4 NEW WORLD RECORD ATTEMPTS

A HUGE CYCLING ENDURANCE CHALLENGE

1,700 KM

TOTAL DISTANCE

155,000 FT

TOTAL ASCENT

230 KM

BIGGEST DAY

22,000 FT

BIGGEST CLIMB

2x RIDE & CLIMB

TO THE SUMMIT

27X ASCENTS

UP THE MOUNTAIN

60 °F DIFFERENCE

BETWEEN START & SUMMIT

40 % LESS OXYGEN

AT THE SUMMIT

TYPHOON

SEASON

RIDE ALL 4 ROUTES

UP THE MOUNTAIN IN A DAY

11 BRUTAL DAYS

IN ALL CONDITIONS

SOLO

AND UNSUPPORTED

Following on from Cycle Challenge Japan in 2015, Ollie Blackmore is heading back to Japan this year with more determination than ever to raise awareness and funds for Dolphin Project.

This July, he will be concentrating his endurance challenge on the biggest mountain in Japan; Mount Fuji.

Over 11 days, he'll cycle up Mt Fuji as many times as possible every single day. This will total 25-30 ascents by bike. On two days I'll ride up to the 5th stations and climb to the summit on foot. This will be out of season with no support.

“I can't sit back and keep seeing the cruelty and murder in Taiji, Japan where thousands of dolphins are killed and captured for captivity every year.

With Ric O’Barry now banned from Japan, I’m even more determined to make this cycling challenge count.

The hunting season starts again in September, my aim is to put myself through days and days of tough conditions and climbing to raise awareness for Dolphin Project. Please share with your friends and family; donations are vital to keep up the great work”

Ollie Blackmore

LATEST POSTS

  • Day Eleven

    10 July 2016

    Day 11 – Gotemba to Tokyo
    88.7 miles, 7,329ft, 15th climb of Mt Fuji

    Total ascent 80,296ft
    Total distance 700 miles / 1,1127km
    10 days cycling
    3 climbs of Mt Fuji in a day
    1 full cycle and climb to summit

    So today is the last day! After the foul weather yesterday, I wasn’t content to leave Mt Fuji without one more climb.

    The weather was perfect, the sun was out and I made my way up the Gotemba ascent for one final time.

    It was much the same as any other climb, but today felt special. I was meant to be on the route bCk to Tokyo, but how could I not have one more date with Mt Fuji?

    Such a world apart from the weather yesterday! It was already 25c and sweltering at the base of the mountain.

    The army exercises were still in full flow but thankfully, less traffic. I had my music on full blast and fired up the climb, completely soaked in the heat.

    I turned up to the 5th station road and prepared myself for the last blast up the 15-20% road. It hurt today, I felt rubbish heading up there. But somehow I’m 18th on that climb now, 10 seconds..

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  • Day Ten

    09 July 2016

    Day 10 – Gotemba
    A whopping 19 miles, 3074ft, 1 climb, 14 in total

    I’d seen the forecast for today looked wet, but I’m quite used to riding in the rain, especially after last year in Japan when I got devoured by the tail end of a typhoon.

    It was pouring down and had been all night. I didn’t want to put off the inevitable so headed out.

    It was much colder than I’d been used to straightaway, but once you’re wet, you can’t get any wetter!

    I was drenched within two miles and started my ascent past the US Camp Fuji to my left and the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force base to my right.

    It was a convoy of Japanese military trucks, armoured personnel carriers and all sorts of machinery coming past me. Troop carriers carrying hundreds of soldiers heading up the mountain.

    The jeeps lead the convoy and collectively, took up the whole road with how wide they are.

    I could hear loud machine gun fire and explosions coming from the forest and training grounds to my left.

    I had to pull in to let the convoy past. It was dangerous getting covered in water with everyone that passed me, their huge tyres flinging stones..

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  • Day Nine

    08 July 2016

    Day 9 – Kawaguchiko to Gotemba
    94 miles, 11,528ft, 3 climbs of Mt Fuji, 13 in total

    After yesterday’s no show, I was champing at the bit to get back on the bike. I had a terrible nights sleep, both ears very swollen from sunburn and I realised I’d burnt my scalp too! You can imagine the joy trying to find a comfortable position to rest my head! I’m still kicking myself for not using lotion when I could have been out riding yesterday!

    I got ready and headed out by 7:15 after eating French fries for breakfast. Why? The breakfast buffet was mainly meat, fish and stuff I didn’t trust to try! Besides, I need carbs and a big plate of that set me up!

    I had covered every part of exposed skin anticipating another scorcher of a day. When I got out, it was really bleak. Low cloud, mist and only 18c.

    That was a relief but I couldn’t help wishing the sun was out to show off the beautiful mountains and lake.

    I headed up the Yoshida road again, it made sense as it was closest. I’ve pretty much memorised every corner, every bump, pothole, manhole and places to get a good..

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  • Day Eight

    07 July 2016

    Sadly, I had to have today as a rest day. I woke up with swollen hands, calves and ears from sun burn.

