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
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Ride Classification

// Casually Deliberate (No Drop) // Cogal

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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?

  4. @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.

  5. @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.

  6. @mcsqueak

    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.

  7. @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?

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

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

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

    @Chris

  12. @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.

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

  14. @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.

  15. @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…

  16. @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.

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

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

  19. @sthilzy
    Excellent! +1

  20. 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!)

  21. See you there, complete with shoe covers…

  22. 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.

  23. @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.

  24. @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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