itburns Memorial Cogal at West Point 2013

itburns Memorial Cogal at West Point 2013

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@itburns on left

Alcon:  I had the below write up set for the Second West Point Cogal and was ready to send it to Gianni when I heard the news.  It really drives home how “Not Invisible & Imaginary” that we all are.  We will be riding this Cogal with itburns memory in our hearts and his spirit in our peloton.  Please join us if possible in body and if not, in spirit.  RIP, Brother, we said that we would ride another Cogal together and this will have to do until we ride together again in the sky.

I’ll leave the original write up untouched as knowing itburns, he’d appreciate the joke.

West Point Invisible Friends Cogal Part Deux

With respect for my VMH who insists all of you are actually invisible/imaginary friends and questions your true existence, I am hosting another Falling Leaves Cogal at West Point this fall.  It will take place on, Sunday the 20th of October to try to hit the Fall Colours perfectly and will start at my house at V past X.  It will encompass the same route as last year minus the long stretch out to Bull Pond on Rt 293 and adding in a little more on the West Point Campus and in the Town of Cornwall where we will be stopping for lunch.  The Cogal will still finish with the Bear Mountain climb and back through the West Point campus.  The ride will be Casually Deliberate as we will regroup at the top of each climb but beware; there is the proverbial “Shit-ton” of climbing on this route so bring your climbing legs!

This Cogal will give my VMH and me a chance to share our lovely espresso machine that we bought last year for Christmas with everyone.  So bring your own espresso beans if you want to as we have a grinder as well or just show up and share the ones we have.  Also, if you need to, you can crash at our house on Saturday night.  We will provide dinner the night before and breakfast the day off.

Speaking of “Invisible Friends” that reminds me of a joke:  Superman is flying around the world really high in the sky one day and looks down and sees Wonder Woman lying completely naked on her back with her legs spread in a field.  Superman says to himself, “You know, I can fly down there, sneak a super fast one with her and be out of there before she even knows what happens.”  So Superman speeds down, does the deed and heads out in a flash.

Wonder Woman goes, “Holy shit!!!  What the hell was that?!?!?!” and the Invisible Man goes, “I don’t know but my ass sure hurts!!!”

See you on Sunday!

Event Details

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Date/Time
Date - October 20, 2013
10:05 AM - 5:00 PM

Location
Buck's Office

Cogal Details
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// Casually Deliberate (No Drop) // Cogal // Rule VV (Climbing)

  1. @CanuckChuck

    @Buck Rogers Two questions: 1) What time do you want the overnighters to arrive on Saturday night? pre/post dinner? 2) Do you need me to bring anything? This is what is on my list, in chronological order of consumption: wine, espresso beans, beer. Will bring a sleeping bag and thermarest in case it gets too crowded at the inn.

    Earlier the better on Saturday.  Maybe around 5 pm.  Counting on you for dinner.  Just please not after 11 pm.  That is too late! I need my beauty sleep and I am not getting any younger here! 

    Same goes for everyone else.   Just let me know if you’ll be there for dinner so that we can cook enough.  Something pasta based will be the evening faire.  Oh yeah, and booze, high class shit like Roger mentioned.  Lots of that.

  2. @Buck Rogers 1700–noted. I’m going to avoid 6 (Palisades Interstate Parkway) to 9W since it was a cluster f*ck last year and made me very late. Are both the Stony Lonesome and Washington Rd Gates open to outsiders?

    @roger Wine: Rodney Strong 2010 Cab. Beans: . Beer: Will find something micro or euro at this massive liquor store in Middletown Delaware. I’ve always wanted to try this banana bread beer I saw there last year. (Insert banned emoticon here.)

  3. @CanuckChuck

    @Buck Rogers 1700-noted. I’m going to avoid 6 (Palisades Interstate Parkway) to 9W since it was a cluster f*ck last year and made me very late. Are both the Stony Lonesome and Washington Rd Gates open to outsiders?

