Training Report - Mt.Tokachidake (Mt.Tokachi) 15
Mr.Suzuki, Dr.K and K participated in this training. It was minus 16 degrees Celsius at the Mt.Tokachidake Hot Springs.
Travelled distance: 28km
The meteorological condition is good. We are climbing talking together and switching the head. Mr.Suzuki often leads the group.
From time to time, snow on the parts well lit by the sun is melted and the asphalt is emerged.
K always stays behind someone's wheels.
Dr.K leads from time to time.
K just follow the others in order to rest as he isn't in form because of shortage of training.
Dr.K and the Mt.Sanpo.
Mr.Suzuki and the Mt.Sanpo.
K and the Mt.Sanpo.
Arriving to the bifurcation.
We are passing the 1100 metres of altitude without event.
We have more and more cloud in the sky.
As we are not very motivated to train, we parked our bikes and admire the wonderful view.
We climbed talking together up to the last switchback section. But enterging the section, the speed increased and Dr.K was left behind. In the section 4 hectometres to the summit, Mr.Suzuki accelarated and K couldn't follow him.
Mr.Suzuki breaks away.
K's speed in not enough to catch him up.
However, a dog disturbed Mr.Suzuki's course and K could catch him up thanks to that. But Mr.Suzuki won the summit anyway.
Dr.K arrived later.
We began the preparation for the descent. But during the preparation, Dr.K who had finished the preparation soon left the summit without waiting for the others.
The others left the summit about 5 minutes later.
We regrouped at a sharp lefthanded corner.
K led up to the bifurcation and arrived first there.
Mr.Suzuki arrived to the bifurcation 10 seconds later.
Dr.K arrived to the bifurcation about 1 minute later.
From the bifurcation, K leads.
But Mr.Suzuki is descending fast and passed K. Once he increased the gap on K taking advantage of high manoeuvrability in corners of MTBs. But K didn't renounce to follow.
Dr.K is left behind.
In the last straight section at the foot of the mountain, Mr.Suzuki and K did a long sprint and K won taking advantage of stability of road racing bikes for snow in the straight. Dr.K arrived there several minutes later.
After finishing training at the Mt.Tokachidake, Mr.Suzuki and K went to Shirogane Hot Spring for another training. We wanted to climb to Bogakudai. However, the road to Bogakudai was closed. We didn't know that this road is closed from January due to snow. It's very strange that this road is snow removed every year till the beginning of the January but closed after that. We don't know why.
We road around the Shirogane Hot Springs.
We saw a cascade called "Ao-i Taki (means Blue Cascade in Japanese).