Today August 2019

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just kidding, on account of their huge tyre size (from a road perspective). btw @bloaker you guys don't seem to have any water bottle mounts on MTBs, how do you manage? you got a platypus or something in that frame bag maybe?
 
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just kidding, on account of their huge tyre size (from a road perspective). btw @bloaker you guys don't seem to have any water bottle mounts on MTBs, how do you manage? you got a platypus or something in that frame bag maybe?
I have a 3L camelbak and my buddy has a 2L Osprey.
I used almost all of my water today, but still seem somewhat dehydrated. I needed to add some kind of supplement. It seems I just sweat out everything I drank today.
 
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It seems I just sweat out everything I drank today.
Same here on yesterday's ride. I must have drunk about 6 l altogether, but peed very little. CristianB and I headed down to Boso via the Kurihama - Kanaya Tokyowan Ferry.



He was surprised that I scheduled 4h30m for the 72 km from my house to the Ferry Port but old Strava recordings don't lie: I left home at 5:30 and we arrived a couple of minutes before the target time of 10:00 for the 10:20 crossing, enough time to refill water bottles, buy tickets and board the ferry. It sounds like he had never seen as many traffic lights as on our ride from near Futakotamagawa to Kurihama!



The weather forecast was windy and so it turned out to be. Headwind all the way to Kurihama and more of the same on the way from Kanaya to the Sunosaki Lighthouse on the westernmost cape of Chiba prefecture. On a clear day you can Izu, Mt Fuji, Miura and all of the west coast of Boso from this spot, but this was August, not January. So it was a little too hazy. Also, it was body temperature weather.



The only redeeming factors were that the headwind helped dry the sweat and when we left Sunosaki to catch our return ferry, it turned into a tailwind so we could easily cruise at 30 km/h. We made it to the port with almost half an hour to the 16:30 departure.

After the crossing back to Miura I dropped off Cristian at Keikyu-Kurihama, then cycled back to Tokyo. Interestingly it got warmer again after Yokosuka. Where there are traffic lights there are cars, houses with air-conditioners and less wind due to taller buildings (the heat island effect).

I had dinner near Yokohama China town and got home after 22:00.

207 km with less than 500 m of elevation gain and no use of my small chain ring whatsoever (because Cristian wanted to ride a flat course).

(On Strava)
 

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I promise it is fun! Just need to work up to it. - however I do get it. Different strokes.
A sling for the collar bone? I usually end up with the figure 8 torture device and better posture.
Gravel baby!

Not a normal sling around shoulder but waist mobilizing the arm
 

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Paris-Brest-Paris 2019 started Sunday afternoon French time. I have been tracking the progress made by some of my friends from Japan and North America who are participating, plus a few others such as Fiona Kolbinger who won TCR#7, Björn Lenhard who had the fastest finish time in 2015 and Jan Heine, the editor of Bicycle Quarterly (which I'm a subscriber of). Having cycled a little more than 200 km on Saturday, I have nothing but respect for anyone riding over 1200 km from Paris to the Atlantic and back over the next few days.
 

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Paris-Brest-Paris 2019 started Sunday afternoon French time. I have been tracking the progress made by some of my friends from Japan and North America who are participating, plus a few others such as Fiona Kolbinger who won TCR#7, Björn Lenhard who had the fastest finish time in 2015 and Jan Heine, the editor of Bicycle Quarterly (which I'm a subscriber of). Having cycled a little more than 200 km on Saturday, I have nothing but respect for anyone riding over 1200 km from Paris to the Atlantic and back over the next few days.
Oppy put Aussie classics riders on the map by winning Paris-Brest-Paris in 1931!
I don't remember him as a cyclist, but I do remember him as a statesman as he lived in the area where I went to school.
 
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Oppy put Aussie classics riders on the map by winning Paris-Brest-Paris in 1931!
I don't remember him as a cyclist, but I do remember him as a statesman as he lived in the area where I went to school.
Wikipedia says:

Opperman continued cycling until he was 90. He lived in a retirement village which, as the British journalist Alan Gayfer pointed out in 1993, had "No Cycling" signs. Opperman died on an exercise bicycle.
Way to go!
 

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There are other brands of hydration pack, but they're not Camelbak.
I have a 3L camelbak and my buddy has a 2L Osprey.
you make great points there. my roadie background blindsided me completely to the idea of backpack fueling. not only that, I actually forgot I own one such backpack myself, deuter with 3 l platypus or whaddaya call them bladders. might come useful some day for riding away from the beaten paths
 
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Went out for a ride on Friday. Rain came only a few kms into the ride so I decided to postpone to the following day. Got up early on Saturday to do the same planned ride. The heat was already very apparent at 5am as I rolled out from home. I picked up @saibot in Sakado and we rode over the first climb (Ono Toge, as we call it, but I think it’s actually called karibazaka or something like that). We descended into Chichibu then headed out towards Mitsumine shrine. Before we got to the shrine, @saibot had a spoke go ping so he decided to turn around and ride home. I continued by myself and did Mitsumine via the clockwise route. The climb was super quiet. I only saw one car, one other cyclist and two foreigner women walking a pack of about 20 labradors. All the dogs ran over to me, barking like crazy things. Luckily they were harmless and began to lick the sweat off my legs. Over the other side of the climb and down the descent, a queue was already forming for the Mitsumine shrine car park. I had forgotten how nice that descent was. Unfortunately I caught up to some motorbike riders who were going slowly so I had to keep the brakes on for the last 1/4 of the descent. Coming back into Chichibu the heat wasn’t pleasant. I climbed Sadamine then descended Shiraishi. I wanted to get over 3000m of elevation gain but was hovering around 2450m so I decided to do some hill repeats of route 273 (Tokigawa base climb) then once I got over my goal I headed back down to the Arakawa and the long hot slog home.
With a one year old and a hyperactive dog at home I very rarely get the chance to do longer rides these day so it was a nice change to have the chance to clock up some kms. Not the best time of year to be out in the saddle all day but beggars can’t be choosers.

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Wow! Those pictures make the idea of climbing up to 3,000 meters almost look appealing! Great ride!
I'm not sure which pictures you're referring to, but FYI the highest point in Chiba (Anazaa-yama) is only 408 m, and I think the highest you can get on the road is 300 m ASL.
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