Autumn Brevets in Chiba

Phil

Maximum Pace
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Just a quick heads-up, but here are the fall brevets being run by Audax Japan Chiba:

BRM912千葉300km
実施日:9月12日(土)
スタート: 22:00
集合場所: 袖ヶ浦海浜公園 第一駐車場

BRM913千葉200km
実施日:9月13日(日)
スタート: 06:30 07:00 07:30
集合場所: 袖ヶ浦海浜公園 第一駐車場

BRM1024千葉400km
実施日:10月24日(土)
スタート: 12:00(正午)
集合場所: 袖ヶ浦海浜公園 第一駐車場

Signed up for the 300km, and thinking of doing the 400km in October. The 200km, incidentally, is a good introduction to Boso riding, if you haven't previously ridden the roads there.

Arai-san, David (Truffles), Marc--are you doing any of these?
 
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Audax Japan Chiba

Unfortunately (in the randonnée sense only) I'll be where the wild things are
(Pasayten Wilderness in north central Washington State) the weekend of the
September 200k and 300k Chiba brevets. I will almost certainly do the 1024
400k. Too much fun to pass up (and maybe I won't log so many bonus
kilometers this time, having ridden the course thrice before, once as practice,
twice as brevets). Would be good to see you there.

David
 
#3
Just a quick heads-up, but here are the fall brevets being run by Audax Japan Chiba:

BRM1024千葉400km
実施日:10月24日(土)
スタート: 12:00(正午)
集合場所: 袖ヶ浦海浜公園 第一駐車場

Arai-san, David (Truffles), Marc--are you doing any of these?
Phil

I know I am thinking of 400Km this year if all conditions allow. It should be fun.:) I like brevet since I can ride on my pace and do not need to be so fast. Just LSD, keep pedaling.

Minoru Arai
 

chazzer

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Brevet !

I am going to miss this...it was an excellent event last year doing the 200km. Thanks again Phil and Arai-san !

Still the UK is solid audax territory so will have to see. Not sure about the mudguard malarky though !

chazzer
 

Phil

Maximum Pace
#5
Well, David and Minoru, if you're doing the 400km, that's good enough reason for me, I guess :) Slight chance I'll be out of the country at that time, but it's only 1500 yen so might as well sign up and see how it goes.

Just starting to think about equipment; what extras do you guys carry on the longer runs? Basically, my thinking is:

200km: Same as any weekend solo or group ride +brevet-required refelective vest and bell.
300km: Same as above, +full lighting with spare batteries.
400km: Sames as above, +??

Charles > Yeah, I think the Audax scene in the UK is very active. And if you ever want to do the Paris-Brest-Paris, it's not nearly as far to travel, eh?
 
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Well, David and Minoru, if you're doing the 400km, that's good enough reason for me, I guess :) Slight chance I'll be out of the country at that time, but it's only 1500 yen so might as well sign up and see how it goes.

Just starting to think about equipment; what extras do you guys carry of the longer runs? Basically, my thinking is:

200km: Same as any weekend solo or ride, + brevet-required refelective stuff, bell.
300km: Same as above, +full lighting with spare batteries
400km: Sames as above, +?? (waterproof jacket, er...)

Charles > Yeah, I think the Audax scene in the UK is very active. And if you ever want to do the Paris-Brest-Paris, it's not nearly has far to travel, eh?
Phil

I carry nothing special, same as you mentioned. As for lighting, you need two tail lights required and one light on your helmet to see a map.

Minoru Arai
 
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Just starting to think about equipment; what extras do you guys carry on the longer runs?
Since a working odometer is necessary to follow the cue sheet, I always carry
a spare spoke magnet (and of course a spare cue sheet sealed inside a ziplock
bag). Other small items I've started to carry to possibly help avoid the dreaded
DNF: a few centimeters of duct tape wrapped around a pencil; a length of
strong cloth string, a length of flexible, thin copper wire; a length of strong
nylon line; a needle; and last but not least the essential of a few plastic zip
ties.

The longer the brevet, the more I wish I had the means to carry additional
stuff, starting with food that I will find palatable in, say, the 16th hour of a
ride. Even on an empty stomach at rest, there is little I usually want to eat at
convenience stores. A stomach working overtime to assimilate electrolyte
drink tends to make all that "convenience food" taste like spam, spam, bacon,
and spam to my mind's tastebuds. I've tried peanutbutter and jelly sandwiches
cut into quarters, but they get really squished up in my jersey pockets or
saddle bag, making them less palatable and cumbersome to unwrap. You
need fast, easy access to food whenever you feel the urge to eat; unfortunately
putting a handlebar bag on a typical road bike is difficult with an STI setup,
and putting weight in a bag, if you can find one that fits, can adversely affect
steering.

Clothing, too, is something I would carry more of if I had the means of
conveyance, especially on spring or fall overnight brevets. I've been too cold
in the wee hours, too hot at midday, and too wet too often (rain chaps would
have been nice) on most of the four brevets I've done. More than once I've
resorted, after sunrise, to tying a wool jersey around my top tube (which loses
style points according to my wife). I think I'm coming to the conclusion that
really long brevets, my trusty old Felt isn't going to cut it, if for no other
reason than it's not designed to carry any load other than the rider.

One thing I carry within a hand's grasp, right along with money, ID, and
brevet card, is a few aspirin. At some point it's likely that acute pain will
attack one of my weak points (left foot or skin of right glute), with the agenda
of making me stop. Aspirin, or one of its cousins, seems to tame the beast,
and certainly has a nice placebo effect that usually at least gets me to the
last control.

On 600k I wanted to carry an extra tire but didn't have the space. (I stuffed
copies of about 20 map pages in my seat bag instead.) Next time I will find a
way. No flats but lots of nasty cuts in both the tread and sidewalls.

David
 

Phil

Maximum Pace
#8
Minoru, David,

Thanks very much for the detailed advice--know exactly what you mean about the conveniece food "spam", and I was wondering about temperature differences overnight, especially in the fall. One of the reasons I asked was that I'm debating getting a Carradice Barley bag to carry extra stuff, but wasn't sure if I needed it up to 400km (have a Nelson, which is good for credit card touring and the like, but way too big in this case).

Anyways, the 300km will be good and reasonably gentle practice for the nightime stuff, before getting into the serious brevet distances at 400km...
 

marc

Speeding Up
#9
Hi!

yes, I signed up for the 200. By the time I remembered to enter, all the 6:30 slots were taken, so I'm starting at 7:00.

I thought about possibly trying the 300, but the thought of going down those mountain roads in the dark scared the crap out of me.

Unfortunately, I'll be doing a lot less riding from now on, since my son just started pre-school and I'll be taking him to class each morning by train instead of commuting by bike like I used to. Will still try to get out on the weekends, though.
 

Phil

Maximum Pace
#10
Have a good ride, Marc. I think the routes are the same as last year, which means we might see each other going in opposite directions early-ish in your ride.

For this year I've built a cue sheet holder; now just have to figure out how to attach flashlight to helmet...