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Founder member of the Shifnal Cycling Society and lover of all things pedal powered

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Tan Hill InnWhat better way to mark the world’s greatest race visiting ‘God’s Own County’ than to hold that most sacred of events, a Cogal. I’m still working on the precise route, but one thing’s for sure, they’ll be hills a plenty, and along the way we’ll take in some of the actual Stage 1 route, including the ‘Cote de Buttertub...

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  1. Tan Hill Inn Tan Hill Inn

    What better way to mark the world’s greatest race visiting ‘God’s Own County’ than to hold that most sacred of events, a Cogal. I’m still working on the precise route, but one thing’s for sure, they’ll be hills a plenty, and along the way we’ll take in some of the actual Stage 1 route, including the ‘Cote de Buttertubs’. I’m also hoping to include an opportunity to take on vital fluids in the highest pub in England, The Tan Hill Inn.

    Pre-Cogal espressi will be taken at Caffe Curva in the village of Hawes from 0930 onwards and wheels will be turning at 100V precisely.

     

     

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    Date - July 04, 2014
    10:05 AM - 5:00 PM

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    Café Curva

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  2. Tan Hill Inn Tan Hill Inn

    What better way to mark the world’s greatest race visiting ‘God’s Own County’ than to hold that most sacred of events, a Cogal. I’m still working on the precise route, but one thing’s for sure, they’ll be hills a plenty, and along the way we’ll take in some of the actual Stage 1 route, including the ‘Cote de Buttertubs’. I’m also hoping to include an opportunity to take on vital fluids in the highest pub in England, The Tan Hill Inn.

    Pre-Cogal espressi will be taken at Caffe Curva in the village of Hawes from 0930 onwards and wheels will be turning at 100V precisely.

     

     

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - July 04, 2014
    10:05 AM - 5:00 PM

    Location
    Café Curva

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  3. Tan Hill Inn Tan Hill Inn

    What better way to mark the world’s greatest race visiting ‘God’s Own County’ than to hold that most sacred of events, a Cogal. I’m still working on the precise route, but one thing’s for sure, they’ll be hills a plenty, and along the way we’ll take in some of the actual Stage 1 route, including the ‘Cote de Buttertubs’. I’m also hoping to include an opportunity to take on vital fluids in the highest pub in England, The Tan Hill Inn.

    Pre-Cogal espressi will be taken at Caffe Curva in the village of Hawes from 0930 onwards and wheels will be turning at 100V precisely.

     

     

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - July 04, 2014
    10:05 AM - 5:00 PM

    Location
    Café Curva

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  4. Tan Hill Inn Tan Hill Inn

    What better way to mark the world’s greatest race visiting ‘God’s Own County’ than to hold that most sacred of events, a Cogal. I’m still working on the precise route, but one thing’s for sure, they’ll be hills a plenty, and along the way we’ll take in some of the actual Stage 1 route, including the ‘Cote de Buttertubs’. I’m also hoping to include an opportunity to take on vital fluids in the highest pub in England, The Tan Hill Inn.

    Pre-Cogal espressi will be taken at Caffe Curva in the village of Hawes from 0930 onwards and wheels will be turning at 100V precisely.

     

     

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    Date/Time
    Date - July 04, 2014
    10:05 AM - 5:00 PM

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    Café Curva

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The anual international Cogal will be held each year on the birthday of The Prophet, Eddy Merckx – June 17. Community members will have the choice to observe this in their own way; honor him by riding at the front all day, or head out alone to meet the Man with the Hammer with just a bit of food in the jersey and water in the bidon. Continue...

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  1. Merckxton

    The anual international Cogal will be held each year on the birthday of The Prophet, Eddy Merckx – June 17. Community members will have the choice to observe this in their own way; honor him by riding at the front all day, or head out alone to meet the Man with the Hammer with just a bit of food in the jersey and water in the bidon.

    We also encourage community members to organize Cogals on the day of, if possible, or on the nearest weekend day. However you choose to observe Festum Prophetae, make sure you do with with dignity and respect.

    Vive la Vie Velominatus.

