Race time trial japan stage 6 final

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I don't think I've got any alerts or notifications nor nothing that you tagged me here. Strange... It's only because I was waiting for a report that I noticed it.
 
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andywood

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When I fell for the first time, I thought "lucky it wasn't in the race", so I was surprised to come off two times during the race when I wasn't really pushing it.

The challenge 100 and 200km races started after the TT. But there were so many crashes that they got called off.

I was lucky I came down on my own and not in a group...

Andy
 
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andywood

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Great read and an even better result. Very nice to see you being such a good sport by giving the others a chance to catch up in the overall. I’m sure you planned all those crashes ;)
In hindsight, I could have done it faster sans crashing on my road bike!

Then I could have got up early this morning and climbed Mount Fuji.

Instead I had a sleepless night and have a day at Fuji Q in front of me.😅

I smell a sicky coming on for tomorrow!

Andy
 
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Nice footage. I've driven Fuji in the wet and almost lost my car on the same same corner you went down on in that video. The whole circuit looked slippery. Well done on keeping it all together over the series and in particular in this very challenging final event. Been an awesome read. What kind of times do the guys on the road bikes end up doing?
 
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Nice footage. I've driven Fuji in the wet and almost lost my car on the same same corner you went down on in that video. The whole circuit looked slippery. Well done on keeping it all together over the series and in particular in this very challenging final event. Been an awesome read. What kind of times do the guys on the road bikes end up doing?
Cheers, I just looked at the data (will look at it more) and it seems I hit the deck at 59 kph and took almost 90s to get up and going again.

Yes the course was way too dangerous.

However, in hindsight, I've been a bit too bravado, I just turn up with a disc and a super deep front with slick 22mm tyres on them.

Really I should take a few options to deal with unexpected conditions. But you now how it is when you have kids in tow!

Also a big guy on a small bike is always going to be tricky!

On a TT bike, the usual average speed is 44, 45kph. On a road bike, 41,42 kph. But obviously this depends on course and conditions.

Glad you like the read!

Andy
 
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It's a BAD idea to run road bikes on a wet auto racing track unless it has been very recently paved, since the pavement (especially in the corners) is coated in rubber laid down by race tires. This improves grip in the dry, but makes them very slick in the wet.

Regular roads don't generally have people turning corners at 100+ mph on racing tires, so tire rubber doesn't collect on them nearly as much.
 

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It's a BAD idea to run road bikes on a wet auto racing track unless it has been very recently paved, since the pavement (especially in the corners) is coated in rubber laid down by race tires. This improves grip in the dry, but makes them very slick in the wet.

Regular roads don't generally have people turning corners at 100+ mph on racing tires, so tire rubber doesn't collect on them nearly as much.
Definitely, the only upside is the damage isn't quite as bad!

Maybe!

Andy
 

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I didn't escape unhurt, lots of skin came off!

But yeah on a winding mountain descent, in traffic or even a mass start cycling event, coming off at that speed would likely have worse consequences.

Thanks for reading the reports. The series was quite an adventure. And entering each stage with the kids was special.

They really enjoy riding the track so we may focus on that next year.

Happy riding!

Andy
 
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