    As much as I wanted to ride to loosen my legs and get another few climbs in, the sun was out in full force, even with protection on, I wasn’t going anywhere making it worse.

    All I’ve managed to do is keep applying tons of aloe Vera gel to help reduce the burn from yesterday. School boy error that cost me a day’s cycling!

    Tomorrow should be fine, I’m gutted I couldn’t head out today. I’ve been going out of my mind in my room.

    I have two more days to ride Mt Fuji and then the ride back to Tokyo.

    Thanks for the donations that have been coming in! Please share with anyone you think may like to donate. The site takes USD only at the moment, you don’t get charged any fees! Just tap in the amount, here’s a rough exchange rate comparison:

    $12 = £10
    $24 = £20
    $1,297,830 = £1,000,000

    You can donate here!
    https://www.crowdrise.com/mountfujichallenge/fundraiser/ollieblackmore

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  • Day Seven

    06 July 2016

    Day 7 – Mt Fuji
    41 miles cycled, 4,700ft
    9 miles climbed to Summit of Mt Fuji
    10 climbs so far

    As with the start of any big day, I got hardly any sleep. Not idea when the alarm goes off at 2:30am.

    I managed to get myself together and head to a 7-Eleven for breakfast and coffee before I started my ascent to the 5th station.

    Despite having only climbed once yesterday, I was still feeling tired, but I guess that’s what an early start does for you!

    I headed up the road to the mountain, it was dark aside from my lights. The forest was already full of noises even before daybreak. I couldn’t see anything, only hear branches and animals moving around.

    Before the toll booth, there is a musical road in both directions. I have no idea what tune it’s meant to be but whenever a car drives over the grooves in the tarmac, it plays music!

    It started to get light after I paid my ¥200 at the 24hr toll. I saw something run across the road ahead. It looked like a badger but I was a Japanese Serow. First time I’ve seen one!

    I turned a corner and saw a huge..

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  • Day Six

    05 July 2016

    Day Six – Kawaguchiko to Yoshida 5th station and back
    39 miles, 4,560ft, 9th Climb

    I found today a struggle to wake up. I sprang into action at 6 before I slept all day, but was half asleep most of it.

    The last 5 days have really put me through my paces. The riding is a challenge, but I’m burnt, dehydrated and have only just started to learn how to cope in this heat. It’s all very well planning routes at my computer at home, you just don’t know what to expect until you actually do it.

    I was planning on 2 climbs today but with how I was feeling and the summit climb tomorrow, I soon thought it best to conserve some energy and only cycle one climb, as disappointed as I was to concede.

    It was an overcast start with the temperature a reasonable 19c at 7:30am. The climb up was really quiet to start with, despite my eyes barely opening, I was making good progress.

    Although the temperature was quite low, the humidity was unrelenting as usual. I felt like I was just out of the shower.

    After 4,500ft of elevation, the clouds turned to blue sky. I was looking forward to stopping..

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  • Day Five

    04 July 2016

    Day Five – Gotemba to Kawaguchiko
    70 miles, 9,127ft, 8th climb

    Today I woke up sore and wondered how I’d even get on my bike. I needed six coffees to kick start my day along with 5 breadrolls for breakfast.

    The forecast said it would be sunny all day which meant really good views of Mt Fuji in all her glory.

    I made my way up the Gotemba climb and past the huge Japanese military base on my right. All sorts of activity going on, tanks, armoured personal carriers, jeeps and soldiers on foot in and around the base.

    On my left, another base which I thought was Japanese too. But half way up Gotemba I heard the US national anthem and saw signs for Marine Corp.

    All the way up the climb I could here gun fire and explosions. It was like a battle going on.

    As I gained altitude I could see big clouds of dust where shells had landed as target practice.

    That distracted me enough to not notice how bloody hot it was already. It was like today they had turned up the heat even more. The sun was so strong, it was much needed when some trees presented some shade.

    I managed to..

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  • Day Four

    03 July 2016

    Day Four – Fujinomiya to Gotemba
    66 miles, 11,853ft – 6 climbs

    I felt a little anticipation about today, I cycled up the Fujinomiya route last year and remembered what a beast it was. I am starting to feel the toll the cycling and heat is taking on my ‘not young anymore’ body, I hatched a plan to ease myself into the day.

    I had a decent night’s sleep but can’t shake this sick feeling since day 2. I put that to the back of the queue and headed up the 22 miles towards the 5th station.

    It’s climbing from the start, gentle 5% gradients to ease me into the day.

    I kept my cadence low and my heart rate down as much as possible, it was 24c already by 6:45am with crazy humidity to boot. Keeping things gentle meant I didn’t overheat and lose too much fluid. I knew I would later but I wanted to get some good climbing in today.

    I soon joined the quieter road up to the 5th station but my Sunday morning peace was shattered by endless boy racers bombing up and down the mountain. Dozens on bikes were in on the act too, it was like a race..

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  • Day Three

    02 July 2016

    Day Three – Kawaguchiko to Yoshida 5th Station, Gotemba 5th Station then Fujinomiya
    80 miles, 8,651 ft, 3.5 climbs of Mt Fuji

    Another early start to get as much in as possible, I felt really good despite the pasting in the heat from the day before.

