Sunday, 22 June 2014

Shop ride to Mikawa

Yesterday 8 riders including myself and my mate Brian lead a shop ride into the mountains of Mikawa, half of us arrived by train with the remaining riders driving their cars to Mikawa station. The entire day was nice and cool with light rain but that stopped around midday , for many of my customers it was their first long off road ride, while the entire ride is mostly on sealed mountain roads there is a large section of off road that mainly consists of a climb on loose gravel. That section really tests out the your ability to climb and for single speeders like myself it means getting out of the saddle to avoid the walk of shame, I am happy to say once again I was able to ride all the way to the summit without dismounting, but the road we took after lunch at a nearby onsen was a whole other story. That section was sealed and started off with a short climb leading into a nice rolling downhill , After that the road from hell took over with an endless steep climb that forced many riders to walk, I am still amazed my mate Brian rode the entire course with a hangover without dismounting once - unreal !. The entire ride was only 31km in length but I would have to say it was the hardest 31km I have ever done. The fantastic views and the long downhill back towards Mikawa was a nice reward to end the day though. So now I have explored another new road in the mountains of Mikawa !

Outside Mikawa station at the start of the ride

                    Taking a break at the fresh water spring located at the first village along the route

Riders tackling a steep off road section in the morning

The signboard at the 2nd village along the course 

Enjoying some katsu curry and draft beer for lunch at a nearby onsen

My mate Brian rode his single speed the entire course without dismounting - gearing 32T - 18T 

A fantastic view looking down into the Agano river and the section of route 49 that is now closed to traffic due to a big landslide last year 

Waiting for the train back at Mikawa station 


llewellyn said...

Looks like the best part of the ride was the Curry & Katsu with beer. If you keep this up Mikawa could become the centre for cycle exploration in Niigata.

Don Speden said...

Hi llewellyn

Yeah the lunch was pretty good and even though it was a tough ride I enjoyed it and there are still lots of back country roads to explore in that area

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