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    Date - June 17, 2014
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. @Triathlete Loving that! Very nice indeed. Steel Is Real! »

Tan Hill InnWhat better way to mark the world’s greatest race visiting ‘God’s Own County’ than to hold that most sacred of events, a Cogal. I’m still working on the precise route, but one thing’s for sure, they’ll be hills a plenty, and along the way we’ll take in some of the actual Stage 1 route, including the ‘Cote de Buttertub...

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  1. Tan Hill Inn Tan Hill Inn

    What better way to mark the world’s greatest race visiting ‘God’s Own County’ than to hold that most sacred of events, a Cogal. I’m still working on the precise route, but one thing’s for sure, they’ll be hills a plenty, and along the way we’ll take in some of the actual Stage 1 route, including the ‘Cote de Buttertubs’. I’m also hoping to include an opportunity to take on vital fluids in the highest pub in England, The Tan Hill Inn.

    Pre-Cogal espressi will be taken at Caffe Curva in the village of Hawes from 0930 onwards and wheels will be turning at 100V precisely.

     

     

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - July 04, 2014
    10:05 AM - 5:00 PM

    Location
    Café Curva

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  2. Tan Hill Inn Tan Hill Inn

    What better way to mark the world’s greatest race visiting ‘God’s Own County’ than to hold that most sacred of events, a Cogal. I’m still working on the precise route, but one thing’s for sure, they’ll be hills a plenty, and along the way we’ll take in some of the actual Stage 1 route, including the ‘Cote de Buttertubs’. I’m also hoping to include an opportunity to take on vital fluids in the highest pub in England, The Tan Hill Inn.

    Pre-Cogal espressi will be taken at Caffe Curva in the village of Hawes from 0930 onwards and wheels will be turning at 100V precisely.

     

     

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - July 04, 2014
    10:05 AM - 5:00 PM

    Location
    Café Curva

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

Cogals (pronounce it correctly: kog-al) are meetings of like-minded misfits brought together by the promise of beer, preceded by a bike ride. Cogals are free, open to all, organized by our fellow Velominati and are always followed by consumption of post-ride Recovery Ales and merriment. These are gatherings of unbridled observance of Rule #4.C...

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  1. Tan Hill Inn Tan Hill Inn

    What better way to mark the world’s greatest race visiting ‘God’s Own County’ than to hold that most sacred of events, a Cogal. I’m still working on the precise route, but one thing’s for sure, they’ll be hills a plenty, and along the way we’ll take in some of the actual Stage 1 route, including the ‘Cote de Buttertubs’. I’m also hoping to include an opportunity to take on vital fluids in the highest pub in England, The Tan Hill Inn.

    Pre-Cogal espressi will be taken at Caffe Curva in the village of Hawes from 0930 onwards and wheels will be turning at 100V precisely.

     

     

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - July 04, 2014
    10:05 AM - 5:00 PM

    Location
    Café Curva

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  2. Tan Hill Inn Tan Hill Inn

    What better way to mark the world’s greatest race visiting ‘God’s Own County’ than to hold that most sacred of events, a Cogal. I’m still working on the precise route, but one thing’s for sure, they’ll be hills a plenty, and along the way we’ll take in some of the actual Stage 1 route, including the ‘Cote de Buttertubs’. I’m also hoping to include an opportunity to take on vital fluids in the highest pub in England, The Tan Hill Inn.

    Pre-Cogal espressi will be taken at Caffe Curva in the village of Hawes from 0930 onwards and wheels will be turning at 100V precisely.

     

     

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - July 04, 2014
    10:05 AM - 5:00 PM

    Location
    Café Curva

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  3. Tan Hill Inn Tan Hill Inn

    What better way to mark the world’s greatest race visiting ‘God’s Own County’ than to hold that most sacred of events, a Cogal. I’m still working on the precise route, but one thing’s for sure, they’ll be hills a plenty, and along the way we’ll take in some of the actual Stage 1 route, including the ‘Cote de Buttertubs’. I’m also hoping to include an opportunity to take on vital fluids in the highest pub in England, The Tan Hill Inn.

    Pre-Cogal espressi will be taken at Caffe Curva in the village of Hawes from 0930 onwards and wheels will be turning at 100V precisely.

