Seattle Summer Cogal

Seattle Summer Cogal

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The ride starts and finishes at the Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville WA. This is an easy location for visitors to Seattle. Plan is a V past VV departure, giving ample time for a tour of the beautiful Snoqualmie river valley after the obligatory pre ride espressi. There are a few semi-urban areas to traverse, but the return to the brewery should provide a pleasant post-ride food and fresh malted beverage experience. The ride is mostly gentle country roads, but includes both the Tolt River Climb and the Ames Lake Climb after some flat touring to soften the guns. Be advised that experienced riders will mark the heads of state on 12% Tolt, then after the technical descent are sure to launch the selection attack at the base of the longer, yet less steep Ames Lake climb. A regroup is likely on the long descent back to a short section of bike path to the brewery –  a sprint finish is likely, but experienced riders of the route will know that presence of YJAs and Hairy Hippie Douchbags may require vigilance in the lead out (especially on a Saturday.)

Plan is for a Casually Deliberate pace – regroups as needed or desired, but as you can see from the profile, the peloton is likely to enjoy a quiet day of touring. Except of course we all expect the blistering initial attack from @cyclops at the drop of the gun after the neutral pull out from the brewery. There are nice locally owned places for refuel in both Duvall and Carnation.

As is the tradition, a Friday night pre ride revelry event will be planned and discussed in the comments.

VLVV

Event Details

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Date/Time
Date - June 16, 2012
10:05 AM - 6:00 PM

Location
Red Hook Brewery

Cogal Details
Route Details

Ride Classification

// Casually Deliberate (No Drop) // Cogal

  1. @eightzero

    @frank any sign of The V-pints? Maybe bring them Friday night to rays? My VMH will be meeting up with us post ride at the brewery, and I can get them to her for distribution.

    We ride, mofos!

    Uh…We just discovered a problem with the order chain and the Cogal V-Pints. So…NO. Seattle V-Pints will be shipped direct and not on time for festivities. BUGGER BUGGER BUGGER. My fault – I fucked up the process.

    @anyone who ordered a V-Pint or Symbol/Name Badge in the last two weeks – there may be a delay in the handling of the order; we’ve got it sorted and will get everything out ASAP. Cheers.

  2. @G’rilla

    I’ve been snared into alternate activities Friday night, it appears (I used to live in Seattle, and have some catching up to do…).  Thanks for the ride offer…

    @frank

    If we drive up, we will have room for one person and one bike, but I won’t be able to confirm that until later this week. And will likely need a reminder as my brain is melting. It oozes out of my ears and makes a stain on my shirt. Who knew brains were orange?

    I may be taken care of for getting to/from RHB…  do however keep me abreast of your plans to drive or ride, if you would… I may join you irregardless (which is not a word)… might be good to get a running start on the banter on the way out there…

  3. @imakecircles

    I am working on being less of a lurker and more an active participant, and I’m planning on being there for the ride, coming all the way from Ballard.  Though I won’t be able to indulge in the post ride festivities past about 7:00, as I have a gig in South Seattle that evening.

    This will be my longest ride of the season to date, so I’m hoping not to completely suck.  I will not bonk, I will not bonk…

    This will be awesome; we’re making circles already, based on the route, so you should fit in well. When you say “gig” – do you mean music? If so, let us know; if we drink enough we may be persuaded to come heckle you.

  4. @snowgeek

    @G’rilla

    I’ve been snared into alternate activities Friday night, it appears (I used to live in Seattle, and have some catching up to do…).  Thanks for the ride offer…

    @frank

    If we drive up, we will have room for one person and one bike, but I won’t be able to confirm that until later this week. And will likely need a reminder as my brain is melting. It oozes out of my ears and makes a stain on my shirt. Who knew brains were orange?

    I may be taken care of for getting to/from RHB…  do however keep me abreast of your plans to drive or ride, if you would… I may join you irregardless (which is not a word)… might be good to get a running start on the banter on the way out there…

    Fantastic – will do. If you hate the word “irregardless” as much as I do, we’ll have loads to talk about. Double negatives, double positives, negative positives, positive negatives, I could go on all day.

  5. @urbanwhitetrash

    We’ll be leaving Herkimer Coffee on Phinney Ridge at approximately 7:30 am; I think that will have us into Red Hook mooey mooey early, but then we’ll have time for flats and for just having a nice leisurely ride out there.

    The VMH is picking us up from Red Hook afterwards, though, which means there’s no room in the car for a ride back; you’ll have to either ride back or find alternative means of transportation.

    Cheers.

    @snowgeek

    Gentlemen.

    I am in.

