California Cogal

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Come climb with me!

On Saturday I rolled out solo in my Flandrian Best to meditate upon the V. I’d been troubled of late by turmoil among the Velominati…What color socks? Warmers or tights? Helmet or no? Not to mention the lingering melancholy brought on by the realization that the Keeper’s Classic would roll out without me, chained as I am to the yoke of wage slavery. So it was with a heavy heart that I hit the bottom of the driveway and began turning the pedals.  As I toiled up the first climb from my house, the clouds of despair began to lift and the natural rhythms of the ride began to lift my spirits. How lucky I am to ride roads like this right from my door, miles and miles of twisty, two-lane, lightly trafficked tarmac, with my choice of routes! Rolling? Climbs? Flats?  Got ‘em all.

The day was brisk, just 10 degrees, and my newest acquisitions, the silver and orange Carnac Helios shoes I’ve now dubbed “Orange Sunshine” for their psychedelic splendor and mood elevating qualities flashed beneath my knees in a peppery cadence, perfectly accenting the new Witte Bibs and V-Gilet.  As I sped along, pondering various epic combos to present to you all as a Cogal, considering all the possibilities, I came to a comforting realization:  We can ride the roads I’m privileged to ride every day! No need to worry about impressing anyone!  So that’s what we’re going to do. Ride my favorite roads.  With that, I’m pleased to present for your consideration the first California Cogal.

Day One: 114 km, 1663 m climbing

Date: March 3, 2012

Categorization: VV

This is the best of Santa Barbara roads, including an ascent of legendary Gibraltar Road, then across the top of the mountains, descending the equally famous Old San Marcos Pass. Ride starts and ends at  Handlebar Coffee Roasters. Rollout at 9-0-V.  Lunch / dinner and beverages after.

Route and location details on the Cogal Event Page.

Day 2: 111 km, 952 m climbing

Date: March 4, 2012

Categorization: Casually Deliberate

We head over the hills we climbed yesterday for 111 rolling km’s through Santa Barbara’s incomparable wine country, including the last few km of the ToC Solvang TT (sadly not in the parcours for 2012).  Rollout is 9-0-V again, from the Bulldog Cafe in Solvang. Lunch and beverages after at Trattoria Grappolo in Santa Ynez.

Route and location details on the Cogal Event Page.

While I hope many of you will be able to do both days, please feel free to do one or the other should time be a limiting factor.  Temps can be anything from 5-25 this time of year, so come prepared. See you all in March!

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  1. @frank
    PS Alaska / Horizon non-stops SBA from SEA

  2. @sgt
    How far is it from say Buellton or Santa Maria to the start in SB? Leaning toward the VV-event Saturday and thinking I’ll boom down in the Rule #25-mobile the night before and get reasonably close but save the last leg of the drive for the morning of.

  3. @sgt
    Rule #11 does not come in to it I’m afraid. Work is work. The same reason you will miss the Keepers Tour. It’s my schedule…someone has to keep the wheels of (the oil) industry turning even on the weekends…sigh…

    I might try for a switch but people are loathe to give up their weekends. And sick days are for skiing…that’s in the Skiing Rules..a whole other web site.

  4. @paolo
    I feel your pain, amico mio. Still hope you can make it.

    Santa Maria’s about an hour away, Solvang’s about 35-40 minutes. If you stay in Solvang you’ll be perfectly positioned for Day 2, but it may be a long drive after Day 1 and dinner, I’d suggest staying in SB Saturday nite if you’re planning on riding both days, which of course you are, right?

  5. @sgt

    It’s a long shot but since you said that so nicely I am honestly going to try my very best. Hope you make a little ride sheet for the first day, I’m pretty sure that if I make it I will get spit out the back on that climb.

    Both days look really fun and I know for a fact that both Towns are great places to go.

  6. @sgt
    Can’t swing both days, but I’ll keep this info in mind.

  7. This is the big weekend, boys and girls! We’ve got a bit of Rule #9 today, but the weekend forecast looks to be cracking! Unfortunately I spent this weekend in violation of Rule #11, so I’m hoping to still have some form. Will be trying to sneak an easy ride or two in this week. Hope to see a bunch of you in Santa Barbara this weekend!

  8. @sgt
    I’m booked for Saturday, looks like the weather will be gorgeous. Put on fresh bar tape yesterday, just need to figure out what wheels to bring.

  9. @Nate
    Bring the climbing wheels. And bring me a pair while you’re at it.

    Anybody else COGAL’ing this weekend?

  10. @sgt
    What I’m really trying to figure is to bring the tubulars or the clinchers. Weight is about the same. Leaning tubulars as they are just nicer especially downhill. How are the descents? That’s where the difference is. On the other hand when riding with a group there’s more margin for error with clinchers.

    Hope others of you are coming out for the rides. Otherwise I will be forced to conclude that our state suffers from a severe V-deficit.

  11. @Nate
    Vuelta jersey?

  12. @snoov
    New season, @Noyst is leading the 2012 comp so I guess he gets the VSP jersey now and I’ve reverted to the Vuelta winner icon.

  13. @sgt
    All the best with the cogal. Look forward to the ride reports!

  14. Sadly I have to work this weekend. No getting around it…..

  15. @Nate
    The big descent is from the top of Painted Cave, about -1000m over 16km, with a couple of pretty steep sections. Road condition is good for the most part, there are a couple of rough sections along the ridgeline. I’m on clinchers, but go with whatever floats your boat.

  16. @sgt
    How twisty?

  17. @Nate

  18. @Nate
    I see, I was expecting you to have it all season until the new winner.

  19. @snoov
    Let frank know! I wouldn’t refuse it.

  20. @sgt
    Tubulars it must be then.

  21. @Nate
    cannot believe my pain will continue all year – seeing you in your ill-gotten Vuelta jersey. Your final rest day swap in of the winner whose name escapes everyone was shameful.

  22. Great roads here, don’t miss out

  23. if i can get out of the house in time i will be meeting you up at the bulldog- all depends on the toddlers schedule.

  24. @thedago
    Sounds like it may just be us chickens. Wanna ride local instead? I have to admit I’m pretty pasted after today.

  25. @sgt Is there a ride report in the upcoming future?

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