Long Riders from Japan & Guam Explore Island’s Beauty

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Guam – Cyclists from Japan and Guam roamed the islands roadways and villages Sunday in Long Ride 2011, the first of what the Guam Visitors Bureau plans on making an annual event.

The inaugural event attracted about 100 local and visiting Japanese cyclists. The cycling tour was hosted by the Japan Travel Bureau and GVB.

The 74.5-mile event was not a race. 

Guam Long Ride Execution Committee (GLREC) Chairman Horishi Inoue is quoted in a release as saying it is ” a chance for athletes to explore Guam in a leisurely, unconventional way.”

The Long Ride began at Ypao Beach Park at 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning. The riders headed south to Nimitz Beach in Agat, through the villages of Merizo and Inarajan, and heads north up the island’s east side, ultimately making its way back to Ypao in Tumon.

GVB General Manager Gerry Perez is quoted in a release as saying: “This event is truly a testament of how our sports marketing efforts can benefit local sports enthusiasts and tie in with the visitor industry.”

Sponsors for GLR 2011 include Continental Airlines, SHIMANO, and Hyatt Regency Guam, with support from Guam Cycling Federation, Yates Publishing Co., PMT Guam Corp., Pacific Islands Club, the Japanese School of Guam, George Washington High School JROTC, and GVB.

For more information on the event, contact Takahiro Ogawa at GLREC via e-mail at t_ogawa659@west.jtb.jp or Takashi Itagaki at Pacific Micronesia Tours at 647-0729.

Horishi Inoue, chairman of the Guam Long Ride Execution Committee (GLREC).