Cycling Kyoto was founded in September 2012 by cycling enthusiasts, Grecia and James. James writes,
Kyoto offers a wealth of amazing cycling opportunities but when we started it was hard to find like-minded people to ride with. It’s hard to participate in group rides when all of the information is in complicated Japanese! As we bumped into fellow English-speaking cyclists – evidently many of them with similar problems – our ranks swelled. We now have over 70 registered members, probably 15 or 20 of whom are quite regular riders with the group, including several Japanese members.
We run frequent group rides: one large/long one almost every Sunday, smaller ones on weekday mornings (before work/school) and occasionally longer overnight trips (we recently rode to Koya-san) and special events (such as the recent CycloFemme women’s ride). We also host other events – most recently we got together to drink, eat cheese and share in the excitement of the penultimate stage of the Giro d’Italia as a group.
Most of our rides are road cycling, but we have members with keen passions for mountain biking and cyclocross as well. If you have any interest in cycling in Kyoto, please do not hesitate to get in touch – we would love to hear from you!
You can find out more and contact us at:
Many of our smaller rides are usually announced on our Facebook page:
We look forward to riding with you soon!
James & Grecia
See also: Cycle Kyoto