Graveling in Boston Cogal

Graveling in Boston Cogal

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RIGHT!!! Buck and Roger are kicking off a New England Gravé Cogal. This starts at Roger’s shop.

It is a gravel/dirt Cogal. This route was used last September for another ride and is supposedly AWESOME!!!

You will need 28mm at a minimum, maybe 32 mm tires on gravel/CX bikes per the description.

Here’s a link to the route/description/etc from the September ride but this one is by us, not the cycling shop, but all are welcome of course!  The write up mentions registering/meals/etc.  None of that applies to us.

Details on pre-ride espresso/pre-night drinking in Boston/post ride recovery drinking is forthcoming but mark your calendars for this puppy!!!

It will be a GREAT Heck of the North appetizer for anyone thinking about heading out there in October as well!!!

No drop, Casually deliberate but we might break into groups depending on what bikes you bring.

The route.

 

Event Details

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Date/Time
Date - April 26, 2014
9:05 AM - 8:20 PM

Location
Ride Studio Café

Cogal Details
Route Details

Ride Classification

// Casually Deliberate (No Drop) // Cogal

  1. it’s on ladies and gents. nothing is certain, except a good time will be had, one way or another, probably

  2. I guess it’s time to drag my fat ass back on the saddle. Hopefully it’ll turn out better than WP last fall.

  3. What’s the tire recommendation for this route? I’m going to have to buy new tires for Rasputitsa, but this ride will have an impact on final choice.

    I’m looking at either the Challenge Grifo XS or Strade Bianca, both in clincher form.

  4. @Weldertron

    What’s the tire recommendation for this route? I’m going to have to buy new tires for Rasputitsa, but this ride will have an impact on final choice.

    I’m looking at either the Challenge Grifo XS or Strade Bianca, both in clincher form.

    I’m riding CX 32 mm tires but Roger would know better as he has ridden this route before.

  5. @MJ Moquin

    I guess it’s time to drag my fat ass back on the saddle. Hopefully it’ll turn out better than WP last fall.

    YES!!!  Awesome!!!

  6. @Buck Rogers

    @Weldertron

    What’s the tire recommendation for this route? I’m going to have to buy new tires for Rasputitsa, but this ride will have an impact on final choice.

    I’m looking at either the Challenge Grifo XS or Strade Bianca, both in clincher form.

    I’m riding CX 32 mm tires but Roger would know better as he has ridden this route before.

    So I bought new 28 mm tires specifically for this ride only to find out that they won’t fit because my wheel has the slightest hop in it. Now I’ve got to bring it to the shop to see if they can fix it. *sigh*

  7. In!

  8. @cal

    In!

    YES!!!  One month out, folks!  Time to tune up the Gravel/CX rig and get some k’s in!  Still working on pre-ride Espresso place and post ride drinks but we will be there in Spades, BABY!!!  Even though my name is Mr. Rogers (DOCTOR Roigers that is!  I didn’t spend 6 years in evil medical school to be called Mister!) Roger will know where to get the pre-and-post drinks better than I as it is his neighborhood, not mine.

    Now it’s time for me to grow a pair, dust off the guns, channel the V, whatever other cliche’ I can come up with and go for my first outside ride of the the season.  Lightly snowing here at West Point and windy as FUCK but the air temp is zero celcius so I cannot complain compared to most of you Northerners!

  9. I’m going to confirm a week before whether or not i’ll be making it. It’s a 5 hour drive each way for me, but i’m going to try and get some friends to join me for the drive.

    I hope to see you guys at the inaugural Rasputitsa.

  10. @roger Any idea where one might be able to beg, borrow or rent a cross bike in the Boston area?

  11. Just might do this. The closest I have to a gravel bike is a Trek Portland for bad weather and errands.  I’d strip the fenders and rack, but it’s still a heavy beast. Would 28 mm tires work?

  12. @Steve-o

    Just might do this. The closest I have to a gravel bike is a Trek Portland for bad weather and errands. I’d strip the fenders and rack, but it’s still a heavy beast. Would 28 mm tires work?

    Do IT!!!  Yes, sure, 28 mm tires should work per the write up (and if not, we’ll make it work!!!).  This is purely a shit-shooting, fun ride without egos!  I am riding a steel CX beast that must weight at least 13 kilos! 

    Awesome!

    And MJ, not sure about a bike but I imgaine that Roger MUST know of something.  Not sure if he has checked this site recently.

    Do you still have his or my private email form the 200-on-100 and the West Point Cogals?  If so, shoot either him or me an email and we will work something out!

  13. @Buck Rogers I shot you and @roger an email.

  14. ok, last minute change ofplans. not even going to run this by buck. unbeknowst to me, there was already an offroad ride scheduled for this day. I would like to nix the original route, and we do the bigger ride instead. distance wise it is shorter, but it’ll be dope. rolls-out from same location, 10am, but there is food along the way and all sorts of other noms. i dont think anyone will be disappointed, seriously.

    hope everyone can make it. there is likely going to be a slew of people here that morning, so look for at least two v-kits clammering around

  15. @roger

    ok, last minute change ofplans. not even going to run this by buck. unbeknowst to me, there was already an offroad ride scheduled for this day. I would like to nix the original route, and we do the bigger ride instead. distance wise it is shorter, but it’ll be dope. rolls-out from same location, 10am, but there is food along the way and all sorts of other noms. i dont think anyone will be disappointed, seriously.

    hope everyone can make it. there is likely going to be a slew of people here that morning, so look for at least two V-kits clammering around

    Sounds AWESOME!!!

    Folks, only 5 more days until the Cogal in Boston!  Be there and be like Meb on a bike, BABY!!!

  16. Anyone from out of town need a place to stay?

  17. Bring your arm warmers/rain capes!  High of 47 F with rain forecast!  YES, another HTFU Cogal like the Austin one!!!

  18. That’s wicked awesome.

  19. It’s been the week from hell at work, I won’t be able to make it. Looking forward to meeting fellow Velominati at the NYC book signing next week!

  20. Happy grovelling, erm gravelling tomorrow folks.

  21. @Mike_P

    Happy grovelling, erm gravelling tomorrow folks.

    Thanks, man!  It’s going to be AWESOME.  40 F with wind and rain the whole time!  Truly a HTFU Cogal in the true V spirit!

  22. @Buck Rogers Have fun gentlemen.

  23. So boys, how was the ride?

  24. @MJ Moquin

    So boys, how was the ride?

    CrazyA$$!!!  Ton of single track through the woods with wet roots, getting loat every five minutes, mud holes that sucked the life outnofnyour tires and legs and long wooden walk bridges over swamps all in 5 degree C weather with rain … In other words, it was fuckin Awesome!

    Not a whole lot of gravel or dirt roads but tons of hilly, crazy, muddy, wet single track shit.  A few guys were on mtn bikes and they were in heaven.

    Fun time had by all!

  25. That’s “getting LOST every five minutes”.

  26. @Buck Rogers nice one Buck, true New England spring ride, good going all!

  27. I’ll second Buck’s assessment. A good chill in the air, lots of mud, single track, roots, boulders, slick wooden platforms, and more roots. Oh, and the driveways we kept turning into that occasionally had a trailhead at the end. So many driveways! And mud. And muddy meadows. I had an absolute blast and would do it again in a heartbeat. Also of note, Roger was sporting some serious V on his wicked nice steed. That’s what happens when one’s V-kit gets ripped at just the right/wrong spot on one’s derrière.

  28. Really bummed I couldn’t make this. I’ve been riding 20 km intervals at most, but my back is feeling better. If I had known it would have been singletrack I would have tried on my Trance.

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