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Re: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Road Race & ITT thread
« on: February 18, 2020, 01:52 »
Was just reading this article about Chris Froome and his Tour/Olympics ambitions for 2020. 

However, there's an interesting description of the road surface and final climb of the Tokyo Road Race course, from a recon ride that included Froome, Michal Kwiatkowski, Jakob Fuglsang and Romain Bardet.

The last climb with 30km to go is very demanding,” says Bardet of the Mikuni Pass. “It’s the kind of climb you can’t find anywhere in Europe. The Fuji climb is the iconic one, but it reminds me of some of the climbs you can find in the Alps for example.”

With gradients of 20%, the Mikuni Pass is as steep as many of Europe’s most challenging ascents. But that isn’t what Bardet means when he says it’s different and demanding. It is the road surface itself that will take the European riders out of their comfort zone. Huge storm drains on either side narrow the racing area, while the grippy surface is covered in grooves designed to drain away the typhoon rainfall. It makes for leg-sapping climbing conditions, that will likely suit only the strongest climbing legs.

Could be interesting.  :)
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