The Japanese Odyssey 2017

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Looking for the next great challenge and adventure:

Ignore the 2016 bit 😉

The apocalypse.

It looked as if the most difficult portion of my segment was behind me. I reached the top of Mount Norikura in Japan, and joined Guillaume and Pascal Viout (#8) who headed, long minutes before me, for a warm and dry place.
Dark clouds covered the sky.  And I knew for sure that the descent under that heavy rain would be more than challenging.
Torrents of water rushed on the road. Disc-brakes were unable to stop my engine. And I was left with little choice but to ruin my cleats on the asphalt.

From there I am unable to say if what followed is what really happened or if it is simply the figment of my imagination. But at one point I closed my eyes. And I saw snow flakes getting heavier, turning into golden pearls, and forming a snowstorm.
When I opened my eyes again, I was sitting on the street. Our 3 bikes were leaning on the window of a 7-11 konbini. We were gulping food.
All was silent.

With Guillaume when we started to imagine the Japanese Odyssey and to work on the event, we had in mind something wild. We were dreaming of an event with a high mileage. We were dreaming of an event exploring the wilderness of Japan.

This year the adventure motto is: secondary, unnamed and untraveled roads.
As an inspiration, we would like, to quote one of Matsuo Bashō’s haiku:

この道や
行く人なしに
秋のくれ

Along this road
Goes no one,
This autumn eve.

Forget the mildness of autumn and its favourable weather, the third edition of The Japanese Odyssey starts on Saturday 12th August.
Entrants will start off from Tokyo and will have to reach Kitakyūshū. Depending on the route choices it is a “voyage” of about 3,200 km. Entrants are free to choose their routes as long as they go the 9 imposed segments, which will lead them into a secluded Japan.

Be Prepared,
Emmanuel
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The Japanese Odyssey
http://www.japanese-odyssey.com/
https://www.facebook.com/japaneseodyssey/

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Race to the Rock. A riders tale.

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The tale of Gunther Desmedt  shows how tough and rewarding this event was, a great tale and pictures of the new great off road race in Australia in 2016.

Mike Hall legend R.I.P

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Photo Mike Dion. Inspired to ride. Please donate to support his family in this sad time

A fitting Tribute Read it here

Ba Ba Bikepack Race announced

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Ba Ba intro graphic

Do you have July spare in 2018 well you might be interested in this.

Race against the clock – 1 Stage
One person will win. It is a race. No prizes, other than bragging rights in the pub.
June 29th 2018
5340 km (3329 miles)
60,340m climbing (197965ft)
70 of Great Britains 200 hardest climbs in one event
3 Countries
3 Capital Cities
12 National Parks
Where you sleep is up to you.
It is a small island? Yeah right, try riding round it on a bike…Now is your chance.

It was announced yesterday and already there are 26 rides who have registered an interest to ride, and it has been quickly upgraded to a race event. Check out the very informative website, it has full details of the challenge and the initial versions of the routes. Ba Ba Bikepack

◾ YCC 2016 It’s a wrap – Results

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The first year of the Century challenge is over, the final frosty topping has been applied and the legends of Tonnage on the road have been crowned.

The Year, the winners Kajsa Tylén and Steve Abraham
The Year, the winners Kajsa Tylén and Steve Abraham

It’s only fitting that we have joint winners, Steve and Kajsa the two record breaking riders who in the end rode together and called a truce for the final century with 166 tons each. Congratulations to Kajsa on her new World record for highest annual distance cycled by a female, and to Steve for His Month record in which he recorded 59 centuries alone, wow!

Kajsa spent the year concentrating on her riding thanks to some great service on the single bike she had to use for the whole year from Leisure Lakes, great service from them.

Kajsa the new record holder at 32,326 miles (52,025 km)
Kajsa the new record holder at 32,326 miles (52,025 km)

The final top ten

1=. 166  Kajsa Tylén
1=. 166  Steve Abraham
3. 131  Steve Gee
4=. 125  Jack Peterson
4=. 125  Phill Cloke
6. 120  Ricki Goode
7. 105  Richard Karmann
8. 104  Mike Kelly
9. 102  Pete Rees
10. 97  Mike Lane

Special mention goes to Steve Gee who can claim to be the first working rider in the table, and well done to all our nine centurions who go in the roll of honour for acquiring the ton of tons. No mean feat at approximately two a week.

