Whidbey Island Cogal-2012, Part Deux

Whidbey Island Cogal-2012, Part Deux

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On 10/13/12, we return to the scene of the crime – the site of the very first Seattle Cogal in 2011. The Anniversary ride starts at V-past 9am, so plan ahead to be sure to get on the correct Mukilteo/Clinton ferry so as to arrive at the starting point in Langley with ample time for the obligatory pre-ride espressi. The route is planned to be the same as last year’s, and Merckx Willing, I will make it around the entire course now that my Jan sized ass has gotten a few more miles in 2011 that it did in 2012. We plan (as usual) a casually deliberate pace, but this really only serves to mean we will be regrouping for the people that don’t bring maps or that decide to drop @eightzero, their Garmin 705 armed buddy (I’m looking at you, @frank.) Pre-ride revelry on Friday will be discussed in the comments, as well as post ride amenities to be researched by @eightzero and Mrs/Dr Eightzero.

We ride. VLVV.

Event Details

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Date/Time
Date - October 13, 2012
9:05 AM - 3:00 PM

Location
Island Coffee House and Books

Cogal Details
Route Details

Ride Classification

// Casually Deliberate (No Drop) // Cogal

  1. Long range forecast still appears favourable.

  2. We are still planning to attend, and Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead. But my bike is sitting at home with a brand new (i.e., unridden) crankset on it, and I am stranded in the upper midwest for a week eating restaurant food and drinking too much beer and not Enjoying the Work, feeling my first feeble fitness gains roll back by the minute.

    I was even induced to rent an execrable low-end hardtail Trek mtb and ride for two hours in a goddamned state park, shaking my already-compromised liver and kidneys right out. Gah…

  3. Make that two for Friday night and one on the road Saturday – my riding buddy decided to race ‘cross on Saturday instead.  My VMH has expressed an interest in spending Saturday on the Island, but off the bike.

    That could mean two things –

    1. Who needs a chauffeured (sober!) ride – we’ll have room for two others & bikes to and from the East-side or thereabouts.
    2. Eightzero- Do we need some sort of mid ride SAG or photographer?  I might be able to swing a deal.
  4. @Jamie

    Make that two for Friday night and one on the road Saturday – my riding buddy decided to race ‘cross on Saturday instead.  My VMH has expressed an interest in spending Saturday on the Island, but off the bike.

    That could mean two things –

    1. Who needs a chauffeured (sober!) ride – we’ll have room for two others & bikes to and from the East-side or thereabouts.
    2. Eightzero- Do we need some sort of mid ride SAG or photographer?  I might be able to swing a deal.

    Ah, we can incorporate this. I will be marking some known regroup points for known places to refuel, and perhaps we can add a few SAG points between those. Let’s discuss at Hudson’s on Friday. I will bring paper maps.

    Hudson’s Public House meet-up for dinner, booze, revelry on Friday: I will likely head there from work and commence all of the above by 5:30 or so. Will get an appropriate sized table.

    Ride starts in Langley at V past 9. Note the ferry schedule – leaves Mulilteo on the hour and half hour, but the WA ferry service is chonically underfunded, and boats sometimes simply don;t come at all, or run on a random scedule. We will likely catch the 8am sailing, and are bringing a (small, fully loaded) car to the departure point.

    I am researching post ride accommodations. Bring post ride chnage of clothes and shower tools, incluing towels. There is apparently a marina near the start finish that (I think) will allow us to use their shower facilties, perhaps for a small fee. It will keep the stinkeye factor low for the post-ride malted beverage consumption activity. There is a pub in Langley that looks promising.

    Weather is…uncerttain at this writing.

    We ride. VLVV.

  5. Why was I not consulted when the date was being decided? ;-)

    I’ll be at one of the best ‘cross races of the year in Bellingham that day. But I can probably make the Friday dinner.

  6. More info: in addition to post ride change and shower equipment, bring a $1 in quarters for the shower facilities. Hot showers are available at the South Whidbey marinea a mere few blocks from the start/ end point. We will then be able to retire to Mo’s Tavern, a few blocks east of the start/finish for post ride feed, malted recovery beverage and…as I and Dr/Mrs Eightzero discovered on our recon: single malt scotch selections next to a large fireplace.

