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.
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)
Hold up on your plans for 2017, this might mix them up, do you fancy racing across Australia. Jesse Carlsson is proposing a 3700 mile race and is checking out the interest, below is lifted from his Facebook post. (updated Facebook Page, its happening)
OK Overlanders, click (the map above) to check out version 3 of a possible Indian Pacific Wheel Race in March 2017. There seems to be a fair bit of Internet interest in the idea but I wonder if it will translate into real world interest? Thanks for all the route suggestions so far. Unfortunately not everyone will be pleased. Nevertheless, I have a particular adventure in mind for this race, and it goes like this…
> Race bikes across Australia, from ocean to ocean.
> Single stage race of around 5,000 km.
> No support.
> Sealed roads.
> Starting at [***TBC: 6am on 1 Mar 2017] in Fremantle – dipping the rear wheel in the Indian Ocean sometime the day before. The finish line is the Sydney Opera House, whenever you get there. Neutral riding to Bondi Beach following that will be encouraged to dip the front wheel in the Pacific Ocean.
> Passing right through the centre of Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney, taking in some of the favourite local cycling routes along the way. I want racers to see the contrast between the outback and the city. I want commuters to see the racers. I want CBD workers and racers to cross paths. I want local bunch rides to find racers. I hope some local riders will even ride with racers as they pass through. I hope the cities welcome the racers.
> The course has a few distinct sectors with different characteristics:
1. The desert (incl the Nullarbor);
2. Rolling hills through the famous winery districts of South Australia;
3. The iconic Great Ocean Road;
4. The mountains. Sure you might be able to TT across the desert but can you hold it together though a hilly 1,200km sector to finish?
> This is not to be confused with the fully supported Trans Oz Audax event planned for next year (Aug) to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Oppy’s record-breaking Fremantle to Sydney ride in 1937 – go here for that: http://www.transoz.bike/. You will like that event a lot more than this one. Audax put on a great show and it’s sure to be more fun.
BDR have had a look at that TransOz Audax site. It appears a great way to travel the full length of Australia with added support and some feed/ sleep stops covered and happens later in the year (August) It will cost you at least $2500AUD on top of flights. The main difference from the race is that you will have to have qualified with at least 6100 km of Audax rides before the entry date to do this ride.