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Old 08-31-07, 12:08 AM   #1
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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:


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.

Team Acquoso
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Old 08-31-07, 12:10 AM   #2
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Sorry, double post. Please remove.
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Old 08-31-07, 12:26 AM   #3
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sounds like fun! just riding at suzuka would be awesome.
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Old 08-31-07, 01:19 AM   #4
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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!
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Old 08-31-07, 01:52 AM   #5
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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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Old 09-02-07, 05:37 PM   #6
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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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