Ride the Cascades with the Velominati

STV: The 2014 Seattle Summer Cogal

STV: The 2014 Seattle Summer Cogal

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Ride the Cascades with the Velominati

Those of you in the PacNW have likely heard of the (in)famous “Seattle to Portland” ride, or “STP.” It is produced by a large local bike club and sponsored by a large corporate health care entity. I’ve ridden it several times over the years, and it has its charms. But going for a bike ride with 10,000 of my closest friends has gotten…tiresome and cloying. When I first starting riding bikes a few years ago, STP was something of a challenge. A double century over two days seemed to be something epic, something life changing. At the time, it was something to aim for, and I’m glad I did it a few times with Mrs/Dr Eightzero.

Last year was the last time I’m doing that ride. Oh, it was fun. Nothing Bad happened. The weather was perfect. We had a good time. But…if I hear “on your left” or “CAR BACK!” one more time, I’m gonna frame pump someone. Yes, I ride casually deliberately. Yes, I know there are cars on the road. But just stop it. I Obey Rule #59, so I don’t give a shit if you’re on my left. And actually, I do own the road. I ride as far to the right as is safe, and always actually look over my shoulder if I change lines. Thus, I am obeying not only the Rules, but the law in this state as well.

The bike club wants $100 for this “fun” and while I understand it is a fund raiser for their various advocacy efforts, for $100 I get little in return. Some cheap-ass Costco snacks and bag transport. 10,000 people at a finish line “festival” means I wait in line for 20 minutes for a $5 beer, then there’s no where to sit to enjoy it.

So, rather than go all eveyln STeVens further, I’ve decided a Cogal is just the antidote. Cogals lack everything I just described. Velominati are particularly good bike handlers. There’s no yelling on a Cogal, only V, V, and more V. When we recover, we fill the table with empty beer bottles in a comfy corner of a local brewery. Hence, the STV Summer Cogal in Arlington WA on July 12, 2014. If you plan on doing STP, well, have fun. STV is on that weekend, so you can’t do both. I hope you have a $100 worth of fun. STV, OTOH, adheres to the Keepers’ Cogal Principles: Open to all; Free to all. And Epic. Way Epic.

As is the tradition with the Settle Summer Cogal, we start and end at a Brewery. In this case, the Skookum Brewery near the Arlington Airport. A short spur away from our loop into the North Cascades, we are taking the route listed as one of the 75 Classic Washington State rides.

We plan casually deliberate, and will have a periodic regrouping at a couple of the small “towns” as there are several places to refuel and rewater along the route. It is my experience that for long, epic rides like this, company to chat with during the ride is much desired (just not 10,000 people that think that going for a 100 mile ride is life changing, and thus all have stern looks of concentration like they think a freeway overpass is the Fucking Stelvio.) Still, I expect the occasional double-pacelines to form, and we can hammer along a bit, but comraderie is best served on the road.

We need an early start: V past 8am PDT, and the ride starts on time. Start/End: Skookum Brewery, (360) 652-4917.

Route Directions are here.

We may make a few detours to get supplies. The best roads are a little off the beaten commercial highways where there are stores, supplies. Note this is route is Grand Fondo distance – longer than a (Imperial) Century. As a loop, there is no turning back – you’re committed, so bring supplies and a plan. IOW: Epic.

Casually Deliberate, but multiple groups may form. Take particular note of distances and opportunities for refuel/ rewater. This is not an urban ride. It is spectacularly scenic, and while it is long, it is not overly vertical, and therefore very doable for those us that are always Too Fat to Climb.

VLVV -Eightzero.

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Date/Time
Date - July 12, 2014
8:05 AM - 9:00 PM

Location
Skookum Brewery

Cogal Details
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// Casually Deliberate (No Drop) // Cogal

  1. The Squeak is coming? I’ll finally get to meet the youngster face to face?

  2. @eightzero I’ll also be coming up from PDX and will see you all there…count me in!

