London Cogal 2013

London Cogal 2013

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London Calling

A London Cogal was discussed a few months ago but didn’t get beyond a casual conversation. This week’s sad news about @itburns has made me realise how much this community means to people and that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is not an option.

London calling to the faraway towns

The London Cogal will start from the Mall and head roughly South West to Havant on the coast, possibly taking in a loop of Box Hill.

Route: Something like this (Subject to some modification and refinement)

The ride out of London will should serve as a good leg loosener, a steady build up to speed by the time we hit the countryside rather than it being fast from the go. The route isn’t quite nailed down yet (we’ll refine it over the next month or so) but there are plenty of stunning roads through that part of the country. If you’ve got any thoughts, email me on the address below.

The route is generally lumpy, crossing the South Downs, so it make sense to make it a no drop day but if there’s a decent number of attendees, two groups might be the sensible way forward.

The Royal Oak in Havant is an ideal spot for post ride recovery beverages and protein replenishment. Lamb Shanks or Beef and Ale pie will go down particularly well if it’s a Rule #9 day. After that it’ll be a short ride to Havant Station to get the train back into London.

For those in the South West/South of London and not wanting to head into the centre of town the route will take us through either Richmond Park or Clapham Junction/Common so we could pause briefly to pick up attendees a second rendezvous point.

Email me at london.cogal@gmail.com if you’re interested and with your thoughts on the route.

The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in

The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak

Event Details

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Date/Time
Date - October 13, 2013
9:05 AM - 9:00 PM

Location
Admiralty Arch

Cogal Details
Route Details

Ride Classification

// Casually Deliberate (No Drop)

  1. @Chris Just trying to do you nancy’s a favour. But carry on if you wish. We’re all dying to hear if you wear your DaFeet gloves or your Rapha socks or your Castelli cockring.

  2. @harminator

    Whilst you might have a valid point about some of the cakewaffle, the last time any of you Aussies discussed a ride there were about 300 comments about those dangerous magpies trying to attack you before you all started accusing each other of bothering sheep (again).

  3. @norm Go easy on him, it hasn’t been a good year for the Aussies, success in any sporting endeavour has been as conspicuously absent as Andy Schlecks descending and time trialling skills.

  4. Great! See how much more interesting this thread is already?

    Yeah. Aussie sport is going through a re-building period. Every few years we take a stiff broom to some  flatlining sporting arena and show the competition how to step it up a couple of notches. To your credit the English (or British when it suits you) are actually quite astute and immediately begin to try to imitate our superior methods and insert them into your magnificent archaic sporting institutions. After few fuddy-duddy administrators die, you employ an Aussie coach or two and import a couple of South African athletes and hey presto – you’re on top!

  5. @Harminator

    Great! See how much more interesting this thread is already?

    Yeah. Aussie sport is going through a re-building period. Every few years we take a stiff broom to some flatlining sporting arena and show the competition how to step it up a couple of notches. To your credit the English (or British when it suits you) are actually quite astute and immediately begin to try to imitate our superior methods and insert them into your magnificent archaic sporting institutions. After few fuddy-duddy administrators die, you employ an Aussie coach or two and import a couple of South African athletes and hey presto – you’re on top!

    Hmm – and I guess there have been no Pacific Islanders that have played for Aussie rugby teams (league and union)?

  6. @Harminator

    I can’t wait for the London Cogal. Mainly because it will bring to an end the number of inane, fiddle-farting, micro-organizational comments here. You’d think you lot were coordinating the Olympic opening ceremony. Wasn’t it one of your lot who commented that the best expeditions were planned on the back of an envelope? 348 comments and counting! Worse still, all under that iconic image of musical anarchy – “Mick – do you think I’ll be warm enough in my torn jeans and sleeveless tartan shirt?”

    Enjoy your ride. Seriously. I hope its raining sideways. (Its the UK – remember your mudguards…)

    What you need to realize is, that for London and Londoners there is nothing else which is near as important, everything and everywhere else is strictly second rate, if that. ‘Tis the centre of the universe, apparently, so cut them some slack, poor souls, it’s their first cogal, they are playing catch up here.

  7. @strathlubnaig

    @Harminator

    I can’t wait for the London Cogal. Mainly because it will bring to an end the number of inane, fiddle-farting, micro-organizational comments here. You’d think you lot were coordinating the Olympic opening ceremony. Wasn’t it one of your lot who commented that the best expeditions were planned on the back of an envelope? 348 comments and counting! Worse still, all under that iconic image of musical anarchy – “Mick – do you think I’ll be warm enough in my torn jeans and sleeveless tartan shirt?”

    Enjoy your ride. Seriously. I hope its raining sideways. (Its the UK – remember your mudguards…)

    What you need to realize is, that for London and Londoners there is nothing else which is near as important, everything and everywhere else is strictly second rate, if that. ‘Tis the centre of the universe, apparently, so cut them some slack, poor souls, it’s their first cogal, they are playing catch up here.

    They are a nation obsessed by directions and the weather.

    And tea.

    And direction finding to a decent cup of tea in weather.

