July 12, 2014

Umi No Hi Ride - Let the Pedal Days of Summer Begin!

The 71st Night Pedal Cruising ride once again heads towards Tokyo Bay over the Marine Day long weekend break, but this time will finish at Tennozu Isle rather than the beach and parks of Odaiba.

This ride will mark the beginning the Pedal Days of Summer, one and a half months of organised rides around Tokyo in celebration of the 5th Pedal Day Festival which will be held on August 16 and 17 at the United Nations University Farmers Market, and August 18 in Yoyogi Park.

Riders will gather at the Aoyama United Nations University Farmers Market at 5:30pm on Saturday July 19, and will set off at 6:00pm.

The ride will proceed along 246 from Aoyama to Roppongi Midtown, through the Roppongi Crossing and on to Tokyo Tower before taking a break in Shiba park. From there we will continue past Tamachi Station and along the old Shibaura Waterfront before ending on Tennozu Isle.

As this is the first of the Pedal Days of Summer rides its the perfect opportunity to slap on a Hawaiian shirt, board shorts and a pair of flip flops to celebrate the ride and the spirit of summer.

As always bring lights, sound systems, a camera the means to blow bubbles, streamers and whatever else you think will add to the party atmosphere of the ride. I've just bought a new bike speaker and am already contemplating a summer soundtrack for the ride consisting of The Beach Boys, Tube and Southern All Stars so be prepared.

The pace is slow, the distance is manageable, and the company is excellent. The number of regular riders is increasing and we're attracting a great mix of riders not only from Japan, but from all around the world.

If you do post pictures from the ride to social media please do tag them with #NPC71 to share with us all.

Full details about the ride can be found here.

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