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MOBKM. Le Stra.

Ein Highlight dieser Saison war es an einem Rennen der offenen Bremer Kriteriummeisterschaft (OBKM) auf dem „Sachsenring“ in Bremen (irgendwie) teilzunehmen. Der RCB wird die OBKM Serie im nächsten Jahr ausrichten, wenn möglich auf einem Kurs an der Uni auf dem bereits fleißig geübt wird. 

Hier eine prima Idee für einen zweiten Kurs um Abwechslung in die Sache zu bringen.

Was haben Otto Hahn, Lise Meitner, Konrad Zuse und Hildegard von Bingen gemeinsam? Richtig, das waren alles Kernhysiker. Bis auf Konrad Zuse, der Bill Gates der Vierziger und Hildegard von Bingen, die leider bereits 1178 verstarb. Aber ich bin ziemlich sicher, dass die auch Kernphysikerin geworden wäre, ja hätte sie doch nur ein wenig länger gelebt. Abgesehen von dieser Gemeinsamkeit, bilden diese vier Straßen die nach diesen, äh, Kernphysikern benannt sind, den OBKM 2017 Kurs an der Uni.

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Kein Zufall, dass Straßen im Universitätseinflussbereich nicht einfach Lindenstraße oder Helenenstraße heißen, sondern das nur Akademiker als Namensgeber in Frage kommen. Und dann auch noch genau 2 Männer und 2 Frauen, das sieht sehr nach Bremen aus.

OK, prima. schöner Kurs. Aber irgendwie auch ein wenig langweilig: Vier Kurven, zwei lange und zwei kurze Geraden, die Gegend selber ist auch nicht so prickelnd, irgendetwas fehlt doch da noch. Zum Beispiel Berge. Und Spitzkehren. Und so habe ich mich heute aufgemacht, einen zweiten Kurs zu finden, der noch mehr Spaß und Abenteuer bringen könnte.

Nur wenige Kilometer weiter östlich wurde ich dann auf französischem Staatsgebiet fündig; dort wo sich der gallische Supermarkt „Le Stra“ befindet.

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Ja, ich weiß. Kein vernünftiger Mensch würde da während der Geschäftszeiten von Le Stra Radfahren wollen – und das Ding hat quasi immer auf. Der Parkplatz von Le Stra ist bekanntermaßen der gefährlichste Platz in ganz Bremen, Kinder würde ich da auf keinen Fall alleine hin lassen. Zudem ist der Parkplatz dort der Beweis, das gute Manieren im Verkehr nichts mit Alter, Bildung oder Wohlstand zu tun haben: Omis auf Rollatoren mit Baguettes in der Hand verschaffen sich rücksichtslos ihren Weg und kreuzen, ohne nach links oder rechts zu sehen die Fahrbahnen. Yuppis und Dinks schießen wahlweise in Porsche Cayenne oder C Klassen aus dem Dunkeln des Parkhauses hervor. Kurz, die Chancen in der Bronx zu überleben sind besser als vor Le Stra.

Bis auf Sonntags.

Da ist das Ding nämlich, dem deutschen Ladenschlußgesetz sei Dank, zu. Also bin ich heute mal hin und habe einen möglichen Kurs abgefahren, und zwar den MOB Kriteriumsmeisterschaftskurs 2017, oder MOBKM 2017.

Start

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Der Startbereich ist ähnlich einer Startbahn auf einem Flughafen schick schwarz-weiß gestreift, im Hintergrund ist die Auffahrt auf den Col d’Horn im Abendlicht zu erkennen. Durch die gelben Poller wird das Publikum am Betreten des Kurses gehindert. Hat man einen Brief dabei, kann man diesen gleich links abgeben.

Auffahrt zum Col d’Horn

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Links das Warnschild: 2.500 Prozent Steigung! Ein brutales Ding, so ziemlich die fieseste Steigung die Bremen zu bieten hat. Fährt man nicht zu schnell hoch segelt man über das Gelände gleich weiter Richtung Horner Kirche bzw. Friedhof wenn man Pech hat.

