Half Fast six weekend rides 14 & 15 June

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Saturday 14 June- Beginners' Haneda (James)

Meet in front of the Grand Hyatt at 0630 for a 30 km ride out to our usual spot by Haneda airport. All welcomed. Easy pace. Back at Grand Hyatt by 0900
Ride leader: James - o90-2874-4848 sw08023jp[at]yahoo.co.jp

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Saturday 14th June - Three Rivers and a Food One (Ira)


Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Higashi Tamagawa Park near Futago-tamagawa station. ( http://goo.gl/maps/kyL1 )
Contact: Ira Stevens o80-5673-9042 (call or send text to here)
We'll ride up the Tamagawa River for about 20 km to Yotsuya-bashi (near Y's Fuchu): Cross the bridge and ride the Asakawa River for about 10 km until Kitano station: Then we will ride the Yudonogawa River for about 10 km: Take a break at Food ONE: and head home as we ride 32 km back down the Three Rivers to Tokyo.
Total 70 km - 75 km. Easy to Medium pace. No big hills. This is an intermediate ride.

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Saturday 14th June -
Mountain ride from Otsuki to Hadano via Yabitsu Pass
Meeting place and time: The exit of Otsuki Station at 0900.

This is a hilly ride, so please no beginners. There are two significant climbs of on this ride, but also about 15 km of descent and flat roads at the end. We’ll start at Otsuki station and end at Hadano station. Please see the profile at here. Total ride distance is approximately 85 km. All climbs will be "WATT" (wait at the top). You will need a bike bag for the train out and back.

Leader: Chris Beetham, o80-3214-9572 (call or text), ride_with_cb@rocketmail.com

Please check the current weather conditions and forecast for Yamanashi and Kanagawa prior to 0700 the day of the ride. The ride will be cancelled if it is raining in the ride area at that time. Contact me if the weather conditions are questionable.

Suggested train: From the Shinjuku area, the Chuo Line Special Rapid train leaves Shinjuku station at 0735. Transfer to the local Chuo Line train at Takao and arrive at Otsuki at 0857.

We’ll prepare our bikes and ourselves at Otsuki Station, get stocked up on fluids/snacks at a nearby convenience store, and be on the road by 0915. There are limited opportunities to stop on the road; therefore it is advisable to bring two water bottles.

Safety: Remember your helmet. You will need energy so you should eat breakfast, drink lots of water / sports refreshments. Don’t forget to bring and use sunscreen. Also, please check beforehand that your bike is up for the journey and always bring a spare tube.

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Sunday 15th June – Ebina via three rivers, a park, and Country Roads!

****Two Starting Points!!!

0800 at Shinjuku Station Southern Terrace Exit (Contact Chris: o80-3214-9572 (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: o80-5673-9042, 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 at http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/415755218.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 soon after we’ll meet up with the Futako Tamagawa group. From there we’ll ride up the Tamagawa and Ogurigawa, and pass through Oyamadairi Park before arriving at the Country Roads portion of the ride which is generally parallel to the Sagamigawa. The latter portion of the Country Roads course has been modified to end at Ebina station. From Ebina station you can take the train back to Shinjuku via the Odakyu Line, Yokohama via the Sotetsu Line, or Hashimoto and Hachioji via JR lines. A bike bag is required if you’re going to take the train. You are also free to ride off on your own back to wherever you want to go.
The total distance of the ride is approximately 75-80 km (see the detailed route from Shinjuku at http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/396690622). The pace will be moderate, and terrain is mostly flat with one short climb out of a river valley at around the 60 km point. Due to distance this is an intermediate ride.
Please remember to bring the following – helmet, spare tube, sunscreen, water bottle, bike bag (if returning by train).

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Sunday 15th June – Hakone

[Francois says] I'm heading to Hakone this Sunday. The itinerary is as follows. Hiratsuka (departure) Odawara (meet other riders if necessary), Ashinoko (Konbini break), Owakudani (Picture time), Gora (Lunch), Hakone Yumoto (waterfall and fresh water) and back to Odawara (or other station). The hill climb to Ashikono is 10 km long with some places at 10%.

Total: 70 km (gain 1100 m) Meeting point : Hiratsuka St. South Exit at 9:30

If interested, please contact me at lancosjp07@i.softbank.jp Francois o80-4327-8870

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Sunday 15th June – Tamagawa Loop

Leader: Andrew, o90-6317-0044, welford@tokyo.email.ne.jp

Intermediate, 55km, easy but fast. Meet at the Grand Hyatt in Roppongi Hills at 11:00 for 11:10 departure (phone if you will be late). Alternate rendezvous points (e-mail me in advance): Komazawa Park @11:45, bridge at Futako-Tamagawa (Kanagawa end, under the railway) @12:00 or so. Long break at Jonanjima seaside park (across from Haneda) with optional bakery/convenience store lunch, and then back to Roppongi around 3:30.