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Summer is a time for getting fat. Winter is a time for getting fat as well, but in a different way; in Winter we get fat on meals of meat and potatoes covered in sauces made of meat and potatoes. In Summer, on the other hand, our minds get fat: we get nice tans, we tone our muscles, long days see us riding at any hour of the day that suits us. W...

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  1. @Ccos Careful there @Ccos…  you’re starting to sound like a sailor…  Next thing you know you’ll be writing cycling blog posts about apparent wind and VMG and getting pilloried… The aspens are starting to don their fall colors here in the Rockies…. »

I hate to distract from Marko’s defense of his POC helmet and shades photo but @snowgeek is weaving cycling and sailing together here. It may never have been done before so please read carefully. The two activities have almost nothing in common except the wind and being wet and miserable. @snowgeek is not dwelling on the wet and miserable par...

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  1. A windy, gusty, shifty ride in the high mountains today had me cursing the wind – a dangerous thing to do – and made me think of all the times I’ve been on a sailboat cursing the lack of wind… @Minnesota Expat totally.  When “plugged in” and on top o… »

Anecdotal research suggests that people are being let off-leash without adequate training to perform basic activities such as walking on sidewalks or through airports and busy city centers. I’m assuming this expands to shopping malls, but I never go there so I can’t be sure. It’s easy to blame the mobile phones which apparentl...

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  1. @The Grande Fondue That looks like a Strong frame!  Great builder in a great town… »

Freddy effortlessly demonstrates Rules #80 and #82, the Three-Point System, and the Goldilocks Principle while his mechanic calmly swaps a mortal’s wheel for one that can withstand his ferocious sprint. All the while, a young Colonel Sanders looks on with bemused disapproval.For anyone still wondering whether the 70′s was the coolest...

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  1. It’s definitely Hodgman.  Some timely advice from him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06vT2rWARFE »

Five is an important number. Assuming nothing has gone amuck in our development or our usage of cutlery, we each boast five digits on both our hands and both our feet. Most of us have five senses. Most miraculously, any number multiplied by five and then divided by five gives you the same number you started with and yields no remainder.The Babaloni...

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  1. EleVator Up? (I especially like that there’s a Help button…) »

A death is a painful thing to experience. Particularly, I imagine, for the one doing the dying. For those left behind, it takes time to mourn and come to grips with the change; it is an unpleasant process, but such is the way of things.The crack in the chainstay of my beloved Cervelo R3 had been weighing on my mind ever since I discovered its exist...

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  1. Dude…  Are you shitting yourself with joy!? That thing looks fantastic… I especially like the orange on the inside of the fork…  well played… »

After much debate and consideration (read: we got piss drunk after a ride, and started thinking about the next ride) and in full cooperation with the Keepers, we announce the first Stage Cogal, July 27 and 28, 2013 in Packwood, WA.We adhere strictly to the guiding principles of The Cogal: free to all, open to all. These events are about community,...

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  1. After much debate and consideration (read: we got piss drunk after a ride, and started thinking about the next ride) and in full cooperation with the Keepers, we announce the first Stage Cogal, July 27 and 28, 2013 in Packwood, WA.

    We adhere strictly to the guiding principles of The Cogal: free to all, open to all. These events are about community, and our love of the Bike. And of suffering. To those ends, even the casual observer will see what we have planned for routes is, in a word, a motherfucker.

    Cogals shall be long. And they are all about the bike. It is what you are doing that day. Well, we have extrapolated that to the V-to-V concept on this one, mates. V-to-V: volcano to volcano. These rides are not only long, but we tossed in some vertical. I, for one, am not a climber. But when it is What I Am Doing That Day, it will get it done (I roll a 180mm 50×34 compact connected to a 11×28 for just such emergencies.) As a 2 day stage Cogal, it is what you are doing that weekend.

    Day V1 is Packwood to Windy Ridge overlooking (and in) the blast zone of Mt. St. Helens. This route is generally used by a local bike club as a “High Pass Challenge” but we may modify their course a bit. In accordance with Rule #55, we will first ride UP the volcano, then we will ride DOWN the volcano. Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1331324

    Day V2 is Packwood to Paradise on Ti’Swak (or Mt. Rainier to you non-natives) via Stevens Canyon road. I defy anoyone anywhere to find a more beautiful climb, starting at the Grove of the Founders on the east side of the national park. Only exceptions might be the Monuments, like Alpe d’Huez, or the Stelvio, but only because of their associated cycling lore. Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1331326

    Once at the top, you have the option of a Rule #55 descent to Packwood. However, even the most casual observers of these routes will note a significant departure from any other Cogal:

    They are out in the middle of fucking nowhere.

