27 July 2008

August 2~3 all-weekend cycling to Enzan with attack of “Japan’s Galibier”: Ōdarumi-tōge

"THE SECOND ENZAN-ODARUMI SLOWRUN CLASSIC"


To all our cycling buddies :

Yesterday, while enjoying a couple great seasonal beers at the Ishikawa Brewery, Michael and I decided to organize the second edition of the “Enzan-Odarumi Classic” next weekend. Michael and I are inviting all our cycling buddies from Positivo Espresso, Team NFCC and friends to join us on yet another epic ride!

Important note: this cycling weekend is not conceived as a race or an event for demonstrating one’s hill climbing or downhill skills…nobody to be left behind + leisurely pace promised!

Barring typhoons, we will be attacking one of Japan’s most beautiful “hors-catégorie” mountain passes…the Ōdarumi-tōge 大弛峠 in Yamanashi Prefecture (no, again this is not the lowish Ōtarumi-tōge大垂水峠 near Takao!) on Sunday, Aug. 3. The previous day, on Saturday, Aug. 2, we will ride down into Enzan (塩山)after crossing a few short and some longer hills and stay overnight at our “base camp,” Sasamotoya-ryokan(笹本屋旅館)with onsen. For the return trip to Tokyo, we will take the train from Enzan Station.

Sat. (8/2)

8:30: Get-together at Sekidobashi

16:00: Arrival in Enzan – Check in at Sasamotoya-ryokan followed by onsen, tempura dinner with isshōbin (1.8 liter bottle) fruity Katsunuma wine for those who desire one… Following dinner, for those still feeling a little dry, the local Enzan bar where Snow-white serves cocktails of ditto name, is just around the corner (don’t worry, Guinness is served as well).



Sun. (8/3)

7:00 Breakfast

8:00: Start of our climb all the way to the top of Ōdarumi-tōge (66km)
This mountain pass/ridge boasts Japan’s paved road at the highest elevation (2,360m). The length of the climb itself is 29.7km at an average (and rather mild) inclination of 6.3%. We will start at about 500m and climb up to 2,360m…once above the 2,000m line, one feels the air becoming thinner! Views are simply breathtaking. Going down you see the entire Kofu Basin opening up in front of you.

16:00: return to Sasamotoya, pick up ruck-sacks with rinko bag, ride to Enzan Station (5 minutes from Sasamotoya).

17:00: train back to Tokyo

* For our Japanese friends joining:


大弛峠(おおだるみとうげ)は、
山梨県山梨市長野県南佐久郡川上村の境にある峠。標高は2,360mであり、一般車両が通行できる日本最高所の車道峠である。

* Here is the route:

http://cchp.dion.jp/googlemaps/20060903_gm_route.htm

* Sasamotoya-ryokan:
http://www12.plala.or.jp/sasamotoya/index2.html
Excellent food / great hospitality…10,650 yen/person (inc. dinner & breakfast)

* “Must-bring-along” items:
rinko-bag for return trip
windbreaker
full-finger gloves (or inner gloves)

For those wishing to join, please drop a line either to MOB or TOM preferably before Thursday (7/31) ! The more souls, the more fun…

5 comments:

Stephan said...

Thanks for this invitation, but Ken and I will be in Fukui for Jitsugyodan Race.

TOM said...

Member Update:

So far we have 4 definite riders:

(1) Nishibe
(2) Laurent
(3) Mob
(4) Tom

(5) Hiroshi (TBC)

TOM said...

Member Update:

So far we have 4 definite riders:

(1) Nishibe
(2) Laurent
(3) Mob
(4) Tom

(5) Hiroshi (TBC)

David L. said...

Re Enzan/Otarumi

... I am back in town, would love to go but not sure if I can do so. I will confirm on Thursday one way or the other. If I cannot go, I might be able to ride out with you on Saturday over Yanagisawa ...

Best,
David

TOM said...

...nice to have you back David! Hope you can manage to share the entire weekend with us. Will call the ryokan this evening to confirm the number of people staying (so far 4 definites, potentially 7 including you). As the weekend ride's naming suggests, this is a "slowrun," meaning the pace will be adjusted so that everyone can enjoy resposeful & palmy times on the bike!!

Cheers,

Tom