To tell you the truth, I don't know which train to catch, so if anyone who knows the way wants to come they can even have a pie-plate (yeah, I know, I'm too nice.) Anyone have the route on their GPS? It looks like a bloody long way, so an early start would be in order (like 6 or so.) ...?
Actually, now that I come to look at it, maybe it`s a bit of a trek out there as I have to be back in town around 5pm. Perhaps a better option would be a couple of laps of Kazahari. Anyone who`s done the Fuji climb - how do they compare (2 laps of Kazahari vs Fuji?)
Can I join the proposed two laps of Kazahari with a pie-plate? Safety first, Clay... didn't you have a crash last year, was that because you thought you were too cool for school and went out without a pie-plate?
Teaming up with my imaginary friend Milko, I headed out on the train today to Takao and cruised up Wada-east (14'15), and then onto Kazahari-rindo. Last time I did that was with a 39-25, but today I had come equipped with 39-27. That made a difference and I beat my previous time, new best of 28'25. I was running out of time, so I wimped out and didn't do a repeat of Kazahari, but instead headed on home. Looking forward to Fuji!
Amazing times, Clay! I don't know what you were doing in Oz for training, but you better hope the testers don't show up at your doorstep unannounced.
Seriously though, that Wada time is un-freaking-believable. I just checked the Wada hillclimb ranking homepage, and your time is the third best recorded in the past six years. A fellow named Rosso is No. 1, at 13:39. Of course, not everyone records their times on that site. But it probably tends to attract the more competitive types.
Also, going sub-30 minutes on Kazahari-rindo is quite a feat.
The way you have been riding, I'd say you'll make the podium at Fuji.
I ended up doing a quickie loop over Otarumi, Jimba onsen, and Wada yesterday. It's been almost one month since I was in the mountains, so I took it easy. I gotta say, I'm a tad burned out on time-trialing after all those weeks of intense efforts. It was nice to not feel the pressure -- and pain -- that comes with an all-out effort. And with the incredible times you've been putting up, my motivation has probably slipped a notch.
Thanks for that link Deej - 13:39 gives me something to aim for. I think there is a room for a little improvement (but maybe not that much.) Although I notice the second time there is on a non-UCI approved bike. And I'm guessing timing starts at that house (near the bus stop) in the picture, and stops at the gravestone? I wasn't exactly sure last time. Oh, does it say on that site if you can have a rolling start?
We'll see how it goes on Fuji. I just hope I don't have any mechanical issues, that would really suck.