Events - 24 Aug 13

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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.

Cogals differ themselves from other group rides by the meeting the following criteria:

  • First, Cogals are free, organized and supported through Velominati, though not necessarily a Keeper. Anyone is welcome to join a Cogal. Legally speaking, however, we have no involvement, so if you crash or die, it’s your own problem. Please be careful to study the route previously and take precautionary measures to stay safe.
  • Second, a Cogal is a day-long undertaking that focuses 100% on the bike. The rides are categorized (Casually Deliberate,  Rule #5 Rule #10, for example) but are long. This is what you’re doing today, nothing else; see  Rule #4. Rides can be any length, but a minimum distance of 130km should be expected.
  • Third, Cogals always include a session of Malted Recovery Beverage Consumption after the ride. Whenever possible, it should also include a pre-ride espresso.

Not all the events in The Cogals are actual Cogals. We also post rides and events that are of interest to the community, as well as Keepers Tours, which are Velominati-hosted, paid cycling Tours tailored to the tastes of a velominatus.

Any member of the community is welcomed to organize a Cogal. If interested, either post your interest below or email us with the following information:

  • Date of Cogal
  • Starting Address (ideally somewhere neutral, like a café or park)
  • Route (MapMyRide, Bikely, or Strava)
  • Ride Classification (Casually Deliberate, Rule V, Rule VV, or suggest another)
  • A paragraph describing the Cogal

Upcoming Cogals

Cogal Date/Time
Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics 2015
Gare de Lille Flandres, Lille
April 03, 2015 - April 13, 2015
Festum Prophetae
June 17, 2015
The 200-"Yup, This is Going to Hurt"-(Not)-on-100, aka Leonard Smalls on a Bike Cogal
Scratch Baking Company, South Portland Maine
June 18, 2015
Jon Lennard Memorial Cogal (aka @itburns)
August 12, 2015
Festum Prophetae
June 17, 2016

Cogal Date/Time
Vancouver BC Cogal
Musette Caffe, Vancouver
August 24, 2013
Inaugural Coganalia
August 24, 2013


  1. @strathlubnaig

    @Chris

    @JohnB

    @ChrisO It’s Scotland in summer. You may need your scuba gear on the ride if as @the-farmer says….

    or the return of @ChrisO’s granny tights. the horror, the horror.

    I’d love to do this, it has the potential to be an epic weekend but the dates don’t look good. I’m likely to be in France the for the last two weeks in August and the first weekend will most likely be spent panicking trying to sort out the camping gear and clear the decks for two weeks off work.

    How about a more Rule #9 compliant version in October? We could all ride very slowly, look very serious and sell the film to Rapha for a small fortune.

    How about we just all do it again in the Fall then ?

    Yes. Apart from being on holiday for the August edition, @Mrs Chris has given Approval in Principle.*

    *Possibly not what you might term explicit approval but inferred from the fact that she didn’t say no at any point in the conversation.

  2. @the Engine

    I may have mentioned this before but the Kinlochewe hotel was the setting for my mum and dad’s first date post a “chance” meeting on their bikes by Loch Maree.

    Karma huh?

    Maybe you could write a poem about it ?

  3. @campbellrae1 You only go along the Diabaig road if you intend to climb some hard rock, or work on a fish farm.

  4. @JohnB

    @frank Full and formal Cogal details inc route will be emailed this week. @campbellrae1. You’ve got the Saturday route spot on. Sunday recovery route can be flexible.

    Thats handy, Applecross Inn at the halfway point !

  5. @frank

    Chuck something over to the cogals email laddy and we’ll get this on formally.

    Emailed over last night. Keep further posts on Caledonian Cogal V for when it’s up in the calendar. In the meantime check out this months Cyclist mag. 9 pages on The Big One –  yep, The Bealach.

  6. RIGHT!!!  I am crashing at Roger’s place near Boston the last weekend in April for a conference and we have decided to have a Cogal that Saturday.  The Cogal will take place in Lexington, MA on Saturday the 26th of April starting at Roger’s cycling shop (Ride Studio Cafe–not actually “his” but he works there so close enough–1720 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02420) at V after 0900.

