The Sydney Convict Cogal

The Sydney Convict Cogal

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Heads up Velominati of Australia. We got a Cogal. Rick Harman is the organizer so send your questions to him directly <Richard_Harman@barker.nsw.edu.au> or through the comments section. cheers, Gianni

When Great Britain decided to colonize Australia it sent 11 ships with 277 free persons and 753 convict men and women on board. The convicts immediately became Australians.  Their brave masters endured cups of sugarless tea as they built a nation. It was a ghastly business; whipping the prisoners into submission, feeding them every second day, all the time enduring the hideous noise of leg irons clanging and the death rattle.

Quite by accident, they created a master race of hardmen. Hardmen who learned how to toil through exhaustion, withstand pain and brutality and ignore hunger, thirst and hardship. Hardmen of questionable breeding and average intelligence, with giant chips on their shoulders, a general hatred of authority and a passionate desire to prove their worth to the rest of the world.  And the rest of the world didn’t really didn’t give a shit.

The Sydney Cogal borrows from this idea – tough, exhausting and struggling for relevance. A long section of the route follows an old road north of Sydney, forged by convicts, called Old Northern Road – evidently named by the same guy who named the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Great Sandy Desert. Genius. To round up the offering, an imperial century, scenic river flats, a few solid climbs and a whole day to debate whether Cuddles would have survived one day on the chain gang…

Date: Sunday, June 3, 2012
Start:  Brewhaha, 286A Pacific Hwy, Hornsby NSW 2077
Espresso: 8am onwards
Depart: Hey! Be tranquillo – the ride will start soon enough!
Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/53045738
Classification: Casually deliberate
Post Ride Recovery Beverages: The Bluegum, 55 Pacific Hwy, Waitara NSW 2077

Event Details

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Date/Time
Date - June 03, 2012
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Location
Brewhaha

Cogal Details
Route Details

Ride Classification

// Casually Deliberate (No Drop) // Cogal

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    @smithers
    Don’t worry, if this is #1 you’ll be joining the august ranks of the Velominati Paterfamilii. Chapeau.

    @mcsqueak

    @Marcus

    @mcsqueak

    What will you guys do if Minion crashes the ride? Are foreigners even allowed?

    ah Squeaker – you do not seem to be aware of the size of our country. Whilst Minion has tricked immigration and is now in Australia, he resides in Canberra. This is the nearest capital city to Sydney but still over 300kms from the proposed Cogal site.

    Eh, I drove 300km to be at the Whidbey Island cogal, Cyclops drove far further than that, and Marko freakin’ flew half way across the US to be there, and had to ride a borrowed bike.

    Maybe I’m just expecting too much out of our Kiwi.

    What the Sydney cogal may look like if Minion shows up:

    Spot on. There is a fine tradition of road tripping to Cogals; I drove 500 km each way to Santa Barbara for @sgt’s.

    @Marcus

    @mcsqueak
    And anyone who has watched Looney Tunes knows that no one (especially Sylvester the Cat) should ever fuck with a happy boxing kangaroo.

    Right, that’s what sheep are for.

  2. @mcsqueak

    @Marcus

    Hey, like this lazy American could be bothered to look up all those confusing historical facts. I saw a kiwi and called it good.

    +1 for Looney Tunes being “confusing” and “historical”.

  3. @smithers
    C’mon mate. Think positive! Think laterally.
    Think induction.

  4. @brett

    @harminator

    P>

    (In fact, I think you’ll be better off without minion, just quietly

    Shaddup. In terms of covering extraordinary distances to attend cogals, I would have crossed the fricken Tasman AND travelled from Canberra to attend.

    BTW, it is nipple freezingly cold here now and it’s not even winter yet. I’m gonna have to HTFRU to be able to ride 160 in June. You latte sipping waterside woofters might complain about riding in the cold, but to put it into context, Canberra’s Autumn is warmer than the sumemr I left in Welly.

