Cogswell Dam, 1st Club Supported Ride of The Year!
We had a wonderful first 2018 PAA Club Supported Ride on Saturday; this year’s Tour de Cogswell Dam. There was a sea of PAA Jerseys in the park in Sierra Madre on a
Crisp morning. Most people thought they may not need their warm overgarments, but those that had them were happy later on the descent from Cogswell!
The group stayed together all the way to Encanto, where we had a nice SAG stop. Once on highway 39 there was a long string of riders up the mountain,
With a small group of about ten flexing muscles out in front. The rest of us were treated to great views of fairly full Morris and San Gabriel reservoirs.
The second SAG stop at the Ranger station provided nutrition and cold water for the final ride up to Cogswell Dam. I would say that there were many riders that had never been up the beautiful and quiet road to the dam, or had been that way but never all the way up to the Dam. Once we struggled up the very steep incline in the last 1k everyone was treated with a sunny and stunning view back to Mt. Wilson, but more importantly at each other as our sea of PAA Jersey’s again assembled for excited conversation and a group picture.
After the cold descent and a tire fix by our SAG team, the ride back to the park in Sierra Madre seemed like a breeze as lunch was waiting. Between the terrific sandwiches, vegetables and excellent deserts everyone seemed happy and satisfied.
Thanks to our sponsors Lisa and Peter Loeffler, who were seen enjoying the party after the ride, and our great SAG Support, Conor Jones and Gary Menjikian and Johanna Tokunaga. Big thanks to Eddie Ramirez who sat at the front of the group pacing and helping everyone stay together and funny enough even when we broke in to small groups on the way back, Eddie was still taking his spot in the wind and leading the group!!
RE/MAX-The Loeffler Team — Incycle Bicycles — Centric Bikes — Nancy Bond Insurance Services — Louis Garneau — MATT Construction – Coach Rick Babington — Park Place Dental Care Dr. Shimasaki, DDS — Polsinelli — Carole Neary, CHom — Franco Bikes — CalBikeLaw.com — Around The Cycle — Sunrun