    Hopefully my distance traveled (Colorado) will make amends for any of my violations of The Rules, or any contributions I make to slowing down the group…  Though despite being 9 weeks from peaking, I have been riding in the hills in preparation.

    I see that the various appeals toThe Prophet for benign weather have been successful – in the form of a high pressure ridge now slated to build Friday and last into Sunday.  Chapeau to those who have the Ear of Merckx…

    Also, I’d appreciate a lift to & from Red Hook, if’n anyone has room – I’m staying with friends in Wallingford…

     
    We are riding to Red Hook (see above) and will be getting a ride back, which we sadly can’t help you with. You’re more than welcome to join us for the ride up.

  6. @frank

    @urbanwhitetrash

    We’ll be leaving Herkimer Coffee on Phinney Ridge at approximately 7:30 am; I think that will have us into Red Hook mooey mooey early, but then we’ll have time for flats and for just having a nice leisurely ride out there.

    The VMH is picking us up from Red Hook afterwards, though, which means there’s no room in the car for a ride back; you’ll have to either ride back or find alternative means of transportation.

    Cheers.

    @snowgeek

    Gentlemen.

    I am in.

    Hopefully my distance traveled (Colorado) will make amends for any of my violations of The Rules, or any contributions I make to slowing down the group…  Though despite being 9 weeks from peaking, I have been riding in the hills in preparation.

    I see that the various appeals toThe Prophet for benign weather have been successful – in the form of a high pressure ridge now slated to build Friday and last into Sunday.  Chapeau to those who have the Ear of Merckx…

    Also, I’d appreciate a lift to & from Red Hook, if’n anyone has room – I’m staying with friends in Wallingford…

    We are riding to Red Hook (see above) and will be getting a ride back, which we sadly can’t help you with. You’re more than welcome to join us for the ride up.

    Scratch that – G’Rilla says its only 30km and that it only takes about 1:15 – so we’ll meet at Herk at 8:15 and head out at about 8:30…

  7. @frank

    8:30? Rule #87, anyone?

  8. @frank

    OK, so that explains where the pre-ride espressi will be happening…  as I recall it’s a bit of an espresso wasteland out there around Red Hook…

    I have obtained a rental car, so I’m good to go,  and I’m happy to provide someone a lift back to town – probably just one person, though – my mini econo-car will likely provide a nice tetris challenge for a couple of bikes in the back seat…

  9. @James

    WxUnderground says 70%, NWS says 40%…  sounds like the only question is the duration of Rule #9 application – all day, or part of the day?

  10. Riding the #1, Rule #9 conditions be damned.  Bike cleaning cleanses the soul as well.

  11. Forza lads, have a good day out on the roads!

  12. @Jamie

    Riding the #1, Rule #9 conditions be damned.  Bike cleaning cleanses the soul as well.

    Agreed. Bik already cleaned. Will clean it again tomorrow. An occasion such as this calls for #1…

  13. Yeah, this weather will be tricky. High pressure system sucking stuff down into the Seattle area from BC.

    Last night the weather showed the rain not moving into the Seattle area until the evening, but who knows.

    At least it won’t be cold…

  14. @Frank
    I agree. If I was riding by myself tomorrow I’d go out on #2, it probably wouldn’t rain at all, and I’d spend the whole time disappointed I didn’t risk it on #1. As it is, it will probably rain, but at least my steed will be in good company, having a day to remember!  Thanks for helping me avoid the need to spend the whole day agonizing over this…

  15. I’m working on being a better lurker nowadays. But will now be present as [versios]

  16. I bought #1 to be made out of Ti for just such occasions. It. Will. Clean. Up. I suspect the roads will be wet in the morning, and there may be showers out there. But – there is a possibility of dry periods, and maybe sunshine. For sure: 100% probability of having a grand time you assholes. Sorry; didn’t get the V- Dan Henry’s out. We will look for the guiding hand of Merckx upon us. And our Garmins and soggy maps. Deal. Ray’s at 7pm. Ask for “The Velominati Birthday Bash for Eddy Merckx.”

  17. This will be awesome; we’re making circles already, based on the route, so you should fit in well. When you say “gig” – do you mean music? If so, let us know; if we drink enough we may be persuaded to come heckle you.

    @frank yup my basement cover rock band (The Olavs – you can google it and find our FB page) is playing at an ice cream and beer shop (Full Tilt) down in Columbia city from 9-11 for free beer.  I would have also liked to be able to make the Friday gathering at Ray’s, but we gots to practice.  

    “Practice!?  We talkin’ about Practice!?”  – Allen Iverson, wrong sport but great tirade.

    Feel free to come and drink beer and eat ice cream, though from my understanding, the venue is not that large and is standing room only.

