Snow Biking in Japan

cycling training on snow with road racing bikes with studded tires

Mikuni Pass 45

Temperature: minus 25 degrees Celsius in the KTV (katabatic valley) and minus 16 degrees Celsius at the Mikuni Pass

He lubricated his bike with fluorine-based oil to stand the cold. He wore ski goggles with heating lenses during the climb. He carried its battery in the jersey to keep the voltage warming with the body heat. The diamond dust was falling from the sky. It seems there was almost no snowfall after Mikuni Pass 43. The road was covered with hard ice and partially you could see the asphalt on the road where the road surface was well lit by the sun. During the interval training on the Kogen-Ohashi Bridge, one of the headlights shut down because of a low voltage caused by the cold. The eyelids stick each other as they have been freezing instantaneously every time he blinked. Rime was formed inside the goggles. He could restart the headlight which had been shut down leaving the cold air lake. You could still see the Moon and some of pictures, he took with it. After reaching the summit, he descended. However, it was too cold to descend directly. Therefore, he warmed up circling in a parking situated in the middle of the descent. He did interval training during the descent. Re-entering the cold air lake, the brake wires, the derailleurs became heavier again as the grease and the oil were congealed. There is a small hill just before the goal, and there, a snow removal operation was underway. The operators saluted him waving or honking a horn. He responded waving.