Cannibal Connecticut Cogal-2013

Cannibal Connecticut Cogal-2013

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The Cannibal Velo Club Trustees met recently over frosty mugs to plan a joint Velominati-Cannibal Spring Cogal here in Connecticut.

Proposed details:

  • Date: Sunday May 19th (shrewdly missing both the Mother’s Day and Memorial Day weekends).
  • Accommodations: I’m sure that among the Cannibals, we can host most or all of the visiting Velominati/hoti. Bed & Breakfast venues are also available nearby. A Saturday Dinner/BBQ would be great for those who arrive the day before the ride.
  • Route: about 130km, about 5k climbing! That’s a lot of climbing FFS.  A mix of short, tough climbs, endless rollers, and scenic beauty in both rural and coastal areas.

http://connect.garmin.com/course/2423364

We can figure out other details, mid-ride chow, timing, etc. as the date nears. In the meantime, please share your thoughts and suggestions.

Contact me about the Cannibal Connecticut Cogal May 19, 2013; Chuck Mueller- cgmueller2@gmail.com ; Cannibal VeloClub info: www.cannibal-veloclub.webs.com ; @CannibalVelo on Twitter ; ‘Canniabal Velo Club’ on Facebook.

Event Details

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Date/Time
Date - May 19, 2013
9:05 AM - 8:00 PM

Location
Simon's Marketplace

Cogal Details
Route Details

Ride Classification

// Cogal // Rule VV (Climbing)

  1. @roger

    Im not sure Matt. All i know is it will be a hard fought jersey, these guys are quick and hilarious to boot. So if the lactic doesnt have you cramping, the jokes will.

    Absolutely!  These guys are awesome!  It will be a party, no doubt!  But I imagine that I will land the jersey without much trouble as I am not supposed to ride for a few more months yet.  Thankfully it is only about 7 degrees out right now with snow so I would only be on the rollers anyways and instead I am off for a nice, long XC ski!!!  Break out the thermal undies, BABY!

  2. BTW, who’s heading up the 200-on-100 planning this year?  I am in for driving support as long as I do not have any conflict with the date.  I am planning on taking leave just for this event.  I also just bought a 12 seater 1984 Land Rover Defender 110 with a huge roof rack so it should be the PERFECT SAG wagon.

  3. I’m in – the Cannibals are the tits!

    Canuck C, we will miss you, to the rest be gentle with me, if my lack of form now is any indication it will be no contest for LR bragging rights.

    @bdias85 if you have not already met @Roger don’t be shy the man is  not only a disciple but a saint!

  4. I’m in – the Cannibals are the tits!

    Canuck C, we will miss you, to the rest be gentle with me, if my lack of form now is any indication it will be no contest for LR bragging rights.

    @bdias85 if you have not already met @Roger don’t be shy the man is  not only a disciple but a saint!

  5. @Buck Rogers

    BTW, who’s heading up the 200-on-100 planning this year? I am in for driving support as long as I do not have any conflict with the date. I am planning on taking leave just for this event. I also just bought a 12 seater 1984 Land Rover Defender 110 with a huge roof rack so it should be the PERFECT SAG wagon.

    @Buck Rogers — I know I and a few other Cannibals are highly motivated to ride the 200-on-the-100 this year, as long as we don’t have any scheduling conflicts. We can talk as the date (?) draws nearer — we’re assuming that it will again be sometime in late June, which will hopefully give us enough hours of daylight to drag our sorry @$$es down the length of VT.

  6. How brutal would this ride be? I’ve been riding for 2 years now. Doing about 1100 miles each year and finished my first century in NYC last September. Is this much climbing probably something that would break me? Would love some feedback.

  7. @drtyrm

    How brutal would this ride be? I’ve been riding for 2 years now. Doing about 1100 miles each year and finished my first century in NYC last September. Is this much climbing probably something that would break me? Would love some feedback.

    I don’t know the route but based on the numbers… brutally brutal.

    5000m of climb is about the same level as the Marmotte, which makes grown men shit their bibshorts.

    And I don’t know you or your level of determination and willpower but based on your numbers I would say this would be extremely challenging.

    You would have to do some serious training to get to the level of being confident about completing a ride like that – if you’re doing nearly 1800km a year (FTFY) you would probably want to be doing 500-600km per month, at least.

  8. @ChrisO

    Looking at the linked Garmin route, it seems like 5000 ft instead of meters.

  9. @drtyrm while its never fun to bite off more than you can chew, i would guesstimate this would be doable granted you up the saddle time.  The climbing is as @itburns checked likely in feet.  5k over 130km isn’t terrible.  And with regroups at the top there’s no fear of being dropped.  Blazing speeds and hammering arent really what these cogals are aboot either, its a chance to show off your local routes and share in the camaraderie that is so easy to come by whilst on bicycle.  It isn’t your saturday morning worlds, but not the monday morning muffin either.  And welcome to the site!