Horner Hochebene

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Nach der Spitzkehre ahnt man in etwa wie hoch man bereits gekommen ist.Rechterhand befindet sich die Einfahrt in die rasante Abfahrt die unter Einheimischen als der

Hamsterschwanz 

bekannt ist.

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Versagen hier die Bremsen knallt man entweder sofort gegen ein Auto oder Sekundenbruchteile später gegen die Straßenbahn. Also besser gut bremsen und am Ende die 180 Grad Kurve nehmen um in den

Le Stra Tunnel of Love

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zu fahren. Eine schöne, lange gerade bei der man besser sitzen bleiben sollte, um mit dem Kopf nicht gegen einen der zahlreichen Stahlträger zu knallen. Und hier kann man schon mal Spitzengeschwindigkeit von über 30 km/h erreichen, bevor man wieder brutal abbremsen muss auf recht glitschigen Glibbersteinen.

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Jetzt geht es in umgekehrter Richtung wieder zur Horner Kirche. Auch hier: Spitzengeschwindigkeiten! Konsequent wird hier, wie auch an allen anderen Wochentagen, gegen die durch Pfeile indizierte Richtung gefahren. Zebrastreifen sind ohnehin nur dekorative Beiwerke.

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Und nach einer weiteren, rechten Spitzkehre geht es in umgekehrte Richtung zurück zum Start.

Ich bin heute einmal 10 Runden auf dem Kurs gefahren und ich kann nur sagen: Irre anstrengend! Vielleicht wegen der ca. 30 Höhenmeter die ich erklommen habe, oder wegen der irren Durchschnittsgeschwindigkeit von mehr als 20 km/h. Oder vielleicht auch weil ich ständig beschleunigen und bremsen musste und mir die Angst im Rücken sass? egal, nach 10 Runden und 19:15 min war ich total fertig. Auf Strava sieht das dann so aus:

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Sieht man ja da häufiger, dass Rennradfahrer auf Strava Tiere oder Buchstaben in die Landschaft malen. Hier kann man ja dann auch sehr deutlich „mob“ lesen.

OK, dann bin ich durch den Sprühregen zum OBKM Kurs 2017 gefahren, um den direkten Vergleich zu haben. War eh ein mieser Tag, ich war schon total nass, obwohl ich ja zehn Mal durch den Tunnel of Love gefahren war. Auf dem OBKM Kurs wurd eich dann richtig nass. Das fahren ist auch ganz anders, eher so mediativ. Man versucht so in den 30 km/h+ Bereich zu kommen und dort zu bleiben. Wären diese Kurse Songs, dann wäre der OBKM Kurs dieser hier:

Und der MOBKM Kurs dieser hier:

Und gefährlicher als an einem Wochentag zu Lestra zu fahren ist das auch nicht.

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Happy New Year and 2007 reviewed [somewhat]


H I G H L I G H T S

A lot of kilometers done this year and out of them a lot of them again in the mountains. I felt very strong and confident in July, September and October and was ready to take it up against whosoever.

We had a good team this year. Nearly everybody showed up for some of the tours or to attend some of the races. We did a lot of rides with Tom and also Marek became a good addition to our team. Sometimes we lured fresh riders into the mountains – such as the correspondent of the Far Eastern Economic Review.

Some good racing results, in particular as a team. Shuzenji, despite the rain, was a spectacular race and I still remember the excitement when Tom just made his last lap seconds before the 5 hours deadline. Also the Motegi race and the Hitachi-Naka race were good.

Good team spirit again. Jerome was really pulling David and me on the third day of Noto when we were close to give up. Also I enjoyed to drink the evening before the race with everybody.

Bought a lot of new stuff for my bike and myself, as usual I am spending 80% of my investment in cycling on clothes and only the remaining 20% on bike parts. My Cannondale bike is now more than 7 years old.

