Solidarity with Japan

I’ve stolen this post title from Kath, over at her blog post today. I think we are all shocked, and a little lost for words with regards to what is occurring in Japan, and all feeling very deeply sorry for those who are suffering, and all feeling completely helpless. Kath’s idea, which I like very much, is to show some solidarity with Japan by including in your post some tribute to something or someone Japanese.

With Australian Cadel Evans winning the Tirreno Adriatico stage race in Italy today, my tribute today is to a fellow competitor in that race, the Japanese champion Fumiyuki Beppu, who rides for Team RadioShack.

Beppu turned professional in 2005 joining the Discovery Channel team, and stayed with them until 2007. In June 2006, Beppu was crowned the Japanese national champion in both the time trial and the road race. In 2007 he joined the Skil-Shimano professional cycling team. He competed in the 2009 Tour de France winning the combative-rider award in the final 21st flat stage from Montereau-Fault-Yonne to Paris Champs-Élysées. He also placed 8th in stage 3 and 7th in stage 19.

On 23 November 2009, it was announced Beppu had signed to ride with Team RadioShack for the 2010 season.

The picture below shows Beppu, with the Tirreno Adriatico peleton, observing a moment of silence, praying for his country at the start of stage 4 of the race.

For me today, a short ride before dinner (only 17km) and a short (20 minute) home workout.


3 Responses to “Solidarity with Japan”

  1. Kath (My Funny Little Life) Says:

    Oh, thank you so much for this! And you’ve applied the idea perfectly – by choosing something from your own area od life. This is exactly what I had thought about! I’m very happy to get to know Mr Beppu a little via your blog! Thank you so much, Andrew! 🙂

  2. Mononoke Hime | My Funny Little Life Says:

    […] you so, so much! Andrew himself is a great runner and also loves to ride his bike, so he devoted a post to the Japanese road racing champion Fumiyuki Beppu. Please check it […]

  3. Ewen Says:

    Andrew, a good website for runners is

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