    Thus, some support will be provided. On Day V1, some neutral, on the road support will be available, soley for transport of fuel and water. There simply are no cafes or shops, so to do these rides, the Keepers’ (or most likely the Keeper’s agent, @eightzero) will have arranged means to refuel for the participants. It may be van support, some caching of supplies, or a combination. On Day V2, there will be neutral fuel/water support on the climb, and an offer of transport of bags to the lodge at paradise the day of the ride. Some of us will be staying at the lodge to Get Shitfaced(tm) with a special keg, in full compliance with the rule of the Cogal requiring post-ride recovery malted beverage consumption. You may ride down, then drive up to join us if you wish, and/or then depart on your own schedule.

    Note (and this is very important) the summer schedule for these places fills up quickly and early. Summers are short and spectacular in the PacNW, and people line up to take advantage. The Lodge at Paradise has limited availability, so sign up early. Make early plans for staying in Packwood. For out of towners, SeaTac and Portland International (PDX) offer easy access, but there is an entry fee to the National Park. There are several lodging options in Packwood. We plan an early start both days; and the ride starts on time.

    Then prepare to meet The Man With The Hammer.

    We ride. VLVV.

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    Date/Time
    Date - July 27, 2013 - July 28, 2013
    9:05 AM - 6:30 PM

    Location
    Butter Butte Coffee Company

    Cogal Details
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    Ride Classification

Every once in a while, you stumble across a quote that changes your outlook on how you approach life. Of course, this requires that one does a good deal of “reading”, which is a problem for me, as reading anything that isn’t Cycling-related feels the same as doing “work”. I do the odd bit of it nevertheless, and in a r...

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  1. Well played, gents… Congratulations and Chapeau!! I can only assume that Rules V and X are not on the back cover so as to avoid certain taboo words… Imagine, if Harry Potter-style live-picture-on-the-newspaper were reality, you could have the Chopper… »

After much debate and consideration (read: we got piss drunk after a ride, and started thinking about the next ride) and in full cooperation with the Keepers, we announce the first Stage Cogal, July 27 and 28, 2013 in Packwood, WA.We adhere strictly to the guiding principles of The Cogal: free to all, open to all. These events are about community,...

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  1. After much debate and consideration (read: we got piss drunk after a ride, and started thinking about the next ride) and in full cooperation with the Keepers, we announce the first Stage Cogal, July 27 and 28, 2013 in Packwood, WA.

    We adhere strictly to the guiding principles of The Cogal: free to all, open to all. These events are about community, and our love of the Bike. And of suffering. To those ends, even the casual observer will see what we have planned for routes is, in a word, a motherfucker.

    Cogals shall be long. And they are all about the bike. It is what you are doing that day. Well, we have extrapolated that to the V-to-V concept on this one, mates. V-to-V: volcano to volcano. These rides are not only long, but we tossed in some vertical. I, for one, am not a climber. But when it is What I Am Doing That Day, it will get it done (I roll a 180mm 50×34 compact connected to a 11×28 for just such emergencies.) As a 2 day stage Cogal, it is what you are doing that weekend.

    Day V1 is Packwood to Windy Ridge overlooking (and in) the blast zone of Mt. St. Helens. This route is generally used by a local bike club as a “High Pass Challenge” but we may modify their course a bit. In accordance with Rule #55, we will first ride UP the volcano, then we will ride DOWN the volcano. Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1331324

    Day V2 is Packwood to Paradise on Ti’Swak (or Mt. Rainier to you non-natives) via Stevens Canyon road. I defy anoyone anywhere to find a more beautiful climb, starting at the Grove of the Founders on the east side of the national park. Only exceptions might be the Monuments, like Alpe d’Huez, or the Stelvio, but only because of their associated cycling lore. Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1331326

    Once at the top, you have the option of a Rule #55 descent to Packwood. However, even the most casual observers of these routes will note a significant departure from any other Cogal:

    They are out in the middle of fucking nowhere.

    Thus, some support will be provided. On Day V1, some neutral, on the road support will be available, soley for transport of fuel and water. There simply are no cafes or shops, so to do these rides, the Keepers’ (or most likely the Keeper’s agent, @eightzero) will have arranged means to refuel for the participants. It may be van support, some caching of supplies, or a combination. On Day V2, there will be neutral fuel/water support on the climb, and an offer of transport of bags to the lodge at paradise the day of the ride. Some of us will be staying at the lodge to Get Shitfaced(tm) with a special keg, in full compliance with the rule of the Cogal requiring post-ride recovery malted beverage consumption. You may ride down, then drive up to join us if you wish, and/or then depart on your own schedule.

