Japan it was a great experience under different aspects. We,in Europe should learn from Japan on how to improve cycling infrastructures or to "copy and paste" new ideas.
Tokyo will be hosting the 2020 Olympic Games. To be fair the roads are ready to be abused by cyclist and triathletes.The condition are spotless in every road I have been riding.
Precisely, I have not been riding in the most trafficked roads, but those untouched by main traffic and those out of the tourist's eye.
The culture of cycling is really ahead of us. There are 24 hours guarded bicycle underground parking,open spaces parking where bikes are not even locked. Defined bike lanes along the main roads, bike lane in all the roads.
The riders here in Japan, like to show off theirs sexy bikes,clothes and anything to do with cycling.They are proud to be considered professional,semi-pro, and serious amateurs.
The Tour of Japan,has created and will continue to create an interested in cycling in any age generations within the country.
There are some Japanese cycling companies building peculiar handmade bikes, quality handmade accessories and much more. This is to show their deepest devotion to the sport.
It was a great night to have a chat with some really interesting people and the riders from the team.
I personally awarded Filippo Pozzato with a SaddleDrunk T-shirt for his career personal achievements and to have a chat about his experience in Japan.
As personal consideration I recommend people to think about visit Japan with their bike.
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