Adelaide Cogal 2013

Adelaide Cogal 2013

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Ask anyone from Melbourne or Sydney about Adelaide & you’ll see them roll their eyes before laughing about our interesting use for bank vaults and quiet, deserted streets in the middle of the ‘city’. Narrow your survey field down to cyclists there & while they’ll still carry out the same actions, once they’re done you’ll see those same eyes glaze over as they daydream about what’s widely regarded as some of the best riding terrain in Australia that doesn’t involve a 2hr drive from the city just to get to.

With that in mind @DaccordiRider & I have decided it’s time to wrangle together a Cogal on some of those roads, and just in case catching up with a bunch of blokes (and possibly sheilas) from the internet isn’t enough to tempt you, we’ve decided to hold it the weekend before the Tour Down Under to throw in the chance to watch & possibly ride with the Pros while they’re out here working on their Rule #7 compliance.

The ride itself will start on the city fringe and will head south towards the sea & vines of McLaren Vale, what we’ll be hunting however is Old Willunga Hill to test the legs up same the slope the pros will be fighting for the TDU’s Queen Stage on just 6 days later. Once up top we’ll wind our way back through the picturesque Adelaide Hills before taking in one of the better descents towards the city down Greenhill Rd. All in all we’ll cover 144k’s with just over 1,500m of up (and just as much down).

It wouldn’t be a Cogal without some Malted Recovery Fluid and luckily we’ll be able to rely on the hospitality of the Belgian Beer Café for Mussels, Frites & Ale to fuel the crafting of stories describing a day of riding like lions. For  some post Cogal entertainment it’ll be a 2 minute walk to the parklands to find ourselves a spot to watch the pro’s 50k criterium that loops around the east end of Adelaide as the traditional pre cursor to the Tour Down Under kicking off on the following Tuesday.

Route:

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/133171867

Rollout- 8:30am

Event Details

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Date/Time
Date - January 20, 2013
7:55 AM - 3:45 PM

Location
Red Berry Espresso

Cogal Details
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Ride Classification

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  1. @Barracuda And we will be so much more stylish to be seen with.

  2. @Mikael Liddy      Fair point ………   Mmmmmm   decisions decisions

  3. @Mikael Liddy

    @Barracuda yeah actually deliberate, quieter roads & provides an option for those not keen on paying $100 for the pleasure of riding on roads that are free every other day of the year (I know, in know, it raises money for charity).

    You did Amy’s ride yeah ?   Just saying ……

    Both the Cogal and RLC routes look good.

  4. @Barracuda I did indeed. I did both last summer & have to say I enjoyed the riding & organisation of Amy’s much more, probably something to do with the fact that they’re roads that I tend not to get to as often.

    It’s a pretty good loop that they use through the hills, one of the other initial reasons for steering clear of RLC this year was that in the wash up from last year they had mooted a route change that was going to start & finish at the Police Academy at North Haven and take in some of Adelaide’s worst roads for riding (e.g. Grand Junction, Port Rd, etc)

  5. @Mikael Liddy   Point taken ………  well played on getting the Cogal on the “map” ……    now to decide which one to do …. gonna miss out on the V Kit order in time sadly …

  6. Registered (at last) for Velominati just to say damn.. I’ve kinda almost sort-of registered for RLC already.

    Would it be acceptable for RLC riders to come to the recovery session to hear how you all rode like lions?

  7. @The Grande Fondue what if I say that by commenting here you’ve already commited to the Cogal? Surely that trumps a sorta kinda type of registration???

    In all seriousness there’s no issue, however the first round (or 5) may well be on you…

  8. You do make a compelling case!

    Either way, there could be no more appropriate time or place to debate the merits of the rides than the Belgian Beer Cafe on the eve of the TDU.

  9. @Mikael Liddy Pencil me in for the Cogal – coming across from Perth. Look forward to meeting you gents – keep me in the loop re V-pints.

  10. @asyax giddy up!

    Also good to see that the comments are bak up & running. We’re about a month from away so you’d hope all planning on being involved are at least half way to peaking!

  11. @Mikael Liddy Well done Sir. it looked fun on both the decent andaccent. Way to give that car a run for there money on the decent. Your right about the rodes? How you missed the road shizzel i’ll never know.

    @Mikael Liddy

    Here’s today’s first ascent up Old Willunga hill, I can categorically state the second one hurt a lot more for a lot longer!

  12. Mikael Liddy and I are catching up finally for a ride. 130km in the hills so we will see if we close to peaking or too fat to climb. Put in a hard 80 k in the hills this morn so a bit of Rule V may be needed!