     

     

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - July 04, 2014
    10:05 AM - 5:00 PM

    Location
    Café Curva

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cav 2. Greipel 3. Sagan 4. Faboo 5. Phil Gil »

Last year we read that Philippe Gilbert is riding a 50cm (top tube of 535mm) BMC frame and he is 1.79m (5’10”) tall. Now it’s reported in Cyclingnews that Ritchie Porte’s Pinarello is a 46.5cm frame (top tube of 515mm) and Porte is 1.72m (5’8”) tall. He is no Nairo Quintana but somehow he is on Quintana’s old bike. Porte is just one i...

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  1. An interesting piece. Sees s Cav’s gone down a frame size too.  He now rides a smaller frame size than Mrs @936ADL. To me it just underlines the fact that the needs of the pros are very different to your average  Velominatus. »

I’ve never been able to decide if choices are a gift or a curse; a lack of choices introduces simplicity but also with it the risk that the simple choices do not meet the demands of a complex world. An abundance of similar choices, on the other hand, often reduces the impact of getting things a little bit wrong, but also decreases the thought...

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  1. @paolo #Disagree ;-) »

  2. @frank Hangs head in shame…… Am I about to get excommunicated? »

  3. All this talk of choice makes realise why i love my SingleSpeed road bike so much. I’m currently running 50/17 with a 50/14 fixed option for the local 10mile TTs. Just #HTFU and pedal, the simplicity is what makes the experience so pleasureable. »

One of the finest things about Velominati is it attracts the crazy bastards. Cyclists are slightly unhinged anyway but there are more than a few out there who have no fear. Crazy is not constrained by nationality. Crazy knows no borders. Sure the Randonneurs would do this just to make sure they were happy with their choice of headlamp strap but @ba...

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  1. That’s fucking nuts!! Awesome effort, and a great video. truly inspirational »

@Marco’s takeSomewhere midway, I realized: looking fantastic while riding batshit fast through unknown territory in Rule #9 conditions in mid-December is hard. Continue reading...

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  1. @Teocalli It wasn’t me i’m afraid. I’m not registered for it. I was referring to an event we run locally which takes us from our base in Shropshire across Wales to the coast and then back again! It’s a long day in the saddle that’s for sure. We’re pla… »

  2. Great write up and it sounds like a typical Rule #9 day. Whilst it may well be the inaugural Dutch Cogal, it’s certainly not Europe’s first. We’ve something fairly special planned in Blighty to mark the summer solstice so it will be interesting to see w… »

I realise that I may never live this down, and that my reputation within the Velominati community will be damaged irreparably, but I’m out. – Anonymous AKA @936ADLDespite the endless talk of tea and cakes, the inaugral London Cogal will be remembered for that other quintessentially English conversation point, the weather. Everything was...

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  1. Great write up gents, and i may have a shredded reputation, but i think i’d make the same call again. Next time ;¬) »

I’m compliant with Rule #74: no Garmin, no cyclometer, just an uncluttered cockpit. I’m not anti-data, if I could generate some awesome data I’d like to know about it. If I was racing I would train with data. I just got bored with looking at the numbers and not doing anything about them. When my Cateye cyclometer/heart rate monit...

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  1. Love data personally, but that main picture is something else. Just awesome! A-Merckx »

Legends are central to any culture, ours perhaps more than most. The Ventoux is a French legend, rising 1912m above the rolling hills of Provence. The road is thick with the paint of Tours past and the names of giants. The grade is 7%, on average, though 10, 11, and 12% are routine throughout the middle section. The classical route begins in a smal...

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  1. Really great piece. This bitch of a climb is still very much on my list. We were there on the tour in 2009, but the sheer numbers on the mountain on race day scuppered our chances of getting to the top. One day Mont Ventoux, i’ll be back! »

  2. @Mrdays +1 Genius. »

It wasn’t so long ago that the majority of bicycles were made by hand, from raw materials, in places that aren’t China or Taiwan. While some of these artisans are still around, their wares are increasingly harder to come by, and to procure an example of their work means an outlay of time and money which is more than most are willing to...

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  1. Here’s my second attempt to post pics of a couple of handbuilt beauties that i’m lucky enough to own…..    and #1….. »

  2. Sorry, but no piece about hand built bikes would be complete without paying tribute to one on England’s finest, Brian Rourke. Measure ups still by the man himself and each frame hand crafted by his son, Jason. Here’s my #1 at the top of a hill in France…. »