Spirit of Tournament

This event is different from the general cycling competition and competes for the skill of making bicycles. Those who are involved in bicycle manufacturing and sales as professionals will participate by making their own bicycles. We aim to provide engineers involved in the manufacture and sale of bicycles with a place to promote the development of bicycle-related technologies.


There are three qualifications for participation.

  • Works : Makes frames by itself (manufacturer)
  • Constructor : The frame is manufactured by ordering it from the outside and assembling it. (Shop)
  • Privateer : Making a bicycle as a side job or a hobby. (User)

However, there is no categorization by this. There is a preliminary screening for participation as a privateer.

Entry to this contest is on a team basis. The number of people in the team can be any number as long as it is one or more. It is possible for one company to enter two or more teams. However, one team manager is required for each team. Each team manager must apply for participation.

Entry from overseas is also possible. However, all information is in Japanese, so the team manager must understand Japanese well.

Participating bicycle

Each team can participate using one bicycle with the frame made for this tournament.

There are no restrictions on the material of the frame parts.

The frame format or wheel size is free.

A minimum of 2 hours of lighting is imposed. Note * Ride starts early in the morning.


Teams that applied for participation by the end of 2018 will be able to exhibit their bicycles at the Handmade Bicycle Exhibition to be held at the Tokyo Ryutsu Center on February 23 and 24, 2019.

In addition, visitors will vote on the popularity of the exhibited bicycles. The result of this vote will be added to the final points.

Please contact the Bicycle Culture Center directly for information on exhibiting at the Handmade Bicycle Exhibition.


A 75km lap course that starts and finishes in Takayama Village, Nagano Prefecture. Includes a 16km unpaved forest road on the way.

Rider qualification

Riders shall be selected by each team. Professionals and registered athletes are also allowed, but a handicap will be imposed.

Riders are required to submit a medical certificate from a doctor one week before riding. Also need to submit a non-responsible pledge to the JBT Executive Committee in the event of an accident.


Regarding bicycle repair, troubles during riding are basically handled by the rider himself. External support / support is prohibited regardless of the person concerned.


The referee will make a decision on the awarding of points based on the submitted specifications and inspection of the actual vehicle. The referees for this tournament are the following five people.

Mr. Hiroo Watanabe, Mr. Ryoji Shibuya, Mr. Takeshi Sahashi, Mr. Masayuki Hasebe, Mr. Atsushi Matsumoto.

We hope that the referees will love bicycles deeply and have contributed to the bicycle industry for many years. Based on each experience and knowledge, you will be asked to judge her at points that require subjective judgment.

Application deadline

It will be February 28, 2019.

Entry fee

The participation fee for one team is 30,000 yen. After the tournament, additional points will be charged for additional participation.

For application and inquiries, please contact below,

Japan Bike Technik Executive Committee
in Cycle grand-bois
1-8 Ryuanji-Tonoshitamachi, Sakyo-ku, KYOTO Postal-Code: 616-8005

Phone: +81-75-461-0835, Fax: +81-75-461-0836
eMail: jbt@japanbiketechnique.org

Ride schedule

Day 1 : Saturday, June 15, 2019
“YuYou Land” Takayama Village, Nagano Prefecture.

It will be held on the outdoor stage, but in case of rain it will be held indoors.

Bicycle inspection from 12:30 in the order of presentation.
* If the bicycle needs to be modified, the work will be completed by 18:00 after the presentation, and the bicycle will be brought to the headquarters for re-inspection.

The order of bicycle inspection and presentation will be the order of application and will be described separately.

The presentation will be open to the public from 13:00.
After a 10-minute presentation, there will be a 5-minute question-and-answer session by the referee.
Bicycles that have finished the presentation will be stored at the competition headquarters.It is permissible to add food, RINKO bags, clothing, air pressure, etc. at the start of the next morning, but not to modify the bike itself. If you violate it, will be disqualified.

Will explain the route of the ride event from 6 pm. Attendance of team manager is required.

For accommodation, please use the accommodation facilities in the venue Takayama Village.
We are requesting the Tourism Association to respond to the early morning start. Please refer to the attached list of cooperating accommodation facilities.

Day 2 : Sunday, June 16, 2019

Location: You Yu Land, Takayama Village, Nagano Prefecture
Meeting time: 3:30 am (participating team)
Start: 4:00 am (all at once)

Since we will use public roads, please follow the road traffic rules when riding.

