Wataru Watanabe is the creator of the long-running, fan favorite sports manga series Yowamushi Pedal.
Yowamushi Pedal, Vol. 1
By Wataru Watanabe
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Power-pedaling Sakamichi Onoda has long been conquering the steepest slopes and regularly making the ninety-kilometer round-trip to Akihabara on a mommy bike!! But when his bike commute to his new high school lands him in a confrontation with the serious first-year road racer Imaizumi, Onoda has a major showdown on his hands! Can this meek geek really out-pedal the future ace of the school road-racing team?!
Sakamichi Onoda's first race...and his first road racer!
Sakamichi Onoda finds himself in his first real road race following his fateful encounter with fellow first-years and road-racing hopefuls--the driven ace, Shunsuke Imaizumi, and the gifted sprinter and "Speedster of Naniwa," Shoukichi Naruko! But the heated first-years' race for team Sohoku is serious business, and Onoda's competing on his granny bike!! After struggling to keep up, Onoda trades in his old bike midrace for a brand-spankin'-new road bike, and his slumbering potential comes bursting out!! But will it be enough to ride to the top?!
It's 1,000 kilometers or die trying! Sohoku's grueling training camp trek kicks off in high gear!
After his great feat in the first-year race, Sakamichi Onoda is slowly but surely coming along as a competitive cyclist. And, just in time for Team Sohoku's training camp, as well as a fateful encounter with a rival team member, Onoda's innate climber's sense awakens! With the right to be a part of Sohoku's inter-high team on the line, the camp becomes the stage for an all-out battle, teammate against teammate!!
The 1000-km training camp run is in full swing, with a spot on Sohoku's Inter-High team at stake! Sakamichi Onoda's attack successfully breaks through the blockade created by second-year Teshima!! Friendship, perseverance, pride...As emotions run high, which side will cross the finish line first...?! Sohoku's Inter-High team lineup is decided at last!! And once the ultimate roster has been selected, the entire Sohoku team must come together as one to prepare for the Inter-High!!
The nation's fiercest competitors gather at Hakone in a flurry of rampaging muscle for the inter-high!
Throwing Japan's strongest high school cyclists together, the inter-high tournament begins with a clash of hearts and bodies ready for battle! Passions run high and old rivalries reignite--Kinjou and Fukutomi, Imaizumi and Midousuji...and Sakamichi and Sangaku!! And when the action-packed sprinting stage of the competition gets underway, Naruko and Tadokoro have their own war to wage as they lose ground on Hakone Academy's "Sprinting Machine," Izumida!! With the title of "Fastest Rider" on the line, who will come out on top?!
With an early Sohoku High School lead in day one of the inter-high, the stage is set for the climbers to shine! Onoda needs to support the weary sprinters up the mountain, while Makishima is itching to take on his greatest rival, Hakone Academy's Toudou! But when a major accident hits, Onoda must find the courage and determination to recover...or leave his team in dire straits!
Team Sohoku barrels toward the end of Day One of the Inter-High...and into a neck-and-neck battle with the reigning champs, Hakone Academy! Now, Imaizumi needs to fend off the feral assault of Hakone's Arakita, and propel Kinjou to the finish line. But could Sohoku's can-do attitude also be their greatest weakness? The ever-devious Midousuji is counting on it to snatch victory!