Portland Super Cogal V2.1 2013- CANCELLED

Portland Super Cogal V2.1 2013- CANCELLED

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Attention all hands-Cogal has been cancelled as of August 13th.

 

UPDATE: I’ve changed the date from Friday the 16th to Saturday the 17th of August. This should allow folk with Monday thru Friday type jobs a better chance to attend. It’s highly encouraged that you plan on arriving Friday late afternoon, or early evening. Once off I-5, the road is narrow and mountainous. It’s also easier to set up your camp (I’ll have a site or 2 secured) without headlamps. If you plan on attending and don’t have my “real” e-mail addy, RSVP to skbugco@yahoo.com. Hope to see you out there. It’s gong to be HARD.

After some IPA fueled texts between myself, the Dutch Monkey and McSqueak, we decided that it was time to take this whole Cogal thing up a notch. More specifically, we’re aiming for this to be the standard for which all others will be judged by.

The date will be August 17th, 2013. We will roll out from Lower Lewis Falls Campground at 0730 on that day as V after VV will be too late a start. There’s a Cat II 14K in, you know, to warm up. Then we’ll get lulled by the speed of an endless decent some 65K long down to the Columbia River. Short trip up the river to White Salmon WA, then we get to go to “work”. A solid 30K of low angle climbing, except right at the end. Screaming fast decent, and of course, another Cat II. I thought it’d be nice to have a short bit of gravelling at the end. So this route is 210Km long with a solid 2700M of climbing. That’s 130 miles and 8800 feet of climbing for us Americans that can’t visualize that distance in our head.
This Cogal is not for the faint of heart, and you REALLY need to assess your ability to finish this during daylight hours. This is truly going to be Rule V/VV stuff. There will be no sag wagon, and while there are small towns to refuel at, the last 60K there’s nothing except the occasional car and no cell service. Run out of gas, and you’ll be sleeping in alone, in lycra, in Sasquatch Country and/or poison oak, with just carbon to keep you warm.
Once we figure out the number of people giving this a go, we’ll co-ordinate getting cars/ camping supplies to the campsite at the end. The site is wonderful, but there’s no 5 star, marble showers to be had. A glacier fed river will wash away the day. There will be a keg of the PNW’s finest, and Mrs Scaler, Ms McSqueak, and any other tag-along’s that just want to camp, will have food waiting.
The route is tough, the views second to none, and the suffering: glorious.

Event Details

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Date/Time
Date - August 17, 2013
7:35 AM - 8:00 PM

Location
Lower Lewis Falls Campground

Cogal Details
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// Cogal // Rule V (Hard Ride) // Rule VV (Climbing)

  1. @starclimber

    Oh, great, even more climbing. Tempting. Just a month after @urbanwhitetrash and I defenestrate sanity during the STP, thus allowing for recovery and adaptation to a strict climbing-based training diet. And work owes me a month off. Hmmmm.

    Of course you’re coming. How could you not? Did I mention there’s beer at the end?

  2. Beeeeer….

  3. This maps as ~242.74 km on http://www.bikeroutetoaster.com, which is usually spot on for distance. ‘ow’.

  4. My vacation usually happens then, but I think I can move it a week. Count me in.

  5. Here’s the corrected route. @eightzero, I shortened it ~30K so you should be fine now:

    here’s the mapmyshizzle link: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/169893798

    Mo’ betta!

  6. Hmm, trying again:

  7. @scaler911 Oh MAN!!! That looks amazing!  You said that there are gravel patches and rough roads?  Looks like it will be perfect for 28 mm tubulars.   You guys are going to have a BLAST!

  8. no shortage of killer cogals this year, holy cow @scaler911, way to put on a dooooozy!

  9. Yikes! The verticals still is…substantial. And gravel? Dunno…maybe still best to DS this…

    fortunately I am 6 months from peaking…

  10. GLORIOUS GRAVEL!

  11. That route looks fucking awesome. Primarily wooded, in the middle of fucking nowhere. Lemme guess, ‘very few cars’. I think I’m in.

  12. Is there a reason this is on a friday?

  13. @urbanwhitetrash

    Is there a reason this is on a friday?

    Traffic.

  14. Traffic…what? Increases on weekends on the route? Makes camping unpossible?

  15. @starclimber

    Traffic…what? Increases on weekends on the route? Makes camping unpossible?

    exactly. I’ll have secured campsites, but it’s safer to do this route when it’s not a Saturday with drunken hillbilly’s careening about in oversized SUV’s,  looking to shoot up road signs and the occasional lycra clad wuss.

  16. “And I thought, so this is Oregon, huh? Tolerent Oregon?”

    Well, this certainly does put a kink in the road trip plans.

  17. @urbanwhitetrash

    “And I thought, so this is Oregon, huh? Tolerent Oregon?”

