TBA September 2022

Masuda, Shimane

Athlete Entitlements

Samurai Sports Advantage

  • Easy registration

    Register in English without creating an account

  • Modify & transfer your entry

    Change categories, athlete to 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

  • Original souvenirs

  • Finisher certificate

  • On-course aid stations

about the ride

From the coast to the mountains, past rice fields and through the local airport, experience the best of nature in southern Japan! The Masuda Inaka Ride offers a long ride suitable for even the pickiest of cyclists. Located just above Hiroshima and Yamaguchi Prefectures, come on out to the coastal region of Shimane Prefecture and enjoy a day out among cyclists!

Now in its eighth year, the Masuda Inaka Ride is an annual event organized to highlight the beauty of the rural farmlands and the coastal regions of Shimane Prefecture. With no timed component, it’s a casual event catering to cyclists of all levels and a unique opportunity for a refreshing ride along idyllic scenes that are authentically Japan. Best of all, aid stations along the course treat cyclists to an extensive variety of snacks and foods that seamlessly blend local cuisine and fresh ingredients.

Select from 160KM (100 miles), 120KM (75 miles), or 60KM (with lunch and onsen hot spring). For the 160KM and 120KM, participants may choose from the turtle, rabbit, or super rabbit division depending on their estimated average speed.

・Imagine cycling on roads with no traffic lights! At the Masuda Inaka Ride, cyclists can experience 100KM with ZERO traffic lights.
・Ever looked out the window of an airplane while taxiing and thought, “That would be so much fun to ride a bike on…” Don’t miss this opportunity to ride along the flight line at Hagi Iwami Airport!
・Masuda was selected as the site for the Ireland national cycling team training course in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics taking place next summer. Take a look at their 64KM training course (+718m) here (in Japanese, pg. 5).
・Masuda was host to the 87th Japan Cycling Championships in June 2018. Check out the 14.2KM course (15 laps during the actual championship) here (in Japanese, pg. 6).
・Masuda is home to fresh ingredients from the mountains, the farmlands, and the seas! Whether casual dining, quick bites, or sweet snacks, there’s something to appease all palates and preferences. Check out some of the food options here (in Japanese, pg 10).

The course is not closed; cyclists will ride on public roads without road closures.

・This is not a race – there are no timing chips. No drafting, no peletons.
・Roads are not closed for this event. The Masuda Inaka Ride is best for cyclists comfortable with sharing the roads.
・Be a responsible athlete – please consider whether you have the physical ability to complete the course in time.
・Participants may move about freely on the course as their pace dictates. However, participants should not be ahead of his/her group’s leading guide cyclist.

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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September 5, 2020 (Saturday)
at Shimane Prefecture Arts and Cultural Center Grand Toit (“Grand Toit”)
14:00PM-18:30PM…Event packet collection

September 6, 2020 (Sunday)
at Shimane Prefecture Arts and Cultural Center Grand Toit (“Grand Toit”)
5:00AM…Event venue opens
5:30AM-6:30AM…Event packet collection
6:45AM…Opening ceremony
7:00AM…All distances start
6:30PM…Cut off time for all distances

*schedule subject to change without notice

120KM & 160KM

120KM Turtle division: average speed 20KPH or 12.4MPH
120KM Rabbit division: average speed 23KPH or 14.3MPH
160KM Rabbit division: average speed 23KPH or 14.3MPH
160KM Super Rabbit division: average speed 26KPH or 16.2MPH

60KM w/ hot spring (includes hot spring entry and bus transport from hot spring to start/finish area)

Additional Surcharges
・Fees above include service charge
・If total cost is ¥10,000 or less, you will incur a flat fee service charge of ¥1,000.
・If total cost is more than ¥10,001, you will incur a service charge amounting to 10% of total cost.
Why does Samurai Sports implement a service charge? 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. Learn more about Samurai Sports’ service charge. 

Age Eligibility
・must be 20 or older
・Participants under 20 (inclusive of high school students) may participate accompanied by a parent or guardian

Cut-Off Time
All distances: 11 hours 30 minutes

・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.