  13. The way Liddy has been lighting up Strava, I’d be living in fear of the V.

  14. @Daccordi Rider safe to say that’s decided who’ll be leading the ride & who’ll be playing Tail End Charlie… was well & truly packing Starter’s Pistols at a gun fight to rival OK Corral!

    Sensational 100k’s through some rolling terrain south of Adelaide on the morning of Christmas Eve, both Daccordi Rider & I were taught a lesson in Power to Weight ratios by his wife, who despite the 8hrs in her legs from the day before, towed us the 50 odd kms home at about 60% while we were busy trying to dodge the man with the hammer.

  15. Quick update to the route to avoid a long, boring stretch of road where the only thing keeping you awake will be the cars buzzing you at 100 km/h.

    While it has added about 10k’s and another small climb, I know none of you will have any issues with that…

    http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2026083

  16. Great route ,…….. well done ……. sadly a non starter due to injury but back on the “horse” now but want have the k’s in the legs to justify my entry!

    Have a great ride and stay safe …..   the Fleurieu Peninsula has gone ape shit with tourists …..  I was getting buzzed at every possible speed today on my ride……

    Danger Will Robinson, Danger

  17. @Mikael Liddy Good call on the route Mikael. You were dishing out plenty of V the other day, it was a fun ride. Look forward to the Cogal now, really sorry you can’t be there Barracuda. Are you still coming for pints though?

  18. @Barracuda maybe you could meet us at Willunga & do the return route (I seem to remember you’re down toward Victor)??? Otherwise as @Daccordi Rider said make sure you make it in to town for beers & watching the pros.

  19. @Mikael Liddy

    @Barracuda maybe you could meet us at Willunga & do the return route (I seem to remember you’re down toward Victor)??? Otherwise as @Daccordi Rider said make sure you make it in to town for beers & watching the pros.

    Could be on option …….  like the route though … looks like a good one ……   yeah …..  Goolwa is where its at for me …close to victor ……   practically all one town now days

  20. Right, so the Cogal’s up on the book of face in case anyone wants to make other’s aware of it outside the world of the Velominati.

    http://www.facebook.com/events/429421953797896/

  21. How’s the numbers looking Mikael?

    I’m arriving late Friday and will be looking for some kind of light spin Saturday. Not too early cause I’ve got to put #`1 together. Are you riding Saturday?

    Did anyone order V Kits in the last run? I did – but so far it hasn’t arrived. Hopefully this week.

    Here’s hoping this heat doesn’t persist! I suffered today – brought the bad legs.

  22. @Harminator we’re looking at a handful from the site here but I’ve put it up on the local cycling site here in Adelaide tonight & will start pushing it a little more via social media over the next week or so to try & grow a few numbers through locals or other interstaters.

    Should be out for a trundle on the Saturday, they’re doing the launch of the race & the team presentations on the Saturday night in the tour village so I’m thinking that could be a pretty reasonable option for introductions & ensuring we’re properly hydrated for the next day’s exertions.

  23. Starting to accumulate a few numbers for the ride Mikael. Work is threatening to get in the way of me doing the whole thing, will continue trying to weasel my way out of it!

  24. @Daccordi Rider pah, no one’s buying houses nowadays…surely it can wait a week!

  25. @Mikael Liddy Got it sorted, no job till 4.30. Mrs Daccordi is going to do the ride on a Tandem. Are there any rules about this?

  26. @Daccordi Rider given that Mrs Daccordi will most likely still be able to tear both our legs off even if she were riding the Tandem on her own I’m not going to be the one calling her out on any violations should they exist…at this point weather forecast is looking pretty good with 33 degrees & south easterly turning south westerly breezes that should help on the homeward journey.

  27. You have not met the stoker yet. I watched him ride up Ayers Hill Rd the other day. 53/17, seated! My knees almost went out in sympathy. It is possible they will get sick of being Casually Deliberate and ride off into the sunset at 500 km/hr.

  28. @Daccordi Rider either that or the bike simply disintegrates from the pure V on display…

  29. Ok, guns are smooth, bike is clean and weather forecast is excellent. I’m ready.

  30. Fixed my rattling V meter. Cogals are great, makes me get all my jobs done.

  31. @Daccordi Rider yup, the bike is going to get the mother of all cleans at some point tomorrow…was also thinking that with the opening of the Tour Village tomorrow afternoon & team presentation at about 6 it might present a decent opportunity for a pre cogal catch up.

