Half Fast Weekend rides 16-17 Nov

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Tomorrow,Saturday, we'll have two, eventually converging autumn foliage rides, one starting from Hanno Station at 8:40 a.m. and led by Chris, and the other, our shorter, traditional Half-Fast effort, from Komagawa Station at 10:30. The two rides will meet up at a pizza place we know and go back to Hanno together.

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First, Chris's ride details: >>>

Saturday, November 16th - Hanno Foliage Loop

After leaving the station we’ll head north from Hanno, passing near Komagawa station before turning westward and uphill. There are two significant climbs on this ride,with the first climb being the longest and having the most elevation gain. After the second climb at approximately the 48 km mark, we will head downhill towards Hannoand stop for a pizza lunch (meeting up with Don’s group, which will be riding a shorter loop but heading back to Hanno the same way as us).

The route and profile for this ride is here . This ride is geared towards intermediateto advanced riders, so please no beginners. Total ride distance is approximately 70-75 km and the total amount of climbing is approximately 1100 m. The group will wait atthe top of the climbs. You will need a bike bag for the train out and back.

Leader: Chris Beetham, 080-3214-9572 (call or text). Although the forecast for Saturday looks good, please check the current weatherconditions and forecast for Saitama prior to 0700 the day of the ride. Contact me if the weather conditions are questionable. Rain will cancel the ride but coldtemperatures will not.

Meeting place and time: The south exit of Hanno Station at 0840 on Saturday, November 16th.

Suggested train: From the Shinjuku area, the Fukutoshin Line express train departs Shinjuku sanchome station at 0732 and arrives at Hanno at 0826 (no transfer isrequired for this train). I will be on the last car of this train. For those south of Shinjuku, note that this train originates in Yokohama on the Tokyu Toyoko line, running intoShibuya and straight through to Hanno. Once we arrive at Hanno Station, we’ll get stocked up on fluids/snacks at the adjacent convenience store, and be on the road by0900.

Safety: Remember your helmet. You will need energy, so you should eat breakfast and drink plenty of water/sports refreshments. Please check beforehand that your bikeis up for the journey.​

<<< Meanwhile, riders who want less can catch the Chuo Line at Tokyo Station at 8:30, go through Shinjuku, Nakano, Tachikawa and get on the Ome Line (if it's not the same train),change to the Hachiko Line at Haijima and get to Komagawa by around 10. Join Don or find your own way to Komagawa. Don will be on the front of the train. This ride is 20km shorter and considerably less hilly, though there is one tough bump that Don usually walks.

For Sunday>>> Three Rivers and a Food One

Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Higashi Tamagawa Park next to the three high rises near Futago-tamagawa station. Map link http://goo.gl/maps/kyL

We'll ride up the Tamagawa for about 20 km to Yotsuya-bashi (near Y's Fuchu): Cross the bridge and ride the Asakawa for about 10 km until Kitano station: Then we will ride the Yudonogawafor about 10 km: Take a break at Food ONE! Then we head home as we ride 32 km back down the same Three Rivers to our starting point. (Should be back by 1pm.)

Total 70 km - 75 km. Easy to Medium pace. No big hills.

Leader: Ira Stevens
The BlueBerry Caboose
o8o-5673-9o42​