Pretty much exhausted.
Rode out from Koremasa together with John and Stefano (of G.S. Astuto) for the first leg of 80k to Shin-Matsuda Station.
Disqualified myself by not waiting for the official start at the bottom of Matsuhime (didn't want to wait too long in order to be home before sunset).
Was super nice to meet all the new TCC "young guns"...yes they are FAST (way too fast for me) and competitive...very promising. I really liked the encouragements written in chalk on climb up Matsuhime, very moving!
Leaving the KOM contestants behind made me feel like Ghislain Lambert - the cheater who got up in the middle of the night while the rest of the peleton was still asleep to win the Paris-Brest Classic race...(great movie by the way).Distance; 282.3 km
Elevation: +4,390 m
Max Grade: 17.5%
Avg. Grade: 3.4%
Max Speed: 74.3 km/h
Avg. Speed: 24.3 km/h