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.

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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. 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

  2. Strong work lads!

  3. 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…

  4. 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!

  5. @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…

  6. 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.

  7. @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.

  8. @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.

  9. @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.

  10. 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…

  11. @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!

  12. @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.

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

  14. @mcsqueak That was a Flemish tan.

  15. @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!

  16. 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.

  17. @snowgeek

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

  18. 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….

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

  20. @scaler911

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

  21. @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.

  22. @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.

  23. @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!

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

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