Short Notice Cogal in the hills of West Point on Sunday, the 21st of October. Needs to be Sunday as that is the only day that they close the local, GORGEOUS Highway 218 (aka Storm King Highway) to all motorized traffic allowing only cyclists and hikers on it. Beautiful, hilly stretch of highway over an awesome mountain pass overlooking the Hudson River.
The ride will start at V after X on Sunday morning from my house on West Point. Everyone is okay to stay at my place the night before (i.e. Saturday night). The VMH and kiddos have signed off on it. You might need to bring a sleeping bag as we have a huge, dry, warm basement and four bedrooms but we will run out of beds if enough people show! We will provide dinner the night before and breakfast the day of the ride. I will have some EtOH at the house, and can buy more, but feel free to bring what you want. Lunch we can buy once we go over the pass into Cornwall. Also I have plenty of WCP videos to watch for inspiration on Saturday night!
Ride breakdown will be INCREDIBLY HILLY! Straight out the door the hills begin. Grades up to, and possibly over, 25% with multiple sustained 10 to 15% climbs. Definitely will hit 20% in places. I envision the ride as casually deliberate, killer hill ride. We will regroup at the top of each hill and move on from there. Length of ride in kilometers is difficult to say, probably less than 100 k’s but the climbing will put total ride time over three plus hours without doubt. You will not feel cheated!
Bring your granny gears, a 27 on the rear at a minimum! Currently my smallest gear is a 39/25 and it is not big enough. Once my household goods arrive next week I am throwing on the 27 for good! The pace should be easy and fun. Might be cool temps so bring cool weather riding gear. Hopefully there will still be some foliage left to look at if the sweat in our eyes allow us to see anything out of our pain cave. If coming up from NYC, you can ride the Metro into Garrison Station, NY straight from downtown NYC for under twenty bucks and I will come pick you up on the 20th when you arrive and bring you back on Sunday after the ride is complete.
Hope to see you all there!!!
The V-Pint will be shipped to the Cogal organizer. Shipping charges are $8.00 USD for US domestic orders, $12.00 USD international.