    Weather is still indeterminent. We Obey the Rules, including Rule #9 as needed. Offerings to Merckx this week are not out of place, in the hopes we can continue the magnificent PNW fall weather for a few more days.

    ‘Cross if you must; the open road in the fall in the Pacific Northwest is a treat.

    VLVV.

  7. @eightzero I just learned that the cyclocross race was canceled due to a lack of rain. It’s a cyclocross rain delay: reschedule for a more rainy date.

    So I will probably be able to do the Cogal after all!

  8. @G’rilla

    @eightzero I just learned that the cyclocross race was canceled due to a lack of rain. It’s a cyclocross rain delay: reschedule for a more rainy date.

    So I will probably be able to do the Cogal after all!

    Ya know, you could do the Cogal on your ‘cross bike….

  9. Oh right on, I just moved to Seattle and am available next Saturday, so I guess count me in if all are welcome. Got enough miles in the legs this year I am not worried about the mileage. Since I am running alone I would be interested in car pooling. I am coming from Queen Anne.

  10. I went out on a familiar local 50-odd mile pre-Cogal training ride today. Met the Man with the Hammer. Merckx, that doesn’t bode well for next weekend.

    As an aside, note that the Cogal route has a “bail” point mid Island that allows for a very nice 50 miler. Many factors will come in to play at this key point for me (and Mrs/Dr Eightzero.)

  11. Ha ha. We’re back home after a week of bratwurst and beer and cherry pie and family drama and very little Work. Will we survive and prevail? Who knows?

  12. Just so you all know, first look says total Rule #9 day. That beautiful stretch of weather you’ve been having is coming to super destructive end this week. North Bend, OR probably gets their first precipitation since July 21st on Friday.

    The good news is Friday looks worse than Saturday though.

  13. Yes, indeed. It may be a Rain Bike Cogal. Options to be discussed at the Hudson Public House on Friday evening; and of course at the start line over pre-ride espressi prior to the grand depart at V past 9.

  14. I don’t think the heavy stuff is gonna come down until afternoon.

  15. It’s my fault. I just received my new Gabba rain jersey.

  16. Unfortunately I won’t be able to make the Cogal. Second one this year I’ll miss. I’ll make up for it by planning a gravel Cogal in November in the pouring rain.

    As for the weather, this will be the first Cogal in the PNW with proper rain. Chapeau.

  17. @frank

    Unfortunately I won’t be able to make the Cogal. Second one this year I’ll miss. I’ll make up for it by planning a gravel Cogal in November in the pouring rain.

    As for the weather, this will be the first Cogal in the PNW with proper rain. Chapeau.

    I’d come across as a real dick Iif I pointed out we picked this weekend to accommodate your schedule, wouldn’t I? I mean last weekend was fucking gorgeous. “Nah, I can’t make it that weekend” sed @frank….

    Fuck. So I won’t do that.

    Have to say when I hear “Singing in the Rain” I thing Alec and Clockwork Orange, not Gene Kelley.

  18. @eightzero

    I’d come across as a real dick Iif I pointed out we picked this weekend to accommodate your schedule, wouldn’t I? I mean last weekend was fucking gorgeous. “Nah, I can’t make it that weekend” sed @frank….

    Especially when you look through your email and realize that I suggested the 20th, not the 13th. So if by “accomodate” you mean “pick another weekend” then, sure.

    I am gutted to miss it, though. Nothing would round out the year like dusting you again.

  19. I’ve booked the hotel for near the Hudson’s Pub and will see you there. Making the cross border hop for riding in shit weather. WTF? Meh, it’s something different. I can always buy cheap, but good micro brew beer to lessen the Rule #9 ride’s numbing cold rain memories.

  20. @frank

    @eightzero

    I’d come across as a real dick Iif I pointed out we picked this weekend to accommodate your schedule, wouldn’t I? I mean last weekend was fucking gorgeous. “Nah, I can’t make it that weekend” sed @frank….

    Especially when you look through your email and realize that I suggested the 20th, not the 13th. So if by “accomodate” you mean “pick another weekend” then, sure.

    I am gutted to miss it, though. Nothing would round out the year like dusting you again.

