The inaugural "Tour de Saitama" will be held this October.
The race will host many of the world's finest cyclists and is being held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tour de France.
The official name is:
The Saitaima Criterium by Le Tour de France
Try saying that 10 times fast.
Following an official signing ceremony with Amaury Sport Organization, which organizes the Tour de France, the name and course were announced.
The course is 3.1 kilometers long, and riders will do 30 laps. It passes in front of the Saitama government buildings, JR Saitama-Shintoshin Station, and is close to Saitama Super Arena and JR Kita-Yono Station.
Here in Kyoto, we have often fantasized about a Tour type race that ends with riders pedaling under the massive torii gates of Heian Shrine.
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