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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
Festum Prophetae
June 17, 2017
Jon Lennard Memorial Cogal (aka @itburns)
August 12, 2017
Festum Prophetae
June 17, 2018
Jon Lennard Memorial Cogal (aka @itburns)
August 12, 2018
Festum Prophetae
June 17, 2019

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

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

  2. @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.

  3. @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?

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

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. @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!

  9. UK North, South, East, West what interest in a Cogal? Rerun the London Cogal and see if we can avoid getting drowned (and lost)? Something different – Wales, Lakes, Dartmoor, Flat Lands?

  10. @Teocalli

    I would be if I’m around but that’s unlikely.

    Very few weekends that I’ll be back in the next few months unfortunately.

    Break a leg… (if ever an emoticon was permitted it should be here).

  11. @Teocalli

    UK North, South, East, West what interest in a Cogal? Rerun the London Cogal and see if we can avoid getting drowned (and lost)? Something different – Wales, Lakes, Dartmoor, Flat Lands?

    Funnily enough, @Roadslave525 and I were discussing the need for another Cogal. Would it really be fun, or memorable if it wasn’t biblical and we got to the end with the same number of people (and/or Garmins) that we started with?

  12. @Chris

    Well I’m game for one but preferably with the intent of a dry sunny day. Diary is pretty full already so setting a slot would be good and then decide where?

  13. I’d be interested in an English Cogal if it all came together. The Shropshire Cogal seems an awfully long time ago……..

  14. @JohnB @strathlubnaig @theengine

    Any plans for the 4th Scottish Cogal? I’m happy to host if that helps spur things on! Got a few routes in mind, probably in the 160-200km range with upwards of 2500m of climbing.

  15. @campbellrae1

    @JohnB @strathlubnaig @theengine

    Any plans for the 4th Scottish Cogal? I’m happy to host if that helps spur things on! Got a few routes in mind, probably in the 160-200km range with upwards of 2500m of climbing.

    Do you guys fancy meeting half way(ish) and trying to arrange something in The Lakes?

  16. Depending on dates I’d join an English Cogal.

    However, Eroica Britannia is coming up – who’s doing it from here?

    David

  17. Merckxy Festum Prophetae!

    Merckx turning 70 years

  18. For a ride later today……….

  19. @Teocalli

    #Happy70Eddy

  20. Cogal of the Falling Leaves – I humbly suggest Saturday, October 17 for a proper chance at some fuckedness and so as to not interfere with Canadian turkey weekend the week before.

  21. @DeKerr

    Cogal of the Falling Leaves – I humbly suggest Saturday, October 17 for a proper chance at some fuckedness and so as to not interfere with Canadian turkey weekend the week before.

    Seconded.

  22. A reminder if any near-London Velominati want to do the Dulwich Ride of the Falling Leaves sportive on Oct 4. Entries are now open on Rider HQ and they go quickly as it is a limited number.

    If you’re not really into sportives this is a good one. A Clayton’s sportive (which will only make sense to Aussies). More like a great big club ride in groups than a mass sportive.

    It starts at Herne Hill Velodrome, does 115kms with some nice lumps in the Surrey/Kent hills and finishes just down the road at Dulwich Sports Club.

  23. Speaking of near London Velominati, @blackpooltower and I are meeting up on the evening of 14 January for some velo centric banter and possible London (or there abouts) Cogal planning.

    Venue is tbd so keep an eye on the Cogals page or email me on london.cogal@gmail.com and I’ll let you know where and when it’s going to be.

  24. @chris

    email sent!

    David

  25. @chris

    I think I’ll be away on the white stuff

  26. @Teocalli

    @chris

    I think I’ll be away on the white stuff

    Ha ha, just saw this, I’m hoping you either meant snow or the strade bianche

  27. @Barracuda

    Ha Ha. Pun not intended but I did mean snow. Though there are probably some who think I’m away with the fairies most of the time. Plus Crested Butte does have a bit of a reputation as the last Hippy outpost in Colorado.

  28. New to the site and was curious to know if there were any members in the Southwest U.S. I found a fabulous route starting in Talihina, OK that is about 85 miles with 7k feet of climbing. I live about 3+ hours away (in North Texas), but am thinking about doing this ride sometime in the fall. It would be great to make a bit of an event with it.

  29. Who is within jumping distance of Colorado, more specifically Gunnison and precisely Crested Butte?

    Making some early plans to be back here in the late Summer / Fall to try out some of the Gravel around here such as……

    and to put my bike here (this is not mine)…….

    More details when I have firmer plans but initially wondered if there many be any interest in a long weekend Colorado Cogal.

  30. @Teocalli

    Who is within jumping distance of Colorado, more specifically Gunnison and precisely Crested Butte?

    Making some early plans to be back here in the late Summer / Fall to try out some of the Gravel around here such as……

    and to put my bike here (this is not mine)…….

    More details when I have firmer plans but initially wondered if there many be any interest in a long weekend Colorado Cogal.

    I’m in Boulder — put me down as intrigued!

    Here’s a shot from the Old Man Winter Rally in February. This was at the relief station where we started our descent down Sunshine Canyon into Boulder…

  31. @LawnCzar

    Relief station looks right – roads are better up here now, though hardly surprising Feb vs April.