Prohibited Equipment
・ Trailers
・ Tandem bicycles
・ Bicycles with no brakes
・ Regular city bicycles, including “mamachari”
・ Electric power-assisted bicycles
・ Bicycles carrying more than one individual, i.e. adult and baby/child
・ Clip-on type aerobars (TT and tri bikes are permitted but discouraged)

Required Equipment
・Road bikes are strongly encouraged – folding, mini-velo, mountain bikes, and recumbent bikes permitted
・Front and rear brakes
・Headlights, taillights (or reflector), bike bell (event staff may request you to purchase these at the event venue if you do not have one or more on your bike)

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

160KM (view course map)
Total ascent: +2,484m (8,149 ft)

120KM (view course map)
Total ascent: +1,308m (4,291 ft)

60KM (view course map)
Total ascent: +689m (2,261 ft)

Shimane Prefecture Arts and Cultural Center Grand Toit (start/finish)
5-15 Ariakecho, Masuda, Shimane 698-0022
Google Maps

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

By Plane (to Hagi Iwami Airport)
From Tokyo (Haneda Airport), about 1 hour 35 minutes.
ANA has two (2) flights per day between Haneda and Hagi Iwami

By Train
From Hiroshima, about 2 hours 30 minutes
From Nagoya, about 6 hours 30 minutes
From Tokyo, Yokota AB, Yokosuka, about 8 hours 30 minutes

By Car
From Hiroshima station, about 2 hours 10 minutes (120KM/75 miles)
From MCAS Iwakuni, about 2 hours 30 minutes (111KM/69 miles)
From Nagoya, about 7 hours 40 minutes. (594KM/369.1 miles)
From Yokota AB and Yokosuka, about 11 hours 20 minutes. (912KM/566.7 miles)

Flying to Hagi Iwami Airport
・ Flights to Hagi Iwami Airport will have a limited number of bicycles that can be checked-in on the plane. We recommend checking with ANA in advance regarding space for bicycles.
・Those arriving on flights the day before (August 31), can use the transfer bus from the airport to the event venue (Grand Toit) or area hotels.
・On the evening after the event, a transfer bus from Grand Toit to Hagi Iwami airport will be available. Participants are encouraged to use the free shuttle buses.
・Please ensure you have lodging and transportation plans figured out BEFORE registering for this event.

・About 200 spots available among several locations near the event venue; event staff will guide participants to parking lots
・Parking lots near Grand Toit, city hall, chamber of commerce, an education center, etc.

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 and call ahead from the right side.
・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. Hearing aids are permitted.

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.

・This cycling event is a fun ride – it is not a race.
・Participants who ignore or otherwise choose to disregard the guide rider’s instructions will immediately be disqualified and asked to leave the event. Participants who continue to behave inappropriately will be reported to the police.
・ Participants in all distances and divisions must not pass the guide rider(s) leading cyclists at the front of the pack. Similarly, participants should not be passed by the guide riders sweeping cyclists at the back of the pack.
・ Keep in mind that each individual aid stations also have cut off times and all cyclists must stop at each aid station, even if it is just momentarily.
・ Depending on a variety of factors, i.e. weather and level of cyclists, participants in the 160KM Super Rabbit division may wind up integrating with the 160KM Rabbit division.
・ 160KM participants may swap to the 120KM course during the ride, but you MUST report your intent to do so to event staff. Those who originally set out for the 160KM often opt to switch to the 120KM course at Mito aid station.
・ Obey Japanese traffic rules. The course will be monitored by police officers, volunteers, and event staff but their main role is to ensure your safety which involves but does not solely focus on traffic control.
・Follow the instructions of law enforcement, volunteers, and event staff during the ride.
・Headlights and taillights must be turned on when cycling through tunnels.
・Do not ride side by side. Single-file only.
・Participants in the lead peloton must never pass the leading guide rider.
・If for any reason you want to drop out (DNF), you must report your intentions to event staff and follow their instructions.
・ In the event of a traffic accident between participants or with a vehicle, immediately notify the head office or the staff of the event and follow their instructions.

On the Course: Hagi Iwami Airport
Part of the course is on the runway and flight line of Hagi Iwami Airport. These areas are normally restricted to the public, please abide by the following rules:
・Do not stop or pause for any reason while riding through the airport segment.
・Check carefully for any objects that might fall off of your bicycle or out of your own pockets before entering the runway and flight line.
・Do not stray from the course navigated by the guide rider and cyclists in front of you.
・ Photography is strictly prohibited. Do not take out or use phones, cameras, and mobile devices.
・ Keep your hands on your bike at all times. Do not touch anything.
・ Depending on circumstances, there may a change in the course or the airport route may be cancelled all together.
・ Smoking is strictly prohibited.

・ No refunds, deferrals, or credits will be issued. 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 or natural disasters.
・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.

・ 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.

・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
・If total cost is ¥10,000 or less, you will incur a flat fee service charge of ¥1,000.
・If total cost is more than ¥10,001, you will incur a service charge amounting to 10% of total cost.
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.

Masuda City Machikoshi no Kai

Samurai Sports is NOT the event organizer. We are a third party assisting in the event organizer’s efforts to diversify their audience and support international athletes through our English-language services.



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