    Oh, fine fine. Bring facts into it. Yeesh.

  21. I’m out too, a bureaucratic timing error has left me in limbo waiting for my new passport to show up. My apologies.

  22. We won’t be making it either. The reason does not (I swear it) have anything to do with Rule #9. Rather, our antediluvian propane heater blew up–and I mean that more or less literally, in that the “whoomp” blew insulation into our livingroom!–yesterday evening, and tomorrow is our only time together to go find a new, and safe, source of heat for our shack in the woods.

  23. Fuuuccck….a little water from the sky….

    Mrs/Dr Eightzero and I are on. Not sure how far on, but we feel the guiding hand of Merckx upon us. And if we are the only atendees of the Cogal, our ride report will include the torrential down pour, the 200km of gravel, the encounters with wild dogs etc etc. It will be Epic, and we haven’t even done it yet.

    Mrs/Dr Eightzero is considering doing this on her ‘cross bike. She’s. A. Badass.

    Festivities at Hudson Public House this evening. Come even if you aren’t riding.

  24. eightzero,

    You will not be alone tomorrow. See you tonight.

  25. @Jamie

    eightzero,

    You will not be alone tomorrow. See you tonight.

    A-Merckx! and @nwvelominati is coming in as well. We ride.

  26. Dude, I just spent $150 plus 2nd-day shipping on a rain jersey specifically for this ride. I was looking forward to some weather.  Now I get to shop for a $3000 wood stove instead.  Not what I was looking for.

  27. @PeakInTwoYears

    Dude, I just spent $150 plus 2nd-day shipping on a rain jersey specifically for this ride. I was looking forward to some weather. Now I get to shop for a $3000 wood stove instead. Not what I was looking for.

    Sucks.Can I borrow the jacket? Might need that…

  28. U R 2 HOOJ 4 MAH RAIN JERSEY

    [pic of warm dry cat sipping espresso]

  29. @PeakInTwoYears

    U R 2 HOOJ 4 MAH RAIN JERSEY

    [pic of warm dry cat sipping espresso]

    Sadly I will not be in attendance either. Have fun kids!

  30. @eightzero I’ll be there at the pub tonight! See you all then.

  31. @G’rilla

    @eightzero I’ll be there at the pub tonight! See you all then.

    Excellent! We drink!

  32. Slight delay for flat tire on the car on the ferry. Having a Rule #5 discussion at les schwab. Enroute

  33. Bunch of Merckx verdamned pussies!  I’m sitting alone in the rain sipping an espresso on Whidbey Island.

  34. Cogal complete! Malted recovery beverage being served at Mos tavern. We toast our Scottish Cogal Brethern with their national drink. Aye, here’s to ye lads and lassies.

  35. Good work! It was windly but only sprinkled a bit in Ballard.

    I hope @nvvelominati sticks around for the CX race in Everett tomorrow! I’m racing Cat 4 35+ at 9:15am.

  36. I wish I could have made it but I was busy doing my first ever CX race.  I was on a borrowed bike that had slime in the tubes so I couldn’t let any air out of the tires but I still had a blast.  It was Moose Cross in Victor, ID.  Top notch event.  Moose Cross socks and stuff in the swag bag but the best part was the beer hand-ups in the last corner.  Notice the pitchers on the table…


    …you had your choice of light or dark.  Of course, I always went for the dark but my request for 12 year old Scotch was not met.

     

    Cyclops enjoying the hand up.


    I did not crash so that was good too.

  37. Fortunately no rain, but wet all day: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/233096460

    Lotsa wind out there. @nvvelominati and @jamie are reported to have clocked the full 100 miles. Me and Mrs/Dr Eightzero had to call it even omitting the north loop to Oak Harbour.

    I discovered my rain bike doesn’t have the annoying rattle that my SRAM shifters have on my #1. Hum. The Trek is all group-san. The #1 Seven is a Bro-set. But for the Rival 50×34 1800 crank, I’m thinking I like the group-san set up on my rain bike better. The cassette sure is quieter. And no rattle in the shifters. Think I should have SRAM look at them? Overhaul? Replace? Only apparent on rough surface.

