As 2016 comes to a close I must say thank you to all those who made it such a great time here in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. One of the best things about cycling is the people who participate. Most are the easiest to please,a bike , a trail(or road) to follow, food, beer and a Hot Bath to finish the day and they are well satisfied. I have a lot in common with them. This year I traveled all over Japan , sometimes on my road bike and other times on my MTB, sometimes things get blurred but never in a bad way. As the snow falls outside today I find myself looking forward to some powder turns in the snow, but this year it is not just my snowboard that is calling , I have a Fat Bike that has found a way into my heart as well!
Happy New Year to All , Looking Forward to Meeting you all on the trails again soon,
Finally after many rainy days and Typhoons the winds changed and fall and the sunshine came to Nagano Prefecture here in Japan. The mountains are beautiful now and we have been getting out enjoying the trails. I have had a friends from Hong Kong here recently, each year I meet them their passion for riding always brings me joy. It doesn’t matter how good or fast you are to them , just a smile and laugh is all you need.
I have been living and cycling here in Nagano, Japan for over 20 years now , I think it is safe to say that this last 1.5 months has been a wash out . I can’t remember so much rain almost everyday. I went for a walk in the forest today and it felt like I was walking on a sponge.
We have had to cancel a few rides , make some quick changes to our plans as we try and take care of our customers. Brian brought a group of friends from New Zealand for some riding and even though they saw no mountains as we traveled around Japan, they never complained and kept smiling even when we were lost in the fog in the mountains surrounding Kyoto.
I thank them and the others who did manage to squeeze a ride in when the weather broke. Looks like it is changing for the good now and I am surly looking forward to the Fall and some Sunshine!
The offroad cycling event in Shirakabako, Nagano is a casual race for anybody.
If you are looking for a faily to try a cycling race for the first time, this would be a really good one.
The event was ran by a group of local people who are interested in cycling as a activity in this beatiful field.
We of course agree to their view and supported the event.
We put a booth at the site and our staff and their family entered races.
We see so much potential in this area for cycling and hope the environment stays as beatiful as it is now for the future.
Shimano Biker Festival is the biggest biking event that anybody can join in Japan.
We guided some mountain bikers in our home fields. We were also a aid station for road riders in the event.
We are happy to get involved in both mountain biking and road riding, because we like it both.
We like all sorts of cycling and we think Nagano is a very attractive area for any cyclist in the world.
Freeride Adventures value the whole area with mountains and fresh air and water.
Something was moving when I came home from a ride with our customers！
A cecada baby was looking for a place to grow wings.
They come out of the ground later in the afternoon searching a quiet place to have a important moment.
I used to watch them with my kids when they were little with a beer in my hand.
Playing in forests teachs us many different things. We share mountains with inspects and animals.
Recently an article that I was involved with making last year came out. Bike Magazine sent over a crew to find “Hidden Japan” I was skeptical when they told me where they were going and I told them so. Magazines and film makers need to get their money from somewhere and when Ski Town Tourist money is invested they must do something in those towns. I was very happy when I read the article and they were very honest” the riding was a bust”.
I had told them that they really needed to talk to Natori-San at Trail Cutter. In the end his trails became the featured trails in the article. Natori-San has done a lot here in Japan helping others get access to the mountains and the article gives him the respect he deserves. I always pray for good weather when my customers come from overseas, but especially on the day we plan to visit Trail Cutter, because if it rains there is no riding. Coming from the British Columbia’s North Shore rainforest this was hard for me to accept, but that is how Natori- San got permission to build there and it definitely keeps the trails in pristine condition.
Have a look , I am already praying for a sunny day next month!