Grinduro returns to Japan for more maxin’ and relaxin’. In 2024, the purple party will visit the outdoor adventure capital of Japan, Minakami, deep in the Gunma mountains and only 90mins north of Tokyo. The region is well renowned for its rafting, canyoning, MTB and is the original Bungy Jumping location in Japan. Now, Minakami can boast it is also the capital of gravel cycling. The event brings together leaders in the outdoor industry, partnering with Canyons Japan and MTB Japan to bring a world class weekend of adventure and fun on and off the bike.

Established in California, USA, in 2015, Grinduro has expanded with events across the globe. Japan is just one of six locations to feature in the Grinduro global gravel series in 2024, brought to life by presenting sponsor Shimano with the global support of Schwalbe, PRO, Wahoo Fitness and Leatt.

grinduro Japan location
Grinduro Japan

“The simple joy of riding bikes with your friends in new places is something that people all over the world can relate to,” said James Deane, from Grinduro Global. “That’s been at the heart of Grinduro the very beginning, and it’s been amazing to share our passion with riders across the globe. We cannot wait to head back to Japan and see again the joy and smiles on the riders there in 2023, is a testament to the energy and spirit driving Grinduro.”

2024 will see Grinduro Japan return to a more traditional format with camping at the forefront, as the event will take over a campground for the weekend, right next to the beautiful Yubiso river and nestled in the foothills of majestic Mt Tanigawa. For riders looking for bricks and mortar accommodation options, Minakami boasts many levels of ryokan, lodges, and some amazing glamping.

Grinduro riders in Japan

Like all Grinduro events, Japan will continue to feature Grinduro’s magic formula – a combination of gravel road race and mountain bike-style enduro: one long loop of pavement, gravel, and dirt, where finishing times are based on four timed segments (each roughly 7 – 12 minutes).  As a testament to both the diverse riding skills required and the level of competition, past editions have been won by former professional downhill racers, pro road racers and current cyclocross pros. But Grinduro is not just a bike race. It’s a celebration of cycling with as much emphasis on the fun as on the ride, with excellent food, an impressive display of art and incredible handmade bikes, live music, camping, and a festival atmosphere.

Mark the dates, 18-20 October 2024 and join us in Minakami, Japan for a weekend of top shelf Maxin’ & Relaxin’.