    @roger Wine: Rodney Strong 2010 Cab. Beans: . Beer: Will find something micro or euro at this massive liquor store in Middletown Delaware. I’ve always wanted to try this banana bread beer I saw there last year. (Insert banned emoticon here.)

    There are three gates into West Point and only two that you can use if not active duty military with tags on your car:  Thayer Gate and Stony Lonesome Gate. 

    Washington Gate is military only and closed from 2200-0600.

    On a positive note, I was training hard yesterday … on my alcohol tolerance.  Starting to get a few blended scotches in the house.  I know that Single Malt’s are all the arge for the past 5+ years but I must say that blended scotch is not half bad stuff.  Look forward to sharing with everyone.

    Kind of a secondary Gorgeous George themed Cogal, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, and one Beer”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6bk_qJw5XY

    See you all in 8 or 9 days!!!

  4. @CanuckChuck

    @Buck Rogers 1700-noted. I’m going to avoid 6 (Palisades Interstate Parkway) to 9W since it was a cluster f*ck last year and made me very late. Are both the Stony Lonesome and Washington Rd Gates open to outsiders?

    @roger Wine: Rodney Strong 2010 Cab. Beans: . Beer: Will find something micro or euro at this massive liquor store in Middletown Delaware. I’ve always wanted to try this banana bread beer I saw there last year. (Insert banned emoticon here.)

    Have to push the time back.  Sorry man.  Kids have a full day of travel soccer at West Point and then helping the West Point soccer team at home as well that evening.  Can we push arrival time to 7:30???  I’ll also send an email out.

  5. @Buck Rogers Not a problem Buck, 1930 it is.

  6. Once again, PLEASE email me at kbaldwin00@hotmail.com for the actual address of where to show up on Sunday morning between 0900 and 0930 and for my cell number.  The posted address above is my office.  We are NOT meeting at my office but my actual house which is quite close to there.

    Thanks and cannot wait to get my ride on on Sunday!!!

  7. We’re looking forward to riding with you guys again — we’ll see you all on Sunday morning.

  8. Good news and bad news.

    Good news:  The fall colours are just peaking and it is beautiful here and the forecast is suppsoed to be great for Sunday.

    Bad news:  Our espresso machine went on the blink tonight!!! Hoping it is back to normal tomorrow!  Had to shut it down and will let it sit overnight.  Keep your fingers and spokes crossed!!!

  9. packing up the goods now.  head to work for 11 hours or something then off to new york for amazing weekend. i.cant.wait

  10. Merckxspeed to all you tomorrow!

  11. DEEEEEEP in the cups with CanuckChuck, Cal and MJ and Roger just hit the gate.  Fuck ME I am killed right now but cannot wait for the ride tomorrow!!!

    Even broken out the 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle.

    Nothing like a Cogal with a Hangover!!!

  12. forgot my shoes in boston.  Might be first to do cogal in flat pedals!

  13. And Chip forgot my bike.

  14. Awesome day in the falling leaves on the mountains today.  Started with 17 people and had just a wonderful day.  Write up and pictures to follow.

  15. Started with 17?! How many did you finish with? Well done; looking forward to reading more.

  16. @Bespoke

    Started with 17?! How many did you finish with? Well done; looking forward to reading more.

    Oh, you know, a few died along the way….  

    I guess on retrospect that was an interesting comment that I made. 

    One of our members was not feeling too well at the start and was pretty sick right on the first climb and had his heart rate jumping up over 200 every time he tried to go uphill at all.  He decided to play it safe and not actually have an MI on the ride and rode around post for a few hours while we went in search of the climbs.  Another had to leave at noon to get home on time.  A third left right after lunch and a fourth had to bail on Bear Mountain right near the finish secondary to some killer cramps so I think that we finished with 13.

    We were truly blesses with amazing weather again (The Gods have favored us two years in a row now!) and just an incredible day and ride.

    It was a bit of a 200-on-100 Reunion as well as Roger, CannuckChuck, xyxax and Cal were all there.  Such great times.

    And finally, of AWESOME note, we had the first female that I have ever had the pleasure to ride with on a Cogal yesterday.  Just super to have both genders rolling the Cogal!

