Nobeyama Cyclocross


Photo © Keitsuji1983

The Nobeyama Farmyard Tourist Ranch, at the base of Yatsugatake mountain range, hosted the second Nobeyama Cyclocross Race. Rapha Japan’s Daisuke Yano and local resident of Nobeyama (where he has a Rapha showroom and workshop) created a course that involved a stretch through a cabbage field as well as Japan’s first ever flyover. There was also a detour through the food gallery, serving local produce from this picturesque region, as well as Rapha coffee.


Photo © Keitsuji1983


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A full field of top Japanese bike racers took part in the main event, along with a selection from the USA. Yu Takenouchi (Team Eurasia Fondriest) won the elite men’s ahead of National Champion Keiichi Tsujiura (Bridgestone Anchor) and MTB National Champion Kohei Yamamoto (Bridgestone Anchor).


Photo © Keitsuji1983


Photo © Keitsuji1983


Photo © Keitsuji1983

In the women’s race Nat. Champion Ayako Toyooka (Panasonic Ladies) took victory over Chika Fukumoto (Ready Go Japan) and Tina Brubaker from the US (Vanilla / Speedvagen).


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