    Note (and this is very important) the summer schedule for these places fills up quickly and early. Summers are short and spectacular in the PacNW, and people line up to take advantage. The Lodge at Paradise has limited availability, so sign up early. Make early plans for staying in Packwood. For out of towners, SeaTac and Portland International (PDX) offer easy access, but there is an entry fee to the National Park. There are several lodging options in Packwood. We plan an early start both days; and the ride starts on time.

    Then prepare to meet The Man With The Hammer.

    We ride. VLVV.

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - July 27, 2013 - July 28, 2013
    9:05 AM - 6:30 PM

    Location
    Butter Butte Coffee Company

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

At some point, I reckon the idea may dawn on me that I’m not a climber. Eighty kilos and standing something just shy of two meters, I’m not clear on why climbing is what speaks to me most about Cycling; I’m certainly not built like a grimpeur. But there is no question about it; I love riding in the mountains. I only have to catch...

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  1. @scaler911 I thought a Nene was a Hawaiian Wasp… »

There was no need for Rule #74 until the cyclometer showed up on our handlebars. According to the late Sheldon Brown, the cyclometer has been around since the early 1900s.“Star-wheel cyclometers, such as the Lucas unit, suffered two serious problems. They made an annoying “tink-tink-tink” noise. At high speeds, the star wheel would s...

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  1. post-quant. love it… »

Composites, microfibers, synthetics. They amaze in their qualities; light, strong, durable - unyieldingly stiff or unimaginably suple, depending on our whim. When modern components arrive on my doorstep, upon lifting the unremarkable cardboard box I often wonder whether there is anything at all inside or if perhaps the person on the other end of...

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  1. @mcsqueak or his perineum… i mean cranium… #SeattleSummerCogal »

Even as a Pre-Cambrian Velominatus, the rusty wires in my brain must have made the connection between my machine’s aesthetics and the lack of a saddle bag; I can’t remember a time when I rode with a European Posterior Man Satchel. But riding without a saddle bag means the tools go in the pocket, and that means great care must be take...

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  1. @frank And if you weigh your Park hex wrenches on either scale, they’ll still be rounded off or bent… »

On 10/13/12, we return to the scene of the crime – the site of the very first Seattle Cogal in 2011. The Anniversary ride starts at V-past 9am, so plan ahead to be sure to get on the correct Mukilteo/Clinton ferry so as to arrive at the starting point in Langley with ample time for the obligatory pre-ride espressi. The route is planned to be...

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  1. On 10/13/12, we return to the scene of the crime – the site of the very first Seattle Cogal in 2011. The Anniversary ride starts at V-past 9am, so plan ahead to be sure to get on the correct Mukilteo/Clinton ferry so as to arrive at the starting point in Langley with ample time for the obligatory pre-ride espressi. The route is planned to be the same as last year’s, and Merckx Willing, I will make it around the entire course now that my Jan sized ass has gotten a few more miles in 2011 that it did in 2012. We plan (as usual) a casually deliberate pace, but this really only serves to mean we will be regrouping for the people that don’t bring maps or that decide to drop @eightzero, their Garmin 705 armed buddy (I’m looking at you, @frank.) Pre-ride revelry on Friday will be discussed in the comments, as well as post ride amenities to be researched by @eightzero and Mrs/Dr Eightzero.

    We ride. VLVV.

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - October 13, 2012
    9:05 AM - 3:00 PM

    Location
    Island Coffee House and Books

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  2. On 10/13/12, we return to the scene of the crime – the site of the very first Seattle Cogal in 2011. The Anniversary ride starts at V-past 9am, so plan ahead to be sure to get on the correct Mukilteo/Clinton ferry so as to arrive at the starting point in Langley with ample time for the obligatory pre-ride espressi. The route is planned to be the same as last year’s, and Merckx Willing, I will make it around the entire course now that my Jan sized ass has gotten a few more miles in 2011 that it did in 2012. We plan (as usual) a casually deliberate pace, but this really only serves to mean we will be regrouping for the people that don’t bring maps or that decide to drop @eightzero, their Garmin 705 armed buddy (I’m looking at you, @frank.) Pre-ride revelry on Friday will be discussed in the comments, as well as post ride amenities to be researched by @eightzero and Mrs/Dr Eightzero.

    We ride. VLVV.