  17. @Buck Rogers

    @Bespoke

    Started with 17?! How many did you finish with? Well done; looking forward to reading more.

    Oh, you know, a few died along the way….

    I guess on retrospect that was an interesting comment that I made.

    One of our members was not feeling too well at the start and was pretty sick right on the first climb and had his heart rate jumping up over 200 every time he tried to go uphill at all. He decided to play it safe and not actually have an MI on the ride and rode around post for a few hours while we went in search of the climbs. Another had to leave at noon to get home on time. A third left right after lunch and a fourth had to bail on Bear Mountain right near the finish secondary to some killer cramps so I think that we finished with 13.

    We were truly blesses with amazing weather again (The Gods have favored us two years in a row now!) and just an incredible day and ride.

    It was a bit of a 200-on-100 Reunion as well as Roger, CannuckChuck, xyxax and Cal were all there. Such great times.

    And finally, of AWESOME note, we had the first female that I have ever had the pleasure to ride with on a Cogal yesterday. Just super to have both genders rolling the Cogal!

    Sounded awesome, I am sure the itburns was with you all the way, sadly the mention brings back the memory but its great you guys got to ride in his memory.  I dare say you raised a glass.

    Chapeau!

  18. @Deakus We did indeed raise a glass to him after the ride ended. 

    It was odd thinking about him and knowing that I used to ride with him and that we had ridden my first Cogal together and that I could never ride with him again.  So hard to wrap my mind around that.  I’ve dealt with loss of close friends from cancer, accidents, suicide and combat and it never gets any easier for me. 

    Cliche but it really does make you realize how speacial every pedal stroke really is.

  19. Congrats on a successful cogal! One of these day I will get my arse to one.

  20. Let me just say that the hospitality of Buck, Katie and the whole Rogers clan can NOT be overstated! They went out of their way at every turn to make us feel like family. It was my honor be able to spend time with them.

    Who knows, maybe next year I’ll actually get to ride too.

  21. storm castle king trooper highway. closed on sundays to vehicles.

    to the right is the hudson river.  to the left is a wall of awesome.

    ours truly, host buck and canuckchuck taking it all in…a truly tranquilo cogal

  22. @roger

    storm castle king trooper highway. closed on sundays to vehicles.

    to the right is the hudson river. to the left is a wall of awesome.

    ours truly, host buck and canuckchuck taking it all in…a truly tranquilo cogal

     

    I hope to take in this view next year, although there will no doubt be more bikes in front of me.

  23. Definitely try and join us Steve.  The rest of the gang is right around the bend, at a small lookout area. I was stopping constantly taking photos, so that’s my excuse for being DFL hah

  24. @roger

    storm castle king trooper highway. closed on sundays to vehicles.

    to the right is the hudson river. to the left is a wall of awesome.

    ours truly, host buck and canuckchuck taking it all in…a truly tranquilo cogal

    Awesome photo…..Open Pave tubs all year round?  How do they wear?

  25. @roger

    storm castle king trooper highway. closed on sundays to vehicles.

    to the right is the hudson river. to the left is a wall of awesome.

    ours truly, host buck and canuckchuck taking it all in…a truly tranquilo cogal

     

    This MUST be a fake or photoshopped photo as I do not think that Roger was EVER behind me all day!  Roger has put some SERIOUS training in over the last 12 months as he was off the front the whole day.  Dude is in SHAPE!

    Amazing ride by you, Roger and I actually really love that photo.  I might need to get a copy that I can put on the wall as that is my favorite photo from the last two Cogals we’ve had.

  26. @Deakus They are 27/28mm Vittoria Pavé EVO CG Tubulars and I love them. 

    They are all I ride year round, even indoor on the rollers. 

    I have not ridden much at all this year but last year I rode quite a bit on them without any trouble and no flats.  Currently my rear tub has a slow leak and, with the k’s from last year, many thousand k’s in it so I am going to change it out. 

    I just LOVE them and the smooth ride. Might be a bit heavier with the 27/28 mm width but for me and what I am doing, so worth it.

