This week we received an email from The Japanese Odyssey. An unsupported endurance event they say, and that's a fact. The organisation of the ride sticks to a simple ethos: the clock never stops, no mandatory route, and no private support. When, where and how long to stop, that decision is entirely up the entrants.
The Japanese Odyssey is not a race. There is no medal to win. It is an adventure.
It's about covering 2.400 km by bike in various regions. It's about taking the entrants up a series of famous climbs in Japan. But it is also an attempt to place them in touch
with the traditions, customs and culture of the country.
The event will start from Tokyo on September 17, 2016. The participants will have to reach Osaka within a 14 day time limit (you can compare it somehow with the Transcontinental). They may take the route of their choice, as long as they go up the 11 mandatory climbs. One of them is Mount Norikura, a stunning 38k long climb. All the climbs are inspired by the Nihon Hyakumeizan, a list of 100 Japanese climbs selected by mountaineer Kyuya Fukada. Those imposed detours will take the riders in various regions among which the Japanese Alps and the island of Shikoku. All along the 2.400 km of their route, they will measure their endurance and their willpower.