Snow Biking in Japan

cycling training on snow with road racing bikes with studded tires

Mt.Tokachidake (Mt.Tokachi) 193

Temperature: minus 16 degrees Celsius at the Tokachidake Hot Springs (Tokachidake Onsen).

K (Dr.M) was doing his training first. Dr.K joined to the training at the bifurcation situated at 1000m of altitude. The road was covered with fresh snow of 10cm. K had no problem to climb but Dr.K had difficulties and he was struggling with the deep fresh snow. They were climbing regrouping several times. After the snowplough had cleared the snow, Dr.K had less difficulties climbing. However, he still had difficulties riding on the edge of the road where the snow wasn’t well compacted. He was climbing avoiding it. After the interval training at the summit, they descended. They regrouped several times during the descent. They did another set of training on a small peak between the bifurcation and the Fukiage Hot Springs where a TV advertisement of winter tyres of Ice Navi 7 had been filmed.