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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, 2018
Jon Lennard Memorial Cogal (aka @itburns)
August 12, 2018
Festum Prophetae
June 17, 2019
Jon Lennard Memorial Cogal (aka @itburns)
August 12, 2019
Festum Prophetae
June 17, 2020

Cogal Date/Time
Midwinter Cogal Amsterdam-Utrecht 2013
Café Ome Ko Muiden, 1398 AD MUIDEN
December 21, 2013
Midwinter Meikleour Metric Cogal 2013
Meikleour Inn, Meikleour Perthshire
December 21, 2013

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  1. @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.




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  2. @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..




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  3. @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!




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  4. @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……




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  5. @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.




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  6. @Buck Rogers

    Game here.




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




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  8. That should have been a reply to @RobSandy




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  9. @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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  10. Hi all,

    The snow is slow melting and evaporating here in Alberta. It is now two wheel, outside, season! Anyone interested in doing Highwood pass again this year? Looks like the road opens to cars on the 15th, so Saturday the 10 or Sunday the 11th works.

    Takers?

    Cheers,

    Mike




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  11. @Teocalli

    Looks like just you and me then!




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  12. All,

    I will be doing the Highwood pass on June 11th, a Sunday. I will hopefully be bringing a few riders from Edmonton along.

    I will post later when I have a time but for now mid morning.

    Hope the weather is better than last year.

    Take care all,

    Mike




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  13. OK all,

    Highwood Pass ride will start for us at 1100 at the gates on June 11th.

    Later,

    Mike




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  14. Fucking a-merckx. Where is the Seattle Summer Cogal? DS for rent. Too fat to climb.




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  15. Talking of which anyone for a Sept Surrey/Sussex/Hampshire Cogal again this year?




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  16. @Teocalli

    i certainly could be (unless I’m the only non-grimpeur and in which case……)




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  17. @DavidlHill

    @Teocalli

    i certainly could be (unless I’m the only non-grimpeur and in which case……)

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    @Teocalli

    I didn’t get many responses to the Wales Cogal plan so assumed enthusiasm had waned…

    If the time and location was ideal I might be able to make a Hampshire Cogal. I.e striking distance from Southampton.




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  18. @RobSandy

    @DavidlHill

    @Teocalli

    i certainly could be (unless I’m the only non-grimpeur and in which case……)

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    @Teocalli

    I didn’t get many responses to the Wales Cogal plan so assumed enthusiasm had waned…

    If the time and location was ideal I might be able to make a Hampshire Cogal. I.e striking distance from Southampton.

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    Start point is only about 45 mins from Southampton…….




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  19. @Teocalli

    @RobSandy

    @DavidlHill

    @Teocalli

    i certainly could be (unless I’m the only non-grimpeur and in which case……)

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    @Teocalli

    I didn’t get many responses to the Wales Cogal plan so assumed enthusiasm had waned…

    If the time and location was ideal I might be able to make a Hampshire Cogal. I.e striking distance from Southampton.

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    Start point is only about 45 mins from Southampton…….

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    It’s possible then. Has to coincide with visiting the in laws. Assume it’d be a Saturday?




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  20. @RobSandy

    Day can be flexible




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  21. @Teocalli

    @RobSandy

    Day can be flexible

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    Awesome. I’ll keep it in mind. However, don’t make plans around my attendance. Sort out a convenient day for everyone and I’ll see if I can join.




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  22. Tentative route for September SE UK Cogal………taking in Leith Hill and Box Hill.

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23118305/edit

    If there is interest we can look at a date.




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  23. I’m up for it.

    Middle to second half of September would be best for me – I’m away for two weeks at the end of August, beginning of September and have a vague plan to do a two-up TT on September 10.

    Although I suspect my partner is going to blow me out so if anyone fancies it, keep the date free.




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  24. @ChrisO @RobSandy @DavidHill

    How about 16th Sept as a tentative date. @DavidHill it’s more of a Rouleur route for this year. Kinda rode it this morning bar a few wrong turns – and I need to remove the bit that is a mountain bike trail over Leith Hill.




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  25. @Teocalli

    @ChrisO @RobSandy @DavidHill

    How about 16th Sept as a tentative date. @DavidHill it’s more of a Rouleur route for this year. Kinda rode it this morning bar a few wrong turns – and I need to remove the bit that is a mountain bike trail over Leith Hill.

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    Date’s in the diary – can’t give more than a tentative expression of interest at this stage.

    I’m still up for hosting a S wales Cogal some time later in the summer, too.