    It is a gravel/dirt Cogal.  Route attached.  This route was used last September for another ride and is supposedly AWESOME!!!

    You will need 28mm at a minimum, maybe 32 mm tires on gravel/CX bikes per the description.

    Here’s a link to the route/description/etc from the September ride but this one is by us, not the cycling shop, but all are welcome of course!  The write up mentions registering/meals/etc.  None of that applies to us.  Details on pre-ride espresso/pre-night drinking in Boston/post ride recovery drinking is forthcoming.

    http://velocb.blogspot.com/2013/09/honey-one-hundred.html?m=1

    This is just what we call a WARNO in the Army to put it on your radars!

    See you then and we owe you the rest of the details ASAP!  I will be riding my steel 2006 LeMan poprad (weighs around 26 pounds) so I will NOT be fast.  It will be a Casually Deliberate ride so leave the ego’s at home but bring the fun!

  7. IF (IF) i’m not completely broke (I’ll need to hotel it) from all the other gravel rides going on, I might be able to make it down. The weekend before is the Rasputitsa.

  8. @Weldertron indeed it is. you’re more than welcome to just come down after that weekend with me to boston!

    and dont worry about hotel man…we’ll sort you out

  9. I’ll check the logistics. I’ll be coming from Montreal.

  10. @Weldertron

    I’ll check the logistics. I’ll be coming from Montreal.

    Come on down and bring a few friends!  It’ll be  a BLAST!!!

  11. How many folks live in Japan,  particularly within the Kanto Plain? We regularly ride up to 150kms  in beautiful scenery in Japan.

  12. For what ever reason, bringing together a bunch of like minded cycling nuts just seems to work. Whether you know the individual or group from previous rides, or whether they are complete strangers and the only interaction has been in the mysterious world of the inter portals, it doesnt matter.

    The planets just seem to align on a Cogal and as evidenced by February’s Fleurieu Peninsula heat fest, everyone bands together to get the group home in one peice to enjoy tales of the ride and amber fluid and fine food.

    We are upping the anti this year in sunny and hopefully not too hot South Australia and aiming for TWO cogals to coincide with our own world tour event and a couple of little known cobble classics across the oceans.

    So stay tuned folks for the following cogals

    TDU Velominati Cogal             :                  January 2015               @Mikael Liddy’s project

    Fleurieu Peninsula Sauna Cogal   :         April 2015                       @Barracuda’s project

    Planning underway.

  13. @Barracuda “Hey there’s some people that wanna ride too!” “Pick’em up!”

  14. @unversio Would make for some interesting post ride beverage talk.  As long as the brews were in unopened bottles ala the policeman scene !

  15. Thank you Frank, Gianni and Rapha Cycle Club NYC.  Cogal and book signing was great to attend. Nice shop, nice people and Gianni, thanks for the post ride malted recovery beverage!

  16. OK, who fancies a Yorkshire Cogal to mark this year’s visit of ‘Le Tour’.

    We’re going to be up there watching it over the weekend of 5th/6th July, so I was thinking of putting something together on Friday 4th. We’re camping near the village of Hawes and so we’ll base the ride from there.

    I’ll put a route together taking in as much of the actual tour route as possible.

    Who’s in?

    @Frank

    Can we get this up on the Cogal Calendar?

  17. @936adl

    OK, who fancies a Yorkshire Cogal to mark this year’s visit of ‘Le Tour’.

    We’re going to be up there watching it over the weekend of 5th/6th July, so I was thinking of putting something together on Friday 4th. We’re camping near the village of Hawes and so we’ll base the ride from there.

    I’ll put a route together taking in as much of the actual tour route as possible.

    Who’s in?

    @Frank

    Can we get this up on the Cogal Calendar?

    Potentially though Friday could be an issue but I may be able to arrange to have some business in Leeds/Bradford on the Thurs if I am lucky which would sort things for me.

