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    ボケ
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    Shimano Suzuka Road - TTT, 2-hour enduro, pics

    Every year, Shimano puts on a 2-day event at Suzuka Circuit. This was my first race, and I had a great time!

    Short version:

    Team Time Trial
    3 laps (around 17.5 km)
    31:23, 33.39 km/h average
    160th out of 248

    When we came around the 3rd corner, I saw an entire team wearing full-body cat costumes. Oh, those nutty Japanese. My 3-man team didn't practice time trialling before the event. As could be expected, we didn't do so well. One guy in my group was kind of slow, so we had to slow down and wait for him a few times. The other guy and I wound up doing all the work.

    2-Hour Team Enduro
    12 laps
    2:06:54, 33.02 km/h average
    79th out of 257

    I was under the impression that the whole team would ride for the full two hours. It turned out that this was a relay race. For the enduro, our slow guy was replaced by a faster guy. One guy dropped his chain at least 3 times, and I was having some rear derailleur issues on my last lap. I'm pretty happy with our result, especially considering the mechanical problems.

    I didn't win anything, but I got a free ticket to Cycle Mode (trade show) for registering.

    Long version:
    http://pongatari.livejournal.com/122690.html

    Pics!



    My bike. Apologies for its non OCP-ness. My teammate lent me his Mavic Cosmic Elites, which I liked a lot better than my lowly Shimano WH-561s.







    This is... uh, my Super Six! Yep. I lent it to that other guy because I'd be too fast if I rode it. Yeah, that's the ticket.



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    "Cycling's enemy is not the car; it is the idiot. And idiots travel by foot, car, and bicycle." -BSNYC

    2007 Cannondale CAAD 9, 2005 Giant Escape R3

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    ボケ
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    Sorry, double post. Please remove.
    "Cycling's enemy is not the car; it is the idiot. And idiots travel by foot, car, and bicycle." -BSNYC

    2007 Cannondale CAAD 9, 2005 Giant Escape R3

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    Whateverthehell Chucklehead's Avatar
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    sounds like fun! just riding at suzuka would be awesome.
    "When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return." - Leonardo daVinci

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    部門ニ/自転車オタク NomadVW's Avatar
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    Next on your schedule should be the Aida Circuit! 2, 3, or 6 hrs. The 2 hr is my peak event for the fall season. See you there!

    http://www.sportsentry.ne.jp/event.php?tid=13263
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    The Truth Ih8lucky13's Avatar
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    Great report, I liked the long version on your blog better because it references the fast smoking dude.

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    Mitcholo CrimsonKarter21's Avatar
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    Holy carp. I've always wanted to go to Suzuka. It's a shame Bernie took it off of the F1 schedule, still one of my favorite race tracks ever. How was the Gyaku Bank? Or how about 130R? I remember seeing Fernando Alonso pass Michael Schumacher on the outside of 130R like it was nothing in 2006. Amazing.

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