Racing returns to downtown Tokyo

By Nobuhiro Matsukura The first criterium in the middle of Tokyo was held on Sunday, breaking a...

By Nobuhiro Matsukura

The first criterium in the middle of Tokyo was held on Sunday, breaking a 54-year hiatus of road racing in the Japanese capital. While there have been some races in the suburban areas of Tokyo, the last road race in the city centre dates back to 1953, when the University Student Championships were held on a 6km circuit around the Imperial Palace.

Sunday's criterium marked the 70th anniversary of the Japan Intercollegiate Cycling Federation, which was established in 1936.

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