I received a mailing for the Tokyo-Itoigawa event recently with the application materials. This was one of the events that created the legend that is Positivo Espresso today. At least it created the legend that is the Positivo Espresso blog.
Tom S., our medal contender in the event, will be riding with the Vlaams team as he did last year, going for the gold. We need at least a 4-5 person team who are willing to draft/ride together (well, much of the time) to make this a success. If we can get a team together, I’m planning to aim my training toward this event and then Fuji Hill Climb a few weeks later.
Entries are due in a few weeks, and are capped at 290 persons, with a lottery in case of over subscription (so no guarantees). Team entries only, not individuals. Start is from Takao at an ungodly hour, and then after celebrating the victory overnight at Itoigawa, one returns by train on Sunday morning. I believe there is a bus back Saturday night as well, if needed. The materials are all Japanese language, so I’m happy to act as team secretary to organize this if others are interested and willing to commit well in advance of the deadline (March 13). Let me know.