  18. FYI everybody, I’m planning to drive out with the ride in the trunk, but I’ll bring my trunk rack and would be able to take 1 or 2 people back to the Ballardish area.

  19. @brett

    @SuperFed

    @mcsqueak

    @SuperFed

    Or getting a cat out of a tree.

    Haven’t saved a cat from tree yet, but saved a dog…

    This may seem like an obvious question, but why didn’t the owners of the house just open the window and get the dog in themselves? Just askin’…

    Aconcerned neighbor called since nobody was home.  Have a great ride Keepers!   Bummed that I won’t make this one.

  20. Shit. Roads look dry right now, but we will be getting wet today. AWESOME!

  21. Cogal complete; I’m knackered. Full report to follow. Had a blast! Survived the 100 miles by the grace of Merckx.

    Fucking spot on mates!

  22. @eightzero

    Cogal complete; I’m knackered. Full report to follow. Had a blast! Survived the 100 miles by the grace of Merckx.

    Fucking spot on mates!

    You put on a good ride sir! 177K; a few of us rode an extra 30-50K by way of riding to the start from Franks house and getting lost during the Cogal, a lot. 1400M of climbing; most of which came near the end. 28Kph average. It was a fine group of guys and the guns are going to pay for it for a day or 3. Chapeau to you and “the Doctor” for letting a bunch of strangers use your hotel to wash off the ick. Best shower ever!

  23. So, while you guys were braving the crazy seattle weather, I thought I was having a good day in the steeps climbing- better than usual, really. About 90km into the ride, actually broadening the gap behind me. I look to my right and there is this huge monarch butterfly (or whatever breed) just flapping along at my side. Flapping along, pausing occasionally, I coulda sworn the fucker winked at me (I was running out of water and it was hot and exposed in the high desert there- so who knows?) and then peeled off to harrass someone else.

    I guess I thought communing with the butterflies was a lot more an image than a reality, but I guess their top speed approaches 10-12mph. Didn’t know whether to laugh or cry…

  24. @eightzero@scaler911

    Totally wrecked the day after. We were estimating at the house that between the attendees, we must have downed a hundred or so beers – and then more back at Fort Awesome for those who came back this way.

    Strava slapped an Epic Suffer Score on our 180km, 1400m ride, which we averaged nearly 30kmph over. Amazing route organization from @eightzero and awesome riding from everyone.

  25. This truly was an awesome day of riding, thanks to @eightzero and everyone else who took part. I just signed up with Strava and it looks like between our group we did pretty well in terms of the leader board for a number of segments. Here’s my ride on Strava, apologies for not doing it properly like Frank did…
    http://app.strava.com/activities/11065400

  26. Strong work lads!

  27. A fine day out, gents…

    Thanks for organizing, eightzero – a great route, despite our best attempts to stray from it.  And excellent work by a splendid group of folks… My V-Meter was pegged all day long just trying not to get spit out the back.

    Feeling a bit wobbly today, though that may have something to do with my reliance on malted beverages for recovery (as opposed to, say, water and stretching…)

    Also, strangely, my cranium hurts…

  28. Yes! Best ride in a long, long time. It was great meeting a bunch of new folks, and of course thanks to EightZero for setting it all up!

  29. @frank, @mcscsqueak, @scaler911, @snowgeek, @james, @jamie, @all:

    Most welcome to all. I sure had a blast! Remember that a Cogal without riders is just a bike ride.

    As was hinted at during the post ride recovery malted beverage protocol, standby for details on the next Seattle Summer Cogal. We will challenge the world to the finest Cogal exeperience. I am tentatively calling it the “Seattle V-to-V 2013 Cogal.”

    Brace yourselves…

  30. eightzero – great route and great organization!

    Thanks for letting me play with the big kids.  Although I just (or is that almost?) held my own on the road, I believe that I excelled in the Rule #9 beer drinking on the patio of the Forecaster.

    I look forward to riding with you again soon.

  31. @scaler911

    Chapeau to you and “the Doctor” for letting a bunch of strangers use your hotel to wash off the ick. Best shower ever!

    I must still have the mindset of a freshman, because I’m reading this entirely wrong.

    Sounds like a fantastic Cogal, as always look forward to the wonderful articles and photos.

  32. @roger
    Oh, plenty of jokes were made that direction on Saturday.
    But seriously, having a shower available after that cogal was the best thing ever. It was pretty muggy out for pacific NW standards and just speaking for myself I felt pretty gross after I was done.

  33. @roger

    @scaler911

    Chapeau to you and “the Doctor” for letting a bunch of strangers use your hotel to wash off the ick. Best shower ever!