Course “Route Lab” https://yahoo.jp/9CMYBl (sorry, Dead link now)

The bicycle will be checked by the person in charge of inspection in the order of goals.

In order of arrival, will measure the time required for disassembling and assembling (RINKO) the bicycle, and evaluate and score the RINKO method.

The final goal time is 2:00 pm.

An award ceremony will be held after all participating vehicles arrive.

Presentation Time Schedule

Bicycle InspectionPresentationName of Team
13:1513:45GRAND BOIS
13:4514:15TEAM TOEI
14:0014:30Tension Silk
14:3015:00E’quipe c speed
15:1515:45Takagi Cycle Works
16:1516:45Panasonic Bike
16:3017:00Cycle Sport

Route Map

Distance 74.2km Maximum altitude difference 1583m Average slope Up: 6.5% Down: 6.5% Obtained altitude Up: 2239m.

The position of the participating team’s bicycle will be confirmed using GPS and will be published in real time at the headquarters and online.

Participating Bicycle Essential Components

  • Frame and Fork
  • Handle bar and Stem
  • Seat and seat post: Have a structure that can adjust the vertical position
  • Wheels with two rims, hubs and tires, and wheel attachment / detachment mechanism
  • Pedal and drive system
    Gear system with chain wheel and transmission
  • Independent front and rear braking system
    There are long descents with high speed and gravel descents with violent vibrations.
    Being a reliable and durable brake!
  • Front light for night riding * 1
  • Tail light or rear reflector (reflector) * 2
  • Bag attached to the bicycle * 3
  • Pump
  • Tools and repair parts that you think you need
  • Bottle cage attached to the frame
  • Bell or buzzer
  • Correspondence to RINKO! *4

*1: White or pale yellow with luminosity that allows you to see obstacles 10m ahead.
*2: The tail light is a red or orange one with a luminous intensity that can be confirmed to be lit from 100m behind. The reflector is orange or red, which can be easily confirmed by illuminating it with the headlight (high beam) of the car from 100m behind. On-site inspection may be required if only the reflector is used.
*3: Items that can carry souvenirs (8 hot spring buns).
* 4: The size of the bicycle packed in the bag is that the total length of the three sides is 250 cm or less and the long side is 200 cm or less.

Teams that do not meet the above required components will be open participants. It is not eligible for overall ranking points.

About Weight Measurement

Weigh and give points to bicycle with the above components and with the bag attached.

  • Food, clothing, etc. required for the driving event shall be loaded on the bicycle in the above condition for riding. Replenishment by support cars is prohibited.
  • When using GPS, the GPS itself is not the target, but the mount for attaching to the bicycle is the target of weight measurement.
  • Rinko bags and metal fittings required for Rinko are not subject to weight measurement. However, you must carry a wheel bag, etc. during the riding event.

Specification Sheet

Submission of bicycle specification declaration.

Bicycle specifications are required to be submitted at each exhibition and riding event.
The contents of the specifications are as follows.

  • Frame material specifications
  • Assembled parts specifications
  • Gross weight
  • Original frame processing ・ Original parts and appeal of the uniqueness of the parts used
  • Material
  • Country of manufacture of each part
  • Price

It would be nice to have photos, figures, and more. Please describe the details such as the frame structural members, various parts and ready-made parts that you devised and manufactured. Based on this report, the current car will be confirmed and points related to machining and work will be calculated.

This report is required to be submitted at the same time as each exhibition and riding event.

Each submission of specifications will be a plus point of 500 points.

Bicycle specifications are allowed to be improved or changed during the period from the exhibition to the riding event. Changes during this period will be plus or minus points depending on the content. Changes must be noted in the report. The details of the points at this time will be decided by the referee.


The presentation will be given in 10 minutes per team based on the concept, production technology, practicality, and design. There is a question and answer session by the referee for 5 minutes.

