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
Route Details

Ride Classification

// Casually Deliberate (No Drop) // Cogal

  1. @versio


    Speaking of rules, we’ll see if I’ve decided to comply with Rule #33 by then….

    More so than complying is maintaining Rule #33 “” Norelco body shaver!

    I’ve been told Nair is pretty painless… just so long as you keep it away from the *ahem* tender bits. I have yet to find this out though.

  2. Nah just use a beard trimmer to get through the worst of it and then your VMH’s new razor. She’ll love you all the more for it.

  3. @Xyverz



    Speaking of rules, we’ll see if I’ve decided to comply with Rule #33 by then….

    More so than complying is maintaining Rule #33 “” Norelco body shaver!

    I’ve been told Nair is pretty painless… just so long as you keep it away from the *ahem* tender bits. I have yet to find this out though.

    Norelco body shaver covers it all. Takes less than 10 minutes.

  4. Awesome route you picked out. Thinking about flying out for this one. Riding (and drinking beer) in 75 degree weather sounds really good right now as the thermometer tops 100 today.

    Anyone have a recommendation on a place to stay near the start? Also, never flown with my bike… I’ve always heard you are better off shipping your bike via Fedex vs trusting to the airlines.. Any thoughts?

  5. @El Mateo

    Hot damn! There are probably a good number of reasonably affordable options along Highway 101 in Marin, between Mill Valley and San Rafael, depending on what your budget is. Some close enough that you wouldn’t need a car; there is a good private bus service to/from Marin and SF and Oakland airports. Happy to discuss further.

    Where are you flying from? I believe Southwest, which flies to Oakland or SF, has the cheapest domestic baggage price for bikes. No idea about the baggage handling. Probably distrust the baggage handling at SF more; not sure if the airline you’re flying matters so much.

  6. @Nate Flying in from Fort Worth, TX (DFW). Probably on American or Virgin (What a great name for airline). Prefer to stay in a smaller nicer place than your typical biz hotel. It would be great to stay close enough to ride to the start but I can figure out how to get there if not. May or may not get a car depending if I visit my Uncle up in Sea Ranch. Thanks much for any additional info. Looks like a great time- Hopefully I can work it out.

  7. @El Mateo

    I imagine you’d be able to find something smaller/nicer/non-chain that’s close to the start. If you like I’ll have @frank forward you my email address for any other questions you might have e.g. about the convenience of particular lodgings — let me know. Also if you need to facilitate receiving a bike by Fedex.

  8. @El Mateo

    I’ve both flown with my bike and had it shipped via FedEx/UPS. Traveling with the bike is a hassle, but I much prefer it to the week that it takes for the bike to get to the destination (unless you want to pay a lot more to expedite shipping). I do not like going without a bike a week before and a week after my trip, but maybe that’s just me.

    I purchased a Trico Sports Iron Case some years ago, and I love it. It is bombproof and lockable, if you so desire.

  9. COGAL COGAL COGAL IN JUST OVER A WEEK! Looking forward to seeing/meeting everyone who is in. It’s not too late — especially you locals!

  10. Have a blast!

    I look forward to the pics!

  11. @Nate – It’s on my (Google) calander! I will be there! =)

    I feel sorry for the rest of you though, with this being a no-drop ride… I’m such a slow-ass climber. If the weather isn’t so very hot though, I should only be minutes slower, rather than hours. I’m such a pussy in hot weather.

  12. @Flying Crowbar – When you travel with that thing, do you need to take your bars and cranks off as well as the wheels, or just the wheels? It doesn’t look very big…

  13. @Xyverz

    Super. Weather looks beautiful and not too hot. How is the Rule #33 compliance coming?

  14. @Nate I have no Rule #33 compliance yet.

  15. @Xyverz

    I’ll focus on the “yet” and hold out hope, then.

  16. @Xyverz

    Also, it’s a well known fact that shaved guns go uphill faster.

  17. @Xyverz

    @Nate I have no Rule #33 compliance yet.

    Trust me. An electric body shaver makes life quick and easy.

  18. @Xyverz

    Here’s a helper for you:

    I’m absolutely destroyed over missing the Cogal this weekend… fucking job, pulling me out of town (to Pittsburgh no less).

    Have fun all!

  19. PS @Frank, the “link” button is not working for me (Chrome for Mac)

  20. @sgt

    Gutted you can’t make it, mate.

  21. @sgt


    Here’s a helper for you:

    I got one of those bodygroomers and they really are the birds turds.

  22. @sgt – Sorry you can’t make it. :-( Total bummer.

    I remember that article. Still on the fence on this one. Although the thought of public shame at the hands of the other Velominati might be enough to make me do it just this once…

  23. @Xyverz

    I’ll bring my trimmer then.

  24. @Xyverz, @Nate

    Once is never enough….

  25. @sgt

    It’s a lifetime commitment, you’re right.

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

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

  28. @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.

  29. @Xyverz

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

  30. 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.


  31. @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.

  32. @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. ;-)

  33. @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!

  34. 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.

  35. @Nate

    Hope you guys have some pictures to show us soon!

  36. 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…

    [dmalbum: path=”/”/]

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

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

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

  40. @Xyverz

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

    Here’s my Strava for the ride:

  41. @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!)

  42. @Mikael Liddy

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

    There’s an ocean somewhere under that cloud.

  43. @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.

  44. 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!

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

  46. @Mikael Liddy

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

    @G’rilla, @roger

    Would be thrilled to take you gentlemen riding out here.

  47. We gettin’ a ride report up soon?

  48. @Xyverz

    Gotta get mine drafted.

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

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

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