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Japan Photo Blog: Sept 2010

Bringing it home

The lactic was burning a bit after a day of constant attacks and breakaways. But Kato has to be the most fun road course I’ve ever done. I dare say it, but it’s more fun than the MTB courses here.

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Fried

Motoji overdid it.

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Gutter Action

D and K lying in the gutter after a big effort.

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Shadow Dancer

What do you do when watching boring road races all day and need something to kill time? Dance!

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Beading

Japan’s heatwave means sweating 24/7. And the lack of shade at some of these races means there’s no escape.

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Podium Man

Nogu on the podium again!

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Ice Man

Nogu icing down after a big sprint.

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Booze-Free, Taste-Free

Actually, this alcohol-free beer was the dirtiest thing I’ve tasted in a while.

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Day Off

Japan’s coolest photographer, taking a day off from behind the lense for once.

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Starting them young

Even the kiddies here are getting the technique down before doing the real thing. I big worry.

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Jumping Bean

Just like a Toyota ad.

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On the line

Away all race solo and caught on the last corner. Damn.

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Shooting Star?

Or maybe it was just a plane.

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A bit late

Gotta hate noticing a puncture on the start line.

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Drift Track

The Maishima crit course is normally a drift track. Unfortunately there were a few riders drifting and sliding on the corners.

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Shame?

The shame of DNFing?

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Slice n Dice

Ready to slice up some air with my deep dish carbon.

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Up

My regular recovery ride path goes pretty much under the Itami Airport runway. I still can’t get my head around how these massive things fly.

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The Spot

This is my secret spot for cooling down during this Japan heatwave.

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New kids on the block

Some riders guys with flashy bikes on a Mukogawa cruise.

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This guy used to be a beer-swilling smoko. Now he’s a fitness freak. Bike do change lives.

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Hot.

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The Lupine Camp

The Lupine guys at Kato. They were overheating before the race (in this pic). You should’ve seen them afterwards!

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Shelter

Our much needed and rare shelter at Maishima, Osaka crits. Courtesy of Shuhei.

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Just 1

I tried to ride the uni-cycle. No chance.

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Ya-to!

Finally team mates, even if Nogu is retired.

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Bare Suma

Suma beach was quiet, apart from one moto police chase for some sea-side action.

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A hard earned thirst

Ko-Chan and D were begging for sugary water after a couple of thousand metres of climbing.

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Trek Suma

Trek’s multi-level Suma concept store, with view of Suma beach.

OCLV on display.

Flames are back in it seems. Reminds me of the movie Greece.

Daigorou being a yuppy and enjoying real espresso at the Suma store.

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