Vancouver BC Cogal

Vancouver BC Cogal

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Description: Route (well, mostly): http://app.strava.com/rides/19358842

The Triple Crown Cogal will start riders from Musette Café, in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. We’ll ride across the Second Narrows Bridge, out to the darkest depths of North Vancouver, through some scenic rainforest before tackling the only hors catégorie climb in the area, Mount Seymour. We’ll top up water bottles at the bottom. From there the ride will head up through Lynn Valley Headwaters, and wend its way over to Grouse mountain, the shortest of the three climbs. A brief, caffeinated respite will follow at Delany’s in Edgemont Village will happen after the descent down Grouse. The ascent of the British Properties is next, affording the riders stunning views of Vancouver as we spin our way through one of Canada’s most elitist neighbourhoods. Lastly, the ride will continue to the west and ascend Cypress, the final climb of the day. To cap the ride off we’ll cross Lion’s Gate Bridge and cut through the always lovely Stanley Park. Apres Velo activities will happen at the Lions Pub.

The ride can be described as ~130km of suffering. 3000m of climbing over six hours. It hurts. A lot

Dutch Keepers are welcome to come, as the Dutch are quite familiar with running to Canada.

Event Details

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Date/Time
Date - August 24, 2013
8:05 AM - 5:15 PM

Location
Musette Caffe

Cogal Details
Route Details

Ride Classification

// Cogal // Rule VV (Climbing)

  1. boom, that’s only 700km from my place in the shadow of the Rockies!

  2. I appreciate the advance notice! My vacation is usually in August but I’ll plan to be back in time for the Cogal.

  3. Also, what’s wrong with V flats? Sounds like the perfect number!

  4. This is exactly one week after the RSVP (Ride Seattle to Vancouver and Party) ride.  I definitely want in on this. Is it still on?

  5. Sadly, the same weekend as RAPSody. :-(

  6. Looks painful. I’m in!

  7. looks good… I’m in… you know, barring anything life throws my way ;)

    I’ve done all parts of this ride before, just not stitched together this way… should be a blast.

  8. Call me a purist, or a sadist, but I think you have the ride in the wrong direction, Cypress then Seymour.

    Seymour offers a bit more protection from the sun in the afternoon and more importantly, putting the HC climb at the end of the ride is how the pros do it.

    my $0.02

  9. Presumably, then, Musette/Stanley Park/Marine Drive/Horseshoe Bay/Cypress, etc, Mr Trash?

  10. @rgalindo

    This is exactly one week after the RSVP (Ride Seattle to Vancouver and Party) ride. I definitely want in on this. Is it still on?

    Yes :)

    It’s me putting it on, and I chose the route. Seymour first because I’m the boss.

  11. TBONE,

    I’m full of shit, have recently done this route, there is no reprieve from the heat. Seymour hit 36C on my way up at 11am. One thing I did find, the “high” line through the British Properties was scenic, rolling and most importantly bereft of traffic. Something to think about if there is a largish turn out.

    http://app.strava.com/activities/64086238

    Like you said, you’re the boss, having been on a cogal before, less traffic = more better.

  12. I would love to join you for this one.  I’ve not been active on the site for awhile but I did have the pleasure of riding the first North American COGAL on Whidbey Island a few years back.

    I also have an extra 56 cm bike that would be acceptable for use if anyone from out of town needs  to borrow it.

    The route looks fine to me, I think it will be mo better to climb Seymour first as its the harder of the two.

  13. @urbanwhitetrash

    TBONE,

    I’m full of shit, have recently done this route, there is no reprieve from the heat. Seymour hit 36C on my way up at 11am. One thing I did find, the “high” line through the British Properties was scenic, rolling and most importantly bereft of traffic. Something to think about if there is a largish turn out.

    http://app.strava.com/activities/64086238

    Like you said, you’re the boss, having been on a cogal before, less traffic = more better.

    I’ve sent in the update description, I’ve always intended to do the Properties, no one wants to suffer up 15th. Plus I have a sweet descent that takes us back to the Upper Levels. Should be a great ride, I’ve added a few gems to the route that’s not shown on the the Strava link.

  14. Also, it should be noted that the Duffy Lake climb out of Pemberton is way harder than Seymour could ever hope to be.

