West Bend, Wisonsin Cogal

West Bend, Wisonsin Cogal

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This Cogal will be run over my favorite roads, found through kilometer-after-kilometer of riding and joyful experimentation. It’ll be a twisting ride through the northern unit of the Kettle Moraine – an area shaped millions of years ago by glaciers – lots of ridges and undulating roads. We’ll ride on very few main roads so group riding should be fine. It has also been designed to eliminate any traffic lights from the route. The Cogal has been designed with an eye to good surfaces, lack of traffic, picturesque nature and a route that will mitigate any nasty winds. There will be some flats, but much of the route is rolling with quite few little steep bergs to test the legs. There will be various rest stops along the way at gas stations for refueling; the first at around 60 kms, thereafter every 25-30 kms.

Distance: 165 kms

Route: West Bend – Kohlsvile – Kewaskum – New Fane – Campbellsport – Waucousta – Dundee – Forest – New Fane – Boltonville – Waubeka -West Bend.

Meeting time: 8:00 – 9:00 am
Start time: 9am – sharp

Degree of difficulty: Casually Deliberate, No major climbs but lumpy

After ride refreshments: Riverside Brewery, 255 South Main Street, West Bend, WI 53095

Event Details

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Date/Time
Date - May 26, 2012
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Location
Imagine Coffee Shop

Cogal Details
Route Details

Ride Classification

// Casually Deliberate (No Drop) // Cogal

  1. To anyone interested in riding this, please rsvp to me here. I know the brewery owner and would like to give him a heads-up how many are coming so we can all get seated etc. Thanks!

  2. Need to clear this one with the Boss, but otherwise count me in.

    I dunno if the full imperial century will be in the cards for me–especially if “Casually Deliberate” turns into “Gun Show” (as often seems to happen with such events). My longest ride so far this year is only a little over half that!

    However, I have not problem with keeping the barstools warm for the rest of you.

  3. Hey Wiscot, you have the route marked as private for only your ‘friends’ on mapmyride. Was that on purpose?

    I won’t be in attendance but I wanted to peep the route!

  4. Also, given the route, we’ve gotta come up with a catchy name for this ride that somehow involves the word “Kettle,” or possibly a play on the similarity between the words “Moraine” and “Moron.”

  5. Ah, kettle moraine. brings back memories… off-road of course, but still. Used to love that pilgrmiage from chicago for some serious xc mtb. full rigid stumpjumper (later ruined it w a mis-matched shock fork!) and just loved it. Have fun boys, that’s pretty country that way!

  6. Good luck with the Cogal, and fingers crossed you get a healthy turn out.

    Looking forward to the pics and ride report!

  7. @The Oracle

    Also, given the route, we’ve gotta come up with a catchy name for this ride that somehow involves the word “Kettle,” or possibly a play on the similarity between the words “Moraine” and “Moron.”

    Or, the Kettle Run, as in the Kessel Run from Star Wars?

  8. @mcsqueak

    Hey Wiscot, you have the route marked as private for only your ‘friends’ on mapmyride. Was that on purpose?

    I won’t be in attendance but I wanted to peep the route!

    Sorry. I’ll try and get that fixed. Didn’t do it o purpose. Me and technology sometimes have restraining orders out on each other.

  9. @frank

    @The Oracle

    Also, given the route, we’ve gotta come up with a catchy name for this ride that somehow involves the word “Kettle,” or possibly a play on the similarity between the words “Moraine” and “Moron.”

    Or, the Kettle Run, as in the Kessel Run from Star Wars?

    How about the Kettleball Run? No dodgy mustaches allowed though! Urs Freuler is, of course, welcome.

  10. @mcsqueak
    I think I fixed it. Can you let me know if you can see it? Thanks!

  11. There is a fun singletrack named Kessel Run at the end of 18 Road in Fruita, CO. Had a fat tire weekend with my 8 & 10 year olds, they had a blast.

    Back on topic, my VMH is from West Bend and we were thinking about heading there for that weekend. Might have to bring my bike.

  12. @gaswepass
    We’ve all ruined a beautiful rigid mountain bike with a crappy elastometer fork at one time or another. My old Crack n’ Fail still sports a whopping 38mm of travel up front!