  10. @roger

    @drtyrm while its never fun to bite off more than you can chew, i would guesstimate this would be doable granted you up the saddle time. The climbing is as @itburns checked likely in feet. 5k over 130km isn’t terrible. And with regroups at the top there’s no fear of being dropped. Blazing speeds and hammering arent really what these cogals are aboot either, its a chance to show off your local routes and share in the camaraderie that is so easy to come by whilst on bicycle. It isn’t your saturday morning worlds, but not the monday morning muffin either. And welcome to the site!

    Also what type of a Cogal is it billed as?  No drop, V, double V, regroups or not regroups.

    The West Point Cogal was specifically a no drop, regroup after each hill ride and anyone was cool to show. 

    The 200-on-100 ride is most definitely NOT a no-drop ride.  On a day that long if you cannot keep up somewhat, you’re fucked and the length of the ride necessates that you either call it quits and get in the SAG wagon or you ride alone of you fall off the pace.

    I’m not sure how the Cannibals are billing their Cogal?  I see it is listed as VV but not sure about the dropping and regrouping bit. 

    It is important to find that out.  Nothing sucks more than being the guy holding everyone up if they are all keen on going hard.

  11. @Buck Rogers   Cannibal Chuck here: The ride will be No Drop, and Regroup at each meaningful summit.  The reality is that there are only a handful of tough climbs- perhaps 10 minute hard efforts on 15-20% grades that gain no more than 150M.  The rest of the climbing is really achieved 10M at a time- it’s hardly ever flat.  We should be able to organize ourselves into a few nice pacelines, though.  There is hardly any meaningful climbing in the last 40KM (good planning, huh?!?)

    Really hoping the festivities will start the evening prior- as indicated, we’ve got lots of capacity to accommodate folks in relative style.  Plus, the more Cannibal Chris Whitney drinks on Saturday, the easier it will be for the rest of us on Sunday!

  12. @Chuck Mueller

    @Buck Rogers Cannibal Chuck here: The ride will be No Drop, and Regroup at each meaningful summit. The reality is that there are only a handful of tough climbs- perhaps 10 minute hard efforts on 15-20% grades that gain no more than 150M. The rest of the climbing is really achieved 10M at a time- it’s hardly ever flat. We should be able to organize ourselves into a few nice pacelines, though. There is hardly any meaningful climbing in the last 40KM (good planning, huh?!?)

    Really hoping the festivities will start the evening prior- as indicated, we’ve got lots of capacity to accommodate folks in relative style. Plus, the more Cannibal Chris Whitney drinks on Saturday, the easier it will be for the rest of us on Sunday!

    Sounds AWESOME!  Perfect set up.

    Hopefully you’ll (we’ll) get a big turn out!

  13. Hey guys,

    It’s now less than 8 weeks to the Cannibal Connecticut Cogal!

    We’ve tweaked the route slightly based on some recent recon (same link as above).  Still around 130km, still around 5,000 feet of vertical, but takes in more great vistas, and omits an area that, although picturesque, would likely have too many cars and Freds on the road by mid-afternoon.

    In addition to the downlaodable Garmin.Connect course, we’ll prepare an annotated cue sheet/map which clearly indicates the regroup points and feed stop(s).

    Call or email me with any questions about the route, your arrival, lodging, etc. 

    Cannibal Chuck  cgmueller2@gmail.com

  14. @Chuck Mueller

    Hey guys,

    It’s now less than 8 weeks to the Cannibal Connecticut Cogal!

    We’ve tweaked the route slightly based on some recent recon (same link as above). Still around 130km, still around 5,000 feet of vertical, but takes in more great vistas, and omits an area that, although picturesque, would likely have too many cars and Freds on the road by mid-afternoon.

    In addition to the downlaodable Garmin.Connect course, we’ll prepare an annotated cue sheet/map which clearly indicates the regroup points and feed stop(s).

    Call or email me with any questions about the route, your arrival, lodging, etc.

    Cannibal Chuck cgmueller2@gmail.com

    AWESOME!!!  Not sure that I will be riding as I have a grand total of less than 100 k’s on the bike this year so far (just started back 1-2 itimes per week poer the Doc ) but this will be an awesome ride!

  15. weather like today for the cogal would be an absolute blessing.  any boston folks reading but on the fence want to carpool down?  ive got room, as long as you have the quarters!

  16. rob, buck, matt, bdiaz, drty, can i get a hallelujah?

    buck you want me to pick you up? then we head down to robs and get him?  see what I did there…i didnt give either of ya an option!

