王者交代 – Passing the Crown
And Midousuji takes the red tag of the second day.
Midousuji’s words of advice when it comes to road racing: abandon dead weight and advance to the finish line. Road races are about pushing others aside, forcing your way through, deceiving others and aiming to be first at the finish line. Everything you do is for your own victory, for your own desire to win. Without this mindset, you will not be able to prevail in the fierce battle before the finish line. Harsh, but it seems to be working for the Kyoto Fushimi team. As much as the Kyoto Fumishi captain, Ishigaki, does not want to admit, Midousuji’s way of doing things might be correct after all. on the second day, with 8 kilometers to the finish line, Kyoto Fushimi has four members while Hakone Academy only has two.
Sure, this is a competition and victory is very important. But its importance really depends on how much weight you give it. Is it so important that you discard all your beliefs? Is it so important that you abandon your dear teammates? During a flashback, we heard Ishigaki mentioning that he believed endurance to be the most important part of cycling, and that road racing is about enduring your way to victory. It is difficult to endure something along, but you can endure it as a team and move forward together. He had wanted to create a team whose members would be considerate to one another. But then, Midousuji came along and dashed all the hopes he had for the team. Ishigaki admitted to not liking the atmosphere of his current team. However, he still puts up with it. Why? All for the sake of clinching victory at the Inter-High.
Honestly, as someone who believes in having fun, I cannot disagree more with his way of thinking. Who cares about victory if you are pretty much suffering? Sports and stuff are meant to be fun. They’re meant to be something you partake in with teammates, teammates whom you can have fun with. And to see Kyoto Fushimi reduced to this mindless army just irks me to no end. Ohwells, I guess some people are just so obsessed with victory that they forget about everything else that matter.
So back to the abandonment bit. That is what both teams did. Kyoto Fushimi abandoned their sprinters, their sprinters who do not do well on inclines; but also their sprinters who worked so hard to pull them through the flats. Hakone Academy’s Toudo and Fukutomi accelerated forward to keep pace with Kyoto Fushimi, and their other four members were left behind. Or so Kyoto Fushimi thought. But at the end of the episode, Fukutomi proudly declared that the Hakone Academy team has endured strenuous training sessions, and that it has no deadweight to begin with. Miraculously, it looks like the rest of the Hakone Academy team has caught up with the two at the front. For all their talk about strength in numbers, it seems Kyoto Fushimi just might be at the losing end.