Some good tours out in the Western mountains. Discovered Matsuhime Toge and Doshi Michi to Yamanakako for the first time. Also went up Tsuru and Tawa Toge for the first time. Getting to know the area better.

Many new tracks discovered and some of the older ones were beautiful this year. Yabitsu Toge is still one of my favourite rides (unfortunately the way home on 246 is a disaster). Went up to Hakone as well this year, which I find the most challenging climb. Missed the Hamanako loop this year as well as the Wada toge. Also I was not too many times in Miura Hanto and at the sea.

L O W L I G H T S

Someone „touching“ the back of a car. Someone „slipping“ over the hood of a car. Myself crashing at the Saiko race. Too many accidents this year.

Rain. Just too much rain this year. On a lot of rides we came into the rain. And then spend time at Family restaurants. Even the longest ride of the year, to Matsuhime (with Jerome, david and Marek) was partly in the rain. I went on a social trip to Tamajiman with David and david and on the way back I found myself alone on pouring rain at the Tamagawa. Thunder just next to me. Some of the races were in the rain (Motegi was so cold) and also some of the tours (Sadogashima was sooooo cold). We were lucky in Noto although and I somehow I have come accustomed to the rides in the rain.

My bike. After the crash I somehow lost the confidence in it to take me safely here and there. Will spend some money in 2008 to buy a new bike (actually I bought the frame already). As usual, the cost of the bike should be somehow in relation to my own performance, so LIGHWEIGHTS are a no go.

I tried to organize some of the races and longer rides in 2007 but the overall reaction was not overwhelming. It was somewhat disappointing to put some effort into these things and despite that not being able to create any interest.

2 0 0 8 „The way to hell is pflastered with well-meant pledges“
[German proverb]

1. Buy a new bike
2. Joined the NFCC
3. Top 10 result in the JCRC D class point ranking 2008
4. Buy a hometrainer, more kms at home
5. Commute more to work on the bike
6. Be nice to my family nevertheless

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JEROME TOGE (a.k.a. Ume-ga-tani Toge)

[Tom] Found Michael’s message late last evening proposing a ride over the notorious Jerome Toge…couldn’t resist of course. It’s always nice to have an excuse to wake up a bit early even on the day before Christmas. The ride was quite powerful – three hours flat – without a break (except for the obligatory photo session). Here are the pics…

[Michael] I was only too happy that Tom called me the night before and confirmed that he would ride with me. Otherwise I wouldn’t have the strength to leave the warm bed in the morning. Wake up at 6.20hr, left the house at 7.10 hr and was 2 minutes before 8 at Sekidobashi where Tom was already waiting. Had some strong headwind moving out but the pace was ok.

Then he really pulled it and we were going 34 km/hr average along the Mutsumi Dori towards Itsukaichi. I had problems to keep up and was already pretty much exhausted when we reached the Sakamoto crossing, the start point of the Toge Baka #5 : Jerome Hill.

Perhaps you are wondering why this hill is called Jerome Hill. Well, the hill was first described in the ancient „Annals from Zipangu“ [Kodansha, AD 584] when from the nearby sea French gods descended from the waves as shown in the photo (right: original photoshot from AD 584, left: later re-done as a major movie with Halle Berry). The gods brought various types of French cheese with them which they intended to distribute to the needy and the poor in the Musashino plains. However, before reaching their destination, they had to cross a high mountain and on the way up they were so exhausted that they ate almost all the cheese they have brought with them. Upon which they returned to France, only one of the lesser gods called Jerome move over the hill to the plains where he happily lived ever after.

In any case, I was already done before I started the climb. Tom did it in 8:16 min and me in 10:28 min. The nice thing about Jerome hill is, that it is followed by an even nicer descent. The roads were still wet so we were a little bit careful. Then we had a very nice backwind taking us home and we were zooming with 38 km/hr along the roads. We saw some bonfires prepared at the Tamagawa for the new years eve and for the first time I could see the mountains behind mount Fuji from the river. The view was really magnificent.I said goodbye to Tom, this might have been the last ride of the year. Than with the full backwind I speeded home : 112 km in 4:14 hr, no breaks, some kind of sprint perhaps.

