I think you are picking up the theme here. The GCR is a bike ride, and it’s about bikes and riding, but it is really about food and friendship. Participation is capped at the number of people who can physically be fed in two seatings. In Asuke the number is maximized by using the upstairs dining hall and the outside area under the tents. Music is critical so two bands split duties during dinner and then joined up for an impromptu finale downstairs. Rogue IPA and Dead Guy ale were available on tap along with fantastic wines and amazing local sake, so whatever your flavor you can enjoy the best on hand. Bespoke liquor along with bespoke bicycles. New friends were made, and existing friendships were strengthened. Everyone went home with a story to remember, and most of them with a pledge to be back next year.
The next day was cars and chicken wings and that slow decompression that marks the return to reality and the fact that everyday can’t be another Gourmet Century. If you love new experiences, if you love travel, if you love bikes and good food than I can guarantee that you will love GCR Asuke 2017. Put in on your calendar now and set your alarm – you got five minutes to think about it.
Special thanks go out to Shinya, Shige, Yoshi, Taka, Rie, Eddi and all the crew at SimWorks and Circles who made the event come together and of course big props to the effort, dedication and prodigal talents of the incomparable Chris DiMinno.
I could fill the internet with photos of all the amazing bikes there, or you can look for them yourself on Instagram at #gcrasuke and #gcrasuke2016. For truly amazing and professional images visit the radavist and enjoys John’s brilliant work at http://theradavist.com/
Thanks for reading and keep on riding!