A Second Edition of The Virtual Racing Retreat To The Arima Hot Spring

Kobe, Japan / July 20, 2021 - Arima Cycle invites riders from all over the world to join the ‘Arima & Mt.Rokko Virtual Ride Race 2021’ on Thursday, July 22nd at 15:00 JST (8:00 am CEST). Everyone is welcome to challenge the continental Japanese pros on ROUVY in the 2nd virtual retreat to the Arima Hot Spring, the oldest town of hot springs in Japan.

The wheel is spinning

Sweat drops on the winding road

Mount Rokko is high...

The racing fun begins on the streets of Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture and snakes its way through the city, passing the metropolis. Winding through a few villages, the landscape of the course gradually changes to a classic Japanese deep green forest giving the racers plenty of space for peaceful, zen-like contemplation, inspiring riders to concentrate on nothing but turning the pedals to make it to the top. Riders will rush to the summit of Mount Rokko in the 15km challenging uphill race with drafting on.

Main Event | Arima Hot Spring & Mt. Rokko Virtual Ride Race 2021 | 15:00 JST/08:00 a.m. CEST

This race is an open, public event and anyone with a smart trainer can teleport to Japan on ROUVY to join the pro riders from the Continental teams.


辻善光 / Yoshimitsu Tsuji / Team: Team Zenko

兼松大和 / Yamato Kanematsu / Team: Infinity Style

安原大貴 / Daiki Yasuhara / Matrix Powertag

遠藤正律 / Masanori Endo / Team: ZWC


Riders who reach the finish line in less than 60 minutes will have the chance to win the lottery prizes.

  • Raffle for 1 person / prize

  • a WAHOO original big towel

  • Casa Ciclismo’s original Onsen towel

  • free 3-month license for Casa Ciclismo’s secure cycle parking at Arima Hot Spring.


The races will be live streamed on Youtube Live in Japanese only; watch here.

Registration for the main race is open HERE.


Physical Esports Exhibition race | 11:00 JST/ 04:00 a.m. CEST

To be a top competitor, strong physical shape and persistence are required for staying on top during the competitions. 5 esports gamers will be given 30 minutes to reach the finish gate, as a challenge. Who will be the fastest esports gamer?

-> This race will be held as a private event. The community is invited to watch and enjoy the live stream.

Corporate Competition Exhibition Race | 13:00 JST / 06:00 a.m. CEST

The corporates around Arima and Mt. Rokko will come together to take on this challenge of a hill climb. Each company will make a group of 3 riders. Each rider can switch only once anytime during the race. They will be given 60minutes to reach the goal gate.

-> This race will be held as a private event. The community is invited to watch and enjoy the live stream.

Race Big in Japan!



Main: Arima Hot Spring Cycling House “Casa Ciclismo” *only invited people can visit the event. Public viewing is allowed at Bar de Gozar.

Sub: “eSPARKLe Kobe” One esports player and one corporate participant are going to join online from this event venue for the exhibition races (watch-only races). Spectator seats have been prepared for the event.

Sponsor: Keibunsha

Partners: Wahoo Fitness Japan / ROUVY / Sunvolt / Hyogo Esports Union / Mont-bell

Advisor: Shiro Yamaguchi (Department of Human Society, Associate Professor, University of Marketing and Distribution Sciences)

About Main organizer & host:

Arima Hot Spring & Mt. Rokko Virtual Ride Race Executive Committee

ArimaTourism Association Youth Team / TRÊS CORVOS ARIMA / Nishio Rent All Co. Ltd. / Xebec Co. Ltd. / West Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, Kobe Chamber of Commerce and Industry Kobe Sports Industry Conference. https://visit.arima-onsen.com/