  17. @roger

    rob, buck, matt, bdiaz, drty, can i get a hallelujah?

    buck you want me to pick you up? then we head down to robs and get him? see what I did there…i didnt give either of ya an option!

    The Cannibals vs The V’s, like the sharks and the jets! I sense a musical coming on. Rodger is pumped.

  18. im beyond pumped!  could also be due to the 3 peter mooney’s i saw today.  words do no justice!

  19. @Buck Rogers

    Hey Buck I am coming off a really slow winter, Ok it wasn’t even slow, I did nothing! so I would be happy to look at this as training miles and if you would keep me company off the back I’d be honored.

    @roger

    rob, buck, matt, bdiaz, drty, can i get a hallelujah?

    buck you want me to pick you up? then we head down to robs and get him? see what I did there…i didnt give either of ya an option!

    Roger, you are always welcome out here at the training camp but its a long way from you then back to eastern CT…

  20. @Rob

    @Buck Rogers

    Hey Buck I am coming off a really slow winter, Ok it wasn’t even slow, I did nothing! so I would be happy to look at this as training miles and if you would keep me company off the back I’d be honored.

    @roger

    rob, buck, matt, bdiaz, drty, can i get a hallelujah?

    buck you want me to pick you up? then we head down to robs and get him? see what I did there…i didnt give either of ya an option!

    Roger, you are always welcome out here at the training camp but its a long way from you then back to eastern CT…

    Let me check with the VMH and the kiddos.  I have ridden twice, yes twice, since last November so my cycling legs are definitely not there. 

    But I am in lean shape and feeling very fit.  I have nordic skied a, in the parlance of our times, SHIT TON this last winter and run (forgive me) a Double SHIT TON.  I am actually at my lowest weight since graduating undergrad 19 years ago.

    So, I am sure that I’ll be slow as fuck on the bike but should be able to manage a 25 kph ave for a few hours if required.

    Let me check in and I’ll get back to you all shortly. 

    No matter what, it should be an AMAZINGLY awesone day!

  21. I’m really on the fence about this one. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is squishy. Having hardly ridden much this winter, I put on about 15 lbs on top of the 40+ I was already overweight, so we’ll have to see how it looks. I was so looking forward to this too, which makes it suck all the more.

  22. @MJ Moquin Rule #6 dear Matt.  Weather is cooperating despite the lack of rain to clear the roads of sand, but you’ve got a good month to hammer like never before

  23. I’m soooooo in for this cogal. Looking forward to seeing mates from 2much2012 and hopefully having enough energy to raise a pint afterwards!

    I’m coming from northern NJ – probably that morning – and happy to carpool with anyone.

    -cal

  24. Rob, this is why i should never be put in charge of anything.  I 99% of the time just say anything that sounds feasible ie, ct and ma and ny are kinda close, ill pick everyone up!  After looking at a map i see they arent exactly a stones throw away from eachother.

    Cal, are you and david working on a carpool?  Or would it be easier for me to grab the new yorkers for you?  if you are doing that, maybe i should head  down and grab rob?  I have no idea.  I just like carpooling.

    Buck, i dont think its possible for you to ever lose form.  You have a fridge full of that magic drug: Maple syrup!!!!

  25. Reminder: we Cannibals will gladly put up any visiting Velominati the night before. Lemme know.

  26. Bummed I’m going to miss this.

    @Chuck Mueller

    Reminder: we Cannibals will gladly put up any visiting Velominati the night before. Lemme know.

    I hear Velominati make great dinners, euh, I mean dinner guests.

  27. @roger

    @MJ Moquin Rule #6 dear Matt. Weather is cooperating despite the lack of rain to clear the roads of sand, but you’ve got a good month to hammer like never before

    I have every intention of putting in as much TITS as I can. We’ll just have to see if it’s enough.

  28. @CanuckChuck

    Bummed I’m going to miss this.

    @Chuck Mueller

    Reminder: we Cannibals will gladly put up any visiting Velominati the night before. Lemme know.

    I hear Velominati make great dinners, euh, I mean dinner guests.

    Especially if the meal is based around mushrooms, right?

  29. @roger

    Rob, this is why i should never be put in charge of anything. I 99% of the time just say anything that sounds feasible ie, ct and ma and ny are kinda close, ill pick everyone up! After looking at a map i see they arent exactly a stones throw away from eachother.

    Cal, are you and david working on a carpool? Or would it be easier for me to grab the new yorkers for you? if you are doing that, maybe i should head down and grab rob? I have no idea. I just like carpooling.

    Buck, i dont think its possible for you to ever lose form. You have a fridge full of that magic drug: Maple syrup!!!!