  27. Anyone know where the V pint Cogal ordering link/page is?

    I am getting senile b/c I cannot remember where it is and I looked on the Gear Link and the Overall Cogal’s Home link and I cannot find it in either place.

    It’s probably super easy to find and I am just missing it.  Maybe it is the post-Cogal Blues clouding my vision (or the episode of acute liver failure from Saturday night?)

  28. @roger

    storm castle king trooper highway. closed on sundays to vehicles.

    to the right is the hudson river. to the left is a wall of awesome.

    ours truly, host buck and canuckchuck taking it all in…a truly tranquilo cogal

    V kit and EPMS WTF?

  29. @piwakawaka Mine is a spare tub.  Cannuck’s was a light (I saw it blinking ahead of me on the road all day). 

    Not sure if it was a small satchel as well but I didn’t ask as somethings are just impolite to inquire about, no?

  30. @Buck Rogers quite clearly yours is a tub, the green stripe is a giveaway, if that is just a light on your wing mans bike then I’m not too fat to climb!

  31. @piwakawaka You are correct–I love my Lezyne EPMS and I don’t care who knows it!

    And not only that but if you look very closely, above my left leg (rule 33 compliant I might add) you can see the top of my frame mounted mini pump.

  32. @Buck Rogers What wheels you running those on?

  33. @Nate

    @Buck Rogers What wheels you running those on?

    HED C2 Belgium tubulars with Chris King r45 hubs.

    Built them for Paris Roubaix in the winter of 2012 and then ended up renting a bike from the Pave’ Boys as the deal was too good to pass up and lugging my bike to a two week France trip with the VMH and five kiddos for one day of riding just was not worth it.

    Truly LOVE this wheelset, esp with 28 mm Vit Pave’ tubs..

  34. Opinions on the R45s?

  35. @CanuckChuck

    @piwakawaka You are correct-I love my Lezyne EPMS and I don’t care who knows it!

    And not only that but if you look very closely, above my left leg (rule 33 compliant I might add) you can see the top of my frame mounted mini pump.

    Sigh, alright then, your socks are blue, your skewers are in the wrong position, and hard to tell but is there three?!? spacers under your stem? To go along with the mini pump. Oh, and put it in the big ring Fucktard!! Way to represent.

    BTW thanks for shaving.

  36. @Weldertron

    Opinions on the R45s?

    Best hubs ever? I don’t even own a pair and I assume that. How could they not? And bitchin’ colors too. I will own some before I’m too old to spin. WIll they make me faster, no, happier, yes.

  37. Maybe i should re-phrase.

    Are they worth $700? The 1**$ tool to service them also seems crazy. But that “Mango” is quite nice.

  38. @Weldertron Oh, that question, if they last forever and every time you look down and see that mango color spinning away. There are worse ways to spend $700. washing machine/car/tooth repair.

    And you could end up with this sort of porn…

  39. @Buck Rogers Yeah I seem to recall that’s what they were, but I thought you taco’d them at some point?  I recently came into a similar wheelset; silver spokes and black hubs.  I’ll be mounting some Veloflex 25s on them this week.

  40. @Gianni

    @Weldertron

    Opinions on the R45s?

    Best hubs ever. How could they not? And bitchin’ colors too. I will own some before I’m too old to spin. WIll they make me faster, no, happier, yes.

    This. Worth it if you can get your hands on some, in my old, no longer racing, finally have a little bit of money to buy shit with, opinion.

  41. @Nate

    @Buck Rogers Yeah I seem to recall that’s what they were, but I thought you taco’d them at some point? I recently came into a similar wheelset; silver spokes and black hubs. I’ll be mounting some Veloflex 25s on them this week.

    Yes, the rear wheel was crushed by a little woman in a HUGE FUCK’IN black SUV in Texas with me on the bike.  CrazyAss.  Rebuilt the same exact wheel when the insurance came through.  Best wheelset that I have ever owned.

  42. @Buck Rogers That’s a very neatly folded tub strapped  to your seat post. Nice.

