Seattle Ronde

Seattle Ronde

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In honor of de Ronde van Vlaanderen, we will be hosting a Cogal in the urban Seattle area. Route to be determined, but plan on a moderately hilly opening 80km around Lake Washington and Mercer Island before hitting the historic cobbles on Captial Hill and Queen Anne near downtown Seattle. Total length of the ride is about 115km; but the last 30 are what really count.

We’ll be leaving from Brouwer’s Café in Fremont at 10:05. No support vehicle is expected, but we’ll have lots of opportunity to refuel along the way. I will pre-ride the route a few days in advance and post GPX files and a queue sheet. The ride is intended to be no-drop, but due to the amount of climbing, we may break into separate groups before meeting back at Brouwer’s for post-ride recovery ales.

Join us one and all to get a very minor taste what its like to ride de Ronde!

Event Details

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Date/Time
Date - April 06, 2014
10:05 AM - 6:00 PM

Location
Brouwers

Cogal Details
Route Details


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

  1. Good speed and Godspeed on tomorrow’s Ronde in Seattle.

  2. Scratch that. But they are good pastries!

  3. Well, I guess time’s up for me to sit on the fence about this one.  I’m going to crawl out of bed in the morning and ride the tank (cross bike, long story) over to Freemont.  That should put me far enough into the hurt locker that I’ll be racing the sag wagon all day, but I still think I owe everyone a round of beer from the V to V cogal.

  4. Have we decided what to wear tomorrow?

    Full kneewarmers and armwarmers or just Summer kit? I might go with arm warmers and embro and maybe the gilet.

  5. I’m going to dress as light as I can get away with. Looks like it’s going to warm up a bit.

  6. Have a great ride! Looking forward to the report and photos.

  7. I want to bring a backpack with post ride clothes for recovery beverages. Is anyone going to have a car parked at Brouwers and be willing to let me stash my bag?

  8. I woi

    @Nik

    I want to bring a backpack with post ride clothes for recovery beverages. Is anyone going to have a car parked at Brouwers and be willing to let me stash my bag?

    I will.

  9. Quite the tight looking group at the Seattle Ronde today. Nice, peeps.

  10. Lookin’ good you bastards!

  11. How many were/are there? Quite the Velaton.

  12. Maybe “Veloton”?

  13. @frank 16 riders if that is your guy at the back of this shot. Kudos to the gruppo!

  14. Let it be known that I completed my ride of shame.  Save my tab for the Summer cogal.

  15. @lance You should have stuck with me and Jeff. We eventually caught back up with the group on Mercer Island.

    Thanks everyone for a great Cogal! I had to head home early to take a practice test, but I had a lot of fun and I hope I can make it to the next one.

  16. Hey cogal pals!  Really good riding with you all today — beer afterward, too.  Thanks for organizing!   — Chance (guy on the Dean in the FareStart kit and the blue jacket at the beer garden afterward)

  17. THAT WAS AWESOME!!!!!

  18. Awesome to meet all of you and get a fantastic ride in as well.  – Thatcher AKA the guy on the Jake The Snake

  19. Great ride was had by all. Sorry I had to tap out on the last 15km of the ride. Oh, and thanks to whomever tipped the border guards off, they were expecting me.

  20. Fabulous day. I especially enjoyed climbing obscenely steep cobbled roads, one after the other, after doing a brisk 90 kilometers, just trying to keep up. Really, I did. The cobbles more than made up for having to drink beer with you folks afterward.

    Oh, and a special public thanks to Jamie for putting me up the night before and showing me the utmost hospitality. Jamie is truly awesome, and you all owe it to yourselves to stay at his place at some point.

  21. That was a really good time, guys. =)

  22. Solid ride by everyone who showed up. This is what Velominati is about.

  23. Wow, what a great ride. Those last sections of pave were truly hell…

    Thanks for the great ride guys, well worth the drive from Spokangeles.

  24. Thanks for putting on such a great ride guys, looking forward to many more! (One of the many Jeff’s in attendance- camo vest, black and white kit)

  25. A Merckxy time was had by all. Thanks Everyone; thanks Jaime for DSing and the lift when I cracked.

  26. @unversio

    @frank 16 riders if that is your guy at the back of this shot. Kudos to the Gruppo!

    I think we started with 18 or so, but lost a few along the way. It was a bit of a soul crushing route! Next time we’ll add some more distance and hills.

  27. @lance

    Let it be known that I completed my ride of shame. Save my tab for the Summer cogal.

    That was a tough day to choose 32mm knobies.