Mike Lane came oh so close especially with a valiant push collecting 14 alone in December. As a consolation he is the final winner of the Year Book prize for which our thanks go to Author Dave Barter and v-publishing.co.uk for their inspiration and year long support.

 

 

A further 14 riders go in the roll of honour for achieving 50 or more centuries, while in total 75 riders achieved the target of 20 which will gain them a certificate in recognition if they so desire. (contact bluedotriders@gmail to claim please) Well done to all the riders who achieved 12 for a century a month average too. The final totals

December once again showed us some great rides, we are constantly amazed by riders putting in over 200 miles. Spurred on by the Rapha 500 challenge we even saw Martian Cioana pop in a 300 mile single day ride, while Steve G showed they are harder up North with a 395 mile single ride.

So onto 2017, who will be the front runners? It’s clear some who targeted the ton of tons will be taking a well earned rest while others just can’t get enough of creating their own groove in the tarmac. One things clear though Steve Abraham will once again be the man to watch as it’s odds on he will be attempting the Years Mileage record again. Looks like Dave Barter is going to be appending the Year book for some time to come yet.

2017 Updates:

A primary new rule this year is that centuries do not have to be completed in one calendar day. This is  due to a new automatic counting system which also means we also have a different totals table. We have a new Facebook group which will hopefully lead to a further development of the great YCC riding community which has spawned this year. It’s been fantastic watching riders on their journeys, so please join in and show us the 2017 rides your proud of, your stories and pictures, and use it to arrange YCC meet ups or group rides. Enjoy the miles.

The YCC Links of note:

NC4000 website live – TransGermany

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To be elaborated on but Website is now live, although not a great deal more detail. First impressions are  starts 29th July, 2017, Florence, Italy. An could be used as an inspiration for a great tour with others.

http://www.northcape4000.com/en/nc4000/north-cape-4000-2017

Meanwhile off road:

How about Trans Germany, July 2nd from Basel

http://btg.voidpointer.de/en/route.html

we like there style 🙂

Necessary equipment

  • a survival kit consisting of a hip flask filled with whiskey or equivalent must be carried and presented at the start (justified exceptions possible)

◾ YCC November Round Up

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This Month was all about one special lady, Kajsa on the 24th November passed the mileage set by Billy Fleming of 29,603 miles to beat the current ladies annual mileage record in the UK. The first of many to end the year

Bizarrely Guinness will recognize the record when she passes 50,000km with an expected celebration at 11am on Dec 9th at Harvey Hadden in Nottingham. Due to the leap year the official end of the record attempt is at 08:15 am on Sat 31st Dec. Why not join us on your final Ton of the year at the Finish Line Party which will be held from 07:30 at Leisure Lakes Bikes in Breaston. http://www.ayearinthesaddle.com/

On the Home stretch Kajsa has been racking up the miles with 27 Centuries. Steve G has been putting in some super long rides (382 & 252 miles) and deserves his prize of the Year book for November whilst looking like he has secured third place in our overall total.

November  Tons
27 Kajsa Tylén
9  Mike Kelly
9  Steve Abraham
9  Steve Gee
8  Paul Buckley
8  Ricki Goode
7  James Juneyt Dennis

Ricki Goode’s strong showing shows the competition for the spots in the top 10 are still super competitive despite November being the quietest month of 2016 so far for centuries. Much Kudos to Mike Kelly who became our latest Centurion on the 10th November and kept going in style.

Top 10 with December remaining
158 Kajsa Tylén
158 Steve Abraham
118 Steve Gee
114 Jack Peterson
114 Phill Cloke
110 Ricki Goode
104 Mike Kelly
104 Richard Karmann
102 Pete R
83 Mike Lane
77 Paul Buckley

The month started with Jasmijn Muller competing at the world TT champs in California, She was powering away in the lead overall but then suffered bad heatstroke and stopped 6 hrs from the end. Despite this Jas was still 3rd overall and won her age class, so huge congratulations despite the misfortune.

Back in cold Blighty the first snows didn’t stop Steve G putting in his huge overnight rides up North, with Steve Abraham riding out with Kajsa for her record celebration ride and Wyatt from Planet Rock on a charity ride keeping Kajsa at bay for now. The London epic duo JJ Dennis and Martian Cioana both put in separate rides over 400 miles with minimum stoppage time, JJ doing a south coast loop and Martian going sight seeing to Lands end.

Missing you

It will be interesting to see how many of the YCC crew put up the required December over 250KM ride.  This is stage 1 of a competition to win a free entry and kit for the 2017 Transcontinental race.