    Yeah, my form is purely fucked on the bike but I am really thinking that I should be able to make this.  I will drive over that morning myself as I have to head down to D.C. after it ends for a conference starting on Monday morning.  So, as for now, I would say that I am about 75% going, although I will truly need a road map and a cell phone as I do not know if I can actually make it 130 k’s without dying on the bike somewhere and needed to call for a ride!

  30. Says the man who rattled off 340k’s with 3 bad knees.   youre at west point, cant you borrow some  newbie cadet and have him drive a humvee behind you as sag?  And a drill sargeant to bark at you for motivation?

    This is turning into quite a weekend.  My pollen allergies should be wrapped up by then too

  31. And isnt it a bottle of chianti and fava beans?

  32. Less than two weeks to go! 

    Who’s in?  We really need a head count to prepare for the chow, brew, and guest rooms required for the evening before.

    We have made a list of suggested Regroup Points with km & mi markers.  Most stops will be very brief, a few will be longer for photo-ops & carb intake.  Email me and I’ll send you the list (.pdf). 

    Chuck  cgmueller2@gmail.com

  33. so im grabbing david saturday, anyone else coming early?

  34. I’m probably driving up the day of, and driving home afterwards (avec Le Medicin). There’s a small possibility that I’ll drive up the evening before, but I have to work that out.

    -cal

  35. @cal  If you drive up Saturday (and we sure hope you can!), please consider picking up/rendezvous-ing with David from Brooklyn; that’d save Roger about 6 hours of extra driving by not picking him up all the way from Boston.   Thx!

    Cannibal Chuck

  36. Chuck I am hoping to make it… 80% and I will be coming that day. I’ll confirm early next week.

    Hey Buck, I will be happy to keep you company as I am only on my 7th short ride and will not have much else by then.

  37. chuck i have a few other motives for picking up david…

    1. Ramen.  Ill be making a stop near st marks to fill up on those wonderful bowls of ramen.

    2.  Cobbles.  I want to ride the cobbles off the bridge, down where it flooded last year.

    3.  Its NY!  Im always looking for an excuse to go there.  I swear im not meant to be a bostoner

    so as long as you bring the good doctor home,  i think we all set!  That is unless i cant fit the gunnar into the car.  Will probably need to pick up zipties and duct tape for reassembly of seat post!

  38. @roger  I’ll work out the David thing with you. I should have a better sense this weekend. Btw, I’d bring a hacksaw in case the Gunnar’s too unwieldy. Just sayin’. Can I have the wheelset when you’re done?

  39. @cal   Any further news on your arrivals date?  thx, Chuck

  40. @Chuck Mueller Sunday. Will see y’all at Simon’s.

  41. Weather looks to be Fantastic. Wouldn’t mind a King Clydesdale update though…

  42. Cannibal CT Cogal in the books. A great group and course.  For the Latern Rouge perspective:

    http://app.strava.com/activities/55207534

    Thanks to Chuck and all who made it happen.

  43. Big huge thanks to the fine folks of chester, ct and the cannibal velo club.  It was an eventful day literalyl and figuratively with ups and downs. Picturesque new england and errant rocks causing punctures and a crash.  Lush green forests and an afternoon rainstorm.  Incredibly kind motorists or suicidal pomeranians.  Descending like a pro or outrunning an emu?  You can have it all right in chester.

    its to be expected though, even the news channel from new haven came out to do a piece and interview our gracious host mr mueller.

  44. Amen, brothers. A fantastic day. And a scenic ride replete with thigh-busting climbs and roller coaster descents. And a ferry ride past a castle to top it off. Thanks to the Cannibals! Let’s do it again.

  45. Some photos of the day

    Slideshow:

    Fullscreen:

  46. @xyxax

    Nice! Alway good to get out with like-minded fools such as ourselves! Love the Ritte!

  47. ahh, cant believe it was a week ago already.

    some photos from the twitters of mike k and myself to live vicariously through until the next one…

    i like ritte too.  marketing is funny, colour schemes look good, and so far i havent heard of any insane problems that no other bikes have.  and yes, ive read all about the brand, and as long as they stand behind the product, let them milk the cash cow.

    Slideshow:

    Fullscreen:

  48. @scaler911

    Yeah, one of the most amazing things out of this site.  Now if we could just get the code for one of those Star Trek (Trek?  WTF?) tele-transporter things…

    @roger

    Thanks for putting those up.

  49. 2 weeks late on discovering this Cogal, so close! It looked like a solid ride and hopefully, I can get in on it next year seeing that its 30 minutes away…

  50. @Manweiser Organized rides are much like Christmas day — you have to shop early.

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