Selfie of two cyclists in front of entrance of brick building

Heat Wave, Day 1

We aimed for a 7 a.m. departure, but Rick and I chatted on at breakfast. We finally got underway about 7:45.

The first few kilometers were along the riverside park and then a bit of broken city pavement. Soon after that we turned northward on the cycling course, and remained on the course for the rest of the day.

The trail was mostly straight and flat, and not very crowded. But there were stretches where we could feel the pace slowing as we rode very gradually uphill. In addition to growing fatigue towards the end of the ride, the temperature was rising—eventually reaching 32C.

We arrived at the goal about 2:30, with an average moving pace of 21.1km/h. We had one mechanical for the day when Rick’s chain slipped off the chainring.

Jersey: Tour de Tohoko 2019

GPS record of cycle ride

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