  3. Summer weather is forecast for 7/12; temps in the 90+ degF range. Fortunately, @eightzero has arranged road support. Bring extra bottles for transport. And sunscreen. Keep those tan lines sharpe.

  4. Yeah, jeezus, I’m not used to those temps anymore, living over here on the Strait. I’m filling bidons with mojitos spiked with No-Doz and throwing them in the freezer. That should help.

  5. I’m sad I’ll miss this. And you all can be sad you didn’t get to see my updated bike. No more sit up and beg for me!

  6. We’ll miss you. But now you’ll have somewhere to store one of these on the ride to your book signing.

  7. @frank seriously, fuck you! I’d need about 25 years of physio & chiro before considering getting that low.

  8. I’m out.  This got replaced by a wine tasting + dinner in Woodinville

    T

  9. @frank

    I’m sad I’ll miss this. And you all can be sad you didn’t get to see my updated bike. No more Sit Up and Beg for me!

    You’re riding 650’s now?

    @Mikael Liddy

    @frank seriously, fuck you! I’d need about 25 years of physio & chiro before considering getting that low.

    …and I’d need about that to recover from it.

  10. Mere hours to the start….

  11. That’s right. I’ll be slow as fuck, but I’ll have a clean drivetrain and fresh bar tape.

  12. @eightzero Good riding tomorrow and hope all goes well.

  13. @PeakInTwoYears

    That’s right. I’ll be slow as fuck, but I’ll have a clean drivetrain and fresh bar tape.

    Peaks, I ride uber slow. My average speed on this distance will be about 14.5mph. I will lag every climb, as I am Too Fat to Climb. I would enjoy the company, and we can work together. As an incentive to slow down, recall that the support car is being driven by mrs/dr eightzero, so it isn’t exactly neutral support.

    Is Mrs. Peaks riding?

  14. @eightzero

    @PeakInTwoYears

    That’s right. I’ll be slow as fuck, but I’ll have a clean drivetrain and fresh bar tape.

    Peaks, I ride uber slow. My average speed on this distance will be about 14.5mph. I will lag every climb, as I am Too Fat To Climb. I would enjoy the company, and we can work together. As an incentive to slow down, recall that the support car is being driven by mrs/dr eightzero, so it isn’t exactly neutral support.

    Is Mrs. Peaks riding?

    I wish she were. She had the bad taste to fall off of her mountain bike last month and do herself a hamstring injury. She’s healing marvelously and riding moderately, but she’s not up for a long ride yet.

    As for your projected pace, I’m shocked and I’ll have to wait seconds for you at the top of each climb. @ChrissyOne will carpool with me from Kingston, and she’s nursing an injury as well, which might possibly keep her back with us in the gruppetto (although she’s been full of piss and vinegar it sounds like, so she might just take two aspirin and thrash us anyway).

    But I don’t care. I’m just looking forward to a long scenic ride on a glorious day.

  15. @PeakInTwoYears

    @eightzero

    @PeakInTwoYears

    That’s right. I’ll be slow as fuck, but I’ll have a clean drivetrain and fresh bar tape.

    Peaks, I ride uber slow. My average speed on this distance will be about 14.5mph. I will lag every climb, as I am Too Fat To Climb. I would enjoy the company, and we can work together. As an incentive to slow down, recall that the support car is being driven by mrs/dr eightzero, so it isn’t exactly neutral support.

    Is Mrs. Peaks riding?

    I wish she were. She had the bad taste to fall off of her mountain bike last month and do herself a hamstring injury. She’s healing marvelously and riding moderately, but she’s not up for a long ride yet.

    As for your projected pace, I’m shocked and I’ll have to wait seconds for you at the top of each climb. @ChrissyOne will carpool with me from Kingston, and she’s nursing an injury as well, which might possibly keep her back with us in the gruppetto (although she’s been full of piss and vinegar it sounds like, so she might just take two aspirin and thrash us anyway).

