The Naruto-Minami Awaji Whirlpools Fan Ride is a couple of courses, one 65km and another 120km, to be run on March 18. The Naruto Whirlpools are found in the Naruto strait between Shikoku and Awaji in the Seto inland sea. Onaruto bridge offers an overhead view of the whirlpools to pedestrians.
The ride is at the opposite end of Shikoku from the Shimanami Kaido, and it’s scheduled within a week of when we’re planning that. So this is something I’ll consider another time, possibly next year.
Shimanami Kaido is a route bridging the islands between Hiroshima and Shikoku in Japan’s Inland Sea. It’s also a very popular cycling route for beginners on up, with cycle rentals and cyclist-friendly stops all along the route, as well as ferries between various islands. With the quality rental bikes available, you don’t even need to worry about how to transport your bike to the start of the ride and back.
I’ve spoken (well, mailed) with Fearless Leader Joe and L2P and Biwako veteran Sanborn, and it sounds like we’re on for the last week of March. We’re waiting to firm up the dates, but we’ll be looking at options to extend this 70km ride into a two-day outing. We could include some of the outer perimeter loops and overnight along the way, or we could ride out and back (rather than taking the ferry back at the end of the first day).
Mark Beaumont, just back from a blistering 78-day round-the-world ride, has set his sights on the hour record on a penny farthing, The Scottish Sun reports. The current record of 23.5 miles was set by Frederick J. Osmond in 1891.
While Mark admits he gets some funny looks when training around the parks of Edinburgh, ultimately he said this latest challenge is “just me and my mates wanting to do something eccentric and daft.”
Mark will take on the record in June at Herne Hill Velodrome in Surrey.
Alee of CyclingAbout.com, previously featured here, has released Episode 1 of his tour CyclingAbout the Americas. Make sure to watch the tour of the bus shelter, and marvel at the winds that hold our intrepid rider down to a mere 5km/h of progress … nay, even force him to walk!
Despite the massive winds, and repeated vows that if he ever does ride Patagonia again it will be in the opposite direction, Alee shares some amazing scenery. We’re glad that, given his goal of riding the length of the Americas from bottom to top in two years, Alee has left himself leeway to explore these wonderful natural vistas.
Many of the gritters have been assigned names by schoolchildren, and the tracker allows you to search for these. Select “Vehicle Name” from the drop-down, and find such favorites as Sir Salter Scott and Gritty Gritty Bang Bang.
As inventive as Scotland’s schoolchildren are, they weren’t quite a match for the residents of Doncaster, a bit to the south:
Jenny, Huw and Emily are on track to arrive in time for the Hogmanay New Year’s festival in Scotland, having ridden nearly 1,000 miles in four days. Meanwhile, they’ve raised more than £2,300 for the homeless.
We rode exactly 400km yesterday, through wind, rain, hail and darkness. Enjoyed fine food and 3.5 hours sleep in Gloucestershire. Now heading north. Bit sore, but happy. #hogmanayLEJOG ? pic.twitter.com/UC4nLyHTJH