Rider Handbook


Welcome Letter
Event Overview
COVID-19 Policy
Registration Day
Rider Pack
The Course
Rules & Regulations
Safety & Support
Timing System

Course Files (.gpx .tcx)
Course Marking

Welcome Letter

Welcome to the GranFondoMyoko2021.

It is another difficult year for all of us in so many ways, yet much like 2020, we are able to come together and share our love for cycling, our passion for nature and our spirit of challenge.

We hope to create memories that bond us as we ride together and support each other in the tough times on the bike and to share in the elation that comes from achieving our goals. 

You are all here because of your shared passion and are the heart of the GranFondoMyoko where together we are stronger. 

Thankyou and have a great ride.

Adam Cobain | Race Director



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Event Overview

The GranFondoMyoko is a 160km ride through the through the stunning mountains of Niigata and Nagano. The ride showcases the beautiful natural scenery of the Myoko-Togakushi Renzen National Park. The course is a clockwise loop starting in Myoko-Kogen and is highlighted by several un-paved sections, notable the Sasagamine-Otari road that is only open for a few months of the year. The GranFondoMyoko is not the longest GranFondo in Japan, but it most certainly is the toughest, with 4000m of vertical gain and 30km of gravel. 

The event begins with registration on Saturday September 18 2021 @ 12-5PM

The ride begins at Sunday September 19 @ 6AM. 


Registration Day
Saturday 18th September 2021


Venue : Tap Room & Cafe

12.00pm - 5.00pm | Registration Open 
12:00pm - 7:00pm | Tap Room & Cafe Open

Sunday 19th September 2021


Venue : Start Area + Tap Room & Cafe

5:00am - 6:30am | Cafe Open*

5:15am - 5:50am | 6AM Group Sign On

6:00am | 6AM Group Start

6:05am - 6:20am | 6:30AM Group Sign On

6:30am | 6:30AM Group Start

6:35am - 6:50am | 7:00 Group Sign On

7:00 | 7:00AM Group Start

4:30pm - 5:30pm | Presentations*

(*subject to change)

COIVD-19 Policy

At GranFondoMyoko, we are committed to taking measures to reduce the risk of infection to event participants, staff, volunteers, and the community.

We will periodically review the health of our participants and adapt to and enforce official guidelines. By completing your entry to the event, you agree to our policies, which include the following

Arrival at Myoko.

The Myoko Plateau will implement a protocol for mask wearing and social distancing for the event. Multiple hand washing stations will be installed in the rider registration zone, in addition to existing protocols from local businesses. We are also asking for a travel and contact history to be completed at the time of registration. We appreciate your cooperation.

Before the event.

It's been a while since the corona infection was confirmed. Many of you already know what to do. If you or a member of your family is ill or has tested positive for corona infection, please do not travel. Please do not participate in this event. We all want to do things, travel, ride, and enjoy life as normal, but for the sake of you and the people you are affecting, please stay home.

During the event

Participants' temperatures are checked prior to the start of the race and each checkpoint has a disinfection station set up prior to using the hydration facilities.

Post ride

Again, we are a responsible group of people, so we are expected to respect the standards of social distance, wear masks and wash our hands. All ceremonies will adhere to these standards.

After the event

In the unlikely event that a participant becomes ill after returning home, please follow the general health guidelines and also contact the organizer at to let us know!

Rules & Regulations

It is important to be aware of all the Rules & Regulations of the Gran Fondo Myoko which include time

limits, equipment allowed, safety, medical and personal assistance, and other important topics.


Gran Fondo Myoko is a completely unsupported ride and you will be relying on navigation and yourself to ride to the end.


You are allowed to use the convenience stores on the course.

Please be mindful of your trash etiquette.


This event course is on normal roads.

All riders must follow standard traffic rules. (e.g., stop at traffic lights.)


We trust that all participants will run the official route and follow all the road rules.


Riders must follow all organizers' instructions when necessary.


Team time will be the time it takes for the third player to finish.


6 Checkpoint sign-in is mandatory*

(*please let checkpoint staff sign you in. Be patient!)

1. Ride Start Area - (0km)

2. Checkpoint 1 - Togakushi (36km)

3. Checkpoint 2 - Hakuba 406 Tunnel (63km)

4. Checkpoint 3 - Otari (100km)

5. Checkpoint 4 - Sasagamine Gravel End (130km)

6. Checkpoint 5 - GoMyokoTapRoom & Cafe (148km)

If you fail to sign in on the timing system you will be DNF

It is the riders responsibility to have their rider number visible to checkpoint staff


Race timing finishes at Checkpoint 4 (130km)

Ride timing finishes at Checkpoint 5 (148km)


Any rider wishing to leave the event mid-ride must notify CP staff or contact Event Director.


Time limit cut-off will be enforced at CP1 (9:30) and CP2 (11:30) 

Riders will be asked to return to Start/Finish

Riders unable to make CP3 (13:30) will be asked to use the Sag Wagon.


Sag wagon will pace to 11 hour time limit. (+/-)


Your Bike.

