Great Earth Kochi Niyodo River Blue Ride

May 29, 2022

Agawa, Kochi

Athlete Entitlements

Samurai Sports Advantage

  • Easy registration

    Register in English without creating an account

  • Modify & transfer your entry

    Change waves, athlete transfer, and self-edit up until 3-5 days before registration closes *fees may apply

  • Translated English event guide

    Information you need to complete your race safely

  • English email support

    Ask questions - and get answers!

  • Event day packet collection

    Pick up your event packet on the day of

  • Post event follow-up

    Receive links to photos

Race Standard

  • Event liability insurance

  • Event T-shirt

  • Finisher certificate

  • On-course aid stations

about the ride

Join us for this new Great Earth series that takes place in Japan’s clearest and purest river. Come see the “Niyodo Blue,” a beautiful turquoise color that shines in the sun, and feel the nature that has been surrounding it for thousands of years.

Try all of Kochi’s regional cuisines while biking this breathtaking course along the Niyodo River and welcome the start of summer in Japan!

Please note that the course is not closed; cyclists will ride on public roads without road closures.

サムライスポーツは日本国籍以外を対象とした外国人向け専用受付サイトです。日本国籍の方は日本語サイトからお申込みください。日本国籍以外の方がエントリーした場合、無効となる場合があります 。無効となった場合には、返金手数料を差し引き、参加費をご返金させていただきます。

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Registration Period

by May 15, 2022

May 29, 2022 (Sunday)
at Hakawa Park
0630-0700…Race packet collection, waivers, wellness checks, etc.
0700…115KM start
0800…75KM start
1600…Event ends | cut off time

115KM Long Course
Adults…¥13,200
17 and under…¥7,500

75KM Short Course
Adults…¥10,000
17 and under…¥6,000

Additional Surcharges
・All fees above include service charge
・By request from Great Earth, if the entry fee is ¥9,999 or less, you will incur service charges amounting to a total of ¥2,000 (already incl. above).
・By request from Great Earth, if the entry fee is ¥10,000 or more, you will incur a service charge amounting to ¥2,000 + 10% of entry fee (already incl. above).
・If the total exceeds ¥9,999 due to add-on options, you will be charged an additional 10% of the total. Total will be reflected upon checkout when registering for the event.

Refund Policy
In case of event cancellation by the event organizers due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on national, regional, and local regulations, the following refund policy will apply.

Cancellation of event between February 28 to March 15: 100% refunded (excl. processing fees)
Cancellation of event between March 16 to April 30: 50% refunded (excl. processing fees)
Cancellation of event between May 1 to May 15: No refund, all registrants will receive gift pack containing local Kochi specialty  items to their registered home address
Cancellation of event between May 16 to May 28: No refund, all registrants will receive gift pack containing local Kochi specialty  items and the event t-shirt to their registered home address

Age Eligibility
・Adults 18 or older
・Participants ages 6 to 17 (inclusive of high school students) may participate accompanied by a parent or guardian

Cut-Off Time
9 hours (COT 4:00PM)

Important
・All participants must be respectful of the natural course environment and demonstrate good cycling manners.
・Be mindful of other cyclists and vehicles on the road. You should understand laws in Japan pertaining to cycling on public roads and cycling insurance.
・Be a responsible athlete. Please make sure you have the physical ability to complete the course.

Permitted
Road bikes
Aerobars
・Triathlon/TT bikes
・Disc brakes
・Disc wheels
Cyclocross bikes
Hybrid bikes
Mountain bikes
Track bikes (with front and rear brakes)

Not Permitted
Costumes
Spinaci handlebars
Recumbent bikes
・Fixed gear bikes (fixies)
・Tandem bikes
・BMX bikes

Required
helmet
front light
tail light
gloves (work gloves – in Japanese, gunte – are ok)

Recommended
・nutrition/hydration (if necessary)
・proof of health insurance
・mobile phone/smartphone (not for use while cycling)

Recommended
・nutrition/hydration (if necessary)
・health insurance card (not a copy)
・mobile phone/smartphone (not for use while cycling)
・sunglasses
・sleeves or windbreaker
・sunscreen
・tools to fix bike

115KM | 69 miles (view course map)
Total ascent: +1,970 meters (6,465ft)
Aid stations: 3

75KM | 39 miles (view course map)
Total ascent: +1,024 meters (3,360 ft)
Aid stations: 2

Hakawa Park (start/finish)
Ino, Agawa District, Kochi 781-2128
Google Maps

Please ensure you have lodging AND transportation plans figured out BEFORE registering for this event.

