The Sydney Convict Cogal

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

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

Location
Brewhaha

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85 Replies to “The Sydney Convict Cogal”

  1. @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?

  2. @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.

  3. 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.

  4. @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…

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. @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.

  9. @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.

  10. @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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. @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.

  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. 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!)

  18. 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.

  19. @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.

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