So herewith I declare the Christmas ride to Jerome’s hill as a new tradition. One has to start early in the morning and be back before noon. No breaks are allowed, as this is the start of the fastening period, which lasts until 5 PM the same day. Hope you will join next year.

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SUZUGANE & HINAZURU TOUGE

You can read all about this ride at the blog of Tom but please allow me to add some comments from my point of view. Well first of all it had been a very busy month with alot of visitors from Europe, many business trips and subsequently a lot of good food. Not to mention that I quit smoking in May and this makes proper weight control even more difficult. Now, since spring my body weight has increased by the magnitude of a 2.000 Euro+ bike weight. So I need a new bike which is about the same magnitude more light, or I am not competitive any longer.

That is basically the reason why I tell everybody that I am in bad shape and I refrain from attending challenging tours. In particular when David sets a pace of 40 km/hr plus during the first hour of an seven hour tour.

Also I do not usually make tours of more than, say 180 km. In particular not in December. So I checked my recordings for this year and found only these tours which were longer than the one yesterday :

Sadogashima 210km in May
Matsuhime 219km in June with Jerome, david and Marek
Matsuhime [abgebrochen] 203km in September with Tom and David
Noto Tour 440km in three days in September

Also I do not test new roads in winter. I try to stick to the known ones which don’t give me headacches and provide challenges. It is always hard to climb up a mountain you don’t know for the first time as you have no idea where the climb will end.

But nevertheless this was a very pleasant ride. The roads in the conutryside were beautiful and a complete blue sky added to the good mood we were in. Tom rode a very nice pace so that I could stay on his backwheel all the time. And he was constantly lying about the lenth of the climbs so that I didn’t lost confidence to make it. The average speed was not so fast but we also din’t made too much breaks. I felt basically good all the ride, except for some of the harder climbs and I never had the feeling I wouldn’t make it. And of course the distance from my house to Sekidobashi where I met Tom is about 24 km, so I need to do 40 kms or so more than him in the end.

But nevertheless, a splendid day out in the country. We saw a lot of hoshigaki hang up for drying at some of the farm houses, sometimes inbetween the underwear after the daily washing. We asked some shops if they sell them but nobody did. I guess it is just not considered something to sell in this area, everybody does it on their own, everybody has some so there is no need for selling and buying. But luckily I found some in the supermarket today. Pretty expensive (750 JPY for 250 gramm) but they were very nice indeed. Now I finally now how they taste.

The last piece of road from the 7-11 at Takaoguchi to my home was quite adrag but I made in within 2 hours. It was getting dark already when I was in Futago-Tamagawa and I arrived in complete darkness at home. At least I had my red backlight with me.


Here is one more information, the cyclo info from this tour. The peaks are (from the left) Otarumi Toge, Suzugane Toge (after which a long downhill was promised to me), Hinazuru „Maglev“ Toge (it seems that there is a depot from the maglev train testing facility located there) and Otarumi Toge again.

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Easy Training Ride on December 2nd

I was on my bike today for the first time since I had the accident at the Saiko race. I knew that David and Jerome also planned to ride today, but I didn’t had the self-confidence to keep up with them today; considering in particular that David must be very hot to ride his new Cervelo bike for the first time. So I started rather late at 08:10hr after preparing myself, it is always difficult to decide about the clothing in autumn, the temperature was between 8 and 16 degrees, but I made the right choices. But even my Pearl Izumi shoecovers on, but that was good because nevertheless my feets were cold. Also yesterday, when I cleaned my car I finally found my speed meter under the seats which was missing for a month or so – great.

