The F@#K my Tetons Cogal

The F@#K my Tetons Cogal

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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!!!

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Event Details

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Date/Time
Date - October 21, 2012
10:05 AM - 2:00 PM

Location
Storm King Start

Cogal Details
Route Details

Ride Classification

// Casually Deliberate (No Drop) // Cogal

  1. Forecast: Sunday – Partly sunny, with a high near 62.

    Fingers crossed that this will hold (or improve).

  2. @CanuckChuck

    I’m going to have to remember to wear my Navy socks… Go Navy! Beat Army!

    I need to get a pair of those!

  3. im not sure the rest of you heard, but post-cogal is a rollers competition.  slam 3 shots of scotch or bourbon, jump on and longest time wins.  im going for most spectacular fall, which im pretty confident i can win

  4. @roger I couldn’t do that stone cold sober and fresh as a daisy!

  5. @roger

    im not sure the rest of you heard, but post-cogal is a rollers competition. slam 3 shots of scotch or bourbon, jump on and longest time wins. im going for most spectacular fall, which im pretty confident i can win

    I may have to take a pass on that one since I still need to get home on Sunday evening.

  6. @MJ Moquin

    @CanuckChuck

    I’m going to have to remember to wear my Navy socks… Go Navy! Beat Army!

    I need to get a pair of those!

  7. If I’m not too spent from the Krempel’s King of the Road Challenge on Saturday I’ll be there Sunday. Not sure back-to-back metric centuries is a smart call, but then again I’ve never been accused of being a genius!

  8. Getting closer and the weather is still predicted to be pretty awesome here for this time of year. 

     Leaves on the ride last night were in full bloom, so amazingly gorgeous.  Hope they last through Sunday.

    Right now I have two Velominati coming in on Saturday and the rest meeting Sunday morning at my house for breakfast, correct?

    To get on-post you will need a photo ID and you will have to come in either the Thayer Main gate from the town of Highland Falls or through the Stoney Lonesome Gate which is directly off 9W.

    If you, or someone that you are coming with have not contacted me yet to let me know, please do so at kbaldwin00@hotmail.com so that I can plan accordingly.

    Thanks!

  9. I call big spoon!

  10. are you arriving saturday night chuck?  ill be there latr sat night as well.  going to be great weekend!

  11. @roger Yup, I’ll be a Chez Buck around 6pm or so. Looking forward to it!

  12. Well, as things turn out I need to stay local this weekend. Big bummer as I’d have loved to joined the V-gang. Have fun storm(king)ing the castle! I hope someone will have a nice triplel or three on my behalf.

    cal

  13. @cal

    Well, as things turn out I need to stay local this weekend. Big bummer as I’d have loved to joined The V-gang. Have fun storm(king)ing the castle! I hope someone will have a nice triplel or three on my behalf.

    cal

    BUMMER!!!  So bummed.  I’ll puke some blood on a climb for you!

  14. @cal Bummed! And what’s with all this running I see you do on Strava? Something is not right there…

    @Buck Rogers GPS (via Stony Lonesome Gate) is locked and loaded. Estimated departure time: 1300.

  15. @CanuckChuck

    @cal Bummed! And what’s with all this running I see you do on Strava? Something is not right there…

    @Buck Rogers GPS (via Stony Lonesome Gate) is locked and loaded. Estimated departure time: 1300.

    NICE!!!  I am amping all five kiddos up on raw sugar starting about 30 minutes ago so they should be in rare form when you arrive! 

  16. @Buck Rogers Hmmm… I may have to break into the Leffe before I ring your doorbell.

  17. i knew i shouldnt have ate that entire pizza last night

  18. @roger

    i knew i shouldnt have ate that entire pizza last night

    Don’t worry, we’ll ride it off, or out, tomorrow, Roger!

  19. Bonne route, lads.

  20. Amazing riding today.  Never ceases to amaze me that in a space of only a single ride a congregation of total strangers becomes such good friends.  We were blessed by Merckx with perfect weather and full foliage and a route that turned out to be just awesome, even though over half of it had never been ridden by any of us going into today! 

    The eight Cannibals that showed up for todays Cogal are definitely kindred spirits well versed in the “V” and Rob, Roger, CanuckChuck and I all enjoyed a great reunion from our last Cogal adventure.  We’ll try to put together a SHORT ride report in the next week but it was most definitely one of the most beautiful, perfect days on a bike that I have ever had.

  21. Oh yeah, a number of us would like to order V pints for today’s ride and noticed that it was not in the drop down menu.  How do we go about doing this?  Thanks!

  22. @Buck Rogers

    Oh yeah, a number of us would like to order V pints for today’s ride and noticed that it was not in the drop down menu. How do we go about doing this? Thanks!

    Woops – its on the Cogal page and this page as well now. Order away!

  23. @frank Awesome!  Thanks!

  24. @frank Ordered!

  25. @CanuckChuck

    @cal Bummed! And what’s with all this running I see you do on Strava? Something is not right there….

    Pay no attention to that. I’m training to be an NYC criminal in a few weeks. Shhhh. I can’t wait to spend more time on the bike.