    I must still have the mindset of a freshman, because I’m reading this entirely wrong.

    Sounds like a fantastic Cogal, as always look forward to the wonderful articles and photos.

    Yes, and privately, later that evening, in the seclusion of our suite, I gave new meaning to Rule V.

  34. Okay, so at first I was impressed that Fränk managed to get the Space Needle painted orange in honor of the Seattle Cogal…

    but it wasn’t until I saw this air photo that I was *truly* impressed…  How’d you do that!?

    That’s some Velomi-ninja work there…

  35. @eightzero, thank you so very much for organizing this, if your career in medicine doesn’t work out, you can always become a project manager, being able to herd head strong, directionally challenged cats like that is no easy feat. Chapeau!

    It was great to meet all who showed up and put faces to names, even though I’m pretty sure I’ve forgotten most of your “real” names. I’ll blame the humidity.

    @snowgeek

    that’s some ninja like photoshop skills there man!

  36. @snowgeek

    Okay, so at first I was impressed that Fränk managed to get the Space Needle painted orange in honor of the Seattle Cogal…

    but it wasn’t until I saw this air photo that I was *truly* impressed…  How’d you do that!?

    That’s some Velomi-ninja work there…

    Fantastic what happens when you’re rehydrating on hops.

  37. I think I may be the first person in history to visit Seattle and leave with a better tan than I arrived with…

  38. @mcsqueak That was a Flemish tan.

  39. @Jamie

    Nah, wasn’t nearly wet enough for a Flemish tan. Unless you count the ride I took from the brewery to the hotel, all of three blocks!

  40. Great to meet such a bunch of nice, like minded folks, and to subsequently get dropped by them on the hillier bits.  Chapeau to @eightzero for putting it together and to @jamie for offering me that bit of Clif bar at the end to stave off the man with the hammer.

  41. @snowgeek

    Oh, wow – there’s another one of you with the skilz. This can’t be good. That’s amazingly awesome.

  42. Gotta say this dude made his appearance to me out there on Kelly Road when you guys went all Tommeke on my ass.

    He awaits in 2013 for the V-to-V Cogal….

  43. @mcsqueak Funny. About 6 of us get that. Everyone else, posters and lurkers alike, are wondering WTF that’s about.

  44. @scaler911

    HAH, a lesson to them then that they should attend more cogals!

  45. @scaler911

    @mcsqueak Funny. About 6 of us get that. Everyone else, posters and lurkers alike, are wondering WTF that’s about.

    Um. Five. The VMH had to remind me. Which she did with lots of enthusiasm and without prodding.

  46. @eightzero

    @roger

    @scaler911

    Chapeau to you and “the Doctor” for letting a bunch of strangers use your hotel to wash off the ick. Best shower ever!

    I must still have the mindset of a freshman, because I’m reading this entirely wrong.

    Sounds like a fantastic Cogal, as always look forward to the wonderful articles and photos.

    Yes, and privately, later that evening, in the seclusion of our suite, I gave new meaning to Rule V.

    I’m glad you got laid after the Cogal. I’m 99% sure you’re the only one. I didn’t. I could hardly stand, I drank so fucking much. I was still a little hung over today. I sincerely hope Scaler and The Squeaker didn’t get laid because their VMH’s weren’t around and they were the only ones left in the house when I fell asleep. Though, I have to say, if they found some romance, I completely support it. Good looking couple.

  47. @eightzero

    @frank

    @eightzero

    @roger

    @scaler911

    Chapeau to you and “the Doctor” for letting a bunch of strangers use your hotel to wash off the ick. Best shower ever!

    I must still have the mindset of a freshman, because I’m reading this entirely wrong.

    Sounds like a fantastic Cogal, as always look forward to the wonderful articles and photos.

    Yes, and privately, later that evening, in the seclusion of our suite, I gave new meaning to Rule V.

    I’m glad you got laid after the Cogal. I’m 99% sure you’re the only one. I didn’t. I could hardly stand, I drank so fucking much. I was still a little hung over today. I sincerely hope Scaler and The Squeaker didn’t get laid because their VMH‘s weren’t around and they were the only ones left in the house when I fell asleep. Though, I have to say, if they found some romance, I completely support it. Good looking couple.

    Oh if I was only clever enough to figure out how to make a emoticon of me giving you the middle finger. Myself, I fell asleep so hard (see passed out, totally wasted) I didn’t muss the covers. So if anything did happen, I’m claiming rape.

    And @eightzero; after all that riding and drinking, you managed to “Lay Down Some MORE V”, you’re a better man than me. May Merckx (and Roche) bless you!

  48. Cogal report upcoming. Includes a teaser for the Seattle summer Cogal 2013.

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