You know it's time for cycling season once the snow starts to melt in the Alps! Join us in April and register for the Sakura Group if you're interested in seeing Japan's famous cherry blossoms. Or come later in the spring in May for the Midori Group if you like to be surrounded by lush green scenery.
There are different options for all levels and enthusiasts for biking. The Sakura Group in April offers distances of 150km and 100km, while the Midori Group in May offers 160km, 120km, and 80km. If you're looking for a leisure ride, choose the 150km 2 day ride (Sakura) and take your time while making brief stops. And for those of you who want to experience something unique, choose the Cycle-Train option where you ride roughly 90km to Hakuba and then take the train back with your bike.
Find the route that best fits you!
January 20,2018 to March 12, 2018
By Car - from Matsumoto Interchange (Nagano Expressway) 10 min.
By Train - Take the JR Shinonoi Line and get off at Matsumoto Station. About 9km; 20 min by bike.
|Registration Period||January 20,2018 to March 12, 2018|
|Eligibility ＆ Time Limit||Age Eligibility
Anyone who is in Elementary School or older can participate in this event.
Children 19 and under must have parent consent.
Children in Elementary School must be accompanied by a parent.
|Entry Fee||Sakura Group
150KM 2 DAYS (4/21 & 4/22) Middle School and above: 15,000 yen
150KM (4/22) High School and above: 10,000 yen
150KM (4/22) Elementary & Middle School: 5,000 yen
Cycle-Train (4/22) High School and above: 14,000 yen
Cycle-Train (4/22) Elementary and Middle School: 9,000 yen
100KM (4/22) High School and above: 10,000 yen
100KM (4/22) Elementary and Middle School: 5,000 yen
Sakura Group 150KM 2 DAYS Remarks
・The groups will be decided by the executive office.
・The first day will be conducted by a professional tour guide in each group. It will also include lunch and coffee breaks while enjoying the view of the Northern Alps and city of Azumino.
・The entry fee includes assistance for 4/21 and aid stations & assistance for 4/22. However, it does not include the lodging fee. There will be no aid stations on 4/21, but there will be a support car to assist with any needs.
・Children in Middle school and above are eligible to register for the 150KM 2 DAYS race. Children in middle school must register with an adult.
・Children 19 and under must have parent consent.
|Start Time||Saturday, 21 Apr
1000AM 150KM (2 Days)
Sunday, 22 Apr
0530AM 150KM Group 1
0550 150KM Group 2
0610 Cycle Train Group
0630 150KM Group 3
0650 150KM Group 4
|Event Schedule||Sakura Group
April 21, 2018 (Sat) Registration
April 22, 2018 (Sun) Race Day
|Start Line||Sakura Group
All categories at Shisuien
|Finish Line||Sakura Group
All categories at Shisuien
|Course Map||Sakura 150KM Course Map|
|Course Elevation||Sakura 150KM
1,135 meters of cumulative elevation gain
Please refer to course map (above) for more information.
|Participants Prize||Finisher's Certificate|
|Last Year's Finishers||Sakura Group: 1,420 participants|
・You will not be able to register for both the Sakura and Midori group.
・Your entry for both races will be cancelled if you register for both.
Bicycle and Equipment
・Acceptable bicyces include road bicycles, cross bicycles, mountain bicycles, small-wheel bicycles, track bicycles (with front and rear brakes), and tandem bicycles.
・Recumbent bicycles are not permitted.
・All bicycles must pass inspection before the race.
・Must dress in proper biking attire to ensure safety.
・Costumes are not permitted.
・Helmets are required.
・We recommend gloves for safety.
3.) Other Equipment
・You will be biking through multiple tunnels. Lights, tail lights, and reflectors are required.
・The following handlebars are prohibitted: DH Handle, Clip-On, and Spinaci handlebars
・Ride on the left side in a singe file line.
・Come to a complete stop at red lights.
・Cell phone usage is prohibitted while on the road.
・ Follow all traffic rules.
・Keep a respectable distance from other bikers.
・When passing a biker, make sure to check your rear and then call ahead from the right side.
・Come to a complete stop when taking videos and pictures.
・It is strictly prohibitted to take pictures or videos while riding on a bicylce, unless it is mounted on the bicycle or attached to your helmet.
・Earphones that plug both ears are prohibitted.
・Aid stations include bathrooms, water stations, and snacks.
・Support cars will pick all particpants up who do not meet each designated cut off times.
・The race may be shortened or cancelled due to extreme weather conditions. Participants will be notified on the website.
・There will be no refunds if the race is cancelled or shortened due to weather.
・The race insurance will only cover the day of the event.
|Where to Stay||
|Organizer||Alps Azumino Century Ride Executive Committee|
|Official Race Website||http://aacr.jp/|