    Well, this certainly does put a kink in the road trip plans.

    Well, if it turns out that a bunch can’t make it because it’s on Friday, there’s plenty of time to change it to Saturday.

  18. Do we have the campsites through Sunday, or just Saturday?

  19. @urbanwhitetrash Actually since it is north of the mighty Columbia it is Washington State.  We all wish there was more tolerance everywhere.

  20. @Lukas

    …. and we all know how fucked up everyone from Washington is.

    Right?

  21. @mcsqueak I represent that remark.

  22. I might have to get off my fat arse and start training so I can get in on this.

  23. @mcsqueak

    @Lukas

    …. and we all know how fucked up everyone from Washington is.

    Right?

    That’s the truth right there.

    We can have the campsites for up to 2 weeks. I’m guessing some will stay till Sunday. If we do the ride Friday, there could be some fun short rides around the campground Saturday, and if some were really gluttons: bring your MTB or ‘cross rig for some of the best single track in SW Washington. (Lewis River Creek Trail).

  24. @scaler911

    @starclimber

    Traffic…what? Increases on weekends on the route? Makes camping unpossible?

    exactly. I’ll have secured campsites, but it’s safer to do this route when it’s not a Saturday with drunken hillbilly’s careening about in oversized SUV’s, looking to shoot up road signs and the occasional lycra clad wuss.

    Ah, that. ‘People’. For some reason, possibly the enormous increase in charity rides, fondos, etc, the local yahooism has decreased significantly over the years. Everybody knows or is related to someone who’s a cyclist, making it slightly poor form to run them off the road. Not that I’d press my luck, having had a truck driver slowly cruise by with inches to spare and a deep water filled ditch a mere 6 inches of tarmac away.  There’s still plenty malicious, ignorant assholes out there.

  25. @starclimber

    Yeah I don’t have problems often, and sometimes it seems like riding away from the city is more relaxed than in the city, as there is plenty of room to go around you and not much traffic. Though last August I was riding the road that wraps around Mt. Bachelor and I had an asshole with a camper trailer honk and me and pass me with about six inches to spare. Scare the shit out of me…

    Then there were the guys cutting wood on the first Portland cogal, who much to my relief yelled “you’re almost to the top” while revving their chainsaws…

  26. This sounds like fun so count me in. This will be my first cogal, any tips or etiquette I need to be aware of?

    BTW, google maps has it as ‘lower falls campground washington’, for some strange reason I couldn’t find it looking for ‘Lower Lewis Falls Campground’

  27. @kenl

    This sounds like fun so count me in. This will be my first cogal, any tips or etiquette I need to be aware of?

    BTW, google maps has it as ‘lower falls campground washington’, for some strange reason I couldn’t find it looking for ‘Lower Lewis Falls Campground’

    A couple guidelines: You need to be able to finish the thing (as stated in the article above, it’s long, hard, remote and “unsupported”). Cussing like a sailor is encouraged, and beer drinking ability will be judged (along with the standard “Rules”).

    The campground (car camping) is here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/giffordpinchot/recarea/?recid=72011

    About a month before this goes down, keep your eyes peeled on the site, as @McSqueak and myself will be getting a head count so we know how many to prepare for, and further instructions.

    Better start doing hill repeats!

  28. @scaler911

    A couple guidelines: You need to be able to finish the thing (as stated in the article above, it’s long, hard, remote and “unsupported”). Cussing like a sailor is encouraged, and beer drinking ability will be judged (along with the standard “Rules”).

    The campground (car camping) is here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/giffordpinchot/recarea/?recid=72011

    About a month before this goes down, keep your eyes peeled on the site, as @McSqueak and myself will be getting a head count so we know how many to prepare for, and further instructions.

    Better start doing hill repeats!

    Got it, thanks.

    I’m pretty sure that I can at least handle the cussing requirement: U.S. Navy 1983 – 1988.

  29. @scaler911

    @mcsqueak

    @Lukas

    …. and we all know how fucked up everyone from Washington is.

    Right?

    That’s the truth right there.

    We can have the campsites for up to 2 weeks. I’m guessing some will stay till Sunday. If we do the ride Friday, there could be some fun short rides around the campground Saturday, and if some were really gluttons: bring your MTB or ‘cross rig for some of the best single track in SW Washington. (Lewis River Creek Trail).

    Saturday ride would be better.  But if we ride on Fri, can we stay at the campsite on Thu night?  It’s a long drive from Seattle area to be there for a 7:30 start.

  30. *Raises Hand*

    In favour of having this ride on Saturday. Much easier to justify a single day off work, rather than two.

  31. I live in the area, just stumbled upon this ride and hope to be able to make it work with my schedule.  I’d say it seems like a super smart call to do it on a Friday, given the time of year and popularity of the area.  Sticking around and riding local single track would make for a really fun weekend for folks that have long travel.  Great trails abound.

