Rapha Supercross Nobeyama 2017

Getting to Nobeyama, Japan, is easy. Get up at 3am. Drive to the airport. Fly from Baltimore to Los Angeles. Switch planes. Fly to Narita, Tokyo airport. Check watch … 23 hours have passed. Purchase Narita Express train ticket to Shinjuku. Switch trains to the Super Azusa No. 29 to Kofu. Switch trains again  to the Chuo local line to Kobuchizawa. Try not to fall asleep and miss stop. They don’t announce stops. It’s easy to miss. Especially in the dark. Count down the stops.

Scenes from a train. Yesterday’s travels to Nobeyama. Tokyo to Kobuchizawa.

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Arrive. Check watch … 27 hours have passed. Meet ride at train station. Short drive to house, which is 300 meters from race venue. Check watch … it’s dead. Needed recharging hours ago. Sleep. Wake up at 5am. See spectacular sunrise. Easy.

Jet Lag Diaries: Early Morning Nobeyama. #raphasupercross #cyclocross #sonyalpha

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A race in the mountains at a living farm tourist attraction, with ATV course, horseback riding and petting zoo. How can you not be excited by this? And the race scene in Japan? It’s top notch. The grassroots excitement that got us all stoked about racing cyclocross when we started is alive and well in Japan. Large amateur fields, beer, so much cheering by friends and teammates, killer food vendors and exhibitors. And amazing views. You will be hard-pressed to find a more stunning backdrop to a race than the Yatsugatake mountains.

Rapha Japan does a fantastic job on the venue and attracting top caliber racers. Everything is dialed and the course, albeit compact and lacking elevation, is challenging and fun. Races throughout the day were competitive and the pro races offered entertaining battles in both fields, on both days.

I’ve been playing around with the format for the Crosshairs Television race recaps. I started with SVENNESS-style text cards but for these races have moved to voice-over. If you are still a fan of text, no problem. I’ve loaded in subtitles for each video so you can read along. Just click the CC button in the lower right corner. These are my subtitles not YouTube generated ones, so they should make sense.

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Thanks for watching … more to come.


Day One Women’s Top 10

Rank BIB Rider Nation Team Age Result IRM Points
1 121 RUNNELS Samantha
USA
26 00:44:05 40
2 130 MCDONOUGH April
AUS
30 00:44:05 30
3 122 IMAI Miho
JPN
30 00:44:07 20
4 124 KACHOREK Emily
USA
37 00:44:31 15
5 123 YONAMINE Eri
JPN
26 00:44:43 10
6 125 KARAMI Miyoko
JPN
43 00:45:55 8
7 128 MIYAUCHI Sakiko
JPN
42 00:46:05 6
8 127 NISHIYAMA Miyuki
JPN
37 00:46:07 4
9 137 MATSUMOTO Rina
JPN
17 00:47:32 2
10 133 MORRIS Fiona
AUS
32 00:47:52 1

Day One Men’s Top 10

Rank BIB Rider Nation Team Age Result IRM Points
1 2 HEKELE Emil
CZE
40 1:02:43 40
2 6 JONGEWAARD Chris
AUS
38 1:03:14 30
3 7 TAKENOUCHI Yu
JPN
29 1:03:34 20
4 114 CLARK Anthony
USA
30 1:03:37 15
5 3 KOSAKA Hikaru
JPN
29 1:04:02 10
6 4 SAWADA Toki
JPN
23 1:03:51 8
7 1 MILLBURN Garry
AUS
30 1:03:53 6
8 9 BRADFORD-PARISH Kevin
USA
35 1:04:07 4
9 5 MAEDA Kohei
JPN
23 1:04:54 2
10 17 REDENBACH Paul
AUS
39 1:05:29 1

Day 2 Women’s Top 10

Rank BIB Rider Nation Team Age Result IRM Points
1 130 MCDONOUGH April
AUS
30 44:15 40
2 121 RUNNELS Samantha
USA
26 45:12 30
3 122 IMAI Miho
JPN
30 45:32 20
4 124 KACHOREK Emily
USA
37 45:47 15
5 123 YONAMINE Eri
JPN
26 46:18 10
6 125 KARAMI Miyoko
JPN
43 46:26 8
7 136 MATSUMOTO Rina
JPN
17 46:43 6
8 128 MIYAUCHI Sakiko
JPN
42 47:08 4
9 127 NISHIYAMA Miyuki
JPN
37 47:19 2
10 133 MORRIS Fiona
AUS
32 48:31 1

Day 2 Men’s Top 10

Rank BIB Rider Nation Team Age Result IRM Points
1 7 JONGEWAARD Chris
AUS
38 57:27 40
2 3 HEKELE Emil
CZE
40 57:51 30
3 2 MILLBURN Garry
AUS
30 58:04 20
4 1 CLARK Anthony
USA
30 58:08 15
5 6 MAEDA Kohei
JPN
23 58:08 10
6 10 BRADFORD-PARISH Kevin
USA
35 58:22 8
7 8 TAKENOUCHI Yu
JPN
29 58:54 6
8 4 KOSAKA Hikaru
JPN
29 59:07 4
9 9 YOKOYAMA Kota
JPN
22 59:07 2
10 12 BEARD Cameron
USA
19 59:07 1
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