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  1. The Professional Ladies' Podium

    The Professional Ladies' Podium

    Olympic MTB Cross Country Racer, Champion of Japan and Triathlon Champion all together
  2. Clay with the Mens age-group Winners

    Clay with the Mens age-group Winners

    Amatuer mens' podium
  3. Naomi with the Ladies age-group Winners

    Naomi with the Ladies age-group Winners

    The amatuer lady racers' podium
  4. Taiko Drummers

    Taiko Drummers

    Samurai Taiko team from the American Air Base pounded out some encouragement as we climbed the hill, and put on a show for us after the race. Every event should have this!
  5. Fixed wheel riders at the summit

    Fixed wheel riders at the summit

    Mankinis intact!
  6. $$$$

    $$$$

    Thousands of yen/pounds/dollars of bicycles lined up.
  7. Recovery

    Recovery

    Hiding in the shade at the top of the course
  8. Aftermath

    Aftermath

    Feeling the effects of the heat and the climb - as were we all!
  9. Naomi finishes

    Naomi finishes

  10. James cranks over the finish line

    James cranks over the finish line

  11. Sit-down

    Sit-down

    Organisers told everyone to take a break in the shade just before the start - the sun was beating down upon us.
  12. Lining Up

    Lining Up

  13. Naomi amongst the starting crowd

    Naomi amongst the starting crowd

  14. Team Borat

    Team Borat

  15. Naomi-san's Race Face

    Naomi-san's Race Face

    Concentration.....
  16. Ready to Go

    Ready to Go

    Convincing ourselves to warm up in 33 degree heat.
  17. Fumiki-san's mechanical

    Fumiki-san's mechanical

    Cleat would not engage leading to this alternative mode of operation!
  18. Kobu Tunnel

    Kobu Tunnel

    About the only respite from the heat on the whole ride. We hid inside until we had cooled down a bit.
  19. Naomi-san

    Naomi-san

  20. Andy

    Andy