It's sad as a lot of road races that are 100% dependent on closed roads I've heard that a lot of these communities are getting a little greedy and hiking the prices of the road closures as much a 50% compared to last year.
So now 1000 plus roadies that would have basically quadrupled the local GPA are now going elsewhere…. Lose – lose situation.
Tsugaike & Ogawa are the only 2 course I've ridden on there as well.
I've been trying to get a race organised in Hakuba (away from Tsugaike) but hard to do. A lot of the locals want one for the business. I wonder what the reason was for cancelling these two. Ogawa was hell, the town is tiny...they certainly need the money. The road closures don't effect anybody.
That's a beautiful climb that is actually a pass linking up with Myoko. There used to be a climb up this side of the pass too. Both races were organised by hillclimb pioneer Kodama san.
The Myoko race was cancelled when Myoko became swallowed up to form part of Joetsu city. The big city wasn't interested in a small cycling event. I wonder if this is what has happened with Ogawa?
Otari was cancelled after Kodama san was hospitalised a couple of years back. As far as I know, Otari village is still its own entity and is not part of Omachi or Itoigawa. So I reckon this race has the potential to be restarted.
Let me know if you are interested and I'll ask around. The shop here in Kashiwazaki successfully took on Kodama san's Yunotani HC climb last year, so I'm sure it can be done....