The following equipment is forbidden:

  • Any handlebar extension system

  • Recumbent bikes, monocycles, tandems, or electric bikes

  • Bottles made of non-deformable material (glass, aluminium)

  • Wheels with fewer than 12 spokes

The following equipment on your bike is mandatory:

  • A red light at the rear

  • A reliable GPS device with preloaded course

The minimum kit should include two tubes, multi-tool, pump, patch kit and master link. It is highly recommended that you have a spare weather suitable kit and nutritional supplements with you as well.

Cut-off & Abandon.

We will be monitoring riders at the checkpoints for cut-off times and will provide an alternative route or suggestions if we deem it a safety issue to continue.

In case you abandon the race, you must inform the organisation by calling the number listed on the rear of your race-plate.


Littering is not allowed. By entering the Gran Fondo Myoko, you commit to respect the environment and the natural areas visited. It is strictly forbidden to leave any type of waste (paper, plastic packaging etc) on the course. Any rider caught throwing waste on the course will be penalised or even disqualified.

Road safety.

  • Respect traffic rules at all times

  • Respect the Gran Fondo officials and volunteers

  • Obey all road rules

  • Wear your helmet at all times

  • Ride on the left-hand side of the road

  • Respect other road users (not involved in the event)

  • No earphones


The Course.

The Gran Fondo Myoko is a course with mixed terrain. Covering 152km and 3870m of vertical, 30km of gravel sectors. 

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Start Location.

  • The start location is 300m from the parking area. Please be at the start line 30mins before start for rider sign on. 

Finish Location.

  • The finish location and final timing point will be located at the Tap Room & Cafe. Please be sure to get signed off and collect your finisher medal.


Safety And Support.

Technical Assistance.

  • Every participant is expected to be self-sufficient in the case of a puncture.

  • If you suffer a mechanical fault and can not continue, please call the assistance number on the back of your race plate, please be patient. Do not deviate from the course!!

  • Basic technical assistance will be available at checkpoints. We will supply basic emergency spares, pumps, sealant and tools at CP2 CP3.

Spares Parts.

There are no bike shops close to the course, so riders are recommended to bring specific spares, including:

• A rear-mech hanger

• Allen keys specific to your bike

• Inner tubes with the correct length valves, CO2 cartridges and a pump.

Medical Assistance.

We expect all riders to ride within their limits and to take all standard safety precautions.


In the unlikely event of an accident, please remain calm. We will have first-aid kits at the checkpoints as well as the lanterne rouge, so please remain on the course.


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There will be four(4) mandatory checkpoints that riders must stop at.

These checkpoints are not only key timing points but also a chance to replenish nutrition and hydration.

Riders can elect to have bottles and food, extra clothing, tools and spare parts available at CP2. (68km)

A small musette size bag (30cmx30cm) will need to be numbered (your official race number) and presented to the assigned checkpoint vehicle the morning before the race. This will be available at the start line area.

Riders are strongly encouraged to use this facility. (Please keep weight to a minimum)

*(The course also passes close to two convenience stores and vending machines are also in many locations)

We do not recommend deviating from the course.

Gran Fondo Myoko will provide limited water and POW Bars (*for purchase) at CP1 CP2 CP3.

It is the riders responsibility to provide extra nutrition and hydration supplies.

COVID policy will be in place at these locations.

Checkpoint 1

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Located 37km from start at

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POW Bars*

*for purchase

Checkpoint 2

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Located 63km from start at

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Bag Drop (30cmX30cm)

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Checkpoint 3

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Located 100km from start at

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POW Bars*

*for purchase

Checkpoint 4

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Located 130km from start at

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KOM Finish / Race Finish

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POW Bars*

Timing System.

There will be four(4) mandatory checkpoints that riders must stop at +Start/Finish

These are Timing Checkpoints.


These Timing Checkpoints are for your safety and provide live results.

It is mandatory to check in at each checkpoint through the system.


There will be a link available for your family and friends to follow your progress in real-time.


The system requires a manual touch on tablet of rider race number.


Ride Start Area - (0km)

Checkpoint 1 - Togakushi (36km)

Checkpoint 2 - Hakuba 406 Tunnel (63km)

Checkpoint 3 - Otari (100km)

Checkpoint 4 - Sasagamine Gravel End (130km)

Checkpoint 5 - GoMyokoTapRoom & Cafe (148km)


Course Files.

Please be sure to have the latest version of the route on your GPS unit as course is subject to change.

Latest Update 09/16/2021 Here & ⬇️


Course Marking.

Please follow the course direction arrows and information. 


Awards Ceremony.

The GranFondoMyoko will award the following prizes at the Awards Ceremony.

Awards Ceremony 4:30-5:00PM


Male Solo

1st, 2nd, 3rd

(Presented by Runwell, MucOff, Thule, Sportful, POW Bar)

Female Solo

1st, 2nd, 3rd

(Presented by Runwell, MucOff, Thule, Sportful, POW Bar)


Male Team

1st, 2nd, 3rd

(Presented by Runwell, MucOff, Thule, Sportful, Pow Bar)


KOM Prize


(Presented by Runwell, MucOff, Sportful)

Hakuba Spot Prize


(Presented by B&B Santana)

Cyclism Super Domestique Prize


(Presented by Cyclism)


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