The tour’s drive into Kyushu moved northward on its second day of riding, and first when inclement weather came into play.
Rain fell about halfway through the 72-km leg, drenching riders, but fortunately not resulting in any injuries or accidents.
The trip was largely along the plains of Kyushu, following rivers and train tracks through to the industrial city of Yatsushiro.
The tour next moves into the mountains with the long-awaited assault on Mount Aso.
Brommie performed superbly, but will face bigger demands hitting the hills.