Tour of Japan has been the country’s largest cycle road race event succeeded to “International Cycle Road Race” which was held 14 times between 1982 to 1995. In 1996, the race has changed its name and was held as “Tour of Japan” taking advantage of the opportunity when UCI has officially approved it as stage race event.
From the 16th competition held in 2013, Tour of Japan has been sanctioned as a UCI-2.1 category race, and developed itself into one of the most competitive international race in Asian region, involving participation of UCI professional teams and world’s best riders.
Needless to say, it is the only stage race event held across the country, and bigger in scale compared to most of the sports event in Japan. Nearly 360,000 spectators visit the venue and watch the race on the road throughout the stages, and our race is being supported as an important cycle road race event held in the public road in this country.
It is not only about the race itself but Tour of Japan is being enjoyed as a friendly event through seminars and workshops held at the local schools and community facilities, learning about how to enjoy watching the cycle road race or safety tips for riding bicycles from participating teams and riders.
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