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A Japanese bike rider battles the elements as he takes on the course at the Tour de Tama on Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center.

A Japanese bike rider battles the elements as he takes on the course at the Tour de Tama on Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center. (Grant Okubo/Stars and Stripes)

A Japanese bike rider battles the elements as he takes on the course at the Tour de Tama on Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center.

A Japanese bike rider battles the elements as he takes on the course at the Tour de Tama on Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center. (Grant Okubo/Stars and Stripes)

Johnny Guiliani, a civilian worker at the New Sanno Hotel in Tokyo, slowly takes on a hill at a wet and muddy Tour de Tama on Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center.

Johnny Guiliani, a civilian worker at the New Sanno Hotel in Tokyo, slowly takes on a hill at a wet and muddy Tour de Tama on Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center. (Grant Okubo/Stars and Stripes)

There were plenty of puddles to ride through as Senior Master Sgt. Kelly Morast, of the 374th Maintenance Squadron at Yokota Air Base, rides the course at the Tour de Tama Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center.

There were plenty of puddles to ride through as Senior Master Sgt. Kelly Morast, of the 374th Maintenance Squadron at Yokota Air Base, rides the course at the Tour de Tama Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center. (Grant Okubo/Stars and Stripes)

Johnny Guiliani, a civilian worker at the New Sanno Hotel in Tokyo, battles the rain and mud while competing in the Tour de Tama Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center.

Johnny Guiliani, a civilian worker at the New Sanno Hotel in Tokyo, battles the rain and mud while competing in the Tour de Tama Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center. (Grant Okubo/Stars and Stripes)

Maj. Kyle Odom, from 374th Medical Group at Yokota Air Base, makes his way through the course at the Tour de Tama on Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center.

Maj. Kyle Odom, from 374th Medical Group at Yokota Air Base, makes his way through the course at the Tour de Tama on Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center. (Grant Okubo/Stars and Stripes)

A Japanese bike rider tries to avoid taking a spill on a muddy corner at the Tour de Tama on Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center.

A Japanese bike rider tries to avoid taking a spill on a muddy corner at the Tour de Tama on Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center. (Grant Okubo/Stars and Stripes)

There was plenty of rain and mud for Japanese bike riders to navigate at the Tour de Tama on Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center.

There was plenty of rain and mud for Japanese bike riders to navigate at the Tour de Tama on Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center. (Grant Okubo/Stars and Stripes)

Japanese bike riders ride the course at the Tour de Tama on Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center.

Japanese bike riders ride the course at the Tour de Tama on Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center. (Grant Okubo/Stars and Stripes)

A Japanese bike rider gives a thumbs-up during the Tour de Tama on Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center.

A Japanese bike rider gives a thumbs-up during the Tour de Tama on Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center. (Grant Okubo/Stars and Stripes)

A Japanese bike rider slogs through the wet, muddy course during the Tour de Tama on Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center.

A Japanese bike rider slogs through the wet, muddy course during the Tour de Tama on Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center. (Grant Okubo/Stars and Stripes)

A Japanese bike rider traverses the course at the Tour de Tama on Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center.

A Japanese bike rider traverses the course at the Tour de Tama on Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center. (Grant Okubo/Stars and Stripes)

Maj. Kyle Odom, from 374th Medical Group at Yokota Air Base, navigates the course at the Tour de Tama on Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center.

Maj. Kyle Odom, from 374th Medical Group at Yokota Air Base, navigates the course at the Tour de Tama on Saturday at Tama Hills recreation center. (Grant Okubo/Stars and Stripes)

TAMA HILLS RECREATION CENTER, Japan — A constant downpour of rain, muddy trails and the impending arrival of Typhoon Chaba weren’t enough to keep 18 hardcore mountain bikers off the trails Saturday for the 26th Tour de Tama.

“I thought it was really good,” said participant Johnny Guiliani, a civilian worker at the New Sanno Hotel in Tokyo. “It was a simpler course than normal, but considering the weather it was still pretty safe and slippery.“

With the conditions as they were, the weather certainly affected the race. Racers slowed on turns and were cautious throughout. But that didn’t keep many of them from falling into the sloppy mess.

Ethan Odom, a 10-year-old dependant at Yokota Air Base, fell three times during the race. Even though he shared some quality time with the mud, he biked his way to a hard fought third-place finish in the 2-mile course.

Those who showed up were glad they did.

“I’m surprised more people didn’t show up,” said Senior Master Sgt. Kelly Morast from 374th Maintenance Squadron at Yokota. “It’s a lot of fun. It’s a lot more challenging riding during a typhoon.”

Top riders for the men’s and Children’s 2-mile course: 1. Yuji Hosoyama; 2. Masahiko Sukegawa; 3. Ethan Odom. Women’s 2-mile course: 1. Masaaki Fukushima; Men’s 4-mile course: 1. Masaaki Fukushima 2. Johnny Guiliani; 3. Katsuya Takatani. Men’s 6-mile course: 1. Makio Ito; 2. Kyle Odom; Junji Ichieda.

okubog@pstripes.osd.mil

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