    I love my Vitoria Pavé tubulars, I’ve got a mix of the 27/28mm and the older skinnier version, all good but the fatter ones do give a little more cushioning. Mine are on Nemesis rims and old Dura Ace hubs. They get used all year round as well.

    I used to ride mine on the rollers as well (the combination of tubulars and the DA hubs is so much nicer than the Alex crap that came with the bike) but the rollers seem to be good at pushing through anything stuck in the carcass (possibly due to the high pressures used on the rollers to prevent bobbing about). It’s a bit expensive repairing tubs after training sessions.

  43. @Buck Rogers If he wasn’t stopping down to take pictures, we wouldn’t have seen Roger all day! I’ve still got a retinal image of his fluorescent yellow socks floating away off the front up Bear Mountain.

    MJ summed up the hospitality & all the Velots extended great camaraderie as well – an unbeatable combination. Thanks to all involved.

    Have to pass along one thing that’s really got me down, though. Came home to news that a car accident Sunday claimed a local Weston (CT) cycling veteran I’ve ridden occasionally over the years. Knowing he was one of the best prepared cyclists I’ve ever met is especially sobering.

    Stay safe guys!

  44. @damonhart

    @Buck Rogers If he wasn’t stopping down to take pictures, we wouldn’t have seen Roger all day! I’ve still got a retinal image of his fluorescent yellow socks floating away off the front up Bear Mountain.

    This.

    And sorry to hear about your fellow cyclist, Damon.  That is sad news.

  45. @damonhart

    Have to pass along one thing that’s really got me down, though. Came home to news that a car accident Sunday claimed a local Weston (CT) cycling veteran I’ve ridden occasionally over the years. Knowing he was one of the best prepared cyclists I’ve ever met is especially sobering.

    Stay safe guys!

    I saw that online this morning, hope the police find the second driver who fled and charges are filed. Sorry for the loss of your friend.

  46. @damonhart

    @Buck Rogers If he wasn’t stopping down to take pictures, we wouldn’t have seen Roger all day! I’ve still got a retinal image of his fluorescent yellow socks floating away off the front up Bear Mountain.

    MJ summed up the hospitality & all the Velots extended great camaraderie as well – an unbeatable combination. Thanks to all involved.

    Have to pass along one thing that’s really got me down, though. Came home to news that a car accident Sunday claimed a local Weston (CT) cycling veteran I’ve ridden occasionally over the years. Knowing he was one of the best prepared cyclists I’ve ever met is especially sobering.

    Stay safe guys!

    Just awful, awful, awful.  So sorry to hear about that.  Seems like I am hearing more and more about these types of “accidents”.  Maybe I am just more aware of the news but I fear that it is happening more and more commonly. 

    Again, so awful, so sorry.

  47. @damonhart I’m saddened to hear that news. I was with a dear friend who was involved in a senseless accident this summer and it made me realize the only bad ride is the one I don’t come home from.  Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends

  48. @Buck Rogers

    Anyone know where The V pint Cogal ordering link/page is?

    I am getting senile b/c I cannot remember where it is and I looked on the Gear Link and the Overall Cogal’s Home link and I cannot find it in either place.

    It’s probably super easy to find and I am just missing it. Maybe it is the post-Cogal Blues clouding my vision (or the episode of acute liver failure from Saturday night?)

    Keepers:  How do we order the Cogal V pints?  I must be getting really old because I do not remember.  On the Gear page they have V pints but nothing about the special Cogal ones.  Any info would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!!!

  49. @Buck Rogers

    Nice photo Buck.

    You know you can fold that tubular under the saddle to become half the size of what you have now.

  50. Listen up West Point Cogal-ettes!  If you want a V pint you need to email me at kbaldwin00@hotmail.com for details on how to get it.  They usually run about $32 dollars not including shipping.  If I do not hear from you by next Friday, you will most probably NOT be able to get one.  All three of us in the heading photo for this Cogal page have one in hand if you are wondering what they look like.  Get back to me in less than a week or you’ll still be drinking your swill from a plastic cup!!!

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