One more idea. I was thinking about actively engaging in family service on May 4th (Sunday). But that doesn’t mean that this is not related to cycling by default, right? So I was thinking of taking my son on his own bike and my daughter on the slipstream bike to the Keirin race track in Chofu where we always pass by on the Tamagawa road (at Chofu, between Sekido Bashi and Futago).
From the website I assume that there are races on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, starting at 15.00 hr. So we can leave in the morning, ride to Tama Jiman with our families, have lunch there and return then to the Keirin track. My wife will probably come by car (or I need to buy two more battery packs for her electric cycle]. Enjoy some races as long we enjoy them, make some bets as long as the pocket money lasts.
The ride home between 17 and 18 hrs, maybe the kids by car.
A nice family event. Of course we can also go to Matsudo Keirin Track.
I thought about making two longer trips during Golden Week, also in view of preparation for the Itoaigawa Fast Run race on May 17th. After consultation with my family we agreed that I can have two days for cycling on Saturday (May 3) and Monday (May 5), while enagaging in active family service on Sunday and Tuesday. Here are some ideas :
SATURDAY – IZU HANTO
Leaving by Shinkansen from Shinagawa early in the morning to Odawara.
Along the East coast to Ito (not so nice, but to get some warm-up) then riding West to Reikawa Toge (500m) to Shuzenji. Through the countryside southwest until we reach Yugashima.
From there to Kazahaya/Niba Toge (well known) and the descent to the West coast. Start to check if we got pumps or cartridges. Along the West coast on road 136 to Matsuzaki, then go to Jaishi Toge and finally along road 136 again to Shimoda.
Jump into the sea, have curry pasta at the gaijin house. Is James in the area on Saturday? Then jump on the train back to Tokyo. Plenty of climbing, plenty of fun.
MONDAY – OME CHICHIBU
Always wanted to ride more to the North from Ome, but I do not have any experience. Tom has been recently up in the area with the NFCC and TCC guys, so perhaps we can organize a tour to the North, eventually gathering at Ome station in the morning.
Ome -> Iino -> Yamajo Touge (?) -> Seibu Line Yokose Station -> Shiraishi Toge -> Higashi Matsuyama Train and back.
Or any other ideas for Saturday or Monday ?