The competition is called DETOUR and it’s described as a mission to find riders, adventurers, and creators who document their experiences of bicycle travel through art. The folks behind the promotion want to see paintings, photographs, illustrations, poems, films, songs, or whatever you are inspired to make. The medium doesn’t matter, as long as the spirit of exploration and adventure is clear. On August 19th at 23:59 GMT, a panel of judges will pick the best entry and the winner will be set up to ride the Japanese Odyssey, a self-supported bicycle journey through Japan that lets riders explore 2,600km of forest roads and paths without a stopwatch, covering 12 checkpoints. Starting from Tokyo on October 31st, 2018, the fourth edition allows riders to choose their own path, deep into dense forests and through neon cities, returning to Tokyo in their own time. As an endurance cycling event with no stopwatch, the emphasis is on exploration and appreciation rather than speed, and riders have 10 days to complete the 2,600km route.
Applications can be submitted to the online gallery until August 19th and all the best submissions will be displayed there. The chosen winner will receive flights and an entry to the Japanese Odyssey, courtesy of 7mesh, Ritchey and Apidura. The winner will also receive a loaner bike for the event, as well as a selection of clothing and bikepacking packs to take home. For more details, visit Detour-Odyssey.com.
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