Bummer! I was really looking forward to meet you, Phil! Maybe you could consider doing a part of the ride - it's pretty early, so you'd be free around 10:00amSerguei, just to let you know, I probably won't be able to make this one. Too much work this week. Maybe catch you toward the end of the month...
Like I mentioned, there are almost no flat sections on this ride - it's all up and down with some long and brutal climbs, possibly, in the heat. So, these 174 kms are very different from flat 174 kms, and I would not recommend this ride to start cycling in Japan in most of the cases.The nature of this ride has certainly caught my attention, but I before signing up (assuming that new members are welcome?), I'd be keen to know what kind of pace is likely for this ride. I've never raced before, so I don't have a race category to use as a benchmark, but a typical weekend solo ride for me on a flatish road is 150-180kms at 28-30 kph.
I'm worried that this won't be fast enough. I am right?
Good question, Travis. It looks like 5:00 train from Shinjuku goes to Hon-Atsugi only (本厚木行). The train leaving Hon-Astugi one minute later is a different train which starts from Hon-Atsugi and goes to Odawara (小田原行).There's NO WAY I'm ready for this ride.
So... YEP! I'll be there! I'll be catching the 5:00 train from Shinjuku.
>Serguei: There's only one minute to change trains at Hon-Atsugi, so should we be at the front or rear of the train? Or won't it make any difference?
See you all there! T
Be aware that while we can pick you up next to the said 7/11, we will not be stopping and waiting for any late comers, so be ready to ride right away.Set up your bike at Suruga-oyama station, and ride 800m to the 7-Eleven just around the corner. The riders who left in the earlier group should be just coming down from Ashigara-toge around that time, and will probably arrive at said 7-eleven a little after 8am.
Okay, thanks. I get the picture re the flats. I was just referring to average speed numbers for the flat as these are a better benchmark of pace than a climb because of gradient, length, etc, etc. Anyway, I'm keen to join and have a go, so provided its okay for people to get dropped early on, I'll try to work out how to get there from Yokohama. thanks againLike I mentioned, there are almost no flat sections on this ride - it's all up and down with some long and brutal climbs, possibly, in the heat. So, these 174 kms are very different from flat 174 kms, and I would not recommend this ride to start cycling in Japan in most of the cases.
Anyways, I think you get the picture, and if you still want to test yourself against some of the steepest climbs, you are welcome to join. If you don't enjoy climbing - be ready to bail out / take train earlier, check the map, station locations, etc.
Aaron, it's not gonna be a WATT ride - there are too many T's for that. Not stopping too often is the best way to tackle it. That's how, first, I, and then Travis completed it last year (it took many hours to finish it, even without many stops, i am too lazy to find his report now ).I assume that this will be a WATT ride? Otherwise I will just ride alone somewhere, since I will never be able to keep the full pace over all these lumps.
https://tokyocycle.com/bbs/showthread.php?t=2140&page=2.... i am too lazy to find his report now ).
Ahhh!!! Brilliant Travis! Saturday can't come soon enough!https://tokyocycle.com/bbs/showthread.php?t=2140&page=2
The "Full Report" is about the 8th post down on this page.