On Saturday I return to the Brevet circuit (motto: „slow and steady wins the this-is-not-a-race“) after an absence of 4 months, for a 300km ride from Sagamihara around Mt. Fuji, including one climb up to Kawaguchi-ko, then back down the West side, then a climb in the cooler late afternoon/early evening from 200m up to 1500m elevation on the South side — might even need a windbreaker to keep warm on the mountain in the dark at that elevation. Jerome is planning to join.
We leave the river at Sagamihara (start between 730 and 8AM) go out via Takao toward Itsukaichi. For anyone who wants to ride along, the cue sheet can be found here (Japanese required). Instead of getting to Sagamihara for a 7:30 start (we will drive out), you could join at the first check point — the Akiruno Togura 7-11 west of Itsukaichi (the „last 7-11“ before the climb to Kazahari), which we should pass through sometime between 9:00 and 9:30, before heading up the Akigawa to Kobu Tunnel, then via Uenohara, Tsuru and up to Kawaguchi ko and Saiko. The second check point is near Kawaguchi-ko, hopefully sometime between Noon and 1PM.
I’m really looking forward to riding the low road around the West side of Fuji, along the Fuji-gawa, and climbing the Fuji skyline drive on the South side for the first time. Then again, I’m also happy that much of the route is on roads I have taken at least once before, so we won’t need to focus much on navigating. Stay tuned.