We are proud to announce the upcoming full-scale cycling road race in my hometown, Kyushu. This event symbolizes our resilience and recovery from the recent disasters, including heavy rainfall, mudslides, flooding, major earthquakes, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The inaugural race will span Fukuoka, Kumamoto, and Oita prefectures. The starting point holds a special place in my heart: the Kitakyushu Media Dome, the very birthplace of bicycle racing. Some sections of the racecourse even served as my training ground during my active cycling days.
Our hope is that Kyushu will welcome numerous tourists and cyclists to witness world-class competition and experience the thrill of cycling firsthand. We are dedicated to sharing the passion for cycling and showcasing the beauty of Kyushu to a global audience.
From Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Debuted at Kurume Velodrome in 1975 and set a record of 18 undefeated races. In 1980, he became the first Japanese professional athlete to earn more than 100 million yen in prize money in a single year.
In 1977, he became the first Japanese athlete to win the sprint event at the World Cycling Championships, and went on to win 10 consecutive titles until 1986.Such outstanding accomplishments rightfully earned him the titles of “Sekai no Nakano”(Nakano of the World) and “Mr.Keirin”(Mister Bicycle Race), he became the first Japanese cyclist to compete overseas.
Following his retirement from professional cycling, he seamlessly transitioned into the roles of a sports commentator and bicycle critic. He served as the Chairman of the Japan Cycling Federation's Strengthening Committee and held an advisory position at the Japan Keirin Association (JKA), among other notable roles. In 2006, he was awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon.
My Navi Tour de Kyushu 2023 Cheerleader!
Wow! In October of this year, amazing cyclists from all over the world will gather in our very own Kyushu! Let’s cheer them on together!
Birthplace: Kumamoto Prefecture
Birthday: March 12th
Gender:“I’m a boy!”
Unique Skills: Dancing and ""Finding Surprises and Happiness""
Occupation: Technically a civil servant. Sales Manager and Happiness Manager of Kumamoto Prefecture.
Promoting Kumamoto, and conveying its charm to everyone.
Captain of the Mynavi Tour de Kyushu 2023 Support Team since May 2023
We are TikToker Duo Bariyawa Tonkotsu! We'll be cheering for the Mynavi Tour de Kyushu 2023 along with Captain Kumamon! It's our first time to watch a cycle road race, so why don't we all cheer together?
Bariyawa Tonkotsu (Shintani Ayaka/ Nagamatsu Bunta) From: Fukuoka Prefecture Birthdays: Shintani Ayaka – Nov 1st/ Nagamatsu Bunta - July 9th They both started out working solo in the entertainment industry, and formed their partnership in December 2021.Their Fukuoka Girl TikToks went viral, and now they have over 1 million total social media followers! Ayaka's baseball and Fumita's soccer TikToks are also popular.
Led by Sayuri Soga, the first Japanese cheerleader in the world-renowned NFL,this group consists of 5 event support cheerleaders.
Tournament trophy/Leader jersey
It was produced by plating company Kyushu Denka Co., Ltd., engraved by Masaharu Inoue (Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture), also known as THE Iron Man, and processed the mirror part by Kyukyo Co., Ltd. It was manufactured jointly by three companies and donated to the event.
The design of the Individual Overall Time Award (blue), Point Award (red), and Young Rider Award (green) incorporates a mark symbolizing "Kyushu is One."The design of the Mountain Award is based on the image of "the blessings of water from the mountains.""