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Half Fast HFC weekend 17/18 May - four rides

Half-Fast Mike

Lanterne Rouge-et-vert
May 22, 2007
Hello bikers. Mike here, sitting in Don's saddle (not literally - that would be nasty) for the summer.

Our intrepid ride leaders have come up with an amazing menu of four (or even five) rides this weekend and it's looking like perfect cycling weather all the way. There's never been a better time to get out and earn those post-ride beers. We'll be riding right through the summer, no matter how hot and humid, but spring is especially lovely I think.

If you haven't got a bike bag yet, I use and recommend the Mont Bell Quick Carry (JPY 7,200). You need a bike bag to take your bike on the train. When we take the train for a ride it means that we're experiencing more of the best of the local countryside without slogging through hours of suburbia to get there *and* we can have a party on the train coming back.

Do you want to lead a ride, or want to request that someone lead something old or new? Let me know and I'll put the word out.

This weekends plan follows below. Keep the rubber side down!


Saturday 17 May - Beginners' Jonan AND Beginners' Odaiba
Meet in front of the Grand Hyatt at 08.00 for a 30 km ride out to our usual spot by Haneda airport. All welcomed. Easy pace. Back at Grand Hyatt by 11.00 for...
Another 30 km ride out to Odaiba. Back by 14.00 for August beer club refreshments.

Ride leader: James Mobile: o9o-2874-4848 Email: sw08023jp @yahoo.co.jp Bicycle: Dahon speed P8 foldie


Saturday 17 May – Kamakura Ride (INTERMEDIATE)
A great way to enjoy the quiet route to the coast

Starting Points:

0800 at Shinjuku Station Southern Terrace Exit (Contact Chris: o8o-3214-9572 (call or text), ride_with_cb @rocketmail.com)

0820 at Futako Tamagawa next to the Three High Rises, (map: http://goo.gl/maps/kyL1) (Contact Ira: o8o-5673-9042, call or text)

If you are riding to the Shinjuku starting point from the Roppongi Hills area and are unsure of the route to get to the station, a direct route can be found here. Or you could ride to the Futako Tamagawa starting point by riding down Komazawa Dori. Optional meeting points on the Tamagawa; you must contact Ira to confirm.

The Shinjuku group will ride roads to get to the Tamagawa at Chofu, where we’ll meet up with the Futakotamagawa group. From there we’ll ride up the Tamagawa and Ogurigawa, and pass through Oyamadairi Park before arriving at the Sakaigawa. Then we’ll ride down the Sakaigawa for over 30 km to Fujisawa, and then take some back roads for about 10 km to Enoshima (optional 3 km out and back via the causeway for some nice views if the visibility is good). Then we’ll ride along the coast for 7 km to Kamakura. There is an optional stop for lunch at the sushi restaurant in Kamakura before arriving at the station for the train ride home.

Ride distance is 90 km - 100 km. Easy to Medium pace, but the distance makes this an intermediate ride. Most of the ride is on river roads, until we hit the coast. No big hills, but probably some wind along the coast. Make sure to have plenty of water and a bike bag for the train ride home.


Sunday 18 May - Kasai Rinkai Park & back (INTERMEDIATE)
Meet at 10.00 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 quick 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.Then ride back to our starting point. Total 60 - 70 km. The only hills are the bridges we have to cross. Distance makes this an intermediate ride.

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


Sunday 18 May - Takao and Jinba (ADVANCED)
Wada Pass, starting at Takao Station and ending at Keio-Hachioji Station

Time for some more mountains, this time west of Tokyo! First, we’ll ride some rolling terrain as we go from Takao to Fujino following a route along Tsutsui 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 at http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/416727782. Total ride distance is approximately 60 to 65 km and total climbing elevation is approximately 1300

Chris: o8o-3214-9572 (call or text), ride_with_cb @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 north exit of JR Takao Station at 0845 on Sunday, May 18.

Suggested trains: The Keio Line semi-special express leaves Shinjuku at 0749 and arrives at Takao at 0839; the Chuo Line special rapid leaves Shinjuku at 0752 and arrives at Takao at 0835.

We’ll get prepared at Takao Station, get stocked up on fluids/snacks at the adjacent 7-11, and be on the road by 0900 or so. Additional stops on the road as needed.

Finish at Keio-Hachioji Station (also close to JR Hachioji Station).

Momma Chris says: 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 25 May - Minami-Boso 100 (ADVANCED)
Brendan will rent a car and drive from Fuchu and can pick someone up along the Tamagawa River. If you're a driver and have or can get a vehicle, or if you're just interested in joining the ride and need to car-pool, contact Brendan and he will try to matchmake.

Leader: Brendan @paullb o9o-3944-5222
Start: Michi-no-eki Furari-Tomiyama (near Tateyama, Chiba) Arrive 09.00, depart 09.20. The course is a little over 100km with the first half being along the coast and the second half being light hills (nothing too harsh) and riding through a spectacular rice terrace. (similar to this). Then via an onsen (a car ride away from the finishing point) on the way back home.

Train Option: Take "Shinjuku Sazanami #1" from Shinjuku (07.50) and get off at Tateyama Station (10.01) and you will be collected. Anyone using this option make sure to email beforehand or the ride will bypass the station

t.b.c. - Coco Farms Hill Climb and Winery (in Gunma)

Brian J promised to lead this "before too long"


Maximum Pace
Jun 13, 2013
Great ride with the Kasai Rinkai Group today. First time meeting the Good HFC people and had a good one, plus the beer at August, except for the one that i spilled. Oopps my bad!
Looking forward for more rides.
Thanks guys!
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