  26. Strava data from todays ride.  I forgot to turn it back on for a bit of the descent coming off the top of Bear MTN, lost around 2 miles there.  Total was just over 100 k’s.  Once again, awesome friends, awesome ride!

    http://app.strava.com/rides/25737640

  27. Buck how to start, first we have to stop meeting like this… Perfect weather, great group, unreal terrain, no to mention food, and a host and hostess who made us feel like princes.

    Everyone if you have not paid a visit to West Point it should be a mandatory visit for every true blooded Yank and anyone else interested in history. I highly recommend all to go this time of year, it is truly beautiful.

    The ride itself started out from Bucks house on base and IMEDIATELY climbed the grim little road out of the base, which was probably 15% and sent us out the back gate to a rolling off base road. It only got more intense from there and I will stop now before my legs cramp (again) at the thought of the next climb which must have been minimally 20%.

    On a brighter note the closed (to cars) Storm King Highway has to be the most dramatic stretch of road on the East Coast. On one side Storm King mountain towering in a sheer cliff, on the other side the Hudson river and a view that won’t quit, fall foliage at its height on a brilliant clear day.

    It gets no better than this, thank you Mrs Buck, Buck and all the little Buckets! Also a shout out to the “Cannibals” a class club with true hard men!

    P.S. Frank can we have HTFU on the back side of our bibs on the next kit order. This was what I was looking at all day on the cannibals and it was very inspiring…

  28. @Buck Rogers

    Amazing riding today. Never ceases to amaze me that in a space of only a single ride a congregation of total strangers becomes such good friends. We were blessed by Merckx with perfect weather and full foliage and a route that turned out to be just awesome, even though over half of it had never been ridden by any of us going into today!

    The eight Cannibals that showed up for todays Cogal are definitely kindred spirits well versed in the “V” and Rob, Roger, CanuckChuck and I all enjoyed a great reunion from our last Cogal adventure.

    What he said. Totally worth the 4+ drive each to way to West Point to be the self appointed Lanterne Rouge.

    Thanks again to Buck and his VMH Katie for the fantastic hospitality.

  29. @Rob

    Buck how to start, first we have to stop meeting like this… Perfect weather, great group, unreal terrain, no to mention food, and a host and hostess who made us feel like princes.

    So true. Vermont, West Point… someday our luck will run out.

    Everyone if you have not paid a visit to West Point it should be a mandatory visit for every true blooded Yank and anyone else interested in history. I highly recommend all to go this time of year, it is truly beautiful.

    Living in the Annapolis area, I’m partial to the Mid’s and the Naval Academy, but I was blown away by West Point. The Naval Academy has nothing on that place. But if anyone asks, I didn’t just say that.

    The ride itself started out from Bucks house on base and IMEDIATELY climbed the grim little road out of the base, which was probably 15% and sent us out the back gate to a rolling off base road. It only got more intense from there and I will stop now before my legs cramp (again) at the thought of the next climb which must have been minimally 20%.

    According to Strava, the first climb from Buck’s DOOR STEP  to the park  on Stony Lonesome was a Cat 3. Which was then followed by another Cat 3 to Round Pond. Strav also ranks Bear Mountain as a Cat 2. Not a bad way to finish the ride.

  30. @Buck Rogers

    Strava data from todays ride. I forgot to turn it back on for a bit of the descent coming off the top of Bear MTN, lost around 2 miles there. Total was just over 100 k’s. Once again, awesome friends, awesome ride!

    http://app.strava.com/rides/25737640

    You may want to hit the “Elevation (?)”  under your total vertical: I think you are being short changed just around 400 meters of climbing. Both elevation correction features on Strava and Garmin but the total vertical at just over 2100 meters.

  31. @CanuckChuck

    @Buck Rogers

    Strava data from todays ride. I forgot to turn it back on for a bit of the descent coming off the top of Bear MTN, lost around 2 miles there. Total was just over 100 k’s. Once again, awesome friends, awesome ride!

    http://app.strava.com/rides/25737640

    You may want to hit the “Elevation (?)” under your total vertical: I think you are being short changed just around 400 meters of climbing. Both elevation correction features on Strava and Garmin but the total vertical at just over 2100 meters.

    I do not get it.  I did what you suggested and it added a bunch of meters climbed.  Why did it do that?  Oh well, at leats it looks like I climbed a ton more!

  32. @Buck Rogers

    I do not get it. I did what you suggested and it added a bunch of meters climbed. Why did it do that? Oh well, at leats it looks like I climbed a ton more!

    The Garmins calculate elevation gained/lost “on the fly” using differences in barometric pressure, which is not 100% accurate, especially if the weather changes during a ride or if  it has any issues (like showing -32% grade while climbing). Initially, that is the only way Strava would report elevation for a ride but some time ago, they also added elevation correction which uses real elevation data (from various databases) for your route based on the GPS coordinates. When corrections to elevation data are made, each trackpoint of your activity now contains the elevation from whatever source Strava uses, not the elevation delta provided by your GPS device.