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - October 13, 2012
    9:05 AM - 3:00 PM

    Location
    Island Coffee House and Books

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

The modern cyclist, as they enter the sport, will find themselves purchasing a set of shoes which contain a cleat that clips into the pedals on their bike. It should come as no surprise, then, that the term we use for the action of engaging shoe to pedal is “clip in”. Obviously, this style of pedals is thusly called the “clipless...

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  1. @Nate boy, I tried to like them… they were certainly better than clips for the most part, they were light, and they offered rotational float – something unusual at the time… props to the Onza crew for innovating for sure i cut material off of my sho… »

  2. clipless it is… i think the counter-intuitive term is actually kinda useful – it gives an indication of how long someone’s been in the game, or at least if they’re paying attention… my first pair were on my hardtail MTB, and were those elastomer Onz… »

The Velominati have our own set of nicknames and terms which have developed over time through posts and correspondence. Some of these are names of landmarks or terms in cycling; others are nicknames for some of the riders in the pro peloton. While not intended to be offensive or derogatory, the nicknames in the list represent the riders’ p...

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  1. @Steampunk you’re doing it wrong… try a good gin (i recommend Cap Rock) and a non-fructose tonic (get from Whole Foods or some such)…  and limes – fresh limes…  sub-lime…. »

If I were a pessimist, or a realist for that matter, I wonder if I might have started any of the various activities which have brought me the most pleasure and satisfaction. Though I have Cycling in my mind when I make that statement, this principle expands beyond the vast and il-defined borders of La Vie Velominatus: everything worth doing takes t...

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  1. @frank funny – i have a similar recollection… though, to be fair, we had just wrapped up 7 days of racing sailboats, so your guns had *better* be smoother…! »

It requires a combination of factors to intersect. You need to have already spent loads of time on a bicycle. Enough so that you have an inherent sense of this odd thing with two wheels; you can make it go quickly or slowly, you can steer it around a corner with ease, you know how the introduction of a layer of moisture between the tires and the t...

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  1. @frank Huffing gasoline fumes straight from the pump directly after that effort might have had something to do with it… »

The ride starts and finishes at the Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville WA. This is an easy location for visitors to Seattle. Plan is a V past VV departure, giving ample time for a tour of the beautiful Snoqualmie river valley after the obligatory pre ride espressi. There are a few semi-urban areas to traverse, but the return to the brewery should pro...

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  1. The ride starts and finishes at the Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville WA. This is an easy location for visitors to Seattle. Plan is a V past VV departure, giving ample time for a tour of the beautiful Snoqualmie river valley after the obligatory pre ride espressi. There are a few semi-urban areas to traverse, but the return to the brewery should provide a pleasant post-ride food and fresh malted beverage experience. The ride is mostly gentle country roads, but includes both the Tolt River Climb and the Ames Lake Climb after some flat touring to soften the guns. Be advised that experienced riders will mark the heads of state on 12% Tolt, then after the technical descent are sure to launch the selection attack at the base of the longer, yet less steep Ames Lake climb. A regroup is likely on the long descent back to a short section of bike path to the brewery –  a sprint finish is likely, but experienced riders of the route will know that presence of YJAs and Hairy Hippie Douchbags may require vigilance in the lead out (especially on a Saturday.)

    Plan is for a Casually Deliberate pace – regroups as needed or desired, but as you can see from the profile, the peloton is likely to enjoy a quiet day of touring. Except of course we all expect the blistering initial attack from @cyclops at the drop of the gun after the neutral pull out from the brewery. There are nice locally owned places for refuel in both Duvall and Carnation.

    As is the tradition, a Friday night pre ride revelry event will be planned and discussed in the comments.

    VLVV

    Event Details

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    Date/Time
    Date - June 16, 2012
    10:05 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Red Hook Brewery

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  2. The ride starts and finishes at the Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville WA. This is an easy location for visitors to Seattle. Plan is a V past VV departure, giving ample time for a tour of the beautiful Snoqualmie river valley after the obligatory pre ride espressi. There are a few semi-urban areas to traverse, but the return to the brewery should provide a pleasant post-ride food and fresh malted beverage experience. The ride is mostly gentle country roads, but includes both the Tolt River Climb and the Ames Lake Climb after some flat touring to soften the guns. Be advised that experienced riders will mark the heads of state on 12% Tolt, then after the technical descent are sure to launch the selection attack at the base of the longer, yet less steep Ames Lake climb. A regroup is likely on the long descent back to a short section of bike path to the brewery –  a sprint finish is likely, but experienced riders of the route will know that presence of YJAs and Hairy Hippie Douchbags may require vigilance in the lead out (especially on a Saturday.)