    But I don’t care. I’m just looking forward to a long scenic ride on a glorious day.

    Fuck yeah! I’m stoked.

  16. Cogal complete. News to follow. Hot. Fun. I needed to harden the fuck up.

  17. BIG THANKS to @eightzero and his Mrs/Dr for organizing and DS’ing a really fun ride. A lightly rolling 193km in some significant warmth, along beautiful rivers full of very cool- and wet-looking water, with  mountains in the near distance that were partially covered with frozen ice and snow.

    Skookum Brewery in Arlington gets high marks from me for the two IPAs I had after soaking my head in cold water in the bathroom sink.

    Great day!

  18. @PeakInTwoYears

    BIG THANKS to @eightzero and his Mrs/Dr for organizing and DS’ing a really fun ride. A lightly rolling 193km in some significant warmth, along beautiful rivers full of very cool- and wet-looking water, with mountains in the near distance that were partially covered with frozen ice and snow.

    Skookum Brewery in Arlington gets high marks from me for the two IPAs I had after soaking my head in cold water in the bathroom sink.

    Great day!

    Special thanks to Mrs Driver for her support. Without you, we would never have succeeded.

    That was a very good time. =)

    http://www.strava.com/activities/165163019

  19. Thanks to @eightzero and his better half for a truly great ‘epic’ ride. Amazingly beautiful views of the mountains and rivers and great comaraderie made it a truly awesome day in spite of the heat. Having support along the way was absolutely fabulous so special thanks for that!

  20. We had 6 takers: Me, PeakInTwoYears, ChrissyOne, jeff, eric, and lance. But for my balling up the route directions (not once, but twice, coming out of Arlington onto 530, but then again on the route to get over to the Sauk Concrete hi way north of Darrington) we wouldn’t have all that fun on a gravel road leading to a very suspect utility road. We turned back, after having put perhaps 3000 miles on my wheel set. Sorry about that, gang.

    Once again, @eightzero failed to finish a cogal. Thanks to lance for pulling me, but I came unglued about 4 miles short of concrete, went all Froome on the bunch, and joined the DS for the rest of the route in the support vehicle. 60 miles was all I could do in 95 degF+ sun. I need to HTFU.

    Chapeau to all of you that pounded out 115 miles of Cogal. While I like Cogals that are epic, I am seeing the need for the road services when summer is involved. An uptick in temps quickly becomes a dangerous factor. I’m not sure this route could have been raddoneured. Something cogal organizers should keep in mind…

    The route through Oso was a bit sobering, and worked out fine.

    I’m open to suggestions for next year’s Seattle Summer Cogal. There is the proposed alternate route above. I might steal parts of the now defunct RAPSody ride.

    Thanks to all that joined. A Merckxy time was had by all. See you all at the next Cogal.

  21. @eightzero

    Dude, the brief diversions were no problem; the first didn’t even register. The second was interesting, and it bumped the total mileage to 193km (or an even buck twenty in old money).

    @lance was the tip of the spear. (See what I did? Ha ha, quel bon mot.) And Eric, a very pleasant and fit fellow from just over the Canadanian border, was the sharp edge of that spear. I was its blunt ass-end.

    Allow me to plug next month’s Hurricane Cogal. And don’t mind me, you can romp all the way from saltwater to 1600m/5200′ elevation as fast as you like!

  22. @eightzero sounds fantastic.  I hope someone showed up at Branford to heckle @frank too.

  23. I hope to borrow a tube from everyone next time and not just 80% of the riders.  Also, I’m going to take @ChrissyOne’s advice about the corn-dogs: never again will I eat processed cheese mid-ride.

    Many thanks to @eightzero and DS for putting this together for us.  It was a great time!

  24. @eightzero Any chance you are going to post any of the pics from the Cogal? Thanks again for putting it together…it was an awesome day even if I did get my sorry ass dropped! Look forward to doing better next year…

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