Tanaka-san is also participating as 実走スタッフ-- I guess Chubu Audax staff who get to ride the event. His Facebook note mentions that "other than [Litt] the entire  Fleche team is participating and everyone is hanging in there." Bonne route, Jerome, Tanaka-san, Kozakai-san and Higuchi-san.
Makes me wish I was there! And I look forward to being reunited at PBP.
|8AM, early checkpoint. Note the Audax Japan PBP 2015 jersey on the approaching rider.|
|Lots of castles in the Aichi/Gifu area. Ground zero in the Oda/Toyotomi/Tokugawa transitions.|
|A later PC, during the Noon hour. Jerome's Look and yellow water bottle on the left side.|
|Messrs. Tanaka and Kozakai outside of famous sushi restaurant|
|dinner and message check, photo shoot|
|Spectacular Kaisendon for Jerome|
|Happy camper, shiny top light|
Recalls other famous Jerome swims. ...
The group stopped at a Kanzawa "Kenko Land" for a decent sleep, and suffered through some heat on the second day. In the end, Jerome finished together with Messrs. Tanaka, Kozakai and Higuchi, in around 37:40. A leisurely time, but one that allowed plenty of leeway in case of difficulty and time for good food, some sleep and a swim in the ocean!
En route to the start, Jerome reports that he stopped to visit his homestay family from many decades past. Little did they realize when they accepted a homestay member that it would be a relationship of this length! Based on the garlands around his neck, he seems welcomed home as the hero returned from battle.