    This would be HQ – depending on numbers.

  32. @Teocalli

    Nice — you in Colorado, too?

  33. @LawnCzar

    Only on holiday, normally UK. That is our place up in CB. Heading home on Sunday.

  34. Drove up one of the routes I have in mind today, that is, as far as the current snow levels would allow. Stunning views – 30 Km steady climb along the Taylor River till it turns to gravel and continues upwards!

  35. @Teocalli

    Drove up one of the routes I have in mind today, that is, as far as the current snow levels would allow. Stunning views – 30 Km steady climb along the Taylor River till it turns to gravel and continues upwards!

    Jaw drop, that is spectacular … scrolls through airline prices from Australia.

  36. @Barracuda

    @Teocalli

    Drove up one of the routes I have in mind today, that is, as far as the current snow levels would allow. Stunning views – 30 Km steady climb along the Taylor River till it turns to gravel and continues upwards!

    Jaw drop, that is spectacular … scrolls through airline prices from Australia.

    *Google searches “selling kids in to indentured servitude”*

  37. @Mikael Liddy

    @Barracuda

    @Teocalli

    Drove up one of the routes I have in mind today, that is, as far as the current snow levels would allow. Stunning views – 30 Km steady climb along the Taylor River till it turns to gravel and continues upwards!

    Jaw drop, that is spectacular … scrolls through airline prices from Australia.

    *Google searches “selling kids in to indentured servitude”*

    Ha Ha.

    Though at the moment the VMW seems to want to have a series of long weekends in the Uk and Europe vs an autumn trip back to Colorado. So it’s a tough call between working a trip back to the condo or a trip to the Dolomites and riding round the Sella Ronda and surrounding area. Decision, decisions.

  38. Well the 2016 Hurricane Ridge Cogal is in the bag. There were two of us who went myself and a good friend of mine who is a very strong rider. It was misty and fog from the marina parking lot until the top then it began to rain ever so slightly, oh and there was freshly laid pavement which would have been wonderful it it was dry. In other words we were soaking wet, cold, and having fun. We stopped for espressos and warmed up then it was one of those great feelings were you are cold, wet, tired but the mind says what the hell dig deep and leave all out on the course. We tore it up from Port Angeles over our last climb drilled it on the flats and died in the parking lot totally spent and enjoyed a tasty Belgium recovery beverage. Oh I did take a camera meaning to take pictures but believe me stopping to take a picture was the least thing on my mind.

    So I am looking forward to Fallen Leaves Cogal next, and I hope to see more folks next year.

    John

  39. @John903

    Chapeau.

  40. Midwestern, and Appalachin state Velominati, who among you would don your Flandrian Best for a March cogal?

  41. Holy SMOKES!!! I’m just back from a week’s vacation in Montechiaro, Italy which is about 25 k from the Stelvio Pass.

    So unbelievably amazing!

    We were there for a Nordic skiing holiday and not riding but I really need to set up a Cogal to ride the Stelvio within the next two years. So much AMAZING macchiato and grappa and wine–just blew me away. I could EASILY live there. So gorgeous!

    Anyone game???

  42. @Buck Rogers

    Colleague of mine did the Stelvio a while ago, some kind of open participation cycle event. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stelvio_Pass#Stelvio_Bike_Day

    Still working on my own power to weight ratio first. And also thinking more about the Dutch Eroica.

  43. @Buck Rogers

    DID YOU SEE THIS? On top of Stelvio apparently…

    https://housublime.com/gallery/transformed-bicycle-cafe-pops-in-the-heart-of-the-italian-alps-10878/img/6

    I just learnt about its existence from @Frank‘s Packfiller podcast..

  44. @KogaLover

    @Buck Rogers

    Colleague of mine did the Stelvio a while ago, some kind of open participation cycle event. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stelvio_Pass#Stelvio_Bike_Day

    Still working on my own power to weight ratio first. And also thinking more about the Dutch Eroica.

    I had not heard of that but that sounds like the day to ride it! Very narrow road with all those hairpins. I would not like to ride it with much car traffic!

  45. @Buck Rogers

    Holy SMOKES!!! I’m just back from a week’s vacation in Montechiaro, Italy which is about 25 k from the Stelvio Pass.

    So unbelievably amazing!

    We were there for a Nordic skiing holiday and not riding but I really need to set up a Cogal to ride the Stelvio within the next two years. So much AMAZING macchiato and grappa and wine–just blew me away. I could EASILY live there. So gorgeous!

    Anyone game???

    count me in the planning. Though i too will qork on my power to wight ratio……

  46. @chris

    @Teocalli

    @davidlhill

    @ChrisO

    Welsh Cogal planning post – What dates would folk prefer?

    I can limit my availability to a Saturday in May or June, but not the 13th of May or the 17th of June.

    Lets try and get a firm date and then I’ll start taking votes on routes and that.

  47. @Buck Rogers

    Game here.

  48. Pretty flexible bu NOT 20/21 May, 17/18 June, 1/7 July

  49. That should have been a reply to @RobSandy

  50. @Teocalli

    Pretty flexible bu NOT 20/21 May, 17/18 June, 1/7 July

    This is the sort of answer I needed.

    I’m going to make a spreadsheet!

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