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Training Report - Kenashi Pass 8

Tesseract came back to Hokkaido taking advantage of holiday from the mainland of Japan where he is studying. So we can at last begin this season's training report. This day, the usual members: Mr.Takahashi (because of some business) and Cairn (because of rehabilitation of injuries caused by a car crash) couldn't participate in the training. So, just two: Dr.K and Tesseract went to the training.

The temperature was about minus 8 degree Celsius at the Kenashi Pass. It was snowing a little hard but not extreme.

Our training began at the car parking at the altitude of 240m.

This day, we didn't do training hard but we were chatting all the time during the training.

Through an opening of clouds, the sunshine came from time to time. It was also a test run of the new bike for Tesseract. Tesseract kept saying his new bike is wonderful. Maneuverability and braking capability are very high in snow.
Tesseract on the ascent of the Kenashi Pass

Dr.K armed himself with new equipment for winter: gloves, shoes etc.
Dr.K on the ascent of the Kenashi Pass

Final approach to the summit.
Tesseract at the Kenashi Pass

Passing the summit.
Tesseract at the Kenashi Pass
Tesseract's new bike's profile.

After passing the summit, we began to descend in the direction of Akaigawa. But contrary to the Otaru Side, at the Akaigawa Side, the snow removal hadn't been effectuated. The road was muddy and it was difficult to control the bike.
Dr.K at the Kenashi Pass

We descended up to the car parking at 320m in Ochiai. This parking is huge. Sometime, we'll do snow criterium here.
Car parking in Ochiai

We began to climb the Kenashi Pass again from the Akaigawa Side. We took a narrow road instead of the National Route.

Tesseract is indicating the Mt.Yoichidake (the highest mountain in Sapporo: 1488m) as usual. But we couldn't see its summit as it was snowing.
Tesseract with the Mt.Yoichidake

When we reached the summit again, two snowploughs passed us. So the road condition at the Akaigawa Side became good after we had completed our journey! It was toooo late! If they had come before, we would have sped...
Snowplough at the Kenashi Pass

We began to descend. While we were descending, our bottles were frozen and we couldn't get water anymore...
But it's natural after three hours riding...
Tesseract on the descent of the Kenashi Pass

As usual, Tesseract who is a descent freak sped and went solo.
Tesseract on the descent of the Kenashi Pass

Tesseract's traveled distance was 44.77km, the average speed was 13.6km/h (too slow... too much chatting?) and the maximal velocity was 52.3km/h.

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


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