Sakamichi and Imaizumi are still neck and neck. Even so, Imaizumi is pleased with Sakamichi’s progress. But Imaizumi tells Sakamichi that he is going to win and speeds up again. However, Sakamichi is happy because Naruko told him this would happen, and gave him one more trick to help him beat Imaizumi. Now, Sakamichi speeds up again. Everyone is surprised and Imaizumi thinks Sakamichi is amazing. Well, of course he is! LOL
Sakamichi pulls ahead of Imaizumi, but Imaizumi quickly catches up, and bumps into Sakamichi. He wavers for a moment, but Sakamichi retains his balance and speeds up again. Both are riding at their full power now. Each boy is concentrating on taking that peak! Sakamichi is singing his favorite song in his mind and going over all the events up until now. He’s feeling the strain, but finds the resolve to speed up again. With a yell of “Princess!”, Sakamichi reaches the peak first! Oh, my thundering heart! LOL
Once again, all the watchers in the van are in shock, although a few had faith that Sakamichi could do it. Now the two boys can slow down to take a quick rest, as they catch their breath. The boys in the van are happy and cheering. They don’t know how Sakamichi did it, but Miki says that it was the “power of his feelings”. But this race has yet to be finished, so Imaizumi speeds up and passes the exhausted Sakamichi.
Sakamichi sees this, but his vision is fading. He tries to keep going, but he only reaches the side of the road before he collapses and falls off his bike. The van pulls up, and Miki and Tadokoro reach him first. Breathing heavily, Sakamichi asks if he beat Imaizumi to the peak. Miki takes his hand and says that he did. Sakamichi says “good” and it looks like he’s about to give up. But Tadokoro tells him to get back on his bike. He tries to encourage Sakamichi, while the others protest. Tadokoro tells them that Sakamichi took the peak, but it won’t count if he can’t cross the finish line. How awful!
Kinjou comes up to them and helps Sakamichi to stand. He tells him that he’s finished and can rest now. It looks like Sakamichi really doesn’t want to hear that, but he reluctantly agrees anyway. Sakamichi tries to walk and falls down, apologizing. Once he realizes that he fell the first time, he is more concerned about the bike than himself. He can’t walk to it, so he crawls over on his hands and his knees.
By this time, Naruko has caught up. He gives Sakamichi a high five and keeps going, telling Sakamichi to leave the rest to him. The coach brings Sakamichi a change of clothes, but Sakamichi doesn’t know who he is and once he does, Sakamichi gets all flustered. The coach calms him down, and as Sakamichi changes his shirt, the coach asks him if he enjoyed the race. He tells Sakamichi that he did well, and what he just accomplished finally hits Sakamichi. Sakamichi says it was hard but he had fun!
The others are amused to see that Sakamichi is wearing a “King of the Mountains” jersey and probably doesn’t even know what it means. Toji honks the horn of the van and reminds everyone that the race isn’t over yet. The race is now between Imaizumi and Naruko. They collide, but keep going. Sakamichi really wants to ride with them, and Kinjou tells him to practice and become stronger. Sakamichi looks very determined as he watches his friends.
Now, Imaizumi and Naruko are neck and neck, as the goal lies within reach. Both are using every last bit of strength they have to win. And it’s Imaizumi that crosses the finish line first! By the time the van stops, both boys are on the ground, exhausted. A few run up to help, but Sakamichi is frozen in place, watching. He feels that the race was truly amazing, but he can’t think of a thing to say to his friends. He had thought he had been racing all this time at full power, but realizes now that he wasn’t. Makishima slaps him on the shoulder. He knows exactly what Sakamichi is thinking and tells him that he understands. Makishima encourages him and Sakamichi gets determined to be just as good as his friends.