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.

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.