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  26. @RobSandy

    I’d be up for coming over for a S Wales one but dates in what is left of Summer may be a bit of a challenge.




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  27. @Teocalli

    @RobSandy

    I’d be up for coming over for a S Wales one but dates in what is left of Summer may be a bit of a challenge.

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    True nuff.




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  28. @frank

    @brett

    Who is posting up Cogal details these days for me to send info?

    Planning for a SE England Cogal Saturday Sept 16th. Start at Hemmingway’s in Haslemere (direct train from Waterloo). Start TBC based on train time for anyone coming out of London. Provisional route here. A couple of decent climbs oh plus the final one over the Punchbowl. Home made soup at the end.




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  29. It’s pencilled in my diary. There’s a guy at my work who’s interested and he’s definitley a grimpeur……




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  30. @davidlhill

    It’s pencilled in my diary. There’s a guy at my work who’s interested and he’s definitley a grimpeur……

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    Excellent. Though we could do with some Rouleurs for the return leg. If it’s windy it’s pretty much due S/W so Rule #67 will apply.




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  31. @Teocalli

    @davidlhill

    It’s pencilled in my diary. There’s a guy at my work who’s interested and he’s definitley a grimpeur……

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    Excellent. Though we could do with some Rouleurs for the return leg. If it’s windy it’s pretty much due S/W so Rule #67 will apply.

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    ha ha – I’ve always attempted to do my time in the wind but you guys are so damn quick it’s hard for me to get to the front!

    Having said that, I do recall during my ‘lost and found’ period (due to being between groups) in the first Surrey Cogal I asked Chris)’s permission to wheelsuck him back to you lot. Since he’s a monster on the bike I don’t think he minded too much……

    BTW I was out riding a few weeks ago one Sunday morning and bumped into Ephraim coming the other way – I’m sure he’ll join us in Surrey.




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  32. That was supposed to read “Chris0’s permission” – but you knew that!




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  33. 2nd Annual Surrey Soup Cogal

    All – do we have a Quorum for the 2nd Annual Surrey Soup Cogal Saturday 16th September? Ran out this route at the w/e and it run pretty well I think. Pretty traffic free for the most part. Good for the Rouleur with just a couple of hills in the first third. Tanhurst Lane up Leith Hill is a bitch. Cruise up Box Hill then a nice rolling route till the final climbs up to the Punchbowl. Start time TBA based on train times for anyone coming out of London. I can arrange for travel clothing to be picked up. Start from Hemingway’s in Haslemere.




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  34. Hey @Frank @Brett – Who is loading Cogal details these days?




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  35. @Teocalli

    2nd Annual Surrey Soup Cogal

    All – do we have a Quorum for the 2nd Annual Surrey Soup Cogal Saturday 16th September? Ran out this route at the w/e and it run pretty well I think. Pretty traffic free for the most part. Good for the Rouleur with just a couple of hills in the first third. Tanhurst Lane up Leith Hill is a bitch. Cruise up Box Hill then a nice rolling route till the final climbs up to the Punchbowl. Start time TBA based on train times for anyone coming out of London. I can arrange for travel clothing to be picked up. Start from Hemingway’s in Haslemere.

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    Nope, I’m not going to be down that way for this.

    Some other time.




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  36. @RobSandy

    OK – we wat to get over to the Gower sometime so will let you know if we manage to fit that in this year.




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  37. @Teocalli

    Hey @Frank @Brett – Who is loading Cogal details these days?

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    Anyone? Anyone? Buhler?

    DS possibly for rent for the Cogal of the Falling Leaves on VVhidbey if anyone is going to set it up.




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  38. @eightzero

    @Teocalli

    Hey @Frank @Brett – Who is loading Cogal details these days?

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    Anyone? Anyone? Buhler?

    DS possibly for rent for the Cogal of the Falling Leaves on VVhidbey if anyone is going to set it up.

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    More like Ride of the Tumbleweeds.




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  39. @Teocalli

    2nd Annual Surrey Soup Cogal

    All – do we have a Quorum for the 2nd Annual Surrey Soup Cogal Saturday 16th September? Ran out this route at the w/e and it run pretty well I think. Pretty traffic free for the most part. Good for the Rouleur with just a couple of hills in the first third. Tanhurst Lane up Leith Hill is a bitch. Cruise up Box Hill then a nice rolling route till the final climbs up to the Punchbowl. Start time TBA based on train times for anyone coming out of London. I can arrange for travel clothing to be picked up. Start from Hemingway’s in Haslemere.