  32. Burned the fries just reading about it and will still be two months from peaking on THAT weekend, next year will lay out the pain.  Im marking my calendar tonight.  Sure it will be glorious!

  33. @urbanwhitetrash

    “And I thought, so this is Oregon, huh? Tolerent Oregon?”

    Well, this certainly does put a kink in the road trip plans.

    Great Dead Kennedys reference!

  34. I’ll update this later this week, but we’re going to do the actual ride on Saturday the 17th so that @urbanwhitetrash, @superfed and a couple others can make it.

    Whoever is coming has to plan on arriving at camp no later than Friday evening since we’ll HAVE to roll by 07-0730 in order to pull this off.

    Auto traffic will be higher, but still better than downtown PDX I’m sure.

  35. @scaler911

    I’ll update this later this week, but we’re going to do the actual ride on Saturday the 17th so that @urbanwhitetrash, @superfed and a couple others can make it.

    Whoever is coming has to plan on arriving at camp no later than Friday evening since we’ll HAVE to roll by 07-0730 in order to pull this off.

    Auto traffic will be higher, but still better than downtown PDX I’m sure.

    Thanks for the Sat start!

  36. I need a head count! Who’s coming (besides me, Frank, and @superfed)? Mrs. Scaler is going up to the campsite next weekend so we can get a good one (or 2). email me  at skbugco@yahoo.com ASAP!

  37. Meeee!

  38. I’m pretty sure I’m in.

  39. Sorry, email sent.

  40. Wishing I could be there… but I’m gonna have to miss this one. Hopefully I’ll be in condition to catch the next one. =)

  41. You’re healing up well, I hope?

  42. Sadly, I’m out. No way I could ride this, and DS duties precluded by domestic circumstances.

    Hope you all enjoy!

  43. RSVP on the tandem; it’s own perversely V experience…

  44. @Jamie  Dude. You and the VMH are hitting this on the tandem? Chapeau.

    @eightzero  You will be missed! Shari and I missed your aid and succor yesterday, riding Hurricane Ride from the house (160km as we did it). You guys really should join us for this. It’s a fabulicious day on the bike.

    How many Velominati should ride from The Ranch, here, up Hurricane Ridge and back? Lots, that’s how many. There’s no hot tub, but you can buy Wild Turkey just down the road.

  45. @eightzero

    @Jamie

    @PeakInTwoYears

    Bummer (8/0). Cool, Jamie! Already been chatting to you Peakin’.

  46. It’s with great disappointment that I announce that the PDX Super Cogal is canceled. 
    Yesterday I had another person back out, so that would leave 4 of us riding. That, combined with a banged up from a recent car accident Mrs Scaler, has me thinking it’s too much for too little. 
    I’m sorry if this puts anyone “out” for plans that they have made. I’m more than a little bummed, but perhaps there’s time to pull off a ‘easier’ Cogal before winter sets in. 
    Again, sorry………
  47. @scaler911

    It’s with great disappointment that I announce that the PDX Super Cogal is canceled.
    Yesterday I had another person back out, so that would leave 4 of us riding. That, combined with a banged up from a recent car accident Mrs Scaler, has me thinking it’s too much for too little.
    I’m sorry if this puts anyone “out” for plans that they have made. I’m more than a little bummed, but perhaps there’s time to pull off a ‘easier’ Cogal before winter sets in.
    Again, sorry………

    That’s me at fault for backing out due to a last-minute work trip down to ATL. So disappointed. Next year – or maybe we’ll do an emergency short-notice rescheduling.

    What a massive bummer. Sorry guys – and sorry Scaler for all the work you put into this.

  48. All right then, –

    To the Coganalia in Kirkland, WA the following week it is!

    ‘Tis but a short drive from Portland, there’s plenty of Wild Turkey, and the ride will represent a ‘kinder, gentler” Velominati.  There’s plenty of room for folks to spend Friday and / or Saturday.  Since we don’t roll until 11:00 AM, you could easily leave the house Saturday morning at 07:00, stop for breakfast on the way, and still be on site in plenty of  time for pre-ride stroopwafel and espresso.

    (Of course, if eating and drinking are not your thing, you could always continue north for the Vancouver Cogal instead.)

  49. @Jamie

    and the ride will represent a ‘kinder, gentler” Velominati. 

    Oh, my, that is a nice-looking bridge. How much did you say you were asking?

  50. @PeakInTwoYears

    @Jamie

    and the ride will represent a ‘kinder, gentler” Velominati.

    Oh, my, that is a nice-looking bridge. How much did you say you were asking?

    You can put it on layaway.  I’ll let you know when you’re paid up.

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