I rode on the left side of the Tamagawa at a leisurely speed of 27 – 30 km/h up to Tamagawa where I crossed over. If I ride with the other Positivo Espresso guys I normally stay on the left side, but when I ride alone I go without thinking over the bridge to he right side – perhaps remiscent of the Veloz days. Speed was not fast but I rode through Noborito and then crossed over again shortly before Y park to the left side. I met some other riders there who had about the same speed as I had and we all became a little bit faster. I felt better, although I somehow lost the trust in my beloved green Cannondale bike. Did it have some cracks in the frame? Why is the headset making these noises? I don’t know, I do not want to blame my bike but it is time for a new one.

I went along further the Tamagawa up to Mutsumi Bridge. The park down there is still closed,2 1/2 months after the Taifun. Also the roads in the floodland are still in pretty bad shape. Then I took the road up to Itsukaichi and when I arrived there at the station I made a turn to the left.

The first climbing started and I was doing ok. No great, but ok. Then at Sakamoto I took the road towards Jerome Hill. As we all know, the hill is named after the shape of the belly of Jerome, which you can see not at all in the attached touring profile. This is a beautiful road and it is even more so during the autumn season. Red and yellow leaves everywhere, kakis, mandarins, some nice farming houses with thatched roofs, open sliding doors with rice paper – really beautiful, really countryside.

At 2:20 hrs I was on top of Jerome hill. I never did this under two hours, so the time was ok. The desccent was also fast with maximum 63 km/h, although I didn`t felt very comfortable. I made a longer rest at the 7/11 close to the Wachi bike shop where I also needed to visit the toilet.

I am not sure why I am riding such uninteresting, tasteless and embarrassing things, but going to the toilet during wintertime is always a hassle. In order to get prepared, I need to get rid off my winter jacket,then get a naked upperbody to remove my other jersey before I can finally lower by bibs. I always double check if the toilet door is locked – I do not want to be found half naked on a 7-11 toilet having sex with my bicycle.

After the break I tried to follow the Tamagawa somehow and tried a lot of new roads. When I was back on the dike, I met by chance Jerome, David and Tom who came back from a light training ride to Sagamiko and some secret mountain roads I am not supposed to know of. Tom was as usual in good shape, David and Jerome looked rather tired so I hat no problem to keep up with them. The new Cervelo of David is really beautiful. I like the Positivo sticker on the backside in particular.

So we took it easy going home and I visited Nagai’s store with Jerome. But it was so crowded.
Went home, played soccer on the PS2 and had a nice cheese bread from Kaisers.

All in all a good ride, 5 hours in total and a good start to train again.
Of course on a new bike.

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Dec 2 : Sunday Morning Ride

Hello everybody,

if everybody would register as editor with this blog, everybody would get e-mails of the new postings. So we do not need to send e-mails around any longer.

David invited for Sunday :

I spoke w/ Jerome Friday night — we are planning a morning ride leaving my house early (7:30ish) Sunday, back by 1 PM.
Not worth major organizational effort … but happy to ride with anyone who is interested.
Let Jerome and me know if we should be looking for you on Sunday.
If I pick up the Cervelo today, I may be able to give it an inaugural ride.

Anyone interested ?

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Saiko Race : Kraehe Family

Apart from the less than average performance of my twin-brother Jan, the weekend in Saiko proved to be very pleasurable. I had a lot of difficulties to register both of us : Jan and me with the organizer Nikkan Sports. Finally I got a call and the supervisor asked me, to confirm that he got two registrations, one for a Michael Kraehe and one for a Jan-Ulrich Kraehe. This I confirmed. Then he said: „Yes we noted that also for both riders the birth day is the same [note: pretty stupid of me in the first place], so are you twins?“ „Yes, of course, my brother Jan and me are twins“: In confirmed. „Ok fine, then the matter is settled, you re registered.

Henri and our Aupair Anna took the BMW and headed in the morning for Saiko. Because of the stupid BMW navigation system we missed the right exit from the Chuo Highway. Bad enough. But it turned out to be a very good mistake as we entered the Saiko area from the West side by a beautiful road through the mountain area we have never taken before. Thank you BMW. Then, we met at the Cafe M which is our favourite hang out in the Saiko area and had huge bowls of spaghetti with mushrooms and excellent curry.

