The Japanese Odyssey: Tyler

Posted on September 07 2016

The Japanese Odyssey: Tyler

The Japanese Odyssey is an unsupported, bicycle endurance event and has no set route. Participants ride across Japan to sanctioned control points, starting from Tokyo and ending in Osaka. Big cities, rural countrysides and steep climbs will test their endurance and navigation skills. Depending on route mapping, riders can expect to cover 2,500Km and anywhere from 45,000-50,000m elevation gain. The Japanese Odyssey starts on September 17th at 05h00 and riders must arrive in Osaka by October 1st, 14 days after the start time.

Tyler has never competed in an endurance bicycle event, but has clocked a lot of rides topping 200, 300 and 400Km in a single outing. His peers Jeff, Josh and Nelson recently competed in the Transcontinental Race and were all successful in crossing the finish line. Listening carefully to their stories and honing knowledge when he could, he’s prepared his bike and his route accordingly, aiming to finish TJO in 10 days.


Besides following the Trackleader’s Website (more update info with rider numbers coming soon), you can also check social media with the following hashtags: #F5TJO2016, #japaneseodysseypart2, #japaneseodyssey and #beprepared. Tyler will be rider number 4, and will be trying to regularly post quick photos onto Instagram during the Odyssey, username: tdbowa

There are 11 control points that all riders must navigate to during the odyssey. They are: Mt. Azoji, Mt. Haruna, Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane, Mt. Norikura, Mt. Nyukasa, Mt. Odaigahara, Okawara Pass, Mt. Ontake, Mt. Sasayama, Tengu Kogen Ski Area and Tsurugi-San.


Having studied endlessly online about different rider’s setups and packing lists, Tyler spent endless hours and kilometers testing different setups and packing styles. Here’s what he’s decided to roll with for The Japanese Odyssey:

The Bike

Factory Five 61cm CX Custom Columbus Zona

Easton EC90x Full Carbon Fork

Chris King 1 1/8″ Headset

Campagnolo CX 10 Carbon Crankset 46/36

Campagnolo Power Torque BB

Campagnolo Record Ultra Narrow 10sp Chain

SRAM PG1170 11-36 Cassette

SRAM XO Rear Derailleur

Campagnolo Chorus Front Derailleur

Campagnolo Veloce 10sp Shifters w/ Wolf Tooth TanPan

Cannondale C2 48cm Drop Bars

Cannondale C2 110mm Stem

Cannondale C2 Seatpost

Supacaz Bar Tape w/ Fizik Gels

Profile Design T2+ Aerobars

Prologo Kappa Evo PAS Saddle

PAUL Cantilever Brakes w/ Baradine ABS Pads

Execustar PM125 Pedals

Topeak Bottle Cages

MACK Superlight Hubs

H Plus Son Archetype Rims

PAUL Skewers

DT Swiss 2.0 Spokes

Panaracer Pasela 32c Gumwall Tyres







The Gear


Restrap Frame Bag, Large

Restrap Bar Bag, 13L Ortlieb Dry Bag

2x Revelate Feed Bag

Topeak Saddle Bag



2x Inner Tubes

2x Park Tools Patch Kits

Topeak Multitool

Chain Oil

Lezyne Micro Floor Pump

Baradine ABS Brake Pads

Needle Nose Plyers


Vaude Bivy Bag

Nature Hike Inflatable Pillow

Infini Air Matt

Quecha Silk Liner


Emergency Food Pack (Gels, Bars)

2x 750 mL Camelbak Water Bottle

500 mL folding Water Bag


Google Nexus 5

SanDisc MP3 Player

Xiaomi Headphones

2x Xiaomi 20000mAh power pack

Plug Charging Unit

Wahoo Elemnt GPS

Knog Rear 4 Pulse Blinder

500 Lumens Front USB Light

Knog Single Front Blinder

Fujifilm X-Pro 1 w/ 21mm lens


Zip Ties

Electrical Tape

First Aid Kit

shamy cream

Sunscreen (x2)

Lip Balm

Eye Drops

Tylenol Extra Strength


Tiger Balm

Toothbrush / paste

Decathlon Micro Dry Towel

Attaquer Cycling Musette


F5 Nightshade Jersey

F5 Nightshade Bib

Isadore Merino Undershirt

Isadore Merino Long Sleeve Jersey

American Apparel T-Shirt

Nike Dry Fit Running Shorts

MEC Leg Warmers

F5 Lightweight Arm Warmers

Cadence Cycling Vest

Mountain Hardware Waterproof Jacket

Oakley Prism Road Sunglasses

Specialized BF Gloves

F5 Cycling Cap

Lazer Helmet

x2 DnB Merino Cycling Socks

Specialized SPD Shoes


With both bike and gear packed, The Japanese Odyssey is only a week and a half away. Good luck to everyone participating and expect more updates soon!


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