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Ride As One heads to Kyushu - Japan’s cycling paradise - to raise funds for research and cures

Publish Date: 9/2/2017

Returning from a site overview for the Ride as One event this April, Leukaemia Foundation Business and Campaigns Development Manager, Meaghan Bush, is confident “Kyushu is our best ride yet.”

Meaghan was accompanied by volunteer organiser Ian Brady and Japan Biking Tour Company guides, Thomas and Vincent. The group experienced some extreme weather conditions, with Tokyo receiving a rare snowfall and temperatures throughout the week hovering in the single figures.

Thankfully, the cyclists taking part in Ride As One can expect mild, spring-time conditions, with April widely considered the best time to visit.

“Kyushu truly is a cycling paradise," said Meaghan. “The island is a contrast of dramatic, near-tropical coastlines and mountainous terrain providing a diverse course for our riders and they can expect challenging hill climbs and with that, enjoyable descents through scenic landscapes.”

Participants will see a part of Japan that is off the tourist trail, rarely visited by Japanese or travellers. They will sample delicious regional cuisine, cycle around terraced rice paddies and meet the locals. The region is famous for its hot springs that will be a welcome reward after a long day in the saddle.

The island of Kyushu is Japan’s most southern main island and is arguably the most picturesque, with active volcanoes, lush coastlines and tranquil onsen spas around almost every corner. Kyushu is rich in history, and since 3rd century BC was the location where many countries from around the world crossed seas to trade. An abundance of historic ruins and ancient tombs remain from this period, providing endless sightseeing and a glimpse into what Japan was once like.   

There are still spots available for cyclists looking for a unique and challenging experience and you can find out more or reserve your spot today at www.rideasone.org.au

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