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【INFO】Cycling Shimanami 2022 – Applications Open NOW

A massive cycling event featuring a famous route and spectacular islands

The only cycling event in Japan that takes place on an expressway. All courses include expressways travelling across the bridges from island to island. Participants are able to cycle on roads that are normally reserved for vehicles and enjoy a sense of freedom as they ride during this cycling event. Cycling Shimanami 2022 is the only cycling event in Japan where participants can ride on the main roads of an expressway.

International fun riding event using a world-class cycling course

Set in the “Setouchi Shimanami Kaido”, a world-class cycling course that was designated by the national government as one of the “National Cycle Routes” in November 2019, the event welcomes 7,000 participants from Japan and overseas. The cycling road runs through the scenic Setonaikai, where many small islands float on a calm sea. It is often referred to across the world as a “Sacred Place for Cyclists”.

The course features the beauty of the Seto Inland Sea Shimanami Kaido and diverse courses that allow participants to enjoy the wonderful scenery and beautiful natural features of the “Setouchi Shimanami Kaido” are a major attraction of Cycling Shimanami 2022. Eight courses in accordance with skill level and preference have been prepared. These include a long course with a round trip over the “Setouchi Shimanami Kaido”; a middle course that travels refreshingly through Imabari and Onomichi; a cruising course that involves a ferry ride together with cycling; and a fun course that can be enjoyed by both beginners and families.

Experience “Omotenashi” Hospitality from the Islanders of Setouchi

Participants will be able to enjoy the natural landscape, including the beauty of the tiny dotted islands, the history and culture of each island, and the delicious food produced from the rich nature of the Seto Inland Sea. Participants will also experience the warm hearts and hospitality of the islanders through the roadside aid stations and spectators on each island.

Application information can be read HERE.