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TOUR de TOHOKU 2016

Event Outline

Event Name Tour de Tohoku 2016
Organizers Kahoku Shimpo Publishing Co. and Yahoo Japan Corporation
Date September 17(Sat)& 18(Sun), 2016

September 17:
〇Group Ride Event
・Challenge Group Ride, Oshika Peninsula
・Excursion Group Ride around Ishinomaki
〇Previous-day registration for Fun Ride event
〇Event held at Ishinomaki Senshu University

September 18:
〇Fun Ride event
・Kesennuma Course
・Minami-Sanriku Course
・Kitakami Course
・Onagawa-Ogatsu Course
・Kesennuma One Way Course
〇Event held at Ishinomaki Senshu University
Venue Ishinomaki Senshu University (Start and Goal)
Kesennuma Plaza Hotel (Start for Kesennuma OneWay Course)
Max No. of Entrants September 17: 245 participants
September 18: 3,500 participants
Course All courses are designed for participants to fully embrace Sanriku’s magnificent nature with beautiful sceneries along the coastline while witnessing the current situation of the disaster affected areas.

Course Overview

Challenge Group Ride, Oshika Peninsula (100km)

Newly established group ride held on the day prior to the actual event. Course profile: Extremely hilly, relatively close to the mountain range. Considering the characteristics of the course, riders must: have experience in long rides of approximately 100 km and have completed the ride within 6-7 hours; or have a long-ride experience similar to the said ride.

Route Ishinomaki Senshu University – Onagawa – Oshika Noren Street – Oginohama Junior High School – Ishinomaki Senshu University

Excursion ride around Ishinomaki (18km)

An excursion course that goes around the vicinity of Ishinomaki held on the day prior to the actual event.

Route Ishinomaki Senshu University – Maruka Fish Market – Kadonowaki Area – Hiyoriyama Park – Ishinomaki Senshu University

Kesennuma Course (211km)

The longest course of this event with cumulative ascent of 2,307m. For riders who completed the Tour de Tohoku 2013 Grand Course, 2014 Kesennuma Course or similar long rides.

Route Ishinomaki Senshu University – Onagawa – Ogatsu – Kitakami – Minamisanriku – Kesennuma – Minamisanriku – Kitakami – Ishinomaki Senshu University

Minamisanriku Course (170km)

Travels through Minamisanriku town with the halfway point located in Motoyoshi-cho, Kesennuma City. Cumulative ascent of 1,904m. Intended for strong riders.

Route Ishinomaki Senshu University – Onagawa – Ogatsu – Kitakami – Minamisanriku – Motoyoshi – Minamisanriku – Kitakami – Ishinomaki Senshu University

Kitakami Course (100km)

A long challenging course that travels along the hilly ria coastline, with the halfway point located at the scenic Kamiwarizaki.

Route Ishinomaki Senshu University – Onagawa – Ogatsu – Kitakami – Kamiwarizaki – Kitakami – Ishinomaki Senshu University

Onagawa-Ogatsu Course (60km)

Shortest course cutting through mountains and along the beautiful Onagawa and Ogatsu bays.

Route Ishinomaki Senshu University – Onagawa – Ogatsu – Kitakami – Ishinomaki Senshu University

Kesennuma One Way Course (95km)

One way course starting in Kesennuma. Travels southwards across Minamisanriku town, past Kamiwarizaki, along Kitakami River and heads towards Ishinomaki Senshu University.

Route Kesennuma – Mianamisanriku – Kitakami – Ishinomaki Senshu University

Statement

We all have different aspirations
For cycling in Tohoku,

Keeping the memory of the Earthquake alive,
In hope that through the race, Tohoku would thrive,
A road may be built, for future generations to drive.

The road to recovery we will embrace,
Local delicacies we will taste.

It may be a fight with our inner selves
Or just a fun time we share ourselves.

But in this place we will gather
Possibilities we’ll grasp together.

To future we shall pedal
And that will be our medal.

Tour de Tohoku