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Training Report - Kenashi Pass 7

Dr.K, Mr.Takahashi, Mr.Hiratsuka and Tesseract participated in this training.

The temperature was around 7 degrees Celsius below zero at the Kenashi Pass (648m).

It was the final match at the Kenashi Pass in this season. As it had snowed a little at the Kenashi Pass the previous night, we came here to train before the snow on the road would be gone. We gathered at 7 a.m. as we had expected the snow would be gone at 9 a.m.

We climbed the Kenashi Pass from the Otaru side. As you can confirm on the Pass profile at the bottom of this page, there are two summits before reaching the summit of the Kenashi Pass. The first one, we all four passed together without any battle. On the ascent to the next summit, Tesseract accelerated and led the group for a while. The other three gave up to pursue him. Tesseract made a breakaway alone and the chasing group was being led by Mr.Takahashi. We passed the second summit with about 10 seconds gap. The gap increased during the descent and the final approach at the Pass. The visible contact between Ketaro and the other three was lost.

Tesseract showed up at first at the summit. At dawn, the sun got life again behind him.
Tesseract at the Kenashi Pass

The chasing group led by Mr.Takahashi passed the summit about 20 seconds later.
Mr.Takahashi, Mr.Hiratsuka and Dr.K at the Kenashi Pass

We descended in the direction of Akaigawa. However, we returned soon at the altitude of 510m to go back to the start point before the snow on the road would be gone.

We climbed the pass again from the Akaigawa side. Mt.Yoichidake (the highest point in Sapporo: 1488m) just after the dawn. It was so beautiful.

We were heading for the summit. (This photo was taken by Tesseract by turning around.)
Mr.Takahashi, Dr.K and Mr.Hiratsuka on the ascent of the Kenashi Pass

Our battle to the second passage at the summit has begun. Mr.Takahashi expressed that he wasn't feel well and might give up this battle.

Tesseract made a breakaway and Mr.Hiratsuka went after him. They were increasing the gap exchanging the head of the group. Their battle continued but there was no decisive movement up to the summit. So it would be decided only in the sprint at the summit.

In the sprint, Mr.Hiratsuka who has seemed not to be tired at all took the first place.
Mr.Hiratsuka and Tesseract at the Kenashi Pass

Dozens seconds later, Dr.K arrived.
Dr.K at the Kenashi Pass

At last Mr.Takahashi who was not in good condition this day arrived. He responded to our request with the victory pose.
Mr.Takahashi at the Kenashi Pass

We descended in the direction of Otaru. In the climb on the last hill, Mr.Takahashi led the group although he had said that he was not feeling well. Only Tesseract persued him. We thought if Mr.Takahashi takes the first place, we will put the photo here. However, Ketaro who was resting in his wheel took the summit. So there is no photo here.

The situation of snow melt was getting worse and we finished the training much faster than expected.

Tesseract's traveled distance was 21.16km, the average speed was 18.4km/h and the maximal velocity was 60.0km/h.

The Kenashi Pass Profile
Kenashi Pass profile
Routes Introduction/Kenashi Pass 1/2
Routes Introduction/Kenashi Pass 2/2


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