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zaterdag 23 juni 2012

almost 300k almost 5000m total ascent...rainy KOM

Did a reconnaisance ride of TCC's official King of Mountain a.k.a. "Best of the West" course under mostly cloudy skies leaving home precisely at sunrise (4:27)
Weary as always of rinko’ing by train, I cycled all the way to the Shin-Matsuda Station start line. Initial plan was to go further down all the way to Odawara but as it didn’t look like the skies would clear up, I let my GPS guide me straight to Shin-Matsuda Route 711 once I passed the Lake Wood and Hiratsuka Fujimi golf courses.

It took me a little more than 3 hours to reach the official start and I started right away without resting. Toges featured on this course are Ashigara, Mikuni, Yamabushi, Dozaka, Suzugane and Matsuhime. At the Mikuni turnoff, a thoughtful cyclist who had just descended told me it was raining near the summit and warned me to be careful. It was indeed drizzling around the entire Myoujin-Mikuni-Yamabushi-Dozaka area but thankfully the roads over Suzugane and Matsuhime were dry. I ended up adding ura-Kazahari as I felt some juice left. As usual, the refueling at Kohseiya did wonders (I love that in-store bakery)!

I got back home around 18:30 with almost 300km distance and 5,000 elevation meters (according to Garmin Edge 500) under my belt.

Doing the course at a leisurely pace was fun but I'm sure it will be less so at a race pace!