  15. I’ve arranged for a free apres Cogal concert in Stanley Park as well:

    http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2013/07/live-at-second-beach-free-music-festival-lineup-artists/

  16. Updated event graphic!

  17. Is there a roll call for Saturday? As of today (monday) the forecast looks favourable, fingers crossed.

  18. Well, I’ll be there.

    Also, as a warning, there’s going to be roughly a kilometer of gravel involved, so some tube sealant or decent tires will be in order.

  19. Provided the gravel isn’t pitched at +/- too damn steep, should be reasonable. I’m in. ACK.

  20. Add one more rider, I’m in.

  21. @TBONE best of weather for your cogal, and if not, Rule #9 and all that jazz.  looks to be a whopper of a route, dont forget the photos!

  22. Having pushed the Rule #11 envelope once too often I won’t be able to do the full pull. That, and I’m not yet certain if I climb well enough for my weight to do the full triple crown.

    However, I might be able to do some domestiquing for the first peak.

  23. Looks like a great day, fellas. I had planned to try to get up there for this one but, alas, work etc… won’t allow it…. Clearly a Rule #11(b) violation but not much I can do about it. Will mos def catch up with you PNW Velominati at some point. Allez!

  24. I’m in for the ride, but will have to skip the après festivities due to familial obligations.

  25. Right, so we’ve got a 40% chance of rain, so bring your gilet. Shouldn’t be too hot out though.

    http://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/bc-74_metric_e.html

    Expect to burn 5000-6000 calories on this ride. Bring food, fill your bottles with Powerthirst. We will stop after descending Seymour for water at Bean Around the World, and after Grouse in Edgemont village.

    We’ll be meeting at 0800, rolling out for 0820. Expect to be done for 1500ish.

    I’ll be on a blue and white Cinelli, Gastown team kit. White helmet.

    @urbanwhitetrash

    I’m in for the ride, but will have to skip the après festivities due to familial obligations.

    You mean rolling to the #5 Orange.

  26. @TBONE

    so is it cool for a rec rider to join you until the legs are gone ?  This looks worth doing.

  27. Looks like a great ride. Too bad I just got back from 2 weeks in B.C., otherwise I might have been able to join!

  28. and I might as well ask here…which one of you B.C. velominati is this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/judyb/9275747115/

    Whoever you are….massive props on rocking the slick classic Merckx frame to his progeny’s gran fondo.

  29. @Mijo

    @TBONE

    so is it cool for a rec rider to join you until the legs are gone ? This looks worth doing.

    Yes, feel free! Just let someone know before you tap out so we’re not waiting for you or scouring a ditch for your carcass before we cannibalize your bike for parts.

  30. Looks like a fantastic ride.  I’ve hit all those hills on a snowboarding trip, Vancouver is an awesome city I’d love to go back one day.  I’ve also been to Bean Around the World I think, if it’s near Hastings Skatepark.  Great memories of my three visits to Canada and Vancouver include daily visits to Sally’s in Kitsilano (not sure of the spelling or name of the dinner are correct here).

  31. Oh, meant to say, have a blast folks!

  32. I live in the deep cove area, currently it’s 15.2C and raining. Let’s hope this moves through quickly.

  33. Gentlemen, just looked at the route on UWT’s Strava link – very fitting test with a fuck load of climbing!

    Waiting to hear accounts of the day – poetic license, exaggeration and moderate amounts of bullshit are all good.  Pics to punctuate please!

  34. Hope it went well today. This whole thing has made me feel a wee tad homesick. Tell Thomas at Musette Caffe hello for me!

  35. Great ride with a fine crew of hard workers. Never got tired of watching the aces glide up the hill and out of sight. Won’t soon forget the detour of pain out Indian River. We left no vertical unclimbed. I’m going back tomorrow to collect the skin left on pavement after hideously pooching that corner. Rainforest drizzle and greasy tarmac don’t suffer fools gladly. So glad the machine held up after the beating and I didn’t have to crawl home like a sissy girl. Derek, you’re the greatest for setting up this no compromise challenge that kept on dishing the pain, the gravel, the vert and the sweet traffic-free back roads.

  36. Chapeau!  10K of climbing is the new bar for one day, no?

  37. Great job boys! Fantastic looking route. Now correct me if I’m wrong, but at the Lion’s Pub if you linger at the jukebox, a gentleman will approach you with an “offering” (for sale of course). Used to come up to BC for the CART races every year before it went belly up.

  38. I guess I should post an update to said event.

    -It rained the night before, but it mercifully stopped.

    -This had to be the single largest gathering of monosyllabic names in the history of Cogals. Bev, Mike, Will, Dave, Bruce, Bill, and so on.

