Get Creative and You Could Ride the Japanese Odyssey

Photos by Eigo Shimojo

If you’re the type of person who loves to use different artistic mediums to document your adventurous bicycle experiences, you could win the chance to be flown to Japan for this amazing ride.

The competition is called DETOUR and it’s best described as a mission to find riders, adventurers, and creators who are keen to use various art forms to document their bicycle travel experiences. We want to see paintings, photographs, illustrations, poems, films, songs, and more. The medium doesn’t matter, as long as the spirit of exploration and adventure is clear.

Detour Contest

A panel of judges will pick the best entry and we’ll send the winner to ride the Japanese Odyssey, an unsupported bicycle journey across Japan. Starting from Tokyo on 31 October 2018, the fourth edition of this fantastic adventure allows riders to choose their own path through twelve checkpoints—deep into dense forests, through neon cities, ultimately finishing back in Tokyo. As an endurance cycling event with no stopwatch, the emphasis is on exploration and appreciation rather than speed, though riders must complete the 2,600km route within ten days.

Detour Contest

Applications can be submitted to the online gallery until 19 August 2018, where the best submissions will be displayed right away. The chosen winner will receive flights and entry to the Japanese Odyssey, courtesy of 7mesh, Ritchey and Apidura. The winner will also receive a Ritchey Outback adventure bike to use on the trip, as well as a selection of clothing from 7mesh and Apidura bikepacking packs to take home. While in Japan the only concerns for the winner are to pedal, be inspired and hopefully make some more great art.

The deadline is just a few days away, so get cracking and let’s see what you’re got!

Detour Contest