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Half Fast Four weekend rides 12 & 13 July

Half-Fast Mike

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May 22, 2007
Saturday 12th July – Early Beginners' Early Haneda (Early James)
Meet in front of the Grand Hyatt at 0620. Ride starts at 0630 sharp. * Will be cancelled if raining 20 minutes prior to meet time.
We will do an easy pace 30km ride out to our usual spot by Haneda airport. All welcome. Back at Grand Hyatt by 0900
Ride leader: James - o9o-2874-4848 sw08023jp[at]yahoo.co.jp


Saturday 12 July – Lots of smaller climbs and then Jinba (Chris)
Wada Pass, starting at Hashimoto Station and ending at Keio-Hachioji Station, with a possible option of riding back to Shinjuku

More good training for those headed to Norikura in a few weeks. First, we’ll ride some rolling terrain as we go from Hashimoto Station to Fujino following a route along or near Tsukui Lake and Sagami Lake. Then we get to the main climb, a 6 km ascent up to Wada Pass from the west. Please see the profile. Total ride distance to Hachioji is approximately 60 to 65 km and total climbing elevation is approximately 1300 m

Leader: Chris Beetham, o8o-3214-9572 (call or text), ride_with_cb[at]rocketmail.com

Please check the current weather conditions and forecast prior to 0700. Contact Chris if the weather conditions are questionable.

Meeting place and time: Outside the exit of Keio Hashimoto Station at 0915 on Saturday, July 12.

Suggested trains: The Keio Line express leaves Shinjuku at 0821 and arrives at Hashimoto at 0906, no transfer is needed for this particular train.

We’ll get prepared at Hashimoto Station, get stocked up on fluids/snacks, and be on the road by 0930. Additional stops on the road as needed.

Finish at Keio-Hachioji Station (also close to JR Hachioji Station), or in Shinjuku if we decide to add the optional 40 km.

Safety: Remember, helmets on! You should eat breakfast, drink lots of water / sports refreshments, and use sunscreen. Also, please check beforehand that your bike is up for the journey and always bring a spare tube.


Sunday 13 July – Hadano/Yabisu Pass (Warren)
Intermediate Mountain ride.
For those who need practice for Norikura, or those who just want to cycle a mountain for the first time (but have cycled >50km this year) this ride is ideal. It will be a morning ride of only 30km but 700m climbing (map)

We will cycle out of the town and up the mountain, with everyone taking their own time to do so. Those with the strongest legs will summit and then drop back down to help the others. Only once everyone is at the top* will we safely descend together and ride back to Hadano, taking the train back around lunchtime.

Leader: Warren Preen o8o-2005-8654 (no texts), warren.preen[at]nomura.com

Please check the current weather conditions and forecast for Hadano and western Tokyo prior to 0730 the day of the ride. The ride will be cancelled if it is raining.

Meeting place and time: The exit gates of Hadano Station at 09:20 on Sunday, July 13th

Suggested train: From the Shinjuku area, the Odakyu Odawara Line Express train leaves Shinjuku station at 0801. It will arrive at Hadano at 09:14.

Safety: Remember your helmet and bike bag for the train. You will need energy so you should eat breakfast, and drink lots of water. Don’t forget to use sunscreen. Also, please check beforehand that your bike is up for the journey and always bring a spare tube.
*There will be the option to continue over to Hashimoto with Chris B from the summit for those wishing to cycle for longer during the day (map)


Sunday 13th July - Kasai Rinkai Park

Meet at 10.00 a.m. (* note early start *) at our usual spot in front of the Grand Hyatt at Roppongi Hills.

Ride our regular route out towards Odaiba, via Tsukiji but then head toward Tokyo Heliport and cross bridge to Kasai Rinkai Park for a ride of 22 km. Take a break at Kasai Rinkai Park. Then ride back via The Red River Road, the Tokyo Heliport, Wakasu Park, see the Gomi bridge, and stop at Odaiba for a second break. Total 55 - 60 km. The only hills are the bridges we have to cross. Easy to Medium with quick pace as we learn to ride a little faster and a little further.

Ira Stevens o8o-5673-9042 (call or send text to here)
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