The hills are alive around Nago City this weekend, but with the sounds of bicycles, not music, as the Tour de Okinawa generates 23 races.
Cyclists will be competing in 13 elements of racing, eight cycling section events, and another two festival-related events promoting the greatest cycle-sporting event in Japan. The weekend-long set of events –including international road races, citizen road races and citizen tour races– take place around the Yanbaru area of northern Okinawa, all under the banner of the Tour de Okinawa.
The races are held to promote sightseeing in the northern Okinawa area, to draw attention to local culture, and to contribute to improvement of public benefits, such as a community improvement or health enhancement. The races begin at 7:45 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
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Comment: Talk about a target rich environment! These people are terrorists, a road hazard and a general menace to society as it is. If you want to enjoy the weekend and keep your insurance costs down, head south this weekend or better yet, stay home and off the roads!