    Plan is for a Casually Deliberate pace – regroups as needed or desired, but as you can see from the profile, the peloton is likely to enjoy a quiet day of touring. Except of course we all expect the blistering initial attack from @cyclops at the drop of the gun after the neutral pull out from the brewery. There are nice locally owned places for refuel in both Duvall and Carnation.

    As is the tradition, a Friday night pre ride revelry event will be planned and discussed in the comments.

    VLVV

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - June 16, 2012
    10:05 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Red Hook Brewery

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  3. The ride starts and finishes at the Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville WA. This is an easy location for visitors to Seattle. Plan is a V past VV departure, giving ample time for a tour of the beautiful Snoqualmie river valley after the obligatory pre ride espressi. There are a few semi-urban areas to traverse, but the return to the brewery should provide a pleasant post-ride food and fresh malted beverage experience. The ride is mostly gentle country roads, but includes both the Tolt River Climb and the Ames Lake Climb after some flat touring to soften the guns. Be advised that experienced riders will mark the heads of state on 12% Tolt, then after the technical descent are sure to launch the selection attack at the base of the longer, yet less steep Ames Lake climb. A regroup is likely on the long descent back to a short section of bike path to the brewery –  a sprint finish is likely, but experienced riders of the route will know that presence of YJAs and Hairy Hippie Douchbags may require vigilance in the lead out (especially on a Saturday.)

    Plan is for a Casually Deliberate pace – regroups as needed or desired, but as you can see from the profile, the peloton is likely to enjoy a quiet day of touring. Except of course we all expect the blistering initial attack from @cyclops at the drop of the gun after the neutral pull out from the brewery. There are nice locally owned places for refuel in both Duvall and Carnation.

    As is the tradition, a Friday night pre ride revelry event will be planned and discussed in the comments.

    VLVV

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - June 16, 2012
    10:05 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Red Hook Brewery

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  4. The ride starts and finishes at the Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville WA. This is an easy location for visitors to Seattle. Plan is a V past VV departure, giving ample time for a tour of the beautiful Snoqualmie river valley after the obligatory pre ride espressi. There are a few semi-urban areas to traverse, but the return to the brewery should provide a pleasant post-ride food and fresh malted beverage experience. The ride is mostly gentle country roads, but includes both the Tolt River Climb and the Ames Lake Climb after some flat touring to soften the guns. Be advised that experienced riders will mark the heads of state on 12% Tolt, then after the technical descent are sure to launch the selection attack at the base of the longer, yet less steep Ames Lake climb. A regroup is likely on the long descent back to a short section of bike path to the brewery –  a sprint finish is likely, but experienced riders of the route will know that presence of YJAs and Hairy Hippie Douchbags may require vigilance in the lead out (especially on a Saturday.)

    Plan is for a Casually Deliberate pace – regroups as needed or desired, but as you can see from the profile, the peloton is likely to enjoy a quiet day of touring. Except of course we all expect the blistering initial attack from @cyclops at the drop of the gun after the neutral pull out from the brewery. There are nice locally owned places for refuel in both Duvall and Carnation.

    As is the tradition, a Friday night pre ride revelry event will be planned and discussed in the comments.

    VLVV

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - June 16, 2012
    10:05 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Red Hook Brewery

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification

  5. The ride starts and finishes at the Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville WA. This is an easy location for visitors to Seattle. Plan is a V past VV departure, giving ample time for a tour of the beautiful Snoqualmie river valley after the obligatory pre ride espressi. There are a few semi-urban areas to traverse, but the return to the brewery should provide a pleasant post-ride food and fresh malted beverage experience. The ride is mostly gentle country roads, but includes both the Tolt River Climb and the Ames Lake Climb after some flat touring to soften the guns. Be advised that experienced riders will mark the heads of state on 12% Tolt, then after the technical descent are sure to launch the selection attack at the base of the longer, yet less steep Ames Lake climb. A regroup is likely on the long descent back to a short section of bike path to the brewery –  a sprint finish is likely, but experienced riders of the route will know that presence of YJAs and Hairy Hippie Douchbags may require vigilance in the lead out (especially on a Saturday.)

    Plan is for a Casually Deliberate pace – regroups as needed or desired, but as you can see from the profile, the peloton is likely to enjoy a quiet day of touring. Except of course we all expect the blistering initial attack from @cyclops at the drop of the gun after the neutral pull out from the brewery. There are nice locally owned places for refuel in both Duvall and Carnation.

    As is the tradition, a Friday night pre ride revelry event will be planned and discussed in the comments.

    VLVV

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - June 16, 2012
    10:05 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location
    Red Hook Brewery

    Cogal Details
    Route Details

    Ride Classification