Topeak-Ergon USA Report: Ikeda Doubles Up in Japan


Nagano, Japan Yuki Ikeda, home in Japan until August 2, is preparing for the Marathon World Championships in Italy and the 2011 Leadville Trail 100. Taking advantage of a solid training block, Ikeda doubled up on the racing this past weekend in Nagano, Japan with a hill climb race and short format XC.

Fujimi Dirt Criterium
Qualifier: 8min. + 2laps
Final: 20min. + 2laps

Yuki following his race: β€œI got 2nd in the qualifier and 3rd in the final. It was a good opener for the hill climb tomorrow.”

Fujimi Dirt Criterium results
1st Shun Matsumoto (Trek)
2nd Keisuke Goda (Specialized)
3rd Yuki Ikeda (Topeak/Ergon)

Hill Climb in Ontake
Distance: 24km
Elevation Gain: About 1500m

Yuki following his 2nd race of the weekend: β€œIt was the second round of the King of Otaki endurance series. I felt little tired at the begging from the race yesterday, but my legs started feeling better as the race progress. Matsumoto (Trek) attacked about 10km to go. I chased him and stayed in 2nd till about 100m to go. Oishi was drafting me and attacked at the end. I could not respond and ended up 3rd. I will peak for the series final, which is the 120km MTB marathon race to win!”

1st Shun Matsumoto (Trek) 1:08:59
2nd Oishi 1:09:23
3rd Yuki Ikeda (Topeak/Ergon) 1:09:30

Source: Jeff Kerkove, Ergon USA, Inc.

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