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    The Rapha Prestige tasks small amateur teams with an unsupported and unmarshalled adventure across stunning terrain. Unsupported and unmarshalled, the rules are simple: start and finish as a team, and pass through all the checkpoints.

    The Route

    Prepare for approximately 130 kilometres of riding and expect to be on the bike for 7-8 hours, starting from 5am. We seek out the roads less travelled, meandering through dense forests on the lower slopes of Mt. Hotaka. Once you’ve finished, there will be an after party to celebrate the ride, please bring a dozen bottles of your favourite craft beer.

    There will be checkpoint locations and a supplied route, which will be revealed only to confirmed participants 48 hours before the ride.


    The Prestige Hotaka is a completely unsupported ride to be completed by teams of 4-5, who we encourage to wear matching jerseys. Teams must ride and pass through the checkpoints together. You are responsible for navigation and should follow the route provided. All riders are expected to be self-sufficient, neither food nor mechanical support will be provided. Minimum kit should include two tubes, a multi-tool, a pump, a patch kit, a masterlink and all the food you will need. We recommend a power bank to recharge phones and GPS units. A paper cue sheet will be supplied as well as a .gpx file.

    Details and Materials

    • Complimentary Prestige Hotaka cap and musette
    • Entry for teams of 4 or 5 riders
    • Paper cue sheet and .gpx file provided
    • Manned checkpoints with brevet card stamps
    • Post-ride after party
    • Recommended accommodation: Hoshino-Furu-Mori
    • Point of contact:

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