The 5th Tour de Sanriku – Cycling Challenge 2016 – in Rikuzentakata/Ofunato
|Place||"Cities of Rikuzentakata and Ofunato (Iwate Prefecture)
Start & Goal: Tochigasawa Park (Adjacent to the Rikuzentakata City Community Hall)"
|Type of course||Cycling * This is not a speed race.
* New course Goukyaku Mononoke Course
(Approximately 64.5 km) Elevation Gain 1248 m Average Gradient 5%
Kenkyaku Mountain Course
(Approximately 52 km) Elevation Gain 885 m Average Gradient 4.6%
Kenkyaku A Course
(Approximately 50 km) Elevation Gain 760 m Average Gradient 4.2%
The Kenkyaku B Course is the same course as the Kenkyaku A Course;
(Approximately 25 km) Elevation Gain 103 m Average Gradient 3.1%
|Number of participants||"1,500 people (scheduled)
(Goukyaku Mononoke Course: 100 people, Kenkyaku Mountain Course: 400 people. Kenkyaku A/B Courses: 750 people, Family Course: 250 people)
|Participation Fee||"Goukyaku Mononoke Course 9,000 yen
Kenkyaku Mountain Course 9,000 yen Kenkyaku (A/B) Courses 8,300 yen
Family Course 4,000 yen
*Consumption taxes are included in the above fees. Handling fees will be separately charged."
|Application Period||"May 20, 2016 to July 31, 2016 (First Application Period)
August 1, 2016 to September 15, 2016 (Second Application Period)
*An additional 1,000 yen shall be charged to participants who submit applications for participation in each course during the second application period."
|Hosted by||"▪Tour de Sanriku 2016 Steering Committee
Organizations composing the Committee: Rikuzentakata City Tourism and Product Association, Rikuzentakata City Society of Commercial and Industrial, Rikuzentakata City Youth Leagues of Society of Commerce and Industry, Junior Chamber International Rikuzentakata, Rikuzentakata City Seinendan Council, Rikuzentakata City Construction Industry Association, Marugoto Rikuzentakata, Team Takata"
|Cohosted by||Rikuzentakata City, Good Charism|
|Rules and Regulations of the event||This event is not a race but a cycling event for the citizens. Participants cycle as a group, and each group is accompanied by a cycle leader (staff) to ensure safe operation of the event. In addition, time limits are set for several locations along the course and those who exceed the time limits cannot continue cycling.|
|Other Inquiries||Secretariat：Tour de Sanriku 2016 Secretariat
Official Twitter Page：http://twitter.com/tdsanriku2016
Official Facebook Page：http://www.facebook.com/tdsanriku
◎Saturday, September 24, 2016
・Pre-opening Ceremony (to be held on the previous day),
・Sales of Specialties and Souvenirs of Sanriku
・A visit to the disaster-affected area to observe the present status of restoration (optional, separate applications required)
◎Sunday, September 25, 2016
・Cycling (participants ride their bicycles on each course.)
・Sales of Specialties and Souvenirs of Sanriku
・Bicycle Class for Children
・A visit to the disaster-affected area to observe the present status of restoration (optional, separate applications required.)
|＜Newly established Goukyaku Mononoke Course＞
Restricted only to 100 participants with advanced experience in hill climbing
（(Distance 64.5 km, Elevation Gain 1248 m, Average Gradient 5%)
Time required: Approximately 5 to 6 hours
Rikuzentakata Community Hall: Tochigasawa Park →Tsudoi no Oka Shopping Street → Hikami Rindo (Forest Road) → Kayooka Toge → Ofunato Hosoura Fishing Port → Goishi Coast (Aid Station) → Hirota Peninsula City Road →Hiroga Fishing Port (Aid Station) → Hirota Peninsula City Road → Apple Road → Takatamachi/Naruishi → Tochigasawa Park
At the beginning of the course are hills where participants ride through the peaceful local village on a hill. Next, participants cycle the forest road with steep slopes whose maximum inclination is 19 degrees for the first 2 km and the average inclination is 11 degrees. The Hikami Rindo (forest road) is also an animal trail where you may encounter deer and serow.
|＜Kenkyaku Mountain Course＞
(Distance: 51.8 km, Elevation Gain 885 m Average Gradient 4.6%)
Time Required: Approximately 4 to 5 hours
Rikuzentakata Community Hall: Tochigasawa Park → Takatamachi/Naruishi → Ubaishi-jinja Shrine → Shimin no Mori/Kesen Daiku Sakan Denshokan → Ofunato City/Matsusaki Junior High School → Goishi Coast (Aid Station) → Hirota Peninsula City Road → Hiroga Fishing Port (Aid Station) → Hirota Peninsula City Road → Apple Road → Takatamachi/Naruishi → Tochigasawa Park
From the starting point, participants ride down the slope and pass through the apple field and ride along a steep forest path of Mt. Hakone. Then, they reach the scenic point that overlooks the Hirota Bay located at the very top of an upward slope to get to the picturesque Goishi coast. Then, they cycle the hills of the Hirota Peninsula near Rikuzentakata City. The cyclists then head for the finish while enjoying views of Hirota Bay before them. This course is intended for those who like hill climbing.
|＜Kenkyaku A/B Courses＞
(Distance: 49.8 km, Elevation Gain 760 m Average Gradient 4.2%)
Time Required: Approximately 4 to 5 hours.
Rikuzentakata Community Hall: Tochigasawa Park → Takatamachi/Naruishi → Apple Road → Ofunato City/Matsusaki Junior High School → Goishi Coast (Aid Station) → Hirota Peninsula City Road → Hiroga Fishing Port (Aid Station) → Hirota Peninsula City Road → Apple Road → Takatamachi/Naruishi → Tochigasawa Park
Immediately after participants start riding, the extensive course rises gradually in front of them. They then ride on the apple road through apple fields from Yonezaki area to Ofunato City. They pass through the picturesque countryside of the Goishi coast and cycle the hills of the Hirota Peninsula in Rikuzentakata City. Participants will enjoy superb views of Hirota Bay with its countless farming rafts. The same route is used for the Kenkyaku A and B courses; however, the Kenkyaku B course is especially for those who wish to enjoy the scenery from their bicycles. These are the basic courses for this event; however, as the course name (Kenkyaku course) suggests, there are many hills, so participants are advised to be in good physical condition.
(Distance: 25.2 km, Elevation Gain 103 m Average Gradient 3.1%)
Time Required: Approximately 2 to 3 hours.
Rikuzentakata Community Hall: Tochigasawa Park → Takatamachi/Naruishi → National Route 340 (ride on the pavement) → Ipponmatsu Chaya (Tea House) → National Route 45 (ride on the pavement) → Kitano-jinja Shrine Imaizumi-tenmangu Shrine → Yahagicho City Road → Rikuzen Yahagi Station (Turnaround near the station) → Yamabigo no Ie/Shimo-Yahagi Multipurpose Training Center (Aid Station) → Hirota Peninsula City Road → Yahagicho City Road → National Route 45 (ride on the pavement) Hirota Peninsula City Road → Ipponmatsu Chaya (Tea House) → National Route 340 (ride on the pavement) → Takatamachi/Naruishi → Tochigasawa Park
This course gently rises in elevation from the starting point as it heads in the direction of the miracle lone pine tree. Riders will then cross the Kesen River where scars remain of the tsunami as they complete the course and return to the start after enjoying the peaceful rural landscape. This course is ideal for families. Overall, the course is flat and easy to ride with one hill near the finish.