  8. @strathlubnaig

    …there is nothing else which is near as important, everything and everywhere else is strictly second rate, if that. ‘Tis the centre of the universe, apparently…

    Right, now that the provinces and the colonies seem to be getting the idea, we can get back to the important details.

    Is the tea at the Box Hill cafe served loose leaf a tea pot or do they use tea bags?

  9. My soft southern credentials are all in order I drink green tea! On rides though, it’s Italian style coffee all the way.

    I am invoking the masturbation principle on all my rule violations, hoping you guys won’t notice, yeah, like fuck…

  10. Say what you like about Australians – their wine’s good…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbOZccv9ym8

  11. @strathlubnaig

    @Harminator

    What you need to realize is, that for London and Londoners there is nothing else which is near as important, everything and everywhere else is strictly second rate, if that. ‘Tis the centre of the universe, apparently, so cut them some slack, poor souls, it’s their first cogal, they are playing catch up here.

    What you colonials, provincials, arrivistes and other pitifully benighted foreigners need to realise is that we’re right.

    You were on the right track though, well done.

    Back to the weather … my wife is trying to talk me into riding the Roberts in touring mode – with guards and a pannier to take a change of clothes, as it won’t be the ride which kills me but the hours spent afterwards trying to get home while cold and wet.

    I have tried to explain to her that Eddy Merckx wouldn’t have.

    Funnily enough she doesn’t seem to think that’s a valid reason, as I am not Eddy Merckx. She is of course correct on both points and I will no doubt wish I had listened to her.

  12. If anyone is coming in on the train from Woking you can chuck some dry clothing in my car and Mrs T will meet us down in Havant.  I’m also planning on throwing in some spare dry T-shirts but as I am size “climber” (by definition not necessarily performance) those of size “rouleur” my be challenged but I think I have some large size freebie stuff around somewhere.  I’m planning on targeting the 7:42 with the 7:58 as a reserve.

    Who wants a lift back to the Guildford area and surrounds so that I can make sure I put sufficient bike racks on the car?

  13. Have a fantastic ride guys. Just sorry I can’t be there.

  14. In fact if anyone wants to meet up somewhere on the S side of London near the A3 area this evening I could pick up some dry gear for Heather to bring down tomorrow.

  15. @Teocalli

    In fact if anyone wants to meet up somewhere on the S side of London near the A3 area this evening I could pick up some dry gear for Heather to bring down tomorrow.

    That’s a tempting thought and a kind offer… I’ll be in Wimbledon late this afternoon into early evening on a shopping trip with my daughter (don’t ask). Would that work ?

  16. Yes I could pop up to Wimbledon later where and what would suit you?  You can email me as easier to pick up.

  17. @Mike_P Thanks Mike, only a few hours to go!

  18. if its anything like my ride this morning… it’ll be fully ‘ Rule #9 ‘ !

  19. @edster99

    if its anything like my ride this morning… it’ll be fully ‘ Rule #9 ‘ !

    Yup that was a bit brutal (British understatement).  96 miles and somewhat eventful.  Will not spoil the team writeup to come.

  20. @Teocalli

    @edster99

    if its anything like my ride this morning… it’ll be fully ‘ Rule #9 ‘ !

    Yup that was a bit brutal (British understatement). 96 miles and somewhat eventful. Will not spoil the team writeup to come.

    oops sorry 154 Km – my excuse is I’m knackered and just recovering from mild hypothermia.

  21. It was biblical…

    There won’t be a lot of photos – it didn’t stop raining the whole day, and we were too cold and wet to take gloves off.

    But here’s one to be going on with… Nigel’s Cock (Roadslave525).

    As well as Cocking we also passed through Lickfold.

    And when we weren’t Carry On Cogaling we were in the Lord of the Chainrings going through dark forests leading to Lurgashall, Lodsworth and Winterfold.

    Full report to come, once I stop shivering, but many thanks to Teocalli’s wife Heather for driving down and bringing a bag of dry clothes. That saved me.

  22. Awesome day out and chapeau to everyone who made it. As @ChrisO said, truly biblical.

    I’m still trying to warm up. This is helping (strictly medicinal of course):

  23. Congrats on the successful ride.

    on a side note @Chris what do you think of that tomatin 18? I am always looking for another bottle of good scotch to compliment my shelves.

  24. @DCR Absolutely love the Tomatin. It’s certainly up there as one of my favorites with the likes of Bruichladdich. I’ve got a bottle of Balvenie to try next as well as a small advance tasting bottle of an 11 year old Benrinnes bottled in 1998.

    I haven’t been drinking much of the stuff recently. As a drinker I’m a crap cyclist and as a cyclist I’m an even worse drinker. I’ve also complicated matters by getting rather into Armagnac.

    Last night seemed to be a good time for it though.

  25. @Chris I generally find that most days, especially those with riding in them, are good for a glass of scotch. I have had balvenie and enjoyed it. I am currently on a bottle of glenlivet 21 year and finished off my bottle of glenmorangie a week ago. I will have to find a bottle of the tomatin locally.

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