Looking for the next great challenge and adventure:
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:
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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:
- The YCC Strava Group you must belong too
- The 2017 Totals page
- The 2017 Rules and details
- The Facebook Group page
- YCC on Twitter @100mileriders
- The 2016 Totals page
- The YCC Roll of Honour
- The Year Book only 0.99p on Kindle to download here
- Mail: BlueDotRiders@gmail.com.
- YCC Archive posts
- How it all started in 2016
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.
Meanwhile off road:
How about Trans Germany, July 2nd from Basel
we like there style 🙂
- a survival kit consisting of a hip flask filled with whiskey or equivalent must be carried and presented at the start (justified exceptions possible)
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.
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.
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.
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.