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Race Niseko Classic

How long do we have to make a decision? Probably not very long? Haha.
I don't want to commit to such a huge expense unless I know I have half a chance of finishing...
 
only 700 slots, for the 85km that is what I will be entering. I did not finish the Tour de Oki due to time cut. This will be most likely my last event before I leave Japan.
 
only 700 slots, for the 85km that is what I will be entering. I did not finish the Tour de Oki due to time cut. This will be most likely my last event before I leave Japan.
Hmm, the final cutoff for the 85 km race, which has about 1,450 m of gain, is four hours and twenty minutes...
That wouldn't actually be that much of a challenge.

By comparison, the 150 km race has 2,570 m of gain and a final cutoff of five hours and forty five minutes. That....would be hard.

If you treat both as a long climb, for me there would be a 90 watt difference. lol.
 
Hope to do it this year.
I registered in 2020 for the 150km while the price was relatively affordable, around 16000yens if I am not wrong. Plane ticket booked, ready to go. The race was canceled twice in a row and last year some job constraints did not allow me to go. It was fortunately possible to keep to the registration valid for the next year and I still have an automatic entry, but turning 50 next month, it will be for the 85km. Well, an other business trip around that time is on the forecast….
and the hope to becoming The World Champion is vanishing !!!
That's your chance @ RRditch
 
I made it to the finish for the 85km, a little slower than I would have liked made it all the same. Could not have better weather. not too hot and a slight overcast. was trading turns and catching groups till the big climb and that is where I got dropped. The finish is brutal the last few Km is a slow drag up hill then at 300 meters to go you turn right and it get steeper.
My hotel was half way between start and finish so rode to and from. to was not so bad mostly down hill, after the finish some of the club had podiums so waited around to go back. the slow drag back to get a shower was brutal do not recommend.
This is my first time up north stark difference then to greater Tokyo area nothing around to see but farms. this time of year not a lot of restaurants open.
 

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I made it to the finish for the 85km, a little slower than I would have liked made it all the same. Could not have better weather. not too hot and a slight overcast. was trading turns and catching groups till the big climb and that is where I got dropped. The finish is brutal the last few Km is a slow drag up hill then at 300 meters to go you turn right and it get steeper.
My hotel was half way between start and finish so rode to and from. to was not so bad mostly down hill, after the finish some of the club had podiums so waited around to go back. the slow drag back to get a shower was brutal do not recommend.
This is my first time up north stark difference then to greater Tokyo area nothing around to see but farms. this time of year not a lot of restaurants open.
Next year….
 
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