Sure ...a bit short for me but why not, from which side ("omote" or "ura") shall it be? If "ura" (the longer & rougher way), how about a RdV first at Hashimoto Station - say at 8 a.m. ? FarEast? Deej? Jules? Philip? Thomas? YellowGiant? Ludwig? Alan? Clay? Who else? Be there? A real life penis competition indeed.
I can do either the 7th or 14th. It'd be also fun if we could do a two-stage event, the other being a flat (or rolling hills) road that leads out to the climb, like route 20 from Takao, regrouping at Ootsuki (although with GW traffic, the 14th would be better for that.) Or something similar... That way those among us who can maintain '40kph over 20km into a headwind' can show us their stuff.
Just so you know, I haven't gone underground. An Otoge race sounds great. My Golden Week plans are in flux right now, so it's hard to commit to a date. But I might be able to swing something on the 7th. I'll be checking this thread!
I'll try and swing the 14th, though with my boys' soccer schedules, I might have to back out and remain all talk, no walk. But I really want to join this, so I'll see what I can do.
For the record, my preference is a pure and simple race to the top of Otoge (or any other mountain of choice). Just a hill climb, no stoplights, no Koshu Kaido racing.
Another option, though it hurts just thinking about it, is the Itsukaichi loop (also known as Travis' HT Loop) some of us did a couple years back to prepare for Hotaka. If we did that, maybe we could start at the final light before the climb to Kazahari-rindo, to minimize the impact of red lights.
But given that I usually have only one good climb in my legs (unlike, say, Tom, who gobbles up mountains by the handful) I'm partial to a single shot climb-of-truth. That said, a longer ride would be a good way to pinpoint the best all-rounders.
As Jules pointed out to me today, we are getting off the point of the whole thing. This was supposed to be a man vs man shootout between Deej and FarEast. I'm thinking spectators lining the road, bets laid, exclusive TCC video streaming...