Half Fast Two days, three Half-Fast Rides

May 22, 2007
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Three rides this weekend, a beginners', an intermediate and an advanced. Something for everyone.

Saturday Don will lead a beginners' jaunt to Odaiba, a 30km, slow and easy confidence-builder.The ride will start a bit earlier than usual, at >>>>> 10:00 a.m. <<<<<< from the Grand Hyatt in Roppongi Hills. Back by 1:00 or so.

Then on Sunday, a Tama River loop. We've set this ride up twice in the past few weeks only to be rained out. This is an intermediate-level, 55km, easy but fast ride. Start at the Grand Hyatt at 11:00 a.m. Alternate rendezvous points: KFC in Ebisu @ 11:30, Intersection of Kan-Nana and Komazawa-Dori @ 11:45, Komazawa Park @ noon, bridge at Futako-Tamagawa (Kanazawa side) @ 12:20, Gas Bashi @ 12:45 or 1:00. Long break at Jonan Jima seaside park (across from Haneda) at 1:30. Convenience store lunch. Back by 3:00 or 3:30.

Also on Sunday, Jamie will be leading an advanced ride around some lakes and mountains in Kanagawa. I'll turn you over to Jamie >>>>>

This is an advanced ride:
Over 3,000 metres of climbing with some gradients in excess of 12%. Please don't attempt this ride if you don't haven't done something like this before.
See map http://goo.gl/maps/G00qV

The ride will start from Hashimoto station (Keio or JR lines) at 9:30am sharp. I will be getting on the rear carriage of the train leaving Shinjuku station at 8:30am http://goo.gl/maps/dlYoW which means I will be waiting for others around here (B1 level) from 8:10am to 8:20am.

Anyone going from another direction please make sure you arrive at Hashimoto station by 9:15am. The plan is to leave your belongings in a station locker (i.e. your bike bag) and assemble the bikes on the street level by the Keio store here:http://goo.gl/maps/5aZLy

We will stop for lunch at about the 32 km mark.The restaurant, Dream Farm, serves great pizzas www.dreamfarm.net.
Aim to be back at Hashimoto station by 3 or 4pm.

Need to bring:
1. Bike bag
2. Lights (just in case)
3. Some snacks before we start the ride - not many convenies on the route.
4. Possibly some arm warmers or a wind breaker for the descents if it's cloudy.

The weather looks fine for Sunday, but the weather can be changeable at this time of year and in case rain is forecast, Don will send a cancellation note the night before.

See you on the ride.

Jamie
Phone: o9o-7229-2332

<<<<<<<< Back to me. Tentatively planned are a 70km Arakawa loop for next Sunday (21st) and a one-way, 90km Sekiyado Castle ride up the Edogawa the Sunday after that (28th)

The amusement never ends

Ciao for now,

Il Padrone, o9o-5813-6721