Founding

In 1988, the newly formed Velo Allegro Cycling Club in Long Beach, CA registered as a racing club with United States Cycling Federation.
Fast forward to today, Velo Allegro is a 501c3 non-profit and 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 on the road, dirt and track.

Our Mission

Mission:

To provide a safe and welcoming environment for members to achieve their cycling goals.

Goals:

  1. Be good cycling citizens
  2. Provide a safe riding environment
  3. Develop member skills
  4. Be active in bicycle related causes
  5. Benefit the community

Recreational Riding

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, improve one’s ability, and have 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 18 – 21 mph on flat terrain. Because member’s abilities vary when the road pitches up, 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.

Racing

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.

Club Rides

Our rides have the following general characteristics:

  • All riders start together as one group.
  • Double paceline in most instances
  • Focus on safety through group communication of hazards and other conditions and obeying traffic laws and signals.
  • The group stops for flats or other mechanical issues.
  • Our rides are not “no drop” and sometimes get fast towards the end. (For those determined to increase their level of fitness, working to hang-in can be a positive motivating factor.)

For additional information, click here for our club Ride Guide.

Weekday Rides

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Moderate in pace and distance.
  • Tuesday – Climbing
  • Thursday – Speed

Saturdays:

  • Our Saturday  pace is recommended for new members and visitors.  After a warmup pace of 18 – 20 mph for roughly 10 miles, we keep a steady pace of 20 to 23 mph on flat terrain, re-group at the top of major climbs and before heading home.
  • “Hammer Zone” is an 8-mile loop ridden at a racing pace with riders split into two groups. The “A” group speed is typically 25 mph and higher while the “B” group is typically 23 – 25 mph. The terrain is flat except for a couple of freeway overpasses.  Riders decide on how many loops they want to tackle. The Hammer Zone groups do not stop for mechanical issues.

Sundays:

  • Our Sunday pace is recommended for more experienced members and visitors.  After a warmup pace of 18-20 mph for roughly 10 miles, the rides are longer and faster than Saturday.  While we are not in “race mode”, members do like to test their legs on Sundays.

For details of our various rides, please go to the Rides page.

Club Officers

To Contact any Club Officer, please use the “Contact” page.

FrankS

Frank Said
President

JayF

Jay Farrell
Treasurer

Lydia Gadaleda
Secretary