    More here: https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/20965883-elevation-correction-for-your-activity

     
  33. Buck — thanks again to you and your family for opening your doors to the eight of us. You and your wife were incredible hosts, and the pre- and post-ride food and drink set the bar extremely high for any ride we organize next spring. We loved riding with you guys — the route, the weather, and the company could not have been better.

  34. @CanuckChuck

    @Buck Rogers

    I do not get it. I did what you suggested and it added a bunch of meters climbed. Why did it do that? Oh well, at leats it looks like I climbed a ton more!

    The Garmins calculate elevation gained/lost “on the fly” using differences in barometric pressure, which is not 100% accurate, especially if the weather changes during a ride or if it has any issues (like showing -32% grade while climbing). Initially, that is the only way Strava would report elevation for a ride but some time ago, they also added elevation correction which uses real elevation data (from various databases) for your route based on the GPS coordinates. When corrections to elevation data are made, each trackpoint of your activity now contains the elevation from whatever source Strava uses, not the elevation delta provided by your GPS device.

    More here: https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/20965883-elevation-correction-for-your-activity

     

    So it should actually be more reliable running off the database elevations.  Really cool.  I am enjoying my slowly evolving trip down the strava rabbit hole!

  35. @HighStCannibal

    Buck “” thanks again to you and your family for opening your doors to the eight of us. You and your wife were incredible hosts, and the pre- and post-ride food and drink set the bar extremely high for any ride we organize next spring. We loved riding with you guys “” the route, the weather, and the company could not have been better.

    Man, serioulsy, thank all of you for coming over.  12 riders was a perfect number and the abilities were an awesome mix.  Cannot wait to go to your neck of the woods this Spring and steal your KOM’s like you guys stole mine!!!  Great times!

  36. the strava http://app.strava.com/rides/25763369

    john madden could not have drawn up a better day.  our luck this year has put us in the loving hands of mother nature.  blue skies, leaves every color of the rainbow, and hills hills hills.  and those boys from ct, what a treat to ride with them.  feller named jim had me buckling over i about pissed my bibs.  imagine rolling down the cycling/walking storm king hwy, and a new yorker giving a friendly reminder “hikers on the river-side.”  absolute hilarity.

  37. the CT guys have a great shot from the ride back into facilties on their twitter.  buck’s sunnies kill it!

  38. @roger

    the CT guys have a great shot from the ride back into facilties on their twitter. buck’s sunnies kill it!

    Hey, not everyone can rock it like Hinault in the early 80’s these days.  You’re all just haters, man!

  39. @Buck Rogers Here’s the shot — that’s Buck and Rob in the front, and Roger in the back on the left. If you’d like, I can email you a handful of our best shots of the day (I’ll also post them to the Cannibal Velo CLub Facebook page).

     
  40. The awesome post Cogal snacks:

  41. @Buck Rogers

    @roger

    the CT guys have a great shot from the ride back into facilties on their twitter. buck’s sunnies kill it!

    Hey, not everyone can rock it like Hinault in the early 80″²s these days. You’re all just haters, man!

    come on buck, 2012 calling, ‘killing it’ is a good thing these days!

  42. Speaking of Buck, here’s a good one of him belly breathing (said the pot to the kettle):

  43. @HighStCannibal

    @Buck Rogers Here’s the shot “” that’s Buck and Rob in the front, and Roger in the back on the left. If you’d like, I can email you a handful of our best shots of the day (I’ll also post them to the Cannibal Velo CLub Facebook page).

     

    Wow, great photo! Looks like a killer day on the bike.

  44. @CanuckChuck Jeeeezhus!  Looks like I am the pregnant one in the house for once!

  45. @HighStCannibal

    @Buck Rogers Here’s the shot “” that’s Buck and Rob in the front, and Roger in the back on the left. If you’d like, I can email you a handful of our best shots of the day (I’ll also post them to the Cannibal Velo CLub Facebook page).

     

     

    Please do!  That would be awesome (Hell, they cannot be worse than Canuck’s photos)!

  46. @roger

    @Buck Rogers

    @roger

    the CT guys have a great shot from the ride back into facilties on their twitter. buck’s sunnies kill it!

    Hey, not everyone can rock it like Hinault in the early 80″²s these days. You’re all just haters, man!

    come on buck, 2012 calling, ‘killing it’ is a good thing these days!

    Oh yeah, I knew that. 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeS-Xb5u4-U

  47. @Buck Rogers

    @CanuckChuck Jeeeezhus! Looks like I am the pregnant one in the house for once!

    C’mon, you still climb very well for your weight.

  48. @HighStCannibal

    Huge, HUGE THANK YOU to HighStCannibal and all of his horde!  Just received the amazingly AWESOME MERCKX 525 large hardcover book with a “Thank you for the Cogal ride” note inside! 

     That is incredibly generous and sooo cool!  Never expected it.  Pure class guys. 

    My oldest son, Dash, who’s 11 walked by and saw me looking at a picture of The Prophet and said, “Hey, isn’t that that Merckx guy? You know, the best cyclist ever?”  Boy made me prooud there! 

    Thanks again, guys!  Too awesome.

  49. that is awesome!  cogal success streak still in tact. zero twatwaffles.  frank even referenced the streak in his mcmaster conversation.

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