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zondag 18 mei 2014

2014 TOITO!


Another glorious edition of TOITO...so glad I could be part of this unique event again this year!  Overall very satisfied with the results but next year I will come back stronger with better tactics (I really need to work on my navigator skills!).  Big Thanks to Andy and the incredible Jonnobi Time team.
Ooka~Shinshu...paid a heavy price for not taking the short-cut almost everybody else took!
Shinshu~Itoigawa...ended up doing another big detour but damage was limited here I guess because of my advantage soloing against the wind along the coastline final stretch.
No mechanicals...bike in super condition thanks to c speed Hiroshi-san!
No cramps at all...super smooth pedaling all the way :) 













donderdag 5 april 2012

No cheating (this time :D)

now here's a wonderful fair-play feature!  Waiting to be beaten (and thrilled to be able to better my own record in a fair-play way)! 

woensdag 25 mei 2011

maandag 28 juni 2010

Team Futomomo

Official time is out: 1:18:50, good for a 29th place in my age group. One second faster than me was T橋-san of Team Futomomo ("Team Thighs"). Team Futomomo is based in Ueda-shi, Nagano Prefecture and its members were out there to defend their turf against outsiders (like me?). T橋-san did most of the pulling and tempo-setting (except for the flatter parts were I would only very briefly take over the lead in my big chainring). Naturally, I did not want to finish ahead of him after all his work and cut short the final sprint - crossing the finish line one second behind. In the picture - borrowed from the Team Futomomo blog - you can see me trailing about 10 meters behind in the inner lane desperately trying to counter yet another "attack en danseuse" by T橋-san.

zondag 27 juni 2010

Utsukushigahara 2010 ... no rain check !

Spent more time cleaning my Super Six today than completing the 2010 Tour de Utsukushigahara. It rained from start to finish but as soon as the race was over, the sun appeared.

Had a great time staying at the same ryokan as previous years. Like every year, I attended the "race queen" photo shoot (I kind of liked the Showa-esque "motepuyo" queen standing on my right side) yesterday and then did my little reconnaissance cycling up and down Lake Misuzu - once alone and once with a VLAAMS team mate. I was glad I had changed the tires back to normal 23c ones. The first part of "Utsukushigahara Skyline" up to the lake is the steepest and the rain had made it extra slippery.

The race this morning went better than I had expected and I managed to shave more than 4 minutes off last year's time in spite of the slippery and misty conditions. Near the top, visibility was at times less than 10 meters - precisely were the downhill section is... Curious to see my official time and the rankings!

Two nice videos shot by a VLAAMS buddy here: "start & gekisaka" & "misty downhill & finish".
























vrijdag 4 juni 2010

TOITO pics & 完走証 ・・・

pictures taken by Ludwig








The first two laps this year were actually better than last year...PLUS between Sasago and Nirazaki, I even got the third-fastest time (surely behind Andy and Tencho)!

After that, things didn't go as well I had anticipated ...

Next year will be the 40th Classic Race the ITOIGAWA ...

Revenge !!

vrijdag 30 april 2010

39th 東京⇒糸魚川ファスト・ラン

Last year' s TOP 15 ...how will I fare this year ( 年齢別 1 )?

Andy has the same starting time and it looks like Japan's fastest bike shop owner Nishitani-san is competing this year as well ...those two should be a very close match!

Will try to take advantage of this GW as much as possible to get into my best form but even so, I seriously doubt if I can stay in Andy's wheel even as far as Sasago !

zondag 18 april 2010

15th Tour de Kusatsu

Watch me trying to accelerate in a ridiculously heavy gear...video made by team mate here .... Must work on my spinning !!!





RESULT: 20th (out of 550) in 41~50 age group with a time of 0:47:34.92...






















Photo credit: Specialized DJ

Spent a nice weekend in Kusatsu with people of TCC and their friends. Kusatsu is no longer the cubbyhole "kojinmari" -type of hillclimb race it used to be...this year's 15th edition officially counted as many as 2,376 participants (although there were a couple hundreds of DNStarters). A bit too many to my liking so I decided this will be my last Tour de Kusatsu until I'm in my fifties....perhaps.

Had a great time though at Kojima-ryokan with the TCC people. Met an old NFCC friend as well; Kenichi was helping out at the Graphite Design booth. Graphite Design is a Japanese maker famous for its carbon shafts used in golf clubs and recently branched out into carbon cycles with the help of former Bridgestone Anchor engineers. The same guy who designed the famous Anchor Neocot is now in charge of the Graphite Design carbon bikes. His mission is to design carbon frames "that feel like and have the same "pliancy" as steel frames. The 2 models (lugged and monocoque) on display looked very attractive.

The race itself was much too short but still a hard nut to crack because of the sometimes icy strong headwinds. Decided not to hang around too long after the race and rode down and back right to Naganohara Kusatsuguchi station where I was the only (first) cyclist to board the 13:38 express train to Omiya after eating my traditional bowl of tempura soba at the station. The lady at the tempura shop recognized me from the past years and served me a free cup of coffee. Took only 1 picture this time....on the JR Tokkyu Kusatsu 32-go train taking me home....