  32. Having lived thru the COTHO shit train wreck, thank Merckx a Cogal is happening somewhere this weekend.  Even if it’s in the antipodes.  Bonne route, lads.

  33. Love to but no can do. Work finishes lateish then booked in to take Mrs D to see Hitchcock. Have a pint for me though.

  34. Arrived in Adelaide last night. I can’t find the city anywhere! Found a nice big hill though. And Rupert Guinness, Andy Schleck, and the whole greenEDGE team including Durbo wearing his new stripes!

    Hey if anyone is driving to Red Berry tomorrow, could you bring a track pump?

    See yous tomorrow!

  35. Have fun everyone!  I think you’re the first Cogal of 2013 on the books!

  36. @Harminator Walter has a pump at the cafe so you’ll be all good.

    The day is upon us, don’t know about the others but I slept like a little kid before Christmas!!! The guns are smooth, the bike has been cleaned, all that’s left now is to ride like lions.

  37. http://app.strava.com/activities/38071996

    The Cogal is complete, riding part anyway. Happy to report all Rode like Lions and plenty of Rule V shown. Now we go to see how the pro’s do it in the opening race for the year. Beer will be drunk and yarns swapped. Big thanks to my fellow participants, it was a great ride.

  38. Huge success all round, 140k’s, 2,000m of up & two visits from the puncture fairy. We managed to put the hurt on a couple of out of towners but both @Harminator & @asyax rode like true hardmen…if only @Daccordi Rider could convince his wife to slow down we’d have has some fantastic footage of everyone tackling Willunga Hll but as it is there should be some good video from early on to go along with some lovely photos.

    Absolutely fantastic day on the bike & hoping for a nice night on the beers to match…

  39. Great to hear it went well, bike riding on a summer’s day sure beats all the guff re COTHO or even the joys of riding in winter’s depths.

    Even in Hobart the biggest difficulty at this time of year is finding sun screen that offers V level protection.

  40. @Daccordi Rider

    http://app.strava.com/activities/38071996

    The Cogal is complete, riding part anyway. Happy to report all Rode like Lions and plenty of Rule V shown. Now we go to see how the pro’s do it in the opening race for the year. Beer will be drunk and yarns swapped. Big thanks to my fellow participants, it was a great ride.

    Great stuff! I love the Parcours, is that a stage in the TDU? You guys should do this every year I WILL get there soon and can’t think of a better way to start a week of racing, it’s a brilliant event you are very lucky to have it!

    No matter what Frank says there is a story in your Stava page! Well done! Now if only there was a beer drinking app…

  41. @piwakawaka not quite a stage itself but borrowed pieces from about 3 stages. The basis of it is actually the Amy Gillet Foundation’s ‘Amy’s Ride’ but with a more enjoyable start & finish.

  42. Couple of shots from the rest stops on today’s ride as well as some from the recovery session afterwards.

    Slideshow:

    Fullscreen:

  43. hmmm sock shot wasn’t meant to be there…this is what it was supposed to be!

  44. nice pic’s,looks like a great day to. man its freezing here,cheers.

  45. Well done lads.

  46. @Harminator & I backed this up with a nice ride through the hills out to the finish of Stage 1 today, sensational day & was pretty awesome to see the Gorilla unleashed from his cage from about 30cm away from your face when we secured a spot on the fence at 150m from the finish.

    ‘Interesting’ finish to the day with a rear tyre explosion at about 60kph on the descent that will help decide tomorrow’s stage…good thing I was in black bibs!

  47. @Mikael Liddy

    Huge success all round, 140k’s, 2,000m of up & two visits from the puncture fairy. We managed to put the hurt on a couple of out of towners but both @Harminator & @asyax rode like true hardmen…if only @Daccordi Rider could convince his wife to slow down we’d have has some fantastic footage of everyone tackling Willunga Hll but as it is there should be some good video from early on to go along with some lovely photos.

    Absolutely fantastic day on the bike & hoping for a nice night on the beers to match…

    Excellent news …….. good to hear it ………  planning on riding to the Willunga stage on Saturday so as to catch some real action …..   bring on 2014 Cogal ……   Ill book a spot early …..   Well played gents … and ladies

  48. We’re hiring a house down near Aldinga on Friday night & will be riding up there for the stage, look for the Witte Kitte.

  49. @Mikael Liddy

    We’re hiring a house down near Aldinga on Friday night & will be riding up there for the stage, look for the Witte Kitte.

    Will do …..    I will try and look casually deliberate when approaching said Witte Kit though …..

    Should be a great day

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