    As I set off, I could see Mt Fuji in all her glory, she decided to come out to play!

    Being over 1,000m above sea level, it didn’t seem as hot and humid at first. Around 21c but still felt close in the humidity.

    I made my way up towards the Yoshida trail route to its 5th Station, paying my ¥200 at the toll gate by 7:30am.

    The climb was really smooth, it was quite a slog but nothing more than 10% gradient with long stretches of road.

    It was fairly quiet until coach after coach packed with tourists headed up the mountain. The wind picked up and added to the effort to get up there, but it was lovely to be cooled down by it.

    A couple of local cyclists came past me and said hello. I was envious of how little kit they had, and the fact they were fitter than me and raced off ahead.

    The road had a..

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  • Day Two

    01 July 2016

    Day Two – Ito to Mt Fuji Subashiri 5th Station and Kawaguchiko
    86 miles, 10,246ft. 1.5 climbs of Mt Fuji

    I fell asleep at 8pm last night, I needed it from jetlagged no sleep the night before.

    I woke up nice and early and set off at 7:15am. The weather was sunny, 25c and very humid already. The sun presented the stunning scenery in even more vivid detail, I couldn’t wait to get going

    My route took me straight up a mountain pass immediately, which got the blood pumping. It was an amazing climb, very quiet road, a mixture of coniferous and bamboo forests either side of me. Each switchback presented a new view of the valley below and the climb ahead.

    I’d only been riding for 30 minutes and 4 miles, I’d clocked up 1,200ft in that short time. That shows how steep some sections were. I was pouring with sweat already, the humidity by 8:30am was up to 75%. I’d drunk nearly both of my bottles by the top of the climb.

    Finally the descent which was much cooler from the air passing me and the shadow of the mountain cast onto the sublime road.

    It flattened out and I got to see a..

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  • Day One – Tokyo to Futo 102 miles, 4,320ft

    24 June 2016

    I’m still pinching myself I’ve just started the latest challenge! After 20 minutes on the bike, it felt like I was picking up where I’d left off from last year the day after. It was good to be back!

    I was anxious about the traffic in Tokyo so decided to stick two fingers up at my jetlag and get up at 4:30am to start around 5am.

    The jetlag had other ideas and stuck two fingers up at me, I barely slept at all. My mind was racing with Cycle Challenge Japan memories. So I decided to get up at 4:15am and managed to set off at 4:55am.

    The roads were much quieter and made it far safer and quicker to get through the busiest areas. The added weight from all the kit I’ve brought to climb Mt Fuji was immediately noticeable but I soon adjusted.

    I followed a route I’d preplanned and it wasn’t long before I found myself on cycle paths next to belching trucks and cars speeding by.

    The route I’d planned said I’d be climbing over 8,000ft, but it’s only been half that. A least I know my climbing legs will get a seeing too tomorrow!

    It was still much quieter than during..

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  • Mt Fuji Epic – July 2016

    26 May 2016

    As a prelude to Mt Fuji Epic which starts 30th June 2016, I thought I’d reflect upon last year’s challenge and the continued efforts during the year.

    My main focus is to raise more awareness about the cruelty happening in Taiji.  My motivation comes from seeing the suffering dolphins and cetaceans suffer as a result of human greed.

    In order to keep up the pressure, organisations like Dolphin Project wouldn’t exist without your help.  We need volunteers, campaigners and fundraisers to keep up the amazing work.  Work which campaigns for the protection and welfare of dolphins worldwide.

    Not only will any donations be invested into rescue, recovery and rehabilitation programs – it will also help with campaigning on the world stage.  Dolphin Project don’t have the depth and resources of larger animal welfare organisations, it’s a small, hard-working team of volunteers who put their life and soul into protecting this precious species. Every penny they receive goes straight into helping dolphins who need our help.

    September’s hunting season is just months away.  People still don’t realise that dolphins in aquariums begin their journey in Taiji, stolen from the wild and put through huge suffering as part of the capture process.  They see their pod..

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ITINERARY

DAY FROM TO CLIMB (FT) KM
1 Tokyo Futo 8,214 144.20
2 Futo Mt Fuji 15,551 162.70
3 Kawaguchiko Yoshida 5th Station 4,874 31.70
3 Yoshida 5th Station Summit > 5th Station 4,374 16.42
3 (Hike/Run) 5th Station Fujinomiya 1,161 71.45
4 Fujinomiya Fujiyoshida 16,111 149.19
5 Fujiyoshida Fujinomiya 14,817 172.20
6 Fujinomiya Kawaguchika 19,233 183.63
7 Kawaguchika Fujinomiya (all 4 ascents) 21,004 231.26
8 Fujinomiya Kawaguchika 16,367 150.96
9 Kawaguchika Yamanakako 14,513 175.90
10 Yamanakako Subashiri 5th Station 4,301 22.05
10 Subashiri 5th Station Summit > 5th Station 5,220 13.36
10 (Hike/Run) 5th Station Gotemba 69 24.46
11 Gotemba Tokyo 7,438 110.24

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