Events - 23 Aug 14

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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

CogalDate/Time
CogAdelaide 2015
Hey Jupiter, Adelaide South Australia
January 17, 2015
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

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  1. Some of the dirt.

  2. 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!

  3. Ooops, i meant Tour de France Cogal.

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

  5. @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.

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

  7. @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.

  8. @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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. @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.

  12. @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

  13. @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

  14. @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………

  15. @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?

  16. 10/18

    Roger, Roger.

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

  18. @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.

  19. @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?

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

  21. 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.

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

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

  24. @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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