  13. @wiscot

    @mcsqueak
    I think I fixed it. Can you let me know if you can see it? Thanks!

    Work now!

  14. @frank

    @wiscot

    I love both, but given the “back country” character of many of the areas on the route, we’d be riding through, “Kettleball Run” may be a bit more appropriate.

  15. I just checked out the route. As you can see from my last club ride, I’m somewhat familiar with the southern portion of the route!

  16. @wiscot
    This looks awesome. I usually only lurk around here but as of now count me in for the cogal.

    Being a Shorewood resident the northern parts of my longer rides intersect with the southern parts of this route.

  17. Cleared with the Boss. Count me in.

    On another note, any SE Wisconsin Velominati end up doing the Cheesehead Roubaix on Sunday? I totally forgot about it until I saw all the “CR” road markers on my ride Sunday morning!

  18. @wiscot
    I plan to come over from Madison and enjoy the ride and company. Would like to see a map of the course; if possible, would appreciate a link.. Thanks and look forward to meeting folks

  19. @The Oracle

    Cleared with the Boss. Count me in.

    On another note, any SE Wisconsin Velominati end up doing the Cheesehead Roubaix on Sunday? I totally forgot about it until I saw all the “CR” road markers on my ride Sunday morning!

    I rode it. It was tough. There were 20 riders altogether. The first “off road” section was basically a muddy track which really sucked. After that they varied from pure gravel to hard-packed dirt. Fortunately it was dry and the gravel dries quickly so things weren’t too messy. Riding 24 hours earlier would have sucked as it would have been done i rai the whole way.

    Group broke up about 2/3s in and I finished with five others. I was as tired as if I’d done a century. You just don’t appreciate how much more concentration riding the gravel takes. Serious kudos to Dave H for organizing it – and for the fun touch of the Dirk Hofman Motorhomes sign at Fredonia – good for a laugh! Will do it again next year for sure.

  20. @Oops

    @wiscot
    I plan to come over from Madison and enjoy the ride and company. Would like to see a map of the course; if possible, would appreciate a link.. Thanks and look forward to meeting folks

    I think if you go to Mapmyride.com you can find it there.

  21. @wiscot
    I was unable to come up with anything searching @ MapMyRide. Plan to simply show up and ride…

  22. @Oops
    It’s linked at the top of this page. Just click on “Route Details,” under the heading, “cogal details,” above.

  23. @wiscot
    It wasn’t the greatest day for it, too. It didn’t really warm up much and there was a bit of a breeze the sprung up out of the east/northeast.

  24. @The Oracle
    Got it; Thanks!

  25. @wiscot
    Any other takers yet, wiscot?

    Just to beat the drum a little, the route wiscot has chosen includes some of the most beautiful country south of the North Woods, at the height of its springtime beauty. Rolling hills through beautiful forests, sun-soaked rolling farmland, beautiful flowering prairies, and clean midwestern air (read: redolent with manure) are all in the mix. And the beers at the end are pretty choice, as well! Anyone who can make it, should. Plus, you will get the unique pleasure of grinding The Oracle into the pavement and ejecting him out the back.

    Okay, maybe that’s not such a unique experience…

  26. @The Oracle

    @wiscot
    Any other takers yet, wiscot?

    Just to beat the drum a little, the route wiscot has chosen includes some of the most beautiful country south of the North Woods, at the height of its springtime beauty. Rolling hills through beautiful forests, sun-soaked rolling farmland, beautiful flowering prairies, and clean midwestern air (read: redolent with manure) are all in the mix. And the beers at the end are pretty choice, as well! Anyone who can make it, should. Plus, you will get the unique pleasure of grinding The Oracle into the pavement and ejecting him out the back.

    Okay, maybe that’s not such a unique experience…

    Not yet. Rode the route yesterday and all’s looking well. 160 kms without a stop light and the “green tunnel” will be awesome in time for the ride and much of the last 15 ks will be on some sweet new asphalt. Just a heads up: the first two rest stops are at 50 and 100 kms. There’s not much inbetween. Bring enough to eat and drink especially for the first 50. It’s also pretty lumpy as I’ve said, so big rings will rarely be used!

    If all goes well, I’ll promote a fall cogal in the opposite direction.

