Date of Birth: 25th April 1991 Nationality: Japanese Team: Ale BTC Ljubljana Former Teams: Wiggle High5, FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine, Poitou-Charentes, Hagens Berman Career Achievements: 1st – 5x National Championships Road Race (2019-2016 & 2013), 6x National Championships TT (2019-2015 & 2013) 2nd – Stage Joe Martin Stage Race (2016) 4th – Asian Championships Road Race (2016) 5th – GC Tour de l’Ardeche (2016) 6th – GC Tour of Scotland (2019) 7th – Chrono des Nations (2016)
Who taught you how to ride a bike & how old were you?
My coach taught how to ride a bike. He is the bike shop owner from which I bought my first road bike. I was 20 years old.
What was your first ‘proper’ road bike & what colour was it?
It was a red and white Specialized Amira with some black lines. It was such a beautiful bike to me.
What’s the most important piece of kit/advice that has helped boost your performance?
It’s a difficult question.
For performance, it’s important for me to have a well-cleaned & well-maintained bike.
What’s your favourite routes/places to ride?
When I stay my base in Europe, I always ride “Ardennes” area. It’s my fav area. Mostly I ride from Maastricht towards Bastogne (but not to Bastogne 😅It’s too far.) There is no long long climb but lots of ups & downs with nice landscapes 😊
Also I like anywhere to go to for races or a training camp. Because it’s almost always new roads for me.
What tips do you have to keep the love of cycling going amidst all the training?
I always put some treats in my pocket (ex. waffles for long rides 😋) & on easy rides, I usually get a stop for coffee ☕️.
I make something an achievement for keeping the love & motivating as well 😉
What experiences are still to do on your cycling ‘bucket list’?
Umm 🤔 it’s a lot!
I would like to “WIN” one day in Europe 😉 It’s the hardest “Bucket list”, isn’t it. I need training harder, getting stronger and some luck 🤞🏻
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