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…

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,…

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…

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…