San Francisco Bay Area Cogal

San Francisco Bay Area Cogal

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The ride will start and finish at Corte Madera Park on Pixley Drive in Corte Madera, just of highway 101 in Marin. We have 150 km to cover, and we’ll start promptly at V past 9.

The first few miles will be a neutralized start through back streets of Marin, winding through a couple quaint and ritzy towns.  Before long we’ll head out onto country roads, making a big loop through agricultural and coastal West Marin, where we may encounter such elements as wind, fog, sun, aging hippies and cowshit.  We’ll keep the pace on this portion of the ride Casually Deliberate, stopping to regroup and probably to refuel in Pt. Reyes Station, and otherwise as appropriate, then heading up the coast to climb the Marshall Wall and exploring some isolated roads on the border of Marin and Sonoma Counties.

Once we’ve got 100 kms in the legs, we’ll head back through Fairfax and climb over Mt. Tamalpais (allegedly, the birthplace of mountain biking), via the Bolinas-Fairfax Road and Alpine Lake to Ridgecrest, which is sure to cause some real suffering and the abandonment of any remaining pretense to casualness.  At the top of Bo-Fax you’ll feel you’ve already climbed a mountain, only to have a rendezvous with the Seven Sisters, 7 steep, short climbs overlooking Stinson Beach and the Pacific Ocean.  You will call them something less courteous by the time they are down with you.  From there we’ll have a magnificent descent into Mill Valley, and one last short climb and descent back to the start.  Following that we will repair to the Marin Brewing Co. for Malted Recovery Beverages and food that will not be English Curry.

We hope you can join us.  VLVV.

Event Details

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Date - July 14, 2012
9:05 AM - 6:00 PM

Corte Madera Town Park

Cogal Details
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Ride Classification

// Casually Deliberate (No Drop) // Cogal

  1. Good roads, fine weather and excellent company are in store.  Saturday can’t get here soon enough!

  2. Hey Nate, do you have a cue sheet we can print out for this ride?

  3. @Xyverz

    You could try to print one from the MapMyRide link, but I’m going to bring some along that have been edited for clarity and can be affixed to stem or toptube or put in pocket.

  4. @Xyverz

    Do you have an iPhone or little point and shoot camera we can bring to get some snaps?

  5. Its with great regret that I won’t be able to make this, fellas. Been looking forward to this for a long time, but work conspired to keep me off the road today as planned in order to make it to SFO in time for this.

    As the founder of this awesome community and with the Cogals being my brainchild, its been incredible to watch them start to develop a little bit. To say I’m disappointed not to be able to join you crazies is more than an understatement.

    Have fun, and down an extra pint for me.


  6. @frank

    Our road to Awesomeville will have to pass through Guttedtown.  We’ll drink long drafts down to you and the Keepers when we’re done.

  7. @Nate – I have a Galaxy Nexus that I’ll be bringing. I may also bring my point-and-shoot. I won’t be able to use it for directions because the battery life sucks on it.

    @frank  – Oh bummer! I was really looking forward to meeting you in person. *sobs* I was even 75% sure I was going to go for Rule #33 compliance, just this once. ;-)

  8. @all

    It has come to my attention that my younger son has been spreading rumors that we’re riding with Phillippe Gilbert tomorrow.  This is unfortunately and/or fortunately not the case as Mr. Gilbert is currently in France.


    @frank  – Oh bummer! I was really looking forward to meeting you in person. *sobs* I was even 75% sure I was going to go for Rule #33 compliance, just this once. ;-)

    At least @frank won’t be putting you in the gutter for using emoticons!

  9. Another Cogal in the books!  Thanks @Xyverz, @Dave R and velomilurker Brooke for coming out.  A perfect day of riding in the perfect place for riding.  VLVV.

  10. @Nate

    Hope you guys have some pictures to show us soon!

  11. Here ya go! Please excuse the red-eye in the restaurant photos. Sadly, the photo of all four of us was really blurry. :-( I’ll upload it if you still want to see it…

  12. Oh, and the solo photo of the bicycle is my Rule #4 shot.

  13. @Nate My ride report should be sitting in your emailbox now.

  14. Looks like a cracking day out, love the shot from above the cloudline.

  15. @Xyverz

    Thanks for posting those — got the report and will pull them all together.

    Here’s my Strava for the ride:

  16. @Mikael Liddy – It was a great day!

    Here’s my strava for the ride – with an hour more ride time than Nate. (Oh Merckx, I’m slow!)

  17. @Mikael Liddy

    Looks like a cracking day out, love the shot from above the cloudline.

    There’s an ocean somewhere under that cloud.

  18. @Nate I’m jealous, all our hills take us up in to the fog but never above it. Makes for a less than enjoyable start to any descent.

  19. Can’t argue with a white helmet. Looks pro.

    I travel to the Bay area every few months and usually bring my bike. I’ll try to contact one of you the next time I’m there!

  20. absolutely great looking route! will have to find myself a bike case and make a west coast cogal sooner than later

  21. @Mikael Liddy

    I’ve been up on that ridge in the fog/drizzle and a 35 kph cross wind.  It was brutal.


    Would be thrilled to take you gentlemen riding out here.

  22. We gettin’ a ride report up soon?

  23. @Xyverz

    Gotta get mine drafted.

  24. I know I’m a bit late, but I just ordered my SF Bay Cogal V-Pint. w00t!

  25. @Nate – I hate to sound impatient or like a broken record, but … ride report? =)

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