Second day in a row training with my friends from the Vlaams cycling club. Today it was Saruto-san who was in top-form...simply indomitable all the way from Koremasa-bashi to the Kazahari turn-off. No matter how I wanted to take over the lead, there was no way I could muster enough strength to overtake Saruto-san; I could barely hang onto his wheel doing everything in my power! I was not alone...Saruto-san turned all of us into weaklings! What a metamorphosis! I makes you wonder what the guy had for dinner or breakfast! I was already a complete wreck by the time I parted from the rest to continue my climb of Kazahari at a snail's pace! At the "Primitive Village" turn-off, I bought 3 manju buns all different flavors and they helped me come back to live somewhat. I next plodded my way up Matsuhime-toge, legs pretty much spent from all the Saruto-chasing! Luckily the supermarket/bakery near Saruhashi came to my rescue...I was starving. I left Saruhashi at 12:00 and rode home via Koshukaido and then the "Hiroshi twist" along Tsukui-ko. I ran into David and his son who had just finished their Otarumi downhill and were on their way home via Chigura. I got home before 15:00 after viewing part of the annual Kurayami-matsuri "dashi" parade float in Fuchu.
zondag 3 mei 2009
zaterdag 20 december 2008
Morning training with VLAAMS Tamasai leaving Koremasa-bashi at 6:30 as usual....when I arrived at 6:25 there was nobody there! I took a picture of my Orbea and waited 10 minutes but no one showed up....much too cold I guess.
I took off and headed for the mountains not sure which side to go...Saitama or Yamanashi. I made up my mind just in front of Yotsuya-bashi and rode direction Takao planning to do Wada and Makime in that order for a short morning ride. Orbea was rolling very smooth and I was pleased with the more aggressive position I was able to take thanks to the shorter column cut by Iwasaki-san of Friend Shokai. I took a toilet break at Yuyake Koyake before riding along Jinba Kaido. Turning left at the first bridge though, my front wheel slipped about 20 cm and I needed a super reflex otherwise I would have crashed badly. I tried to continue but noticed there were still plenty of icy patches lurking here and there. It was still before 8:00...probably too early for the frost to thaw. My feet started to feel icy cold so I decided to call it a day! For the coming winter rides, I will make sure to leave home a little later!
Once home I took a shower and got the "papacharin" ready for a ride and date with my wife to Kichijoji. We passed by the famous little O-Vest cycle shop along Tohachi-doro and here I found a nice silver bar tape for my VLAAMS for when I'm in the mood to dress her up a bit on a rainy day. In Kichijoji, I also bought a nice pair of new "long ride" tyres recently launched on the market by Bridgestone....25cc for the back and 23cc for up front.