  5. @girl

    @minion

    F’ken A. I can practice riding with Ockers, ahead of the inevitable destruction of the sexual tension round here when I eventually turn a pedal in anger on the same ride as Marcus. I reckon it sounds good, when is the Melbourne Cogal again?PS isn’t this in the fucking middle of winter?

    Feeling the temperature slowly drop as you fly down the gorge or down berowra is all part of the fun. You get warm again as you begin the (in my case very slow) climb back up.

    So you’re coming then? Great!

  6. The Bluegum = isn’t that like the teachers’ lounge for Barker College?!

    B@gger i won’t be able to make it. Just up the road from my folk’s place, but I’m now based in Melbourne, and unfortunately, will be even further away than that in June.

    Maybe a spring “classic” in Melbourne – town?

  7. Bring on the foreign invasion!
    This mostly Canadain little bit pommy migrant to Australia will totally be there.
    I’ll be riding a mid 80’s custom geometry Geoff Scott Clamont!
    Steel is real baby!

  8. oh BTW… if ya wannd do some hill practice. i’m doing hill repeats of Bobbin Head tomorrow night @ 7. meet here -33.688853,151.152463(cut and paste into google maps)
    see ya

  9. Mmmm Bobbin Head. My favourite little pain cave.
    I’ll be there tomorrow arvo.
    Unfortunately I’m moving house this week so I’ll be packing boxes nights.
    Enjoy…

  10. @brett
    Hey Cuz.
    Any news from the Newyminati?

  11. What’s the structure for this ride? I’m pondering, and if it’s 160ks on the rivet I’m fucked. If it’s 80k out, lunch, 80 k back I could swing it. I do need miles in the legs like a fat kid needs cake though…

  12. @minion
    Its a loop with no escape optioins (in the convict spirit!). After the descent to Wisemans Ferry at about 60k its just as easy to keep going. I’m not planning on hammering the pace. I’m very happy for it to be truly casually deliberate.

    I’d suggest somewhere around 22-25kph average? Il Ciclista?

  13. @minion

    I second the 80k lunch 80k beer idea. maybe we could also add in cake and champers at the top of each climb

  14. @harminator

    @brett
    Hey Cuz.
    Any news from the Newyminati?

    Oh shit, I was talking to Bel the other day and forgot to mention this… she does read here sometimes though, so… I’ll remind her/them.

  15. Hmmmmmm. “Hardmen …. with … a general hatred of authority”. As part of the Aussie diaspora, I used to think this was true. I am now convinced it’s mostly a myth. A fairly mundane example: whenever I return to Australia and drive, I am driven to distraction by the idiots who sit in the right hand lane driving at the speed limit. You can see their little minds rationalising “the speed limit is 110km/h, that’s what I am driving, so you can just sit behind me and wait”. This mentality is (in my experience) pervasive in business as well: lots of focus on the rules because that saves executives from responsbility for decision making. Heaven help any government that fails to protect us all from the consequences of our own decisions! A nation of hardmen? A nation of martinets more likely. Sad. But I guess it’s important to have myths.

  16. @Nof Landrien

    …lots of focus on the rules…

    I completely agree. Obey the Rules!

  17. I was informed of this today by a lurkinati friend of mine. I shall be in attendance!

  18. i’m not a lurkinati!
    i just spend too much time pondering over rule V to bother myself with other posts

  19. @harminator

    @minion
    @Jellybean

    Sorry for the delayed response as I’ve been a bit busy of late, what with sick children and Mrs. Ciclista! Sometimes Rule #11 doesn’t cut it….
    Certainly wasn’t planning on it being a hammerfest, that’s fo’ sure! I was intending for a cake-break somewhere? That pace is about right without anyone tearing themselves a new ringpiece I reckon.
    Is there not anywhere around Wiseman’s that we can stop for minion (and me and jellybean and probably you harminator and others?). Truckstops, Golden Arches, dodgy milkbar(= dairy, @minion)…anything?

    and unless one of us has a trailer on the back of the bike, cake and champers at each climb probably won’t work either?

