Cycling event “Hashitte-mippe” in Minamiaizu Town, July 17, 2017 (走ってみっぺ南会津!サイクリングに参加 2017年7月17日)

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I participated in a cycling event “Hashitte-mippe” or “let’s go cycling” held in Minamiaizu Town on July 17th, 2017 which was a national holiday “Marine Day”. The route covered western part of the town area, which was mostly mountainous with green forests and rivers making it really refreshing to ride. About 700 cycling fans gathered for the event from across Japan including many from Tokyo metropolitan area. A photo above shows Byobuiwa Site with rocky landscape along the upper stream of the Ina River. The site was located at the southwestern end of the route near the border with Hinoemata Village. We had a light lunch and a short break on the rock at this aid station.

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A photo above shows a scene just before the start at Takatsue ski resort located 950m above sea level.

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Major part of the cycling route ran south to north along the Ina River which was beautiful as shown above. Many anglers enjoyed ayu fishing soaking into the river.

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At a roadside station “Kirara 289” located along national Route 289 in the northwestern part of the town, new wooden bike stands which were made from local wood were installed as shown above.

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Luckily I could successfully complete the course and got the certificate as shown above. The last 3km hill climb to the goal was extremely hard for me being already exhausted.

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The day before, I packed my bike and traveled to Aizukogen-0zeguchi Station which was the nearest to the event site, although it still took another 18km bike tour including a mountain pass to get to the site. I was lucky that I could experience a new limited express train “Revaty” as shown above between Aizutajima and Aizukogen-Ozeguchi Station introduced from just last April. The limited express train was comfortable and required no extra charge between the two stations.

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Also on return trip, I could again take the limited express Revaty which came from Asakusa, Tokyo. Photo above shows the train coming into Aizukogen-Ozeguchi Station where I got on.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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Tour de Katsurao cycling event, June 11, 2017 (ツールドかつらお サイクリング 2017年6月11日)

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Today, I participated in Tour de Katsurao cycling event at Katsurao Village in Hamadori Region. It was the first cycling event ever held in evacuation lifted area affected by TEPCO’s nuclear plant accident. The course mainly went through beautiful mountain forest area. A photo above was a view of iconic Mount Tatsugo (921m) which was also called Katsurao-Fuji or Mount Fuji of Katsurao.

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A map above shows the cycling course which is about 30km long with the highest mountain pass of 752m near Morimori Land campground.

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The event was promoted jointly by Link TOHOKU and Katsurao Village. Today was one year anniversary of evacuation lifting last June. Photo above shows a cute Katsurao Village character “Shimi-chan”, the Minister of Reconstruction Yoshino, and village mayor Shinoki, who also attended the opening ceremony as shown above.

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Photo above shows a view when cyclists are waiting for a start. About 150 cyclists from east Japan participated in the event.

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Luckily, I was able to make the goal successfully within the time limit as shown in the certificate above. I would like to thank all the people who organized the event and all the volunteers who supported it.
運良く、私も時間内に無事ゴールできました。(完走証です。) 大会の開催者、地元や学生ボランティアの方々に、深く感謝致します。

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The Tour de Iwaki cycling event, Nov. 6, 2016 (ツール・ド・いわき 全国から 盛況でした 2016年11月6日)

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Iwaki City hosted a major cycling event today. About 1000 chariders or cyclists participated from across Japan. Iwaki City has the largest area in Fukushima and the route covered most of the coastline as well as broad range of inland area. A photo above shows a crowded starting line with so many cyclists at Aquamarine Park, Onahama district.

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Photo above shows one of five aid stations on the way. It is called Tsuruno-ashiyu, which means footbath for crane. It is located in the center of Yumoto district, where a large scale hot spring resort from 1200 years ago exists.

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Something special happened today. Some of my old colleagues at a company in Ibaraki Pref., where I retired five years ago, found me at the last aid station (18km to the goal) which was Natsuigawa Cycling Park. All of us were delighted to meet again (photo above) for the first time in 5 years and exchanged things occurred during the time. Then we all made the goal.

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I got a certificate of finish as shown above. I want to thank all the related people including volunteers for the safe return.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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You can play back the route and altitude on the map below. (Up:2.7%, gained elevation: 649m, Distance: 124.3km)
下の地図で、ルート再生や標高を見ることができます。(上り2.7%、獲得標高649m、走行距離 124.3km)

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