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…

August 28, 2016 Cruise

初めての平田クリテ My friend Bradley and I had been training together quite a bit this Summer, and we started discussing possibly going to a race together to see what it was like. We found out about a local race called the Hirata Criterium (平田クリテリウム), which is held once a month and…

July 18, 2016 Cruise

I’d been wanting to do the ride from Nagoya to Kyoto for a long time, but just kept procrastinating and not making any plans to do it. That is, until now! My friend and old cycling teammate from Detroit, Kroske, was visiting Japan for a week with his son, and…

June 4, 2016 Cruise

Quick Summary Bradley, Dave and myself rode from Nagoya to Inabe in Mie prefecture to watch the Inabe Stage (4th stage) of the 19th annual Tour of Japan stage race. One of my former teammates, Alder Martz, was participating in the race with team Gusto, and with it being only…

May 17, 2016 Cruise

Mt Ontake (御嶽山) is a famous active volcano in central Japan. It actually erupted suddenly a few years back, killing a large number of people, so there is still some risk in coming to this type of place. Despite this, it is still a popular destination for cyclists, hikers, and…

February 6, 2015 Cruise

So as you can tell from the title, this has been a very good week! Part I – Visa A few weeks ago, I received my certificate of eligibility from Japan, which allowed me to apply for my Japanese Visa. The last time I applied for my Japanese Student Visa,…

January 1, 2015 Cruise

Failed Goals Despite all of my intentions of maintaining a regularly updated blog, I didn’t quite succeed with that in 2014. On the bright side, I was able to find some time this past Fall to start updating my blog/website to a better format/design. I also have numerous topics which…