  20. @Jellybean
    Chill your beans! I haven’t been here for a while, thanks for the info.
    I’ll spend some time going over the comments in this thread for more info on the ride, but I am keen whatever the pace. I climb like a glacier, but I have the whitest of white ladies and goldilocks socks. Keen as mustard.

  21. I was thinking of partaking in the Cogal, and told my VMH. Little did I know that it was going to be the equivalent of Cortes burning his ships. Looks like I’m in! I’ll leave contact details with the group so you can tell my wife where to find my V-ravaged corpse.

  22. @smithers

    @brett

    was so waiting / asking for that

    * hangs head in v-iolative shame *

    **…. then recalls divorce-scenes when alomost missed birth of second child four years ago …..**

    *** …. resumes head-hanging….. ***

    Just another reason to celebrate fellow velominatus, you should now be free to ride…

  23. I’m totally keen but no way in hell am I up to the full ride. I just did my first ride back this morning after a month off following being hit by a car, which followed a month overseas (without bike) which followed a month off with shingles. Not a great training year so far, maybe two good solid weeks all up.

    The route is awesome but you are right there is no turning back at Wiseman’s Ferry, so, I’m thinking I could join the ride later (with a railway head start) and through to the finish.

    I’d hate to miss this, will make something happen, somehow! Oh and still have some broken bike bits to sort out between now and then too. Work to be done, best get workin.

  24. @Mikael Liddy
    Keep it coming Mikael. Guilt is a powerful manipulative tool.

    @ten B
    Excellent. See you then

    @Alex
    Contact @harminator to work out where we can hook up.

    @rhys
    Starting to sound like we’re getting the makings of a respectable cogal!

    Looking forward to it.

  25. For those who have Google Earth installed, this link should give you a download of the route. Right-clicking anywhere on the route and selecting ‘Show Elevation Profile’ gives you some nifty details.

  26. Bugger. If you can be arsed, just paste this into your address bar:

    maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Pacific+Hwy&daddr=-33.6915121,151.0986864+to:-33.29204,151.21813+to:-33.38244,150.99388+to:Pacific+Hwy&hl=en&sll=-33.376412,151.21376&sspn=0.133316,0.253716&geocode=FdTm_f0dX5QBCQ%3BFYjo_f0dPpUBCSk7i14QfFgNazHARG_lZ30BEw%3BFfgABP4d0mcDCSkZkq9laTENazFAqWjlZ30BEw%3BFdifAv4d2Pv_CClznOrKq0ENazHR3bPnZ30BEw%3BFWTn_f0dApUBCQ&dirflg=h&mra=mrv&via=1,2,3&t=m&z=10&output=kml

    Ugly, but effective.

  27. Forecast for this weekend is heavy rain. For an extended period.

  28. Yeah, I’m tossing up the pros of a Rule #9 century against the con of the hammering my #1 (and only) bike is going to take. Any thoughts of a cunning reschedule to align with Festum Prophetae?

  29. @ten B

    Yeah, I’m tossing up the pros of a Rule #9 century against the con of the hammering my #1 (and only) bike is going to take. Any thoughts of a cunning reschedule to align with Festum Prophetae?

    So much for Gianni’s vision of a nation hardmen”who learned how to toil through exhaustion, withstand pain and brutality and ignore hunger, thirst and hardship“. I did read somewhere that you’d traded in your schooners and pie shops for lattes and cafes.

  30. @ten B

    @rhys
    Yep. Rain. Not my favourite riding weather condition but it never hurt me either.
    I suggest we ride unless its abominable. There’s a multitude of other routes we could go on if we’re actually looking at 7hrs of wetness. Lets watch the progress of the trough / low pressure on Saturday.
    Watch this space on Sat night.
    If its a safety call, fair enough. Rule #9 glory trumps a bit of bike wear every time…
    I can’t do June 17th BTW.

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    I do so love the fact that this is a rugby cartoon… Any chance the All Blacks get to crush the English is a good day, in my opinion. Hell, I’d even root for the Wallabies over the English! South Africa on the other hand… that’s a toss-up.

