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RCC Escape Karuizawa

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Date: 16-17th April

Start and finish location: Karuizawa, Nagano


  • Explore unique riding destinations with expert local advice on all-day, overnight and weekend trips that blend a self-sufficient ethos with support where you need it. Attended by a small group of Rapha Cycling Club members, every intimate getaway offers the best riding every location has to offer and a chance to connect with your clubmates.



  • Get your spring riding the jumpstart it deserves with Japan’s first Escape of the year. Riding through the beautiful Nagano religion, this two-day getaway will take you on a journey across breathtaking mountainous landscapes. As the area is known for its wineries, the trip will be stopping by a few for a glass or two accompanied by a delicious meal.
  • Arriving on Saturday, 16th April and riding for two days, the club will explore the varied landscapes around Nagano on routes planned and led by local Ride Leaders and Rapha staff. Prepare to cover 90 kilometres of tarmac road with 2,500m of elevation. The exact routes and trip details will be revealed closer to the event date.


  • Escape Karuizawa is a riding getaway to be completed by a group of self-sufficient yet supportive cyclists. To ensure you’re ready for the road, be sure to bring along two spare tubes, a multi-tool, a pump, a patch kit and a masterlink. We also highly recommend bringing a spare kit and plenty of food.


What’s included:

  • Carefully curated routes
  • One night of accommodation
  • Rides led by our trusted Ride Leaders
  • A meal per day, plus a complimentary glass of wine on day two
  • E-Bike testing
  • Welcome pack
  • Special edition cap and musette

What’s not included:

  • Travel
  • Other meals
  • On-bike snacks

Details and Materials

  • Date: 16-17th April
  • Entry close date: Monday, 28th March
  • Escape start and finish point: Karuizawa, Nagano
  • Distance on day one: 40 kilometres
  • Distance on day two: 50 kilometres
  • Total distance: 90 kilometres
  • Elevation on day one: 1,000 meters
  • Elevation on day two: 1,500 meters
  • Total elevation: 2,500 meters
  • Terrain: Road
  • Number of spaces available: 36

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