  18. @936adl   Potentially though Friday could be an issue but I may be able to arrange to have some business in Leeds/Bradford on the Thurs if I am lucky which would sort things for me.

  19. @936adl

    OK, who fancies a Yorkshire Cogal to mark this year’s visit of ‘Le Tour’.

    We’re going to be up there watching it over the weekend of 5th/6th July, so I was thinking of putting something together on Friday 4th. We’re camping near the village of Hawes and so we’ll base the ride from there.

    I’ll put a route together taking in as much of the actual tour route as possible.

    Who’s in?

    @Frank

    Can we get this up on the Cogal Calendar?

    Would love to but I’ve managed to book my main target of the year for the same weekend in Italy. Doh!

  20. @Bespoke

    @Steampunk

    Route to look something like this:

    http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/412943116

    @freddy

    @Steampunk

    Route to look something like this:

    http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/412943116

    Not getting a map on that link but I’m imagining Sydenham, Snake, and not one, not two, but three approaches up Rattlesnake!! I was planning on doing the Tour de Waterloo on the 22nd, but a day of pain with fellow Velominati sounds more rewarding. I’ll see if I can get my brother-@Duncan-in on this as well. (Should we move this discussion to the Cogals thread?)

    Okay, I didn’t see the posting in the Cogals section, must have missed it. I have to think that moving the thread makes sense.

    Here’s the moveover start for the proposed 2014 Southern Ontario Cogal. I hope this moveover is by the Rules enough.

  21. Sorry guys – I kinda started the conversation and then promptly fucked off.

    Southern Ontario Cogal – I would be a keen participant!  Milton sounds like fun – Rattlesnake Point sounds like fun – Cafe Domestique would be fun!

    It might depend on the date for me, but I’d certainly try to make it work.  Sundays are pretty good for me, Saturdays less so, as I work every other Saturday.

  22. @kixsand

    I submitted a Cogal post to Gianni the other day. We’re looking at Sunday, June 22, out of Domestique. This is the third annual Cogal out of Dundas””has anywhere else done three annual rides?

  23. I’m gonna try to make it this year, everything permitting.  Dragging my fat slow Cat.4 ass up Rattlesnake 3x sounds terrible though.

  24. Saturday July 5: Bay Area Cogal III — East Bay: There Will Be Dirt.

  25. @Nate

    Saturday July 5: Bay Area Cogal III “” East Bay: There Will Be Dirt.

    w00t!

  26. Some of the dirt.

  27. Ok,

    I’ve mailed @Gianni with the detail of the Tour de Cogal on 4/7. Keep an eye out for the details, it promises to be epic!

  28. Ooops, i meant Tour de France Cogal.

  29. @Nate Am I going to want to put 28s on my bike for this ride? Currently running 25s.

  30. @Xyverz

    @Nate Am I going to want to put 28s on my bike for this ride? Currently running 25s.

    25s should be fine.  That’s what I am running.  The photo of packed dirt is representative of most of the unpaved surface.  You might have more fun on the dirt on the 28s, but depending on the tire, you of course have to push them around the rest of the paved part of the ride.

  31. @Nate I should be able to make this. Addition of some dirt looks cool. A Grasshopper series-like ride? Looking forward to the details.

  32. @Dave R Awesome, you beat me to pinging you by email to see if you’d be around.  I suppose it is a bit Grasshopper-ish if that term can be applied outside of Sonoma County.

  33. @Dave R

    @Nate I should be able to make this. Addition of some dirt looks cool. A Grasshopper series-like ride? Looking forward to the details.

    @Nate

    @Dave R Awesome, you beat me to pinging you by email to see if you’d be around. I suppose it is a bit Grasshopper-ish if that term can be applied outside of Sonoma County.

    Thanks for the reference to Grasshopper Adventure Rides. Those rides look incredible. Painful and incredible.

  34. Ok, after about a year of dealing with this fucking bug with the calendar, I think its fixed. You should be able to scroll through the calendar again and hopefully the calendar won’t keep getting replaced by the next (or was it the last or maybe random?) event on the calendar.

    Computers. They make you 100% more efficient but create 200% more work.

