We are pleased to present you the second edition of the Japanese Odyssey. It is a self-supported bicycle endurance event, with a simple ethos: the clock never stops, no mandatory route, and no private support.
The event will start from Tokyo on September 17, 2016. Entrants will have to reach Osaka within a 14 day time limit. They may take the route of their choice, as long as they go up the 11 mandatory climbs. Those imposed detours will take the riders in various regions among which the Japanese Alps and the island of Shikoku. And the chosen routes can of course be gravel roads…
Inspired by Fukada’s “Nihon Hyakumeizan”, in which he detailed his 100 favourite mountains in Japan, the second edition of the Japanese Odyssey is about cycling 2400 km and taking the entrants up a series of famous climbs in Japan.
But not only.
It is up to the entrants to slow down (a bit), to open their eyes, and to watch the surrounding magic and “breathe” Japanese air.
The Japanese Odyssey is an attempt to place them in touch with the traditions, customs and culture of Japan.
The Japanese Odyssey is on track. Feel free to spread the word around you.