Ride Sun 20th Sep - Tsubaki Line riding on fumes loop

GrantT

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Getting out of Tokyo to climb the Tsubaki Line (HC) and ride high on the sulphurous fumes of Hakone with fingers crossed it doesn't all go boom.
130 km with 3,000 metres of climbing according to RideWithGPS, but no really steep stuff. Climbs will be Wait At The Top (WATT) within reason. Regular stops for solid and liquid replenishment as usual.
Meeting place is Odawara Station at 8 am. Coin lockers also available at Odawara Station.
There is an express (急行) train that leaves Shinjuku at 6:19 and arrives in Odawara at 7:48. Probably the best train to catch. (I'll be getting on the last carriage at Kyodo (経堂).)
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Conrad

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Got room for one more? I'll head out from Tama and it looks like my train will get to Odawara at 7:48, so I guess I'll see you on the train @GrantT .
 

Conrad

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Hey guys, sorry to have to duck out early. The hamstring cramps started to get pretty gnarly towards the end. Cheers for the painkillers @GrantT. Hope the rest of the ride went well.
 
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GrantT

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@AlanW and Naomi probably recognise most of the route we took today as it's blatantly copied off one of their rides. (Thanks :tup) Some amazing riding in perfect weather. We started alongside the ocean and crashing waves and turned right to climb about 1,000 metres up the Tsubaki Line. (12th on Strava.) Great road, only problem being too many bikers who must have been racing to get to the traffic safety event we saw at the top of the mountain... After that we did some descending, more climbing, then lost 1 of 3 with Conrad pulling out with hamstring problems. (Good to know you got back okay.) The second half of the ride was more descending/climbing around Hakone, taking in some amazing views of the lake, until the final climb up Ashigara Toge, and a long but very fast descent back into Odawara. No pics from me (no camera) today, but Ben took some so they should be up soon. Good stuff!