About JAPAN CUP CYCLE ROAD RACE

The Real Road Race in “Bicycle City Utsunomiya”!

The Japan Cup Cycle Road Race is one of the biggest road races in Asia. This one-day road race is certified in the highest category, and is the only UCI ProSeries event in Japan where you can watch the dead heat competition up close between the world’s top riders who compete in the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia. In 2019, over 140,000 fans gathered to Utsunomiya city to witness this authentic road race.

The event started as a memorial road race in 1992, commemorating the 1990 UCI Road World Championships in Utsunomiya city. The course is 10.3 kilometers times 14 laps with a total distance of 144.2 kilometers. The difference in elevation is 185 meters, with the Mt. Kogashi uphill climb being extremely challenging and exiting to watch.

Usually, the event takes place over three days. Day 1 is “team presentation” where all of the participating teams get together. Day 2 is the “Japan Cup Criterium”; a high-speed race where riders circle the main street of Utsunomiya city. Day 3 is the final day, the “Japan Cup Cycle Road Race” where riders zip through Mt. Kogashi.

With other related events taking place during this period, the Japan Cup is truly an annual festival proudly hosted by “Bicycle city Utsunomiya”.

The 2020 Japan Cup Cycle Road Race scheduled on Friday, Oct 16 through Sunday, Oct 18 has been cancelled due to the impact of COVID-19.

Day 1. TEAM PRESENTATION

photo:Satoru Kato photo:Makoto.AYANO

Program

DateDay 1 Friday
VenueOrion Square

Access

8-3 Enomachi, Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi, 320-0802, Japan



Day 2. JAPAN CUP CRITERIUM

photo:Makoto.AYANO photo:Kei Tsuji

Program

DateDay 2 Saturday
VenueUtsunomiya Odori Special Course
RegulationUCI regulations and the specific regulations of this race will be applied.

Course

Course Utsunomiya Odori Special Course
Distance38.25km (2.25km x Parade Run 2 Laps + Race 15 Laps)

Course Map


Access

Babadori, Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi, 320-0026, Japan



Day 3. JAPAN CUP CYCLE ROAD RACE

photo:Makoto.AYANO photo:Makoto.AYANO

Program

DateDay 3 Sunday
VenueUtsunomiya City Forest Park Circuit
Race CategoryUCI ProSeries
RegulationUCI regulations and the specific regulations of this race will be applied.

Course

CourseUtsunomiya City Forest Park
Distance144.2km (10.3km x 14Laps)

Course Map


Elevation Profile


Estimated Lap Time

Number
of Lap
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Lap
to Go
14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Start /
Finish
10:00 10:16 10:32 10:48 11:04 11:20 11:36 11:52 12:08 12:24 12:40 12:56 13:12 13:28
Chojo 10:05 10:21 10:37 10:53 11:09 11:25 11:41 11:57 12:13 12:29 12:45 13:01 13:17 13:33
Kendo 10:08 10:24 10:40 10:56 11:13 11:29 11:45 12:01 12:17 12:33 12:49 13:05 13:21 13:37
Tano 10:11 10:27 10:43 10:59 11:15 11:31 11:47 12:03 12:19 12:35 12:51 13:07 13:23 13:39
Hagi 10:14 10:30 10:46 11:02 11:18 11:34 11:50 12:06 12:22 12:38 12:54 13:10 13:26 13:42
Start /
Finish
10:16 10:32 10:48 11:04 11:20 11:36 11:52 12:08 12:24 12:40 12:56 13:12 13:28 13:44
Distance
(km)
10.3 20.6 30.9 41.2 51.5 61.8 72.1 82.4 92.7 103 113.3 123.6 133.9 144.2

Access

Fukuokamachi, Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi, 321-0342, Japan



Digital Japan Cup Cycle Road Race UTSUNOMIYA

Despite the cancellation of this year’s annual event, we are hosting the “2020 Digital Japan Cup Cycle Road Race UTSUNOMIYA” on Saturday, 17th October. It will be an online race where top class riders from all over the world will compete in a virtual course recreated exactly the same as the actual Japan Cup course. Scheduled to start at 6 pm, the race will be live streamed on the Japan Cup official YouTube channel complete with professional broadcasting and commentaries.

Please enjoy a new version of the Japan Cup!


Outline

Event Name 2020 Digital Japan Cup Cycle Road Race UTSUNOMIYA
Organaizer Japan Cup Cycle Road Race Organizing Committee
Date Saturday, 17th October, 2020

Schedule (*Tentative)

16:00 Digital Japan Cup Open Race
17:20 Grand Opening
18:00 Digital Japan Cup Cycle Road Race UTSUNOMIYA Start
19:00 Digital Japan Cup Cycle Road Race UTSUNOMIYA Finish


ENTRY TEAMS

UCI World Teams

EF PRO CYCLING (USA)
MITCHELTON - SCOTT (AUS)
NTT PRO CYCLING (RSA)

UCI Pro Teams

NIPPO DELKO ONE PROVENCE (FRA)
TEAM NOVO NORDISK (USA)

UCI Continental Teams

AISAN RACING TEAM (JPN)
KINAN CYCLING TEAM (JPN)
MATRIX POWERTAG (JPN)
NASU BLASEN (JPN)
SAITAMA DREVE (JPN)
SHIMANO RACING TEAM (JPN)
TEAM UKYO (JPN)
UTSUNOMIYA BLITZEN (JPN)
VICTOIRE HIROSHIMA (JPN)

Special Riders

Alberto Contador (ESP)

※2020/9/30 Tentative

Team & Racers

HOW TO WATCH

(A) Live streaming

1. “Japan Cup official YouTube channel”

15:55 START (*Tentative)

Go to Japan Cup official YouTube Live

2. “J SPORTS official YouTube channel”

17:55 START (*Tentative)

Go to J SPORTS official YouTube Live
(B) Public viewing at Orion Square
*Registration required in advance. Limited to 150 citizens of Tochigi prefecture.


Race Platform


The Digital Japan Cup will take place using ROUVY which allows riders to virtually pedal through actual courses.

ROUVY will allow spectators to enjoy the race from the rider’s point of view! You can switch the view to different riders.

Afterwards, spectators will also be able to try out the Japan Cup course online!

Digital Japan Cup Open Race

On the same day at 4 pm before the Digital Japan Cup Road Race UTSUNOMIYA, we plan to host the “Digital Japan Cup Open Race” which will be an online race for anyone to participate freely!

NO FEE / NO REGISTRATION is required for this race, so please feel free to join! We look forward to your participation.

Event Date/Time Saturday, 17th October
16:00 START (*Tentative)
Participation Fee Free
Entry Registration is not required.
Condition of Participation Although anyone can participate in the Open Race, you will need to sign up on ROUVY.

*More details regarding the Open Race and information on how to take part will be posted as soon as possible.

INQUIRY

JAPAN CUP CYCLE ROAD RACE Organizing Committee / Secretariat

E-Mail: info@japancup.gr.jp