  28. @TBONE

    Great ride was had by all. Sorry I had to tap out on the last 15km of the ride. Oh, and thanks to whomever tipped the border guards off, they were expecting me.

    You missed the best part of the ride. 14 secteurs on Queene Anne to add to the four we did on Capital Hill.

    The last six up Warren were truly humbling. The second to last one looks like its going to tumble down on you.

  29. We have a perfect record of no douchebags (aside from me) showing up to Cogals. What an awesome group of men and women! Thanks everyone for making Velominati so fun.

  30. @frank

    We have a perfect record of no douchebags (aside from me) showing up to Cogals.

    I must be losing my touch…

  31. @frank

    We have a perfect record of no douchebags (aside from me) showing up to Cogals. What an awesome group of men and women! Thanks everyone for making Velominati so fun.

    This can’t be over-stated. I’ve done group rides with total DBs. Never happens on cogals. Maybe it is because we take our rides seriously…or not too seriously. We seem to strike a balance.

    Watch the cogals pages for more coming up in Seattle this year. STV; V-to-V part deux; Whidbey fall cogal (now an annual event.) There was a rumor of a Hurricane Ridge cogal.

  32. +1 for Hurricane Ridge. I’ve wanted to do that for years. I have a friend or two that would come along.

  33. @frank

    @unversio

    @frank 16 riders if that is your guy at the back of this shot. Kudos to the Gruppo!

    I think we started with 18 or so, but lost a few along the way. It was a bit of a soul crushing route! Next time we’ll add some more distance and hills.

    Counted 18 from the chrissyone Facebook post — whether the start or finish. Ye all looked good.

  34. I am truly gutted that I couldn’t make it to this ride… but I like the sound of that Hurricane Ridge ride.

  35. Oh, my dears.

    The VMH and I are looking forward to hosting a Hurricane of a cogal this August. 160km or so round trip from our Compound, to include 1500 meters of utterly unrelenting climbing in the middle of it, followed immediately by one of the sweetest descents you’ll  do this side of those Rocky Mountains or Les Alpes. I’ll get a date and narrative and route submitted soon.

    VLVV.

  36. @ChrissyOne

    Your photography skills are indeed impressive. @PeakingInTwoYears and I look approximately the same height.

    @PeakInTwoYears

    Oh, my dears.

    The VMH and I are looking forward to hosting a Hurricane of a cogal this August. 160km or so round trip from our Compound, to include 1500 meters of utterly unrelenting climbing in the middle of it, followed immediately by one of the sweetest descents you’ll do this side of those Rocky Mountains or Les Alpes. I’ll get a date and narrative and route submitted soon.

    VLVV.

    Will that dead bouquet and vase you use in as your avatar be in attendance?

  37. @frank

    Visual perspective is a cunt, isn’t it?

    That badger bristle shaving brush–un blaireau, for the uninitiated–is my personal talisman that gets my fat little ass up climbs. So, yeah, it’ll be there.

  38. This is the real reason I came to your fair city:

    I’ll be in my bunk.

  39. @frank

    @ChrissyOne

    Your photography skills are indeed impressive. @PeakingInTwoYears and I look approximately the same height.

    I actually didn’t like how you looked in this one, so I dropped in another pic of you.
    I also made myself taller, but of course you can’t tell.

  40. It’s good to see there have been enough people lobbing shit Frank’s way for that helmet, he’s been making plenty of statements about thinking the black version of it was growing on him, but I didn’t know he’d actually been dumb enough to buy one!

  41. He wouldn’t take it off. I bet he’s still wearing it.

  42. @ChrissyOne

    He wouldn’t take it off. I bet he’s still wearing it.

    Is he wearing a helmet ?

  43. @Barracuda

    @ChrissyOne

    He wouldn’t take it off. I bet he’s still wearing it.

    Is he wearing a helmet ?

    It’s hard to say. His head is nearly as big as mine.

  44. @Mikael Liddy

    It’s good to see there have been enough people lobbing shit Frank’s way for that helmet, he’s been making plenty of statements about thinking the black version of it was growing on him, but I didn’t know he’d actually been dumb enough to buy one!

    What in the world makes you think I bought it?

  45. My Evade experimentation leads me to conclude:

    HOW YOU THINK YOU LOOK

    HOW YOU LOOK

  46. @frank Made my day! Love your work!

  47. @frank touche

  48. @Mikael Liddy

    @frank touche

    It quite literally landed on my doorstep with a note saying if I’d like to pay for it I should make a donation to the Canadian Vet fund.

    Its very comfortable in cold weather but anything over 10C and my head feels like its going to burst.

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