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Half Fast Weekend rides 21.22.23 December

Half-Fast Mike

Lanterne Rouge-et-vert
May 22, 2007
Saturday, Harry’s Hill-Climb (Note: best suited to mountain bikes or off-road tires)

It's Odawara to Motohakone up and back. Map My Ride Name: Harry's Hill Ride to Heaven

Distance: 45 KM total Elevation start: 12 M Elevation Max: 903 M Total Elevation Gain: 942 M. Time to complete: 4 hours, including lunch stop. Views/Food: ride the river to Hakone Pass, then beautiful views of lake Ashinoko and Mt. Fuji standing over the lake. Lunch on the lake. Climb ratings: 1, 4, 5, as determined by MapMyRide.

The difficulty of some portions of the climb make this unsuitable for beginners; mountain bikes and bikes with low gears are useful.

Meeting place/time: Odawara Station 10:00 AM SOUTH Entrance. Train line: OdakyuFor people leaving from Shinjuku, a good train will be the Hakone #7 that leaves at 8:30 arriving at 9:42, or the Odakyu line Express leaving at 8:30, arriving at 10:04. Fare for the first one is¥870, fare for the second one is ¥850. From Seijogakuen-mae, the 8:27 AM express to Odawara is good; that's the one I'll be on.

Harry's contact info: 080 4730 1313

Also on Saturday

Arakawa Loop

A fast, 75-km spin along the Mighty Arakawa. Start time 10:00 a.m.
Out of central Tokyo past the Imperial Palace, through Ochanomizu, round the back of Ueno, Yanaka-Ginza, across the Sumida-gawa to theArakawa. Then a solid 16 km downstream to Tokyo Bay before crossing over to Kasai Seaside Park for a picnic. Come back via most of theOdaiba ride route to Roppongi Hills.
Salvatore Salvino
090-7816-4612 salvatoresalvino at me.com

We’ll take it easy on Sunday with a 30-km beginners’ hangover ride out to >>


Sal will take the beginners out for a few brews at the beach, starting at 10:00 a.m. from the Grand Hyatt in Roppongi Hills. 30 kilometres, easy. Back by 2:00 or so.

And on Monday, an intermediate-level

Tama River loop

55km, easy but fast. 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 (Kanagawa 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. Very likely a post-ride debriefing at August Beer Club.
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