Can non-members participate in a VeloNutz ride?
How do I get a “Nutz” nick-name?
What do I need to bring to a club ride?
What is the average speed of a typical VeloNutz club ride?
I'm female, my name isn’t Diane, can I join? Any other females in the group?
Can the little guys and gals participate in a VeloNutz club ride?
Does VeloNutz only ride on Saturdays?
What is the route for this Saturday?
What if the weather forecast calls for rain?
Are there rest stops during your club rides?
How long do your club rides usually last?
I want a VeloNutz kit. How can I get one?
Absolutely. At this time, there are no membership dues, so feel free to join us anytime. If you ride with us, you’re pretty much automatically a member. We ask only two things: Each rider donates $5 to the donut fund (Nutz Sack) at the first ride of every 2nd month. The club buys the donuts during club rides... Even those 800 calorie large apple fritters! We also ask that you fill-in and submit the online membership application/liability release prior to riding.
Every rider gets a “Nutz” name! You can pick one when you fill in the membership application/liability form. However most of us got our “Nutz” names given to us because of some accomplishment or embarrassing but humorous moment. VeloNutz riders are amazing judges of character, and won’t give you a “Nutz” nick-name you won’t like.
Bring your bike, hydration, nutrition, helmet (mandatory), identification, spare tube(s), tools, a great attitude and most importantly a craving for a good donut. If you have a mechanical issue on the road, you won’t be abandoned by the VeloNutz. Most of us will use it as an excuse to rest.
Although most of our members can maintain 12-16 mph average speed, a lot of us simply choose not to! Some riders might climb or sprint faster than others but we always regroup at the top of climbs and at designated points on the course. Nobody is left behind, even if you’re weighed down by an 800 calorie apple fritter. Most VeloNutz ride together so they don’t miss out on the typically useless, but fun chatter.
We currently have two female Nutz*, both named Diane! We would love to have more name diversity in the club! VeloNutz absolutely encourages female riders of all abilities and names to join us! All riders are encouraged to get their wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends, partners and human significant others to ride with VeloNutz
*Update: We have Sue, Kelli & Jen now too!
*Update again: Non-Diane LadyNutz now outnumber the Diane LadyNutz!
The LegalNutz opinion is yes, as long as the minor is accompanied by one of his or her parents or guardian, as outlined in our membership application/liability release. And also, they gotta promise not to drop the older folks.
Saturday is the official VeloNutz club ride day. Rides begin at PizzaRev in Torrey Highlands. Roll-out times vary. Please see our Facebook site for weekly ride notifications including start times. Many VeloNutz riders are also members of Mira Mesa Cycling Club, whose official ride day is Sunday. In general, the VeloNutz rides are easier than the MMCC Sunday rides, typically because many riders want to ride both days. VeloNutz also do impromptu rides on weekday afternoons when possible. Members are encouraged to announce impromptu rides on our Facebook page.
Please see our Facebook site for weekly ride notifications including start times. However, it is often a suggested route, and the final route is usually decided by participating riders on Saturday morning, and can even change by mutual agreement during the ride: “My legs are cooked! What do you all say we go that way instead?” We’re currently building up our club route list, so any suggestions are welcome!
Rain in San Diego? What's that?!? In the rare event of rain on Saturday, we use this guide line: If it's raining and/or wet at your house at the time you need to leave, the group ride is canceled. There are brave VeloNutz members that are known to show up anyway...but be advised that riding in the rain in a group is very dangerous. Not advisable. It’s far safer to meet at Tacos el Gordo for lunch instead.
Yes! Coincidentally, they usually happen to be donut shops. A VeloNutz rider never gets dropped, and riders will regroup at the top of climbs and after sprints. That is, if any rider decides to climb or sprint faster than the rest of the group. A warning: Those herculean solo efforts can be the source of your “Nutz” nick-name!
Typically the route can take anywhere between 2 and 5 hours to finish. This all depends on the group's pace, how many donuts we eat at the donut shop, number of mechanical incidents and other time constraints. Many members have time commitments and need to get back much sooner. In those instances, members create short cuts to decrease the mileage of the route to get back on time. This is all dependent on each rider. (top)
The initial order period and the first re-order for the new VeloNutz kits has come and gone. If you're receiving our VeloNutz email blasts, new order windows will be announced from time to time.
Please use your good judgement and represent VeloNutz responsibly when you're wearing your kit. For example, if you're riding bandit in a paid ride, DON'T WEAR IT!
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