 By Train
From Kochi station, take the JR Dosan Line to Hakawa Station towards Kubokawa (about 35 min). Then walk about 10 min to Hakawa Park.

 By Car
From Kochi station, about 20 min (15KM)
From Inomachi Kamino Museum, about 5 min
From Harimaya Bridge, about 30 min
From Ino Interchange, about 15 min

Parking
・Free parking for up to 150 vehicles available at Hakawa Park parking lot
・First-come, first-served; park at your own risk in surrounding areas

None, this is not a timed event

Road Rules
・Ride on the LEFT single file (not two or more abreast).
・Come to a complete stop at red lights.
・Cell phone usage is prohibited while on the road.
・You MUST follow all traffic rules.

Rider Courtesy
・Keep a respectable distance from other cyclists.
・When passing a cyclist, make sure to check your rear, verbally indicate your intention to pass, and receive acknowledgment from the cyclist(s) you intend to pass.
・When a cyclist passes you, take care to allow him or her to tuck into the space in front of you.
・Come to a complete stop when taking videos and pictures.
・It is strictly prohibited to take pictures or videos while riding, unless it is mounted on the bicycle or attached to your helmet.
・Earphones, headphones, and anything in the ears that may prevent you from adequately hearing your surroundings are prohibited.

Aid Stations
・Aid stations include bathrooms, water stations, and snacks.
・Support cars will pick up cyclists who do not or are unable to meet the designated cut off times.

General
・ No refunds, deferrals, or credits will be issued, unless specified. This applies to incidents in which the event is cancelled for any reason including personal participant circumstances of the participant (including illness and injury) and incidents in which the event is cancelled due to unforeseen weather conditions, natural disasters, pandemic, etc.
・Depending on the event, transfers and certain modifications to your entry may be permitted. Generally, entries may be transferable and/or permit modifications until 3-5 days before the last day of registration. After this period, all transfers are considered illegal and modifications will not be accommodated.
・You will not sue the event organizers nor its affiliates (including Samurai Sports) for any injury or death caused during the event.
・ You consent to and will give all authorities and copyright to the event organizer and affiliates for the use of photography, motion pictures, articles, recordings or any other record of this event (including personal information such as name, age, gender, personal record, portrait, and etc.) for legitimate purposes and use in newspapers, TV, magazines, internet and any media publishing such as Facebook posts, Instagram posts, and pamphlets.

Participants determined to be violating the policies below may be disqualified without a refund:
・Any person found to be bib-swapping (illegal transfer of bib); the person will be held responsible in case of an accident arising from or provoked by the other person during the event.
・Any person found to be registering with inaccurate information, i.e. false declarations of the participants name, age, or gender.

Insurance
・ Those participating and coming from abroad must be enrolled in medical and/or travel insurance in case of accident, injury, and medical emergencies.
・ Before signing up, please carefully read all rules and regulations of the event. If the rules and regulations cannot be followed, participation may be denied by the event organizers. If anything is unclear, please do not hesitate to contact us – it is your responsibility to be prepared.

Privacy
・The organizer is aware of the importance of your personal information. The use of personal information conforms to the organizer’s privacy protection law.
・Your personal information is used to provide you valuable services, such as race information, results, service from race affiliates, result ranking, and etc.
・The organizer may release your personal information when your life or body is in a life-threatening situation.
・The race organizer and its affiliates may contact you regarding your registration information.

Athlete Guides
・In most cases, athlete guides in English will be sent via email approximately 7-21 days before the event. However, the delivery of athlete guides is entirely dependent on the timeliness of the event organizers. Samurai Sports takes approximately one to two days from receipt of the Japanese athlete guide to translate into English.

Additional Surcharges
・All fees above include service charge
・By request from Great Earth, if the entry fee is ¥9,999 or less, you will incur service charges amounting to a total of ¥2,000 (already incl. above).
・By request from Great Earth, if the entry fee is ¥10,000 or more, you will incur a service charge amounting to ¥2,000 + 10% of entry fee (already incl. above).
・If the total exceeds ¥9,999 due to add-on options, you will be charged an additional 10% of the total. Total will be reflected upon checkout when registering for the event.
Why the additional charges? They help us cover the cost of operating the registration platform, translation of athlete guides/event information, labor hours required to answer your event inquiries, etc. Depending on the event, the surcharges help to cover the cost of our physical presence at the event.

English​
info@samuraisports.co.jp

Japanese
070-3622-0001

Official Website (Japanese)
https://great-earth.jp/kochi_ride/