The Famous Five… (and then there were Three Daves)


With apologies to Enid Byton who wrote the series of Famous Five books about 4 adventurous youngsters and their large mongrel, Timmy (not Dave) – although some might argue that we count as mongrels. Apologies also to any Brit between the ages of 9 and 70 who were made to read these books. My 9 year old daughter has just been given one to read by her teacher.

Originally we were to be the Five Daves (one of who really is called David) but the ride started with just three. He who is really David did not show at 6:30am at Ebisu station while Geoff cried off at 5:56am. Despite his wife arriving from Sydney the previous day he thought (until the last minute obviously) that it would be OK to abandon his wife in Tokyo for over half a day while he went riding. We are impressed with how high riding comes on his list of priorities. Also impressive was a mail from him this evening to say that he did after all get out to do a Starbucks loop (rte 20 & Onekan) this afternoon. Chapeau. Mrs Geoff has not yet been reached for comment……

As a tip of the hat to MOB, our spiritual leader and fan of mid 70s & 80s punk and new wave music I would like to point out there was a Finnish punk band by the name of The Widows which did cover versions of the theme tune to the TV series of The Famous Five. No idea why. Digression over.
It was surprisingly cold and damp when we started out and it never warmed up. We agreed it was like a morning in England. Dave Knott, a.k.a. James, was riding his brand new BMC SLX01.

We passed the usual collection of youngsters having had a hard night and several pretty young things on their cellphones. Who are they speaking to at 6:30am??? Dave K has a theory but it is not appropriate to repeat here a de-base this fine and upstanding blog-site. Apart from a training ride before next weekend’s Fuji Hill Climb we used the ride as an opportunity to get a group photo of our new Gazetta della Bicci jerseys to send back to the blogger in London who created this fine website. For most of ride the jerseys were covered by wind-breakers. Along the river, up route 20 and eventually a turn off towards Magino which took us along a beautiful rode with a couple of climbs, one particularly nasty at 12-14% but thankfully not very long. This road brought us out close to the turn-off to Miyagase where we stopped for the usual steak-on-a-stick. I ended up going for noodles to try to warm up.
Pro-Dave Machin went off up Yabitsu like the proverbial cheetah with a fire lit under its

backside while Dave K and I rode tempo and chatted. I just didn’t feel my legs were working today, but rather like lat weekend in the Tokyo-Itoigawa ride things started working after about 85-90km of riding. Could I be Jerome v3.0??!! The climb up Yabitsu was just about the only time we rode without wind-breakers. Riders coming the other way no doubt admired our fine black jerseys and thought…..“hmmm, I saw one of those about 10 minutes ago worn by a foreigner in a hurry“. And in a hurry he was. Pro-Dave set a new record up Yabitsu at 45min, breaking the previous best by 4 mins. Behind we also achieved personal bests of 57mins (7 min improvement). At the top was the only time I was warm on the ride but was soon freezing again on the descent, but no matter, as I knew donuts were waiting. 2 each and off to Hadano station for the 1 hr ride back to Shinjuku with a hot chocolate.
So, you think the write-up is over and there has been no mention of Rapha. Once in Shinjuku I took Dave K on a detour to Psy’z (pronounced ’size‘ of course) to pick up a pair of gloves like mine. Psy’z (motto: „Throw Peace to Someone“) is also one of the very few Rapha stockists in Japan. The lady immediately recognised our Rapha bib-shorts so I thought I play my trump card and show her the limited edition Fi’zi:k Rapha Condor Sharp team saddle on my bike. She said she liked it and had 4 of them already.

Psy’z seems to be affiliated with a group of bike shops specialising in high end bikes (Zuki, Psycrithm and Bik!t). This group’s motto qualifies for listing on the site http://www.engrish.com: „Finest your life with Honey & Bicycle“. Of course.
116km, 1500m climbing, new personal best on Yabitsu, 2 donuts, one hot chocolate, 2 beers at home and wonderful company. Thanks guys.

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  1. No beer?? What has become of you…

  2. Manfred, Last line: 2 beers (while cooking dinner for the family). D.

  3. Dave,Those Donuts were bloody amazing!

  4. mob

    http://www.tokyocycle.com/bbs/showthread.php?t=1726"I checked the results for last year, and out of the 100 or so entrants, only five of them made it back within 30 hours (one of them, a foreigner named “David Thompson” – The name sounds familiar, but I’m not sure where from). Anyway, all riders have up to 40 hours to complete ride, so maybe my “24 hour” goal is a little ambitious."The world is full of Daves.

  5. mob

    http://www.tokyocycle.com/bbs/showthread.php?t=1726"I checked the results for last year, and out of the 100 or so entrants, only five of them made it back within 30 hours (one of them, a foreigner named “David Thompson” – The name sounds familiar, but I’m not sure where from). Anyway, all riders have up to 40 hours to complete ride, so maybe my “24 hour” goal is a little ambitious."The world is full of Daves.

  6. Nice ride. I recently did a complete Yabitsu loop, approaching Yabitsu through Atsugi, taking a nice rindo towards the bottom third of the Yabitsu climb and then returning home via Hashimoto. The roads I took to Atsugi are quite OK, and the rindo is really nice, with great views. Need to show it to you some day.Where exactly is this donuts shop??

  7. On the way down to Hadano. Once you finish the main (steep) part of the descent keep going for a few kms and you will see the flags fluttering on the left. If you come across the combini on the right side you have gone too far.

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