  35. Is there a cogal of the falling leaves again this year?

  36. @urbanwhitetrash

    Is there a cogal of the falling leaves again this year?

    There is; @eightzero must have it in the queue. I think its the third weekend in October. Should be properly cold and fucked.

  37. @frank

    @urbanwhitetrash

    Is there a cogal of the falling leaves again this year?

    There is; @eightzero must have it in the queue. I think its the third weekend in October. Should be properly cold and fucked.

    Third Weekend in OCTOBER!

    cold and fucked is right

  38. @frank

    @urbanwhitetrash

    Is there a cogal of the falling leaves again this year?

    There is; @eightzero must have it in the queue. I think its the third weekend in October. Should be properly cold and fucked.

    Should we have a French cogal of the falling leaves the third weekend in October?  I submit Le Havre to Caen as a potential route – 137km.

    David

  39. @Davidlhill

    @frank

    @urbanwhitetrash

    Is there a cogal of the falling leaves again this year?

    There is; @eightzero must have it in the queue. I think its the third weekend in October. Should be properly cold and fucked.

    Should we have a French cogal of the falling leaves the third weekend in October? I submit Le Havre to Caen as a potential route – 137km.

    David

    Bugger, and I thought we were talking about a nice June/July jaunt in the Sun with long balmy evenings, farmhouse coffee and crepe stops and you are planning a (nearly) mid winter slog in an Atlantic Gale.  Call me Complaining-Cancel-lara but…..oh well, I have to potentially count myself in………

  40. @Teocalli

    @Davidlhill

    @frank

    @urbanwhitetrash

    Is there a cogal of the falling leaves again this year?

    There is; @eightzero must have it in the queue. I think its the third weekend in October. Should be properly cold and fucked.

    Should we have a French cogal of the falling leaves the third weekend in October? I submit Le Havre to Caen as a potential route – 137km.

    David

    Bugger, and I thought we were talking about a nice June/July jaunt in the Sun with long balmy evenings, farmhouse coffee and crepe stops and you are planning a (nearly) mid winter slog in an Atlantic Gale. Call me Complaining-Cancel-lara but…..oh well, I have to potentially count myself in………

    Correct on all counts. 10/18/14. It’s in the queue; I just emailed @gianni yesterday to nudge him.

    I have also reconnoitered practically all of the Seattle Summer Cogal 2015. It will be *epic* yet doable. I am open to date suggestions. STV was a success, but perhaps we wish to move into late June to avoid the scorching heat. Once a date is picked, we are going to all put it on our calendars. Right @frank? Right?

  41. 10/18

    Roger, Roger.

  42. Caledonian Christmas Cogal (Mark II)0I am due back from Alberta in December, is there interest in a repeat winter solstice abbreviated Cogal ?

  43. @strathlubnaig I was wondering the same thing. I would offer to host(happy to if nobody else can), but I suspect the 10km of urban crap at the start and end of the ride may be less than appealing.

  44. @strathlubnaig

    Caledonian Christmas Cogal (Mark II)0I am due back from Alberta in December, is there interest in a repeat winter solstice abbreviated Cogal ?

    Keen but been invited to coach the SC development squad Sunday 21st. Perhaps they should experience a midwinter Cogal?

  45. unfortunately it’s the local clubs Christmas lunch/ride that day.

  46. Perhaps a route like this:

    http://www.strava.com/routes/140374

    Not hard or long(unless the weather decides to play up), but enough to keep us going. Cafe stop just after half way in Sorn if it’s open. There is even a good 12km section before we get back to the city for some through and off to keep the development squad occupied if they haven’t dropped us by then…

    Main problem being the first 10km, and last 14km are through the city, which probably isn’t too appealing.

  47. Moving to the tri-cities in WA in January — any cogals/rides planned for those parts?

  48. We seem to have lost the the comments on the individual Cogals (eg, the Adelaide one).

  49. @The Grande Fondue

    We seem to have lost the the comments on the individual Cogals (eg, the Adelaide one).

    These have been restored. Nice catch!

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