Perhaps you’ve gotten a good taste of cyclocross in Japan from Brian Vernor’s movie, The Cyclocross Meeting, where Barry Wicks and Adam McGrath battle Japan’s best on dry, sandy courses. But Japan boasts its share of muddy races, and racers and spectators embrace racing and crashing in the sloppy stuff just as much as any Seattle or Portland racer.  And thanks to our Cowbell cyclocross community member Pinarancio, we’ve got the video to prove it.

Japan’s cyclocross scene is growing well and is more American than European, with large field sizes, mountain bikers welcomed and enthusiastic spectators. But Japanese cyclocross has its own flare too, and American riders can learn something from their eastern counterparts: the benefits of riding with a toothbrush! Check out the well-prepared rider at 1:05.