East Tennessee Inaugural Cogal

East Tennessee Inaugural Cogal

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This ride is challenging as well as scenic and combines some of the area’s LBS weekly routes into one route. (84 Miles, Est. 5500′ climbing) While the ride does not include the biggest climbs in this region, the array of punchy steep grades, grueling roller coaster climbs, and unsympathetic town line sprints will be felt at the end of the day. Given that the route takes us in and out of three different counties, there will also be plenty of town line sprints to keep the ride lively. The route will take you through beautiful rolling back country, with brief passes through civilization. The will be a minimum of two predetermined water bottle refill location with ice cold coolers of water, and two additional “convenient” stores. Pre ride coffee is conveniently located at Weigel’s, local convenient store adjacent to the departure location, and the post ride malted beverage consumption shall take place at the same location from where we depart following the ride.

This location provides plenty of parking, LBS knoxville bicycle co, and post ride Malted Recovery Beverage Consumption at doubledogs.

Route; http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/266967887

Event Details

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Date/Time
Date - September 21, 2013
8:05 AM - 4:50 PM

Location
Knoxville Bicycle Company

Cogal Details
Route Details

Ride Classification

// Cogal // Rule V (Hard Ride)

  1. This sounds AWESOME!!!  

    Having lived in Western TN and driven through Eastern TN many times, it makes me wish I still lived there!!!

    Cannot wait to hear about it after you have all finished!

  2. Ah, you bastards.  I’m going “home” to Knoxville the weekend of the 15th.  Just missed it.

  3. @razmaspaz

    Ah, you bastards. I’m going “home” to Knoxville the weekend of the 15th. Just missed it.

    If you want to ride while you’re here, I’m up for showing you around, I do most of my riding in the west Knoxville/Knox Co/Loudon Co/Anderson Co.

  4. @VeloSix

    @razmaspaz

    Ah, you bastards. I’m going “home” to Knoxville the weekend of the 15th. Just missed it.

    If you want to ride while you’re here, I’m up for showing you around, I do most of my riding in the west Knoxville/Knox Co/Loudon Co/Anderson Co.

    I’m not exactly a stranger to the area having lived there for better nearly 2/3 of my life, but good riding with good company is hard to pass up.  I’ll let you know closer to that weekend.

  5. @razmaspaz

    @VeloSix

    @razmaspaz

    Ah, you bastards. I’m going “home” to Knoxville the weekend of the 15th. Just missed it.

    If you want to ride while you’re here, I’m up for showing you around, I do most of my riding in the west Knoxville/Knox Co/Loudon Co/Anderson Co.

    I’m not exactly a stranger to the area having lived there for better nearly 2/3 of my life, but good riding with good company is hard to pass up. I’ll let you know closer to that weekend.

    Ah, either way give me a shout, maybe you can show me a new road or two

  6. My house is on the market right now in the hopes of moving to Lexington, KY.  I won’t make it this year but if it happens next year, God willing, I will be there.

  7. @Cyclops

    My house is on the market right now in the hopes of moving to Lexington, KY. I won’t make it this year but if it happens next year, God willing, I will be there.

    There seems to be a good bit of interest for this, and if the turn out proves to match the interest, there will most certainly be another one next year.

  8. This pains me to say, but it does not appear as though this ride will happen.  Predictions of bad weather, heavy rain and thunder storms.

    Rain, I’m okay with, thunder/lightning…  did that last week, and I’m not up for doing it for 80+ miles…  lot’s of folks bowing out of this one.

    As an alternative, Sunday there will be a suffer fest on the Foothills Parkway, multiple climbs to the Lookout….

  9. Well, Saturday brought in a cold front, a new season, and rain in near biblical proportions for most of the, Mid West Appalachain and Eastern Seaboard.  What the fuck was that all about….??  While I found myself up early, moping about in disappointment staring at the monsoon outside, the East Tennessee Inaugural Cogal did not take place as planned.

    However, all was not completely lost.  Sunday, myself and two other hearty souls dug out the arm warmers and wind vests, pedaled ourselves through the fog, and pointed our bikes upward in what I hope to be a preview of my dream Cogal route (5 Ways to Look Rock)  Today we did two ways.  (Two Cat 2 climbs, according to Strava)  Not a complete sufferfest, but a new climb for me, one which I have been eager to to ride.  And a wet, debris covered, switchback and blind curve filled, Rule #85 testing descent I’ve not yet rode either.

    http://app.strava.com/activities/84170616

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