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So that's why you were lapping so fast, so your children didn't have time to get bored between sightings.

Not much to see in the video really. Just lots of people using their brakes way too often.
 
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So that's why you were lapping so fast, so your children didn't have time to get bored between sightings.

Not much to see in the video really. Just lots of people using their brakes way too often.
All that fast lapping took it out of me and I've been sick in bed for 3 days this week!

Or maybe full summer kit for the early morning TT was a bad idea...

I know what you mean about braking.

Although I feel technical skills have let me down in the last few races I've ridden.

I've still got trauma after crashing out at fuji speedway. Though I remember you did the same a couple of years ago? And seem to have got over it?

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Good going! With the big prize pot they're putting in for the series winners, there should be some tough competition on the day. Including Iwashima-san and myself ;)

That's the course. Actually found another video from the same race with all three laps. It shows the downhill section at race pace, and also the final dip down and rise up to the finish line (missing from the above video), that is assuming the finish line is in the same place. Downhill starts at 23:40, finish line at 22:05.
Looking at that second video and the strava profile, it looks like:

A gentle downhill on narrow roads for the first part (9 or 10 minutes on the first lap, but around 50kph race pace).
Then a sharp left before a long steeper upward drag to 21 minutes.

Then a short fast winding descent before a final kick up to the finish line.

Run the other way, assuming the start is at the start/goal line:

A quick descent, followed by a rise.

Then the long steep descent. The descent looks wider and less technical this way? In which case it will be very fast.

The tight right straight after a steep descent.

Then the gentle climb, which kicks up towards the finish.

Does that sound about right?

Do you reckon a TT bike has an advantage run this way? (run the same direction as the video, I feel a road bike may be faster).

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According to the web site, the 11 km road race will be ridden in the opposite direction this time, but the TT in the same direction. I feel like the TT has to start in the same place, within Katsurao Village. Can't say for sure if the finish will be in the same place though.

Crashes can do that for sure. One thing that's helped my handling has been cyclocross. Offroad the speeds are lower and the ground is softer, so while there's more falling, it's a relatively painless way to get a feel for grip and improve bike handling.

At Fuji I was taken out by a crash in front of me. It's given me a good reason to always ride near the front of the pack. And avoid enduros whenever possible.
 
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According to the web site, the 11 km road race will be ridden in the opposite direction this time, but the TT in the same direction. I feel like the TT has to start in the same place, within Katsurao Village. Can't say for sure if the finish will be in the same place though.

Crashes can do that for sure. One thing that's helped my handling has been cyclocross. Offroad the speeds are lower and the ground is softer, so while there's more falling, it's a relatively painless way to get a feel for grip and improve bike handling.

At Fuji I was taken out by a crash in front of me. It's given me a good reason to always ride near the front of the pack. And avoid enduros whenever possible.
Cheers, for the insight.

Going the same way, I wonder if a TT bike has any merit? Were people riding TT bikes last year?

Coming the other way, it may be advantageous on a gentle climb. But up the steeper climb it would probably slow you down.

What's your gut feeling? Road bike or TT bike?

Well done at Shuzenji! It's years since I rode there.

Bandai san is riding JPT this year. Looked like a baptism of fire. I watched the live stream as 43 years old Mancebo rode off the front breathing through his nose...

Andy
 
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Having never ridden a TT bike and no experience other than seeing them around, I say take it for the pro visuals.
Ideal situation would be to bring both, pre-ride the course in the morning then decide. Racing on Saturday starts in the afternoon so plenty of time for recon.
 
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With Mancebo in the pack and now the J Pro Tour being broadcast live online, things just got a lot more interesting! The live timing they have is also a great way to check up on guys riding on the Elite Tour.
 
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He single-handedly DECIMATED the field.

I laughed a bit yesterday when Matrix's GM commented about how much Orluis Aular cost them (right in front of him). Haha.
 
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