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Mr. Kurimura, the event director of Japan’s largest international cycling road race “Tour of Japan,” participated in the “Mele of Bicycling”! Here is Mr. Kurimura’s report on his participation.*The event is currently closed.*This article is a reprint of May 2021 article. Participation report by Osamu Kurimura I participated in Mele of Bicycling, a new type of online event organized and managed by Global Ride Events! This online ride event is a new style of online ride event that was created after the Haleiwa Metric Century Ride, a real ride event held every April on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, was cancelled due to the Corona Disaster. I immediately pe […]
Golden Week is the perfect season for riding, as it should be said. A state of emergency has been declared, forcing many events to be canceled, but the Mele of Bicycling, run by the Global Ride office, is an online event that you can still participate in. Participants who complete the event, which is based on the keyword “Feel Hawaii,” will receive a wonderful souvenir from Hawaii. In addition, there are partnerships with stores that offer special services to participating riders as Special Aids. The plan is to have Hawaiian food during the aid stations and ride the whole day in the Hawaiian spirit. The Global Ride editorial staff also took on the challenge as a participant to re […]
Table of Contents 1. Review of Oku-Nikko once again 2. Ride begins at Tobu Nikko Station 3. First, visit the Nikko Toshogu Shrine, a staple of Nikko. 4. Lightly refuel before today’s main course. 5. Iroha slope Ride, start! 6. Through the tunnel, the goal! & Lake Chuzenji, the beginning of Oku-Nikko 7. Start of Chapter 2, Oku-Nikko Ride 8. Beyond the closed gates, a bike path like something out of a movie! 9. Arrive at Senjugahama Beach, on the other side of Lake Chuzenji! 10. Bonus: The way home is also spectacular. 11. summary ・Nikko & Oku-Nikko Cycling, with its sights and varied ups and downs ・I’m not half as excited about the fall foliage as I should be! ・A sense of […]
Table of Contents １. The second day’s “Old Tsukuba Railway Course” is a nostalgic ride like a summer vacation in the countryside. ２. Abandoned railway tracks have been turned into a bike path. A rare course that does not run “side by side” with a roadway or sidewalk. ３. Healing in the shade of natural trees at a rest spot that retains the look of the platform. ４. Castle ruins, ranch, popsicles, ideal summer vacation! ５. The landmark is Mount Tsukuba, one of Japan’s 100 most famous mountains. Simple single track is safe even for beginner riders. ６. Excellent perko noodles served in a Showa-style diner in Makabe. ７. Heading home while admiring the abundance […]
Table of Contents １. Isn’t it time to start planning your outdoor rides? ２. Enjoy the feeling of traveling in 45 minutes from Ueno Station! We recommend the Ring Ring Road. ３. What is Ring Ring Road anyway? First, a brief review. ４. The first day was a long-distance ride of 110 km, “Around Lake Kasumigaura!” ５. Lake Kasumigaura comes into view! ６. Tour of the Zero fighter model at the Yokaren Peace Memorial Museum. ７. Riding between lotus root fields ８. Overlooking Lake Kasumigaura at Osukazu Agricultural Village Park ９. Recharge your stamina with the Unaju Burger 10. Stopover at the old town “Sawara” 11. The second half of the ride runs alongside the waterfront 12. L […]
On the first weekend of July, two cycling events were held in the Niseko area of Hokkaido. One is the Niseko Classic, a UCI-sanctioned citizens’ race, and the other is the Niseko Yotei Fun Ride, a loop around Mt. Yotei. With many entrants from overseas, the two-day event had a rich international flavor that is typical of Niseko. *This article is a reprint of a July 2019 article. Text: Yuichi Ohya, Photos/Composition: Global Ride Event Office Hokkaido occupies approximately 22% of Japan’s land area. Niseko is the generic name for the mountainous and hilly region consisting of Iwanai, Kyowa, Kutchan, Niseko, and Rankoshi Towns, all centered around Mount Yotei and Niseko Annupuri. I […]
The Niseko Classic has become so popular that there was a waiting list of over 100 people. 4 categories of 49 years old and under are eligible for the UCIGFWS for the 140km course (elevation gain: 2,362m) and 5 categories of 50 years old and over for the 70km course (elevation gain: 1,125m); all other categories are open to participants. It is interesting to note that the 70km course attracted the largest number of participants in this category, namely those aged 19-49, an open category not covered by the UCIGFWS. This is probably an indication that many people want to genuinely enjoy road racing regardless of participation rights. *This article is a reprint of a July 2019 article. In the 19 […]
Now, one of the fun parts of a fun ride is the refreshments at the aid stations. AEON Hokkaido was a special sponsor of this event, and a large amount of AEON PB jellies, drinks, bananas, and other items were distributed to support the participants’ run. *This article is a reprint of a July 2019 article. There are always sentinel staff stationed at points where turns are to be made on the course, as well as accompanying staff to deal with mechanical problems, and other support systems are in place so that participants can concentrate only on running. Incidentally, Mt. Yotei, which is rarely seen at this time of year, made an appearance, and together with the vast landscape typical of H […]