|350 kms including travel to and from the start point. 3000+ meters climbing, of course.|
Special guest MOB joined for the last half of the ride after going to Fuji-shi, Shizuoka by train the night before. We made sure he rode well ahead or behind me so as not to violate the Audax rules on assistance from non-participant riders. I hope they will recognize my sincere effort to obey the rules -- mostly by being sure to climb hundreds of meters behind MOB -- and still credit me with completing the ride while trying to interest a famous foreign cycling blogger in the Japanese brevet scene.
|The ride started and finished at the Konno Seisakusho (Cherubim) shop and factory in Machida. Inside briefing due to the spitting drops of rain outside.|
|Pavement just starting to dampen 45 minutes before the start ...|
|Umbrellas coming out ...|
The climb up Hinazuru Pass was shorter and the top was lower than I remembered, and the descent to/past Akiyama Onsen delightful. Then the route took a detour down memory lane by heading south on Kanagawa Route 76, then lower Doshimichi, before joining the mid-Sunday afternoon traffic on the way back through Kanagawa to Machida.
Many more, and much nicer, photos by MOB here and here.
An example, the climb through Asagiri Kogen:
P.S. Joe Wein's report and much nicer photos are in the here in the TCC April thread.