Monatsarchiv: März 2008
… to cut a long story short: 30st out of 38 in D class. But hey, this was a very fast race with lap times of slightly more than 2 minutes for 1.5 km = 45 km/hr average. The course was flat, only 2 sharp corners. I could stay with the headgroup for the first three out of 10 laps, after that I fell back into the next group of five. Still felt a lack of endurance power. Interesting sprint at the finish in the group with then six riders, managed to start the sprint almost timely and ended in third place.
My kids did better: Henri finished 15th in the older age group of the primary school kids. Karen made an unofficial 13th place in the Milky Race.
But the effort for this race is rather small: One hour drive, one hour training before the race, 30 minutes racing time and then one hour back.
A complete shock although was the choice of this year’s race entertainment by Nikkan Sports. One Manzai group – almost not funny and then a modern female Enka duo : The stripped nothingness. Hey Nikkan Sports, bring our P-cup idol Fuko back!
Tom … are you around? interested in a „recovery“ ride on Sunday, after your usual 200km plus Saturday ride?
Michael … is off in Kawagoe racing.
Jerome … where are you?
Marek … would you be interested in stretching your legs on Sunday morning, or are you off to Kyushu?
David J. … blog access blocked by major bank’s firewall software — good risk management since you would not want to take your eyes off the trading screen in times like this!
James Knott (a/k/a jimmy from shinagawa) … thanks for your many contributions to the blog. Are you riding these days, interested in heading out on Sunday? I think we passed you headed the other direction last month on the Tamagawa bike path — a blinding flash of light.
One more interesting article from the Spiegel about Kurl Stoepel [in German], the first German ever to win a stage at the Tour de France in 1932. Could be a David Marx look-a-like.
A very interesting article about Bonanza (Stingray?) bicycles of the seventies from Spiegel. Unfortunately in German.
This will be the first time for me doing a bicycle tour thats lasts longer than 2 days, which will pose new challenge and create new experience. I have always been wanting to do it – even on a bigger scale – but have never pursuited it properly – but now the time has come to do it – on a smaller scale.
My „Tour de Kyushu“ will start of in Fukuoka on 17th March. From there I will head down to Nagasaki, from where i will continue on to Kumamoto. After visiting the famous Mount Aso, I will cycle down to Oita and Beppu, where I will hopefully be healthy enough to enjoy one of the famous natural onsen. All depending on how things go I might head back up to Fukuaoka, or go to Kita-Kyushu from where I could take a train back to Tokyo.
Below is a map of the intended route :
My means of transportation : my Felt F70
Please come and visit my travel blog for updates on my journey.