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Racing in Japan ?lloyd21
Aug 14, 2003 2:50 AM
Well my first post after a 2 1/2 year break, Anyway I live in Japan and was wondering if anyone had any info about racing in Japan, I live in Yokohama and should be operational by end of winter. Thanks
re: Racing in Japan ?tigermilk
Aug 14, 2003 6:17 PM
I've been to Japan 3 times in the last year spanning over a month total and only saw a hint of racing. Saw a flyer in a Tokyo hotel and some guy on Japanese television. For a nation of commuter cyclists, you'd think there'd be more fitness/racing cycling going on. Entire time there I only saw 3 road bikes and probably tens of thousands of commuter bikes. Good luck with your search - try a google search since it pulled up a few links.
re: Racing in Japan ?Sherpa23
Aug 15, 2003 9:09 AM
There's actually a good bit of racing in Japan and many of the top guys are fast. I did a UCI race in China a couple of years ago and JApan sent their national team. I did a killer 40k tt and I was beat by a Japanese guy who did it in....wait for it......47 minutes. Yeah. I was given an invitation to a bunch of races there but since they seemed to be heavy on the climbing and short on the show-up money, I didn't take them up on it. But the point is, there is some good racing there and some good guys to race with.
Keep your ear to the groundhayaku
Aug 16, 2003 5:06 AM
Hook up with a local bike shop team and they should take care of you. I started riding when I came here about 2.5 years ago and a getting to know the scene.

There are a lot of good races if you join the Jitsugyodan system. That means something like corperate sponsored teams but just your LBS club will do. The Jitsugyodan has a ranking system like Cat1/2etc so people are pretty serious. There are other races around though if you're not in to that.

The races over here almost always have some kind of climb that will decide the racing. I can think of only two completely flat courses, but you have to work on you all round fitness.

I'm building a track bike so that I can participate in more races during spring and fall. I live in Ishikawa and neither the racing scene nor the weather here is great.

Umm, what else? I'll check back so if you have any specific questions let me know.

Mata, Yoroshiku!
to help with your training...hayaku
Aug 16, 2003 5:15 AM
I've never done it but I've heard it's a really great experience.

http://www.hokkoku.co.jp/tourdenoto/
to help with your training...lloyd21
Aug 16, 2003 7:42 AM
Nice Link I'll check it out, Ishikawa huh!! What's going on in your neck of the wood? Guess i'll be paying a visit to Sagami Cycle!
Specific question #1: I belive we fall under UCI law ? Does this mean i need an international license? If so
I am directed to there homepage www.uci.ch I cant find licenseing info for nothing? Or are we under JBF?
to help with your training...Sherpa23
Aug 16, 2003 8:38 AM
You never get a license directly from the UCI. Your national federation will supply you with an international license that, provided what criteria you meet, will allow you to race anywhere in the world in whatevever category they deem appropriate.
Even better...Thanks Sherpa:v) nmlloyd21
Aug 17, 2003 7:27 AM
Yep, the Japanese Federation.hayaku
Aug 18, 2003 8:57 PM
You need to be in a team to enter the big races so they will sort it all out for you. Make contact with a team asap because there is a deadline, I'm not sure when but if you miss it there are no second chances.

I think everyone starts as a BR-3(Cat-3) and you work your way up. Good luck, and if you're in the area let me know!
Good too know now...lloyd21
Aug 24, 2003 10:54 PM
I need to find a team for next year. BTW do uou live in yokohama?