Cycling event Sugar Ride Kumejima held

Cycling event Sugar Ride Kumejima held

In the third Sugar Ride Kumejima, the participants ran their bike up a steep mountain hill in Kumejima on March 16(Photograph taken by Masatoshi Moromizato).

March 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The third Sugar Ride Kumejima started at Ojima on March 16. Cyclists enjoyed touring around Kumejima Town, which has rich nature.

Over the 130 kilometer-Challenge course, the participants did three laps of the island. In the 90 kilometer-Athlete course, they did two laps. In the 45 kilometer-Tourist course, the cyclists went around the island once. The event had 214 participants, with 196 people completing the courses. Under the clear sky, the participants cycled around the island at their own pace. People standing along the road cheered them.

The cycling event began in 2012 to promote the charm of the island through the bicycle ride.

The courses included Teada bridge and Tsumugi bridge, which span a new road that has been open to traffic since last November. The participants enjoyed a glorious view of Kerama Islands.

Oita prefecture resident Kika Kuno who took part in the event with 11 fellow cyclists, said, “After biking up the steep hill, I had glorious view in front of me. I enjoyed Kumejima.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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