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    All – we are a go for Saturday if there are any late callers. Rollout will be 9:0V but from Caracoli’s in Haslemere as Hemingways is not open early on Saturday. This is the route. @itburns looks like he will send us a greeting card somewhere along the way but we should be starting in the dry.




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  40. The Second Annual Surrey Soup Cogal.

    OK so at the moment this seems to be the only way of keeping things rolling so….

    Chris O’s Take

    I’ll just say y’all missed a very nice ride through some lush bits of Sussex and Surrey. (Remember what grass looks like Chris?)

    Although there were dark clouds to be seen all day Dave had managed to plot a route which seemed to magically move between them. We had nothing more than a short attempt at drizzle which didn’t even require stopping to put on rain jackets. And yet again managed to time our finish about 5 minutes ahead of the rain, by which time we were downing hot mulligatawny and tea with cake to come.

    It was just Dave, his mate Simon and me. A steady pace with some tasty climbs; we averaged nearly 27km/h and the second half was a bit slower as Simon tired. I was up for giving it some beans on Box Hill and thought I might have cracked a new PB but I was a frustrating few seconds over – should have dumped my rain jacket and second bottle at the bottom.

    Pictures attached, including the very appropriate Hammer Lane. We also did Lickfold and Balls Cross but no Cocking this time. The cap and socks are all that remains of my V-kit these days. If the weather is good we should do something around Christmas/New Year (as long as there’s no ice !).

    Teocalli’s Take

    Well it’s the UK so we have to talk weather. On the run in to the weekend the forecast flipped between sunny and dry to downpours with thunder and lightening. As it turned out @itburns smiled on us and after a chilly start to be expected at this time of the year, it was a jolly decent day with just a small shower late on. Participants gradually dwindled during the week with David having to fetch a boat from France (hope you had good enough weather to get it back) and E-Diggs having an offer he could not turn down. So in the end it was Chris O, my main cycling buddy Simon and myself that headed out from Caracoli on time at 9:0V.

    The route was good one for the Rouleur rolling out to the base of Leith Hill with a net loss in altitude from the start that made for a good warm up for the first hour or so. Tanhurst Lane up Leith Hill delivered the expected burn and Chris O duly disappeared up the road to wait for Simon and me at the top. A high speed descent delivered us to Dorking and Box Hill where Chris O disappeared again leaving the two of us in the smoke haze of his wake. Refuel number 1 at the top with Tea and Cake. From there it was back to Rouleur terrain to the next water stop at Kirdford. Somewhere along the way Simon’s fuel gauge hit zero and The Man with the Hammer joined the ride. It was a bit surprising as the previous weekend we had done a decent ride and on his new Giant Defy Simon had been pushing me worryingly hard. Happen that being towed by Chris O a bit faster than our usual cruise speed a gasket blew but the water stop at Kirdford turned into a Coffee and Meat Pie refuel stop for Simon. The Man lurked with us until the final two climbs up Lynchmere and Sandy Lane delivered us to the aptly named Hammer Lane and the final mile up to the finish and some fabulous Goulash Soup prepared by Mrs T with home made bread (just a touch overcooked by me the previous evening!) and home made cake also by Mrs T. If that doesn’t send out the call for the next Surrey Soup Cogal nothing will.




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  42. @Teocalli

    Nice little report. If the stars had aligned I might have made it.

    Some other time I’m sure – is there still any interest in a South Wales cogal?

    I’m up for hosting more or less any time.




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  43. @Teocalli

    Nice report – shame I couldn’t make it this time but I will next.

    No, sadly the weather Gods refused to play ball, and Kyanna is still in Calais. Insurance firm insists on F4 or under forecast. Looking like Monday is the earliest – if you fancy a delivery trip we are a body short……… over to Calais Sunday night, bit of a slap up, up at first light and first stop probably Margate. Only going on Sunday if the forecast is good.




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  44. Kyanna…




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  45. @davidlhill

    A wee bit busy at work at the moment unfortunately




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  46. @RobSandy

    @Teocalli

    Nice little report. If the stars had aligned I might have made it.

    Some other time I’m sure – is there still any interest in a South Wales cogal?

    I’m up for hosting more or less any time.

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    Definitely up for a S Wales one next year.




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  47. @Teocalli

    In your experience, what’s the best way to make it happen?

    Canvas opinion or just pick an abitrary day and see who is free?




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  48. @RobSandy

    Pick a few options and then canvas opinion. A bunch of us have each other’s email so actually my last 2 were mainly arranged by email. I can fwd out anything you post.




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  49. @Teocalli

    Sounds sensible. I’ll PM you.




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