Yashima Cup Mount Chokai Bycicle Classic

Bartek

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Just wondering if anyone has ever done this race - Yashima Cup Mount Chokai Bycicle Classic in Akita (矢島カップMt.鳥海バイシクルクラシック).
It is a 2 day event at the end of July. The first day is TT and the second HC. The hill climb is 26km long, but I think it is possible to choose between Champions course and Beginners course, 26km and 13km respectively.
The fee for just one (any) day is Y6000 or Y7500 for 2 days. The registration deadline is May 31.

Has anyone ever done it, knows anything about it or would like to do it this year?

here's the website - http://www.city.yurihonjo.akita.jp/yashima/roadrace/cycle hp/top/newindex.html

Cheers,

Bart
 

andywood

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This is a wonderful event. One of the best out there.

Saturday is a TT. 8km on a rolling course. Some take it quite seriously and will be there in full TT kit and bike set up.

Sunday is a HC. Long and not too steep.

Times are combined for the overall result.

The only problem is the distance from Tokyo. If you have time to spare, you can make a really good weekend of it. In the village there is an onsen and a large grass area where you can camp for free. There is entertainment and fireworks at night, making a real party atmosphere.

If you have time to explore the Chokai skyline (blue line?) which is not used for the race is a a beautiful climb and has great views of the Japan Sea.

The coastline all the way up from Niigata is spectacular too.

Also, I have friends in Sakata who do cycling touring and acommodation if you have time to spare:

http://yfr.n-da.jp/

Unfortunately I can't go this year and haven't been in the last few years as it clashes with visits home and / or Fuji Rock.

Here's Andrew's race report from last year:

http://www.mountain-goat-rides.blogspot.jp/2011/07/chokai-race-results.html

Anyway, definitely recommended.

Andy

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Bartek

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Thank you for the reply.
I have already signed up for it. It is during my vacation time, so there is no issue with time limit. It sounds like fun and since we are planning a road trip along the coast from Niigata to Hokkaido, it will be a good excuse to stop there for the weekend.

And thanks for the info regarding your friends in Sakata. We'll try to make a stop there and try to get a loaf of bread that they posted on their blog.
 

andywood

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No worries. If you need any advice about the route up the coast, just let me know.

The guys in Sakata are just starting up a cycling touring thing. If you need somewhere to stay I'm sure they'll help you and probably for free.

Enjoy the event!

Andy

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