List of Points

  • Weight point
    Standard 10 kg (including bags, pedals, pumps, lighting, tools, repair parts)
    • If it is light, every 50g ………………………………… 50 point
    • If it is heavy, every 50g ……………………… Minus 50 Point
  • Riding point
    The course consists of a hill climb section, a liaison section, and a downhill section.
    The total running time starts at 4:00 AM and ends at 2:00 PM.
    • Hill climb section: Time trial point(“YouYu Land” to Kasa Pass)
      1000, 900, 800, 700, 600, 500 … 10th place in order from the 1st place
    • Liaison section: (from Kasa Pass to Kenashi Pass)
      There is no time measurement. However, it is necessary to arrive at the starting point (Kenashi Pass) of the downhill section at noon.
    • Downhill section: (Kenashi Pass to “YouYu Land”)
      It will be a 20km downhill including 16km of gravel section. There is no time measurement.
      “Souvenirs” will be charged in this section. Carry it by bicycle. Souvenirs cannot be carried in bags attached to the rider’s body.
      The referee will give 500 to 0 points depending on the condition of the souvenir.
  • RINKO time trial
    After the run, the rider will perform a series of disassembly and assembly demonstrations for RINKO at You Yu Land, and the time will be measured.
    • Will examine the time required for RINKO and the disassembly / assembly method / procedure.
    • The measurement time is until the bicycle is stored in the wheel bag, carried once, reassembled, and the storage of the bag is completed.
    • The total length, width and height is 250 cm (up to 2 meters in length)
    • Points will be awarded from 1st place to 500, 400, 300, 200, 100 and 5th place in order of required time.
    • The method / procedure will be scored by the referee.
  • Negative points regarding damage, breakdown, and loss
    Each bicycle must be inspected after the run. There is a deduction of points depending on the result of the inspection.
    • Broken or cracked frame and fork that cannot be boarded ……………… Disqualification
    • Frame / fork usable frame deformation (visual inspection). Minus 500 Point
    • Breakdown around shifting / transmission. …………………… Minus 500 Point
    • Lighting failure / loss. ………………………………… Front and rear minus 250 each
    • Detachment / damage of mudguard. …………………………… Minus 500 Point
    • Brake destruction, deterioration, inoperability. ………………… Minus 500 Point
    • Damaged handlebars and stems (bent, cracked). …………… Minus 500 Point
    • Damaged / lost tools / pumps. …………………………………… Minus 250 Point
    • Lost or damaged bottle cage ……………………………………… Minus 250 Point
    • Damaged / lost of Rack. …………………………………………… Minus 250 Point
    • Wheel : Deformation of the rim. ………………………………… Minus 400 Point
    • Wheel : Damage to the freewheel mechanism. ……………… Minus 200 Point
    • Damaged saddle and seatpost. …………………………………… Minus 500 Point
  • Rider
    • If the rider is a registered player such as a professional or businessman player, or within 5 years of suspension of registration. ……………………………… Minus 500 Point
  • Bonus Points
    • Installation of mudguard If have the required size ………………… +1000 Point
      * The required size is “a size that is recognized as not causing trouble to the front and rear riders.”
      The referee will judge.
    • Rack equipment: front and / or rear of the bicycle ………. front and rear 500 each
      * There is a judgment by the referee regarding the career.
    • Power supply to lighting and electronic devices with a generator …….. front and rear 500 each
  • Originality of bicycle components
    It will be certified by the judges.
    • For each part certified as original. ………………………………………… 200 / item
    • For each part that is an improved version of ready-made parts …… 150 / item
    • Every part made in Japan. ………………………………………………… 100 / item
    • For each overseas production part of a Japanese manufacturer. …… 50 / item
  • Subjective Evaluation
    Subjective evaluation is given by the referee and the audience.
    • Evaluation of judges: 1000 points for each judge (5000 points for 5 judges.)
      Judge the entire bicycle comprehensively.
      • Concept and unity as a whole
      • Advanced manufacturing technology
      • Practical aspects Compatibility and maintainability
      • Design
    • Audience voting points (exhibition and running event): 1 vote = 1 point
  • Specification form
    500 points will be awarded if the specifications are submitted at the exhibition / running event.


Points awarded according to other specified conditions such as weight and speed will be counted as equivalent points. The result will be ranked according to the accumulated points of all points.

At the end of each exhibition / riding event presentation, the points earned by each team will be announced.


Details of all points earned will be published and the first to third places will be awarded.
In addition, the highest award will be awarded for each of the following categories.

  • Lightest award: For the lightest bicycle.
  • Concept award: Concept and overall cohesion.
  • Technique award: Advanced manufacturing technology.
  • Utility Award: Practical aspect compatibility and maintainability.
  • Design award: Design

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