Cycling Lore has it that in approximately 1986, Velo Allegro Cycling Club was founded by a small group of local racers and fitness enthusiasts in Long Beach, CA. Fast forward to today and the club has grown to over 100 members.
While the Club’s membership numbers have certainly changed, one thing has always remained the same — Velo Allegro’s mission to be the best cycling club in Southern California and provide a safe and welcoming environment for members to achieve their cycling goals. Our members actively engage in cycling activities that encompass everything from recreational fun-and-fitness rides, to the heart-throbbing, adrenaline-pumping action of racing.
To actively support and grow the sport of cycling and contribute to our local community.
To be the best cycling club in Southern California and provide a safe and welcoming environment for members to achieve their cycling goals.
- Be good cycling citizens
- Provide a safe riding environment
- Develop member skills
- Be active in bicycle related causes
- Benefit the community
Velo Allegro’s home base location of Long Beach, California, offers many scenic rides in and around the coastal area, with pleasant riding temperatures. We are a great club for cyclists looking to keep fit, or improve their ability, while having fun with a supportive group of people.
Our recreational rides vary in length and pace, but generally include 40 to 65 miles of riding over varied terrain. Our “cruising” tempo is generally 21 mph on flat terrain. Because member’s abilities vary, we regroup after climbs. The shorter rides will have one bathroom/water stop, and generally two stops for the longer rides. For details of our rides, please see the “Club Rides” page.
Velo Allegro is a sanctioned USA Cycling club. Many of our members participate in road, dirt and track racing events. The club provides members with partial race reimbursement and other value-added programs. Over the years, several Velo Allegro members have won State, National, and World titles.
The Saturday group ride is recommended for new riders and visitors. The pace is kept at a steady tempo of 18-23 mph with the intent of keeping everyone together. The group will wait at the top of hills and before heading home. It is group etiquette to stop and wait for flats or other mechanical issues.
The Sunday group ride is generally a bit longer and faster than our Saturday ride, and is recommended for more experienced riders and visitors. The ride lengths average 60-65 miles and the speed will vary depending on terrain and group dynamics. We are not in a “race mode” environment, but members like to test their legs on Sundays. Be assured, safety is always a priority in how we ride and we obey red lights. Like Saturday’s, it is group etiquette to wait at the top of hills, before heading home, and stopping for flats or other mechanical issues.
Each year, Velo Allegro, through the Bikes For Kids program, selects a Long Beach elementary school to surprise with bikes, helmets and locks for every 3rd grade student. Members, sponsors, and friends of the club donate their time, money and energy to this fantastic event.
Velo Allegro also supports the Long Beach Rescue Mission with clothing donations during the Christmas holiday season.
To Contact any Club Officer, please use the form on the “Contact” page.