Seattle Summer Cogal 2013: The V-to-V Stage Cogal

Seattle Summer Cogal 2013: The V-to-V Stage Cogal

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After much debate and consideration (read: we got piss drunk after a ride, and started thinking about the next ride) and in full cooperation with the Keepers, we announce the first Stage Cogal, July 27 and 28, 2013 in Packwood, WA.

We adhere strictly to the guiding principles of The Cogal: free to all, open to all. These events are about community, and our love of the Bike. And of suffering. To those ends, even the casual observer will see what we have planned for routes is, in a word, a motherfucker.

Cogals shall be long. And they are all about the bike. It is what you are doing that day. Well, we have extrapolated that to the V-to-V concept on this one, mates. V-to-V: volcano to volcano. These rides are not only long, but we tossed in some vertical. I, for one, am not a climber. But when it is What I Am Doing That Day, it will get it done (I roll a 180mm 50×34 compact connected to a 11×28 for just such emergencies.) As a 2 day stage Cogal, it is what you are doing that weekend.

Day V1 is Packwood to Windy Ridge overlooking (and in) the blast zone of Mt. St. Helens. This route is generally used by a local bike club as a “High Pass Challenge” but we may modify their course a bit. In accordance with Rule #55, we will first ride UP the volcano, then we will ride DOWN the volcano. Route:

Day V2 is Packwood to Paradise on Ti’Swak (or Mt. Rainier to you non-natives) via Stevens Canyon road. I defy anoyone anywhere to find a more beautiful climb, starting at the Grove of the Founders on the east side of the national park. Only exceptions might be the Monuments, like Alpe d’Huez, or the Stelvio, but only because of their associated cycling lore. Route:

Once at the top, you have the option of a Rule #55 descent to Packwood. However, even the most casual observers of these routes will note a significant departure from any other Cogal:

They are out in the middle of fucking nowhere.

Thus, some support will be provided. On Day V1, some neutral, on the road support will be available, soley for transport of fuel and water. There simply are no cafes or shops, so to do these rides, the Keepers’ (or most likely the Keeper’s agent, @eightzero) will have arranged means to refuel for the participants. It may be van support, some caching of supplies, or a combination. On Day V2, there will be neutral fuel/water support on the climb, and an offer of transport of bags to the lodge at paradise the day of the ride. Some of us will be staying at the lodge to Get Shitfaced(tm) with a special keg, in full compliance with the rule of the Cogal requiring post-ride recovery malted beverage consumption. You may ride down, then drive up to join us if you wish, and/or then depart on your own schedule.

Note (and this is very important) the summer schedule for these places fills up quickly and early. Summers are short and spectacular in the PacNW, and people line up to take advantage. The Lodge at Paradise has limited availability, so sign up early. Make early plans for staying in Packwood. For out of towners, SeaTac and Portland International (PDX) offer easy access, but there is an entry fee to the National Park. There are several lodging options in Packwood. We plan an early start both days; and the ride starts on time.

Then prepare to meet The Man With The Hammer.

We ride. VLVV.

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Date - July 27, 2013 - July 28, 2013
9:05 AM - 6:30 PM

Butter Butte Coffee Company

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// Casually Deliberate (No Drop) // Cogal

  1. @PeakInTwoYears


    I’m not getting a lot of wok done this afternoon…

    Use a hotter wok and don’t stir it so much.

    Why aren’t you driving in a car right now?

  2. We’re heading out now. Get there around 6:30, I suspect. See you there!

  3. @eightzero



    Eightzero, et. al,

    Well, shit. I’m pulling a dick move here, and I apologize, but I finally heard back last night that I’m on for climbing Rainier this weekend. Like, ice axe and crampons climbing. That saves y’all from my innumerable rules violations (notably Rule #33 and #65, although my abandon surely violates the spirit of Rule #42), but… Sorry, and good luck out there.

    Not to worry, I am bringing a ringer or two to take your place.

    VMH is attending?

    No VMH; instead, an Anglo-American version of Nairo Quintanaand and possibly a rouler of a Doctor friend from Portland.  Both are Velominati, even if they do not yet know it.  The grimpeur and I should be rolling into town between 7:45 and 8:15.

  4. @frank, @grilla and me enroute around 6. Late arrival.

  5. V + 1 hardmen and one hardwoman killed the first stage of the V to V Cogal.

    I’m completely fucked. Or, on the immortal words of Johan Museeuw: “Can you believe I’m empty?”

    BT dubs, I would happily dope for tomorrows stage. I don’t know how the Tour riders do it.