  32. @harminator
    Just the type of reality check I needed. Thanks. BTW, anybody have tips on how to prepare my Group San to minimise the damage?

  33. my #1 bike does not like the wet! it’s a special little steel clamont, hand built. i got wet once(for like a week), i was splaching water out of the frame for weeks after that.
    the only problem is bike #2, #3, and #4 are fixie, fixie, broken fixie.
    but i have done a century on my fixie before. this could be fun!

  34. I have no aversion to riding in the rain, but some of those descents are quite precarious in the dry, let alone covered in slimy oil. As glorious as the rules are, they aren’t going to pay my bills or allow me to go on my 6 week work trip to hawaii with a broken leg.
    I’ll watch here Saturday and see.

  35. @Xyverz
    I hear ya. If it’s the ‘Boks vs England, I always hope for an injury-ridden draw.

  36. @Xyverz
    I hear ya. If it’s the ‘Boks vs England, I always hope for an injury-ridden draw.

    @Chris

  37. @Chris
    Being a transplanted Canadian, I can’t lay claim to hereditary Aussie hardness (that, incidentally, calls anything below 15C “freezing”) but my comment about the weather was merely seeking the fine line between Rule #4 and Rule #9. Suffice it to say that I’ve been set straight, and now know that Rule #9 reigns supreme.

  38. No such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate equipment – Sir Ranulph Fiennes…

  39. @harminator

    @ten B

    @rhys

    @Jellybean
    Unless it’s torrential, I’ll front up. Won’t be on No.1 though. A review of the route based on the weather will be on order of course. As @harminator suggested, looking at the BoM over an espresso before we depart should determine our course and length. I guess it’ll call for the shoecovers and jacket.

  40. @Alex

    No such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate equipment – Sir Ranulph Fiennes…

    That should probably read “No such thing as bad weather, only seemingly inappropriate equipment – Sir Ranulph Fiennes…

  41. @ten B

    @Chris
    Being a transplanted Canadian, I can’t lay claim to hereditary Aussie hardness (that, incidentally, calls anything below 15C “freezing”) but my comment about the weather was merely seeking the fine line between Rule #4 and Rule #9. Suffice it to say that I’ve been set straight, and now know that Rule #9 reigns supreme.

    Even more worrying. My stereotypical jingoistic view of the weather in Canada is that it’s never been anything other than Rule #9, freezing or wet. Then again, I suppose quite a lot of Canadians are actually French and spend most of their time growing ‘taches.

    @ten B

    @Xyverz
    I hear ya. If it’s the ‘Boks vs England, I always hope for an injury-ridden draw.

    Yep, always best if your strongest opposition are weakened.

  42. I’ve just bought myself some overshoes – I like my toes!
    Go you Sydney Cogal!

  43. @sthilzy
    Rule #5 and Rule #9 in a photo. WIN!

  44. @sthilzy
    Excellent! +1

  45. Shave down Sydney Velominati – we’re going 5 and 9 tomorrow. Meet as planned – 8am Brewhaha. Likely to be a watered down version of the convict route (see what I did there?). Bring your climbing guns (gear, Jellybean) shoe covers if you must, maybe a rear light and dress your Flandrian Best (don’t get the witte kit wet!)

  46. See you there, complete with shoe covers…

  47. Just a courtesy note to say I won’t be able to make it. It’s not the weather – honestly. Something else has come up. I hate to be that guy who bails at the last minute, but I don’t really have a choice.
    Have a safe ride anyway and I’ll see you at the next one.

  48. @rhys

    Just a courtesy note to say I won’t be able to make it. It’s not the weather – honestly. Something else has come up. I hate to be that guy who bails at the last minute, but I don’t really have a choice. Have a safe ride anyway and I’ll see you at the next one.

    You’re not alone – just re-confirming my absence this time : hell bent on the next. Rule #9 in full effect, Sydney siders: good luck.

  49. @rhys

    @Smithers
    Cheers lads. When the first droplets penetrate to my toes, I’ll take a turn on the front for you.
    Enjoy your day.

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