After a good lunch it was time for some training laps. The road surface was still a little bit wet but it was not raining as when we left Tokyo. So I took a lap first on my own which felt good. Then I rode together with Henri who was registered for the 10 km race for the first time. He had no problems to complete one 10 km within 30 minutes or so which made me confident that he would finish the race on the next day – this year it was anyway the idea to set a benchmark time against which he can measure himself in the years to come.

After that we all went to the Onsen next to the ex Kuwarubi Hotel on the shore of the lake and enjoyed the outside pool. Still Stephen and Ryoko haven’t arrived so we settled again for a nice dinner at the Cafe M and went to bed early.

Next morning I started to do some training rides in the area and then I went to attend the D class race. I felt very confident. When racing in Saiko I always have some worries despite the fact that I really love the race: In 2005 I got dropped by the peloton after being too optimistic in my strategy to run out the peloton together with David Litt [also I was under the influence of drugs which were given to me because of a stiff back on the day before the race]. Then I am worried that I am surrounded by riders on the left side of the peloton and have no room to sprint. And then I am afraid of crashes, so I stay in the first third of the peloton, also because I am not a technical very good rider and I always loose some meters in tight curves.

Ok, consequently I tried to stay in the front group. After the first lap I was in the third position – this was not really necessary but a good show for my family that was waiting for me at the finish line. Then after relaxing the next 5 km and falling back, I attacked the front again and from 15 to 19 km I was almost all the time in the front doing a lot of drafting work for the rest. But I still felt strong. And suddenly I was also in front at the 19 km mark, so there was only 1 km to go until the finish. So I accelerated even more, but then I ran out of steam. About 400 meters before the finish is a slight uphill stretch and I couldn’t keep up with the other riders. Just as every year, good run but then wrong strategy at the end. A lot of riders overtook me on the last stretch and also Stephen managed to pass by. The race was rather slow as the road surface was still wet (31 minutes winning time), so the peloton stayed together until the end, not many riders were dropped.

So in the end a result like every year, a 29th place (out of 41 riders), but only 4.4 seconds behind the winner. in 2006 I was 25th in the D Class out of 42 riders 8 seconds behind the winner. 2005 was a disaster. 2004 I was 28th out of 62 riders 5 seconds behind the winner.

Ok, I thought it would be better to have two chances … so later my twin brother Jan started in the E class race.

Ok, the next event was the Milky Way race for my daughter Karen. This is only a 500 meter race from the parking space at the bat cave to the finish. The two years before Karen went on her bike with supporting wheels, but this year she tried without for the first time. I waited with her at the start area with my bike somewhere parked 10 meters behind. So suddenly there was the start sign and the race started. I ran back to my bike as I wanted to ride together with Karen. But she was so fast! I caught her only close to the goal.

There are no results for the Milky Way race, as this should be non-competitive, but she was really strong. Ok, her future fate is already decided as her mother set her career course in figure skating … but with some subtle manipulation there might be still a chance to convert her to bicycle riding.
In the years before all Milky Way kids got medals fro
m Mr. Nakano presented, however this year there were a lot of riders in this class so unfortunately Nikkan Sports decided to abolish this ceremony. But all the kids got some toys and Karen was happy with that one too. Of course, nothing can be beaten by a medal handed over by P-cup idol Fuko. Alas, only Flat-cup idols Lady Marmelade, partly dressed in fashionable Scottish pampers,made it to the race and Dennis collected his 5th place MTB certificate.

Then it was time for Henri to start the Primary School higher grades 10 km race. He hates loud noises so when the start pistol was shot he covered his ears and he couldn’t pick up speed fast. Hm, he is special anyway but that is ok. He also made a good race and he ended up in 28th place, so one place better than his father [ok : 5.50 min gap to the winner]. But I was very impressed that he managed to finish the race in a good time of 22:56 minutes and an average speed of more than 26 km/hr. Last year when he rode the 3.2 km race with the same bike he was at 20 km/hr average speed. So, as every father should be, I was very proud of my son.