  27. @wiscot
    Wanted to affirm that I’m coming over from Madison to ride this with ya’ll

  28. Here’s who I think we have: me, The Oracle, Niksch, Velomke, Oops. Hopefully Kyle, Paul and Dino from the Mini Cogal will show. I’m getting exited by it. I do a lot of my rides solo so to have some Velominati along will be great. I’m biased but I think everyone’s going to enjoy the ride.

    Hey Steampunk, any word on getting the mini Cogal report up?

  29. @wiscot
    It’s in the queue (has been for several weeks); I sent Gianni a note last week to confirm he’d received it. On its way, I’m sure.

    Best of luck with the Cogal! I wish I could join you””I had such a good time at the last Wisconsin Cogal. We’ll be rolling out on the Ontario Cogal the following day. Will be thinking of y’all!

  30. @wiscot Due to a recent outbreak of work, I won’t be able to get back to WI for the Cogal. Have fun and I’ll be thinking about you guys!

  31. @niksch

    @wiscot Due to a recent outbreak of work, I won’t be able to get back to WI for the Cogal. Have fun and I’ll be thinking about you guys!

    Sorry you’ll miss the ride. All going well I’ll set up another for the fall. Been looking at the forecast and the word is that it’s going to be perfect – mid/upper 60s from what I can tell! Wind direction ENE which will be welcome on the ride home. We’re totally booked in for beers afterwards – the brewery is expecting us. Looking forward to seeing everyone who can make it.

  32. Umm, if you’re attending, bring your cougar repellant…

    Dog walker reports seeing cougar in West Bend park

  33. Cougar repelant by eighteen miles per hour

  34. @Chris
    I wonder if anyone makes those nowadays, and whether they’ll ship overnight.

  35. Hmmmm, from what I know there are quite a few cougars in WB. Might see some before and after the ride – or hanging around the taverns in Dundee and Wabeka. Many of the cougars are pretty repellant to begin with . . .

  36. @wiscot
    Well, the cogal route is going to take us right past the Dawg House in Waubeka. In fact, it looks like that’s our last feed stop! Nice!

  37. @The Oracle

    @wiscot
    Well, the cogal route is going to take us right past the Dawg House in Waubeka. In fact, it looks like that’s our last feed stop! Nice!

    Yup, always lots of bikes in Waubeka. Usually with big ass engines and hairy men attached.

  38. Good ride tomorrow, all! Looking forward to hearing about it after the fact.

  39. Looking at the weather, and it’s starting to look like some serious potential for Rule #9 conditions throughout the day.

  40. Here’s a mini-report, since, last I heard, there’s a bit of a backlog of guest articles at the moment…

    A steady 2-hour downpour (after a full night’s worth of showers in the area), the likes of which we don’t often see around here, gave us a great excuse to tarry a bit longer in the comfortable confines of the Imagine coffee shop in West Bend, huddled around a laptop to watch the end of the Giro’s penultimate stage. Turned out to be good timing, as the rain stopped as soon as the Giro was over. Unfortunately, it meant trimming our route a bit. That being said, it was still a terrific ride on roads that (although I’m native to the area) I never knew existed. The sun finally came out in time for us to enjoy the beautiful countryside. Chapeau to @wiscot for being a gracious host and for planning a fine route.

    Here’s the strava ride report, for anyone so inclined:
    http://app.strava.com/rides/9618877#

    And here’s my only pic (sorry for the cell-phone quality; none of us actually brought a camera), with @wiscot in the background(looking pro and casually deliberate) as we were about to officially cross into the County of V.

  41. Looks like I missed a good time. I was thinking of you while riding the trails of Northern Wisconsin. I hope to make the next one.

  42. @Kyle
    I love this about the Cogals: after every one of them, folks start referring to the “next one.” Awesome stuff!

  43. @Steampunk
    @Wiscot

    When Wiscot proposed this weekend for the Cogal, I was already committed to opening my mother-in-law’s summer cottage but it looks like the day worked out for many others. That said, work crises, family committments, and general weakness of character kept me off of the bike to the extent that I would not have made a good showing. I am training and will be ready for an Imperial Century-charity ride one day prior to the celebratory Mercxian ride.

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