  6. I’m not going to lie, I am a little worried about my legs tomorrow and would also imbibe a little of “the oil” if offered.  In other news, here’s today’s breakdown off the Garmin: Seattle Summer Cogal 2013 Day 1

    You may note that a couple of top 10s were set.  The first when, at the first whiff of incline, the doors were blown off by @g’rilla (I held on for dear life.)  The second on the decent after I decided it was better to beat feet back to Packwood instead of causing an “accidental” mechanical with my bike so I could climb in the support car.

    Speaking of which, many thanks to @eightzero.  You are a hero.

  7. Absebt VMH wonders how my Keeper Jamie is faring? I have no texts to reassure me about his progress or saying how y’alls adore your musettes. I fear he may have been eaten by a sasquatch….

  8. “Absenr”

  9. Third try. “Absent”!

  10. Here’s the data from Seattle Summer Cogal 2013 Day 2 per the Garmin.  Another KOM (aka me clinging to the back of the pain train) in the first 10 miles.  Gross.

    Also, I saw Keeper Jamie at the top of the mountain today.  Zero cell coverage, but he looked well and in good spirits.

  11. @lance Great rides.  Thanks for sharing these.  Looking forward to the debrief.

  12. The V-to-V 2013 stage cogal complete! The most awesome moment of the Cogal: we finished day V1 at precisely 5 minutes before 5pm. Or more precisely, at “V to V.”

    Plans are being developed for the 2014 Seattle Summer Cogal. It will have special features. Stay tuned. It is tentatively being termed “STV.” (Seattle and Portland riders will recognize the allusion.)

    Joining in on the fun on day V2 were Keeper Jim and his brother, Aaron and Joe. I’ll be assembling the traditional cogal report, so riders send me your “takes” on the inaugural stage cogal.  Send along your pics and we’ll get them all in one place. My email: eightzero [at]

    Will have some pics in an album (if I can figure out how to do that.) Here’s a taste:

  13. Nice job lads (and lady)! It was great weather for being out, pounding out K’s, this weekend in the PNW. I’ll see some of you in a few weeks for Portland Super Cogal!

  14. What a fabulous first Cogal we had.On the drive home now, will send a couple paragraphs to eightzero within the next 24 hrs.

    Eightzero: we owe you. You and the Dr/Mrs are always welcome at the ranch. Hurricane Ridge soon?

  15. @PeakInTwoYears

    What a fabulous first Cogal we had.On the drive home now, will send a couple paragraphs to eightzero within the next 24 hrs.

    Eightzero: we owe you. You and the Dr/Mrs are always welcome at the ranch. Hurricane Ridge soon?

    You are most welcome. Yes, send me some mail, and we’ll coordinate.

  16. My legs are still jacked. I did not have enough recovery between days; rarely have I been so useless on the bike! Incredible day nonetheless, with perfect weather and great friends.

    (Photo uploaded via iPhone on prototype uploader!)

  17. We went back up to the room after breakfast to get our bags, and the smell of Tiger Balm almost knocked us back out through the open door. The next guests are going to think they’ve checked into a retirement home.

  18. @frank

    My legs are still jacked. I did not have enough recovery between days; rarely have I been so useless on the bike! Incredible day nonetheless, with perfect weather and great friends.

    Haha, are you sure you don’t mean you had a little bit too much Blue Spruce between days?

    Here are a couple of heavily filtered (iPhone 4 camera is worthless) shots I took of the mountains: St. Helens / Rainier

  19. Rule #5 on the road, Rule #5 at the bar.  Venga Velominati!

  20. I could get in to that DS thing. I like the idea of the Velominati thinking what I came up with as “diabolical.”

    Cooking up a plan for next year. It gets better. Wait for it….

  21. I’m quite bummed to have missed this one…  Sounds like it was a real snorter…

    I trust no one felt under-exerted or under-beveraged?

  22. Even keeping a little in reserve to stay with the VMH (that’s my excuse and I am not relinquishing it so if you feel like giving me any shit about it just go diddle yourself in advance), it wrecked me pretty well. I at least tried to hydrate adequately. Sunday I woke up with a gravelly throat from attempting to make myself understood over the generalized shouting of gibberish the previous evening.

  23. I’m still hoping to win the Packwood ammunition raffle.

  24. @G’rilla

    .223 or .308!

    I’m sure your reloads are much more accurate, but it’s always good to have an extra case around.

  25. Keep those cogal “takes” coming. I have @peaks and @jamie’s. Send pics. I think I have a few, including one of a passed out @Frank.I think I broke him with the wild turkey. And a couple hundred K.

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