  38. @eightzero

    Cogal complete! Malted recovery beverage being served at Mos tavern. We toast our Scottish Cogal Brethern with their national drink. Aye, here’s to ye lads and lassies.

    Aye those malted recovery beverages make it all the better – a glass was raised here to you although you’d have just been starting as we were digging in to Mrs Engine’s chilli.

    BTW I didn’t know you could get Irn-Bru in the US

  39. @eightzero My shimano rear lever was a rattler.  Before you do anything major check that the brakes are releasing properly when you let go of the lever.  I only had to add 10mm of outer cable between the calliper and the frame mount thingamijig to get it working properly.  The LBS gave me the outer for free.  Of course this may not be the cause of the rattle but worth checking it out.

  40. @eightzero

    After spending two hours in conference with our new Wood Stove Home Heating Consultancy, Dr./Mrs. PITY and I put in a pleasant 70km around the Dungeness area and along the Strait. I kept looking east across Admiralty Inlet, wondering what kind of conditions you guys had.  We had wet roads but no rain. Sounds like less wind than you had.

    I did try out my new Castelli Gabba short sleeve jersey. I think I’m going to like it very much 4-5 months out of the year. It slays the wind entirely but breathes well and vents well with the zipper down.  If it’s as “waterproof” as the reviews say, it’ll be a big win.

  41. @PeakInTwoYears

    Brats, beer, & cherry pie. Sounds like Door County, WI. If it is and if you come back, contact me and we’ll ride.

  42. @snoov

    @eightzero My shimano rear lever was a rattler. Before you do anything major check that the brakes are releasing properly when you let go of the lever. I only had to add 10mm of outer cable between the calliper and the frame mount thingamijig to get it working properly. The LBS gave me the outer for free. Of course this may not be the cause of the rattle but worth checking it out.

    Ah ha. Interesting. Always best to try the simple first. I do notice that the rear brake housing does move on brake actuation, so it is not unreasonable that it it a bit short. *Thanks!*

  43. @Kyle

    I will! Door Co. was beautiful. Fall colors and perfect weather. We stayed in Fish Creek and did one very enjoyable  90km road ride on the peninsula.

  44. For the record, while cleaning the Trek rain bike, I removed the remnants of the wired cyclometer that was installed in my PV period. Amazing how much better a bike looks when it is uncluttered.

  45. @PeakInTwoYears

    Door County is one of my favorite places to ride. Great scenery and good roads. I’m always looking for a reason to ride there.

  46. @nvvelominat and I didn’t have the route sheet, so we decided to go to the pass and then back via the west side of the Island.  There are some BIG hills on that side of the island.  Windy tough ride.  @nvvelominat was a gentleman, sticking with me as I limped the last score of kilometers in.  More to come in a ride report.

  47. I can’t thank the Velominati crew of Seattle enough for their hospitality, I thoroughly enjoyed the comraderee of Jamie who went the 168km distance at a respectable 25.6km/ hr into a headwind both directions up and down island. He jinxed himself though with an ill timed comment in the early hours of the ride that, “if we have a head wind here, we will get a tail wind home.” WTF stop? To borrow a phrase from a mate, “what did we learn here?” We rolled out for the first couple hours with EightZero and VMH after meeting them for espresso as the skies threatened. Too bad many that I never met showed their true colours, specifically yellow as in ‘y’er yella’ as threats of rain were forecasted in the preceding days. HTFU is what Dr/ Mrs EightZero says as she demonstrated her ease on the bike whilst sporting her yellow jacket of authority that really wasn’t needed. Overcast predominated and spitting rain at worst with a few sunny breaks made for a great ride on equally great roads with coastal NW views.

    Enjoy the pics of Jamie fixing his flat after he jinxed himself with talk about the lack of recent flats. (notice a theme here?) Mr and Mrs EightZero are looking on innocently in the picture, but what really happened was some good natured heckling. Obviously. Thanks again all. More to follow.

  48. From previous write up; didn’t upload

  49. Mrs/Dr Eightzero has promised to tackle the entire 100 mile route, and all its rolling climbs, next year. She’s one tough bitch.

    And yes, I freely admit the threatening weather conditions made my attire less than Rule Compliant.

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