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  1. SakuRAndonneuring

    Since my wife and the kids were all away for the weekend, I decided to go on an extended cherry blossom viewing ride on my own, leaving Saturday and not coming back until Sunday. The plan was for a bit of a hybrid between a cherry blossom viewing ride and a brevet, with the distance of a brevet but the pace of a viewing ride. The course followed BRM418 NishiTokyo 400 km Big Fuji Loop (BRM418西東京400km富士大回り), an event I'm signed for on the April 18/19 weekend. For Saturday I linked up with...
  2. 300 km around Mt Fuji

    From Saturday to Sunday I rode BRM328 NishiTokyo Fuji 300 km. It was the fourth time I participated in the AJ NishiTokyo 300 randonnée and my second brevet ride of the year, but the first randonnée for my son Shintaro. Like me the first time, he had not done a 200 km event before the 300, but based on his other riding I had no doubt he would be able to finish it. Like all 300 km brevets the course has a 20 hour time limit (22:00 on Sat to 18:00 on Sun). Total elevation gain was about 2850 m...
  3. A 242 km January ride

    On January 10 I rode my first brevet of 2015, "BRM110 Miura peninsula 200 km" by AJ NishiTokyo. The 204 km course started and finished in Machida while the middle portion followed the Kanagawa coastline around Miura peninsula. Total elevation gain was a little over 900 m, far less than the more typical 2000-3000m in other AJ NishiTokyo 200 km events. It was also far less windy on the Miura coast than on most of my winter rides there. There were about 70 participants and I rode with others...
  4. Winter Miura loop

    I love riding mountains for the views, but when it gets too cold up there in the winter, Miura peninsula is a good place to visit (and so is Boso peninsula in Chiba). On Sunday I did my "century of the month" (160+ km) for December. I chose to follow the course of my upcoming January brevet, which will start and finish in Machida for a 203 km loop whose Kanagawa portion largely follows the Miura coastline. The total for Sunday came to 218 km according to Strava, which makes it my 6th longest...
  5. Koyo, three toge and a curry

    With my nephew's visit over and a sunny weekend forecast, I wanted to ride some distance again, which I finally did yesterday (196 km with 2234 m of climbing). On Saturday night I set my alarm for 04:30, still undecided between 4-5 courses. Though I had planned to leave for wherever by 05:30, I didn't actually head out until an hour later, having checked work email etc. (flexibility is one of the things I like about riding on my own). By the time I was ready to roll I had more or less...
  6. Nichitsu solo ride

    On Sunday I rode 198 km ride with 2095 m of climbing in the Chichibu area (including ride from the station after rinko return to Tokyo). It was my fourth ride there but my first one alone to the Ogurazawa (小倉沢) ruins in the mountains of Saitama, better known in English as Nichitsu ghost town. Here's a picture of one of the workers' dormitories from my first ride in November 2012: Here's what I found yesterday: With damaged roofs and broken or open windows, all these structures will...
  7. Yomiuriland and Tamagawa after the typhoon

    Typhoon Phanfone (aka typhoon #18) battered us for two days. In the morning it had still been cold as the rain was pouring down. But what a beautiful day it turned into, once the rain stopped and the clouds cleared! The temperature was just perfect! I headed back to Yomiuriland for some climbs. My times have improved steadily over the last month. I beat my previous best time on 4 of my last 5 rides. Heading back down again after the third climb, my wife called to let me know about a change...
  8. Okutama Ultra-Boob

    Last Saturday I did a ride I'd been toying with for about two years. I had done the Okutama Boob route (Musashiitsukaichi-Tomin no Mori-Lake Okutama-Tomin no Mori-Musashiitsukaichi, 188 km w/ 2000 m of climbing from Setagaya) several times, but wanted to combine it with a Matsuhime climb. I did my first Matsuhime climb in June 2012, riding out from Setagaya via Tomin to take pictures at the TCC KOM finish line. One the way home I opted for the easy downhill route along 411 to Oume and the...
  9. three rivers Bon

    As usual for o-bon, I briefly went (from Tokyo) to the inlaws', north of Maebashi (Gunma). It's a straightforward route across Tokyo, a long way up Arakawa, a little way north, and then up Tonegawa. The exact distance depends on my choices (and minor mistakes) along Arakawa, but it's under 160 km. And of course it's all very flat. (The greatest "ascent" is from Gotanda to Takanawadai.) This would be the fourth time I'd gone there and back by pushbike: a lot more pleasant than the train and...
  10. Leaves and ghosts: HFC Nichitsu autumn ride 2013

    On Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 I headed to the Nichitsu ghost town in the Chichibu area in Saitama and was joined there by an adventurous bunch of Half-Fast cyclists (HFC) for a memorable ride in beautiful nature and a visit to an eery, deserted place. It was my third visit to the area. The first time I heard about the Nichitsu ghost town in Chichibu and the beautiful mountains and valleys around it was in the spring of 2012, when Pete (@Yamabushi) organised a ride there. A couple of month later,...
  11. The Joy of Sixhundred (my pre-BRM921 report)

    Sagamihara, Kanagawa prefecture. The GPS recording goes as far as Sagamihara. My bike is in Sagamihara. I fail to grasp what these statements have to do with me. They feel like answers in a TV quiz show that I am watching or something in a book I'm reading. I look at my gray rinko bag. Normally cylindrical in shape, my bike bag for train rides is squashed slightly flat. That's because I used it as a pillow when lying down on the asphalt of the parking lot on which I am now sitting. The...
  12. Tokyo Hillclimb Series - Hinohara Stage

    Sunday 2nd June was the day of the Hinohara stage of the Tokyo Hillclimb Series, and Naomi-san and I were both participating. The series has three races; Hinohara, Okutama, and Nariki. The race is run up a course that will be familiar to many TCCers; starting at Hinohara village near Musashi-Itsukaichi and climbing the main raod past Tomin-no-Mori to the finish at the junction with Kazahari rindo. 15 km in length and climbing from 410 m up to 1130 m, with mostly gentle gradient and a nice...
  13. My 300 km Fuji brevet (BRM518)

    BRM518 was my third brevet ride with AJ NishiTokyo this year and my fifth brevet overall (including an unofficial shadow ride in January). It makes May the 9th month in a row for me with a Century ride (over 160 km). I'd been wanting to ride this brevet again since I did it last year (my first brevet ever). I worried about family or business travel that might conflict, or about foul weather on the day, but none of this came to pass. I left home at 19:20 on Saturday, got back around 20:30...
  14. Noto Peninsula

    Here's my photo-journal of the Half-Fast Golden Week tour in Noto Peninsula [URL]https://www.flickr.com/photos/37372007@N05/albums/72157675186670823[/URL]
  15. Riding the Rapha Continental - Backstage Pass

    I was cordially invited to join Rapha Asia's Continental - Backstage Pass ride in Taiwan. My primary role was to observe the riders in action and gain some knowledge and feedback especially related to wheels that could be used ongoing for events such as these that challenge the riders and equipment to their maximum potential. Before I joined up, my personal view of Rapha and the Continental rides, in general, was leaning more towards that of 'gentleman cafe rides' that end after a few...
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