May 10, 2017 Cruise

I recently had an opportunity to go race in Korea as an invitational international athlete for the 2017 SPYDER BUKAK CLIMB CHAMPIONSHIP, which was held in Seoul, Korea. My friend Derek (right in the above picture) lives in Korea and is actively involved in the cycling racing community. When he…

January 30, 2017 Cruise

東海シクロクロス 第6戦 愛知牧場 – C1 4位 Racing around the Christmas and New Years holidays is always very difficult for me since I tend to lose control of myself and stuff myself with lots of delicious food rather than train and maintain a proper diet. I still had one last race of this…

December 19, 2016 Cruise

東海シクロクロス 第4戦 各務ヶ原アウトドアフィールド C1 At last, after finally getting my upgrade from my win in the last Tokai CX race, I have my C1 (cat-1) debut race here in Japan! My broken thumb was starting to heal, and I have been able to train more lately, so I was feeling good…

December 5, 2016 Cruise

2016 東海シクロクロス 第3戦 平田 優勝 After finishing in 2nd place in the Cat-2 race for the last two races in the Tokai CX series, and only the winner being able to upgrade to cat-1, I was hungry for redemption and victory. Today’s race was at Hirata riverside plaza, which is a venue I…

November 20, 2016 Cruise

Korankei 香嵐渓 is a valley in Toyota, Japan (near Nagoya), and is one of center-Japan’s most popular viewing spots for Autumn leaves. There is actually a word for viewing the changing of the leaves in Japanese, called kouyou (紅葉). Here is a shot of the main river from the main…

November 7, 2016 Cruise

東海シクロクロス 第2戦 ワイルドネイチャープラザ A couple of weeks ago I had a really bad crash while training, and that really set me back both physically and mentally. My biggest injury was a broken thumb, which didn’t mean I couldn’t train, but I simply lost all of my motivation to train and…

November 1, 2016 Cruise

I posted on the Nagoya Cycling Club facebook group (a group that I created this year) asking if people were interested in doing a Halloween night ride around Nagoya. Halloween isn’t really big in Japan yet, and it was also a Monday night, so there wasn’t a lot of interest,…

October 13, 2016 Cruise

Tonight was not a good night.. A couple friends and I were doing one of our regular Wednesday night training sessions and we decided to go try out a different venue which is great for training, but it’s very dark at night and does not have lights in most parts….

October 11, 2016 Cruise

東海シクロクロス 第1戦 ふれあいパークほうらい At last, cross season is here! A few weeks ago, I committed to racing CX this season by buying a new cyclocross bike from Planet X. My region of Japan is known as the Tokai region, which mainly includes Aichi, Gifu, Shizuoka, and Mie prefectures. We have a cyclocross…

September 11, 2016 Cruise

平田クリテ 第9戦 C1-3位 After my return to racing in last month’s Hirata criterium where I finished in the top 10 in the C2 race, I decided to increase my training intensity so that I could compete in the C1 in this month’s Hirata criterium to see how I could perform. Unlike the…

September 3, 2016 Cruise

Norikura, or Norikura-dake (乗鞍岳) is Japan’s highest paved road, peaking at about 2,700 meters. So it was my birthday weekend, and what better way to celebrate than to ride up Mt Norikura… twice.. Mt Norikura is located on the border between Gifu prefecture and Nagano prefecture. Both of these prefectures…