed via the Bike Wash as well as the Revolution ride itself.  IMG_1038 (2)


Bike Wash is June 3 / Annual Meeting is June 4

VELORAPTORS ANNUAL MEETING – JUNE 4 The annual meeting is scheduled for Sunday, June 4 at Sibley.  The group usually arrives there around 9:15.  A detailed announcement regarding board nominations, etc. will follow.
I hope to see you there.
-Steve B


Keeping the VeloRaptors annual summer party and BORP Revolution Bike Wash party going, once again Steve G., Steve B. and Randy are assuming the lead role for staging our fantastic annual VeloRaptors B.O.R.P Revolution fundraiser.  And yes, now many of us will have been riding a lot, so it’s time to celebrate, spend time with other club members and get your bikes cleaned at the TEAM VELORAPTORS BIKEWASH.  Our  team of volunteers is getting ready to wash your bike;  again this year’s “lead washers” Dennis C, Randy M., and Kevin M. will make your bike sparkle and your chain drive hum for a mere $25 donation to the BORP fundraiser!  Any other members that would like to help with the bike wash let Randy know. This is a great opportunity for all you Velos to get your drive train cleaned and lubed.

Donations for food and drink are an additional $25:  the main course along with wine/beer that you will enjoy is well worth the money, and remember we are raising money for a great cause!

…the particulars are:

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Bike Wash:  2:00pm – 4:30pm
BBQ: 5:00pm `til not-too-terribly-late

Where: Randy and Christina’s House
in Moraga.

A few things you might want to know:
• We’ll have beer, wine, and other beverages. We’ll also have assorted Kabobs (Beef, Chicken & Shrimp) and munchies. Bring a side dish, dessert or appetizer you want to share. So that I can get an idea on the amount of food & beverages, please RSVP to the invitation you will soon receive.
• The more the merrier – spouses, families, and friends welcome.
• Come  early if you want your bike washed…there will be a line…
• Dennis and Kevin will be helping Steve B. and Randy wash and clean your bikes. Any other volunteers are appreciated.
• Steve and Randy will be recruiting members to ride the Revolution on Saturday, September 24, 2017. We had 13 riders last year and it would be nice to increase our number of riders for 2017. So, let’s have a great time joining other riders at a wonderful venue (Trentadue Winery). Registration will open in a few weeks.

To learn more about the BORP Revolution go online, or ask while at the BIKEWASH –BBQ, or call Randy/Steve.

By the way, last year was the fifth consecutive year our club riders raised  over $14,000 plus for BORP,\!  Congratulations to all the VeloRaptors who helped.  Let’s beat this amount and increase our number of riders for the 2017 ride!!

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:



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!