We then went home quickly has we wanted to avoid the traffic jam on the Chuo. The weather was now beautiful and we could see mount Fuji with the summit in the clouds on the right side of the road home. Jan was driving. His body started to hurt and it was painful to make it to Tokyo – but surprisingly fast. There was still some time to visit the fantastic WORKMAN shop on the Nakahara Kaido, introduce Anna to cheap construction worker T-shirts, Pump trousers and tabi socks and to buy a nice orange handkerchief for my daughter as a bonus.

A very nice weekend for me and my family. Not so nice for Jan although.

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Jan-Ulrich’s disastrous comeback


dpa / After being inactive for over a year in Germany, Jan-Ulrich decided to attend the E-class race at this year’s Saiko event of the Tour de Japon. When the race started, the sky was a full blue and the road surface had almost completely dried up, perfect conditions for fast two laps at this 10 km round course around the lake of Saiko. Against strong contenders from Japan as well as from the French NFCC team, Jan-Ulrich controlled the peloton from behind and managed to stay with the field until the sharp corner at the 15 km mark. When he start to accelerate hard out of the saddle after the curve, his rear wheel blocked and he flew right over his bike on the road. Three other riders were also caught in the crash, but all of them managed to continue the race after a short break.

It later turned out that the rear wheel has not been fixed securely in place as the tension device of the TUNE spanner has dropped over time. The rear wheel then jumped against the seatstay and blocked. Accelerating Jan-Ulrich virtually catapulted over his bike when he couldn’t stop his feet movements.

He then proceed to the next first aid station, where he got some band aid and bandages – his orange jersey has been ripped to pieces. „I was lucky not to broke my two wrists when I tried to dampen the impact to fall on the road.“ he said later. Also he was lucky that none other rider rode over him.

He then completed the race, stopped on the way to chat with some supporters from Ireland and finished last in dismayal 44 minutes.

Three days later he seems to be on the road to recovery, although every move still hurts. „First I didn’t felt any pain as I was still under shock and I could even enjoy the Milky Way Race. But driving home was already very painful and I still can’t move properly. I guess my comeback is over.“

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The day we rode up to Yabitsu

David, david, Juliane and me met 8 AM at David’s house and we planned to meet Tom at Sekidobashi and ride up to Yabitsu, the perhaps back along the coast to Kamakura.



The rugby worlcup final match England against South Africa has started just at 4 AM the same day, so david was without any sleep and promptly he rode over a red traffic light on our way to Futago Tamagawa. So when I heard the sound of a car braking and then flesh on metal I naturally thought that david was still sleeping or just became awake, but in fact in was David who has hit a brandnew black Audi A6. Some scratches on the motor hood. David basically ok, stating that this has not heard as much as the crash with the Taxi some weeks ago. we needed to call the police and make proper filing, then we had a chance to visit the Segafredo at Futago while David was returning home to exchange his broken front wheel. I asked him if he told his wife about the accident. No, he didn’t, he downed two pain killers, told his wife that he had a mechanical problem and off he was to join us for a cup of coffee.


Finally at ten we left. Tom decided in the meantime to do his own training. We made leisurely speed up to Miyagase Lake, where we had a longer break. Total beautiful autumn weather. Kosmos and Kibana Kosmos blooking everywhere. Had a good meal and then we made the approach up to Yabitsu. Really one of my favourite rides, it is like going down two times because going up is mostly so gradual and even some flat stretches, you hardly realize that you are going up.


Midway I accelerated and went up on my own.
Then we took some pictures on the top and went down the other side to Hadano where we hoped the train and went to Noborito (David and me) and Yoyogi Uehara (Juliane and david) respectively. Most beautiful day, I felt so happy on the road. Probably radiated happiness.

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