    -Getting out of downtown Vancouver was a pain in the ass

    -Indian Arm road is awesome – bumpy, steep, twisty, and secluded. If you walk out of it, people will take the piss.

    -All the ‘bugs’ were worked out on Indian Arm road. A flat, UWT’s massive balls caused his saddle to break, Mijo and Todd (real name unknown) decided to test Rule #64 on a sharp, wet, and bumpy corner (it didn’t go well). Luckily, I was absolved of all responsibility:
    “Legally speaking, however, we have no involvement, so if you crash or die, it’s your own problem. Please be careful to study the route previously and take precautionary measures to stay safe.”

    -The Seymour climb was nice, cool, foggy, and as lovely as it could be.

    -Bean Around the World at the bottom of Seymour benefited from our patronage for the first rest stop of the day.

    -Lillooet Road is a lovely ride, followed by some gravel.

    -We got through North Van without much fuss, this was the part of the ride I was most worried about.

    -Grouse is short, steep, and sweet. The wolves didn’t come out to say hi and the dumb kids sadly didn’t touch the electric fence.

    -We cut across the Cleveland Dam and headed to the British Properties, which entailed even more gravel. This route was chosen to keep us off of the highway.

    -The climb through the British Properties is confusing. I think we lost some people on the climb, they’re likely still there, trying to find their way home. Or arrested for vagrancy.

    -The descent has been repaved and is the finest in the city, featuring the best views ever.

    -We then hopped on the highway for a few KMs, on to Cypress, the final climb of the day.

    -UWT revealed to me why he wanted to do Seymour last as he lives at the bottom of it.

    -We blitzed the Cypress decent, got across First Narrows, and through Stanley Park. It’s not a ride in Vancouver unless the Park is involved.

    -Chicken wings, beer, and a lot of French fries were consumed at the end.

    -Will then revealed that he built his own frame under the tutelage of Paul Brodie, which is pretty badassed.

    -On the ride home Russell Brand was spotted, and I spotted him checking out my tushie.

    All in all, the ride was a great success, with 15 people turning out, 6 people doing the whole Triple Crown. I’m glad we got the bugs worked out on the flatter part of the ride, rather than the +70km/hr descending part of the ride. We had one young rider from Prague, and a couple of guys from the always exotic Langley.

    Mijo definitely epitomised Rule #5, having crashed at the beginning of the ride, bungled up his rear wheel, tire, and shifter. He was also bleeding. He climbed all three hills, and descended on a shredded tire with the casing worn down. Chapeau!

    If there’s interest, I’ll organise the same ride again next year. I also may or may not have plans for a flatter ride, earlier in the year.

    Here’s my ride data.
    http://www.strava.com/activities/77267902 

    @scaler911

    Great job boys! Fantastic looking route. Now correct me if I’m wrong, but at the Lion’s Pub if you linger at the jukebox, a gentleman will approach you with an “offering” (for sale of course). Used to come up to BC for the CART races every year before it went belly up.

    What on earth are you on about?

    Slideshow:

    Fullscreen:

  39. awesome aweomse!  thanks for sharing your stories and the photos.  amazing looking area of canadia you’re in!

    @EricW

    Chapeau! 10K of climbing is the new bar for one day, no?

    i bet those v-v fellas might have had more in their cogal.

    our 200 on 100 crew racked up about 3600m last year..from buck’s strava

    http://www.strava.com/activities/24602648

  40. @roger

    awesome aweomse! thanks for sharing your stories and the photos. amazing looking area of canadia you’re in!

    @EricW

    Chapeau! 10K of climbing is the new bar for one day, no?

    i bet those V-v fellas might have had more in their cogal.

    our 200 on 100 crew racked up about 3600m last year..from buck’s strava

    http://www.strava.com/activities/24602648

    I wonder what the single day breakdown was in the V-V ride, but I bet it was in this neighborhood. And yes, I’d forgotten about the 200 on 100.  You guys have inspired me as the Bay Area contingent starts planning the next Cogal.

  41. We had moar metres climbed than the Seattle based folk, however combined they did beat us. Somewhere on here you can find their GPS data.

  42. @EricW

    Chapeau! 10K of climbing is the new bar for one day, no?

    What 10K?

  43. @Scaler, up until about 5 years ago, that transaction was still available at the Cambie, same set up and all.

    Who do we send our cogal report to? are we still doing them?

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