Snow Biking in Japan

cycling training on snow with road racing bikes with studded tires

Mt.Tokachidake (Mt.Tokachi) 219

Temperature: minus 14 degrees Celsius at the Tokachidake Hot Springs (Tokachidake Onsen).

A cold front passed in the early morning. It was raining at the foot of the mountain until the cold front pass. The cold airmass was covering the region. He had waited the until temperature went down sufficiently low to begin the training. The snow wasn’t well compacted. The temperature was dropping rapidly with the cold airmass. The seasonal winds were stronger and stronger. Moreover, the snowfall was heavier and heavier as well. Therefore, around the summit, the visibility went down considerably at the end of the training. He met a French skier at the summit. Talking in French, the skier believed he is French. He explained he had spent years in French speaking Switzerland.