Event Outline

Event Name Tour de Tohoku 2018
Organizers Kahoku Shimpo Publishing Co. and Yahoo Japan Corporation

September 15(Sat)& 16(Sun), 2018

September 15:

  • Group Ride Event
    • Oshika Peninsula Challenge Group Ride
    • Okumatsushima Group Ride & Hiking
    • Group Ride & Cruise from Sendai
  • Previous-day registration for Fun Ride event
  • Event held at Ishinomaki Senshu University

September 16:

  • Fun Ride event
    • Kesennuma Course
    • Minami-Sanriku Course
    • Kitakami Course
    • Onagawa-Ogatsu Course
    • Kesennuma One Way Course
    • Minami Sanriku One Way Course
  • Event held at Ishinomaki Senshu University

Ishinomaki Senshu University (Start and Goal)

Kesennuma Plaza Hotel (Start for Kesennuma OneWay Course)

MINAMI SANRIKU HOTEL KANYO(Start for Minami Sanriku One Way Course)

Max No. of Participants 4,000 participants in total for 2 days
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

Oshika Peninsula Challenge Group Ride (100km)

A 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. Riders can select both Group Ride and the Regular Course Ride.

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

Okumatsushima Group Ride & Hiking (70km)

A new group ride that goes through a scenic course in Okumatsushima area with a guide rider.

In the rest point, participants will get off the bikes and enjoy hiking in Ootakamori - a hill regarded as one of the four viewing spots of Matsushima.

From the observatory located 105m above sea level, the riders can enjoy a panoramic view of the 260+ islands in Matsushima Gulf.

The new course that has a touristic aspect also stops at the former Nobiru Station which has been designated as earthquake ruins where riders will visit the Earthquake Memorial Museum.

We recommend riders to either wear or bring along sneakers because this course is relatively flat and also has a hiking element. You can participate with your cycling shoes, but please note that you cannot go hiking in Ootakamori with your cycling shoes.

From this year, participating in different rides on both Saturday and Sunday is allowed

Route Ishinomaki Senshu University - Oomagari Community Center - Tsukihama Beach - Ootakamori - Nobiru Station - Okumatsushima Community Center - Ishinomaki Senshu University

Group Ride & Cruise, Departing from Sendai (60km)

New course that goes along the coast of southern Sendai
Goal for the first half will be in Shiogama Port. From there, riders will cruise to Oku Matsushima, enjoying the scenic view of Saga-kei Valley and islands in the Gulf of Matsushima.
The course will merge with the “Okumatsushima Group Ride & Hiking” toward the goal in Ishinomaki Sensyu University.
During the ride, we will stop at Sendai Arahama Elementary School, a ruin of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and Disaster Recovery Memorial Museum (former Nobiru station).
There will be around 10 riders in a group and the group will be led by an accompanying rider.

Route Sendai City/Giant Store - Arahama Elementary School- Shiogama Port- Ferry Cruise - Oku matsushima - Nobiru Station -Harappa Shop- Ishinomaki Senshu University

Kesennuma Course (210km)

The longest course of this event with cumulative ascent of 2,307m. Participants must have completed a course of over 160km in the past TOUR de TOHOKU events; or must have completed similar long ride events.

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 (65km)

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 (100km)

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

Minami Sanriku One Way Course (50km)

A course that goes along the scenic coast of Minami Sanriku.Participants of this course will have priority in lodging in Minami Sanriku Hotel Kanyo, the starting point of this course.

The tourism association of Minami Sanriku Town will prepare numerous activities, which can be enjoyed by the riders on the day before the ride after their registration is completed. Participants will be able to fully enjoy the Minami Sanriku area.

Route Mianamisanriku - Kitakami - Ishinomaki Senshu University


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