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Nobeyama features a spectacular setting and all the right amenities for a top-notch cyclocross race. Unfortunately, it's just far from most population centers. © Cyclocross Magazine

Nobeyama features a spectacular setting and all the right amenities for a top-notch cyclocross race despite being far from the population centers. © Cyclocross Magazine

Japan’s cyclocross scene has been growing in leaps and bounds, and this year’s UCI Rapha Supercross weekend in Nobeyama proved that not only are the UCI races attracting big domestic fields, it’s continuing to draw more international talent.

Garry Millburn up the Land Rover stairs - 2016 Rapha Super Cross Nobeyama, Japan. © J. Curtes / Cyclocross Magazine

Garry Millburn up the Land Rover stairs at the 2016 Rapha Super Cross Nobeyama, Japan. © J. Curtes / Cyclocross Magazine

One look at this year’s winners shows just how international at least the Nobeyama weekend has become. Two different Aussies, a Czech and an American walked away with victories this weekend.

This year, 11 international UCI racers participated in the pro races. In total, there were huge fields, with over a hundred men raced the Elite Men’s races, and over thirty women in the Elite Women’s races.

As appropriate for any international UCI race, there was a Sporza-style tire check:

ワールドカップ中継のアレ #tirecheck #nobeyamacx

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The English speaking contingent featured some of the same contenders we saw in China at the Qiansen Trophy races in September. Squid’s American squad of Samantha Runnels, Emily Kachorek and Anthony Clark made the trip, with Runnels taking the Day 1 victory in the Elite Women and the whole team earning valuable UCI points with top ten finishes. Cameron Beard and Kevin Bradford-Parish also made the trip to Nobeyama and were also rewarded with top 10 finishes.

Australia’s April McDonough, Fiona Morris, Chris Jongewaard, Paul Redenbach and Garry Millburn also made the trip, with McDonough and Jongewaard taking the Day 2 Elite victories.

様々なシケイン超え① #nobeyamacx DAY2 エリート男子 多分7周目 トップ

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On the men’s side, the spoils of victory on Day 1 went to the Emil Hekele, who hails from the Czech Republic. While the victory is Hekele’s first UCI win of 2017 (and perhaps his career), he is no stranger to racing cyclocross in Asia, having finished ninth at the Qiansen Trophy Cyclocross Race #2.

The race has typically attracted a handful of professional and amateur Americans. Promoter Daisuke Yano’s incredible hospitality in hosting many of the racers adds to the family-feel and memories of the event.

The Rapha Supercross in Nobeyama never fails to deliver scenery and memories. © A. Yee / Cyclocross Magazine

The Rapha Supercross in Nobeyama never fails to deliver scenery and memories. © A. Yee / Cyclocross Magazine

See the full 2017 Nobeyama Rapha Supercross cyclocross race results below.

2017 Nobeyama Rapha Supercross Day 1 Results - Elite Women

RankBIBLast NameFirst NameCountryAgeResult
1121RUNNELSSamanthaUSA2600:44:05
2130MCDONOUGHAprilAUS3000:44:05
3122IMAIMihoJPN3000:44:07
4124KACHOREKEmilyUSA3700:44:31
5123YONAMINEEriJPN2600:44:43
6125KARAMIMiyokoJPN4300:45:55
7128MIYAUCHISakikoJPN4200:46:05
8127NISHIYAMAMiyukiJPN3700:46:07
9137MATSUMOTORinaJPN1700:47:32
10133MORRISFionaAUS3200:47:52
11131UEDAJunkoJPN3600:48:04
12129FUKUMOTOChikaJPN2400:48:43
13136SAKAMOTOSayaJPN2800:49:05
14139HIRATAChieJPN4700:49:20
15132NISHIKATAMaiJPN2200:49:39
16134HAYASHIGUCHIYukieJPN4400:49:46
17156AKAMATSUAyaJPN2600:49:59
18138SHINKAWAAkikoJPN2400:50:05
19147HASHIGUCHIYokoJPN3700:50:08
20141EJIMAAyaJPN3000:50:08
21152MIZUTANIYukikoJPN46-1 LAP
22135SUDOUMutsumiJPN48-1 LAP
23151MIYAZAKIYukaJPN26-1 LAP
24160KAWASAKIMichikoJPN39-1 LAP
25143TSUJIMizuhoJPN44-2 LAP
26150FUTAKUCHISakiJPN33-2 LAP
27144YOSHIOKARisaJPN21-2 LAP
28155FUKUDASaeJPN22-2 LAP
29153MATSUDATamamiJPN44-2 LAP
30140KAWASAKIMamiJPN43-2 LAP
31149KINOSHITAReikoJPN49-2 LAP
32148MINAMISatokoJPN43-2 LAP
33142ONIKATATakakoJPN37-2 LAP
34146WATANUKIMichihoJPN46-4 LAP
126TAKEDAWakaJPN25DNS
145YASUDATomokoJPN48DNS

2017 Nobeyama Rapha Supercross Day 1 Results - Elite Men

RankBIBLast NameFirst NameCountryAgeResult   
12HEKELEEmilCZE401:02:43
26JONGEWAARDChrisAUS381:03:14
37TAKENOUCHIYuJPN291:03:34
4114CLARKAnthonyUSA301:03:37
53KOSAKAHikaruJPN291:04:02
64SAWADATokiJPN231:03:51
71MILLBURNGarryAUS301:03:53
89BRADFORD-PARISHKevinUSA351:04:07
95MAEDAKoheiJPN231:04:54
1017REDENBACHPaulAUS391:05:29
1112MARUYAMAAtsushiJPN391:05:42
128YOKOYAMAKotaJPN221:06:07
1313NAKAZATOMasaruJPN251:06:12
14118KOSAKAMasanoriJPN541:06:13
1511BEARDCameronUSA191:06:38
1610ODAHijiriJPN191:06:43
1727KANEKOHiroakiJPN331:06:52
1815MIYAZUAsahiJPN231:07:11
1919NAKAMURARyutaroJPN271:07:20
2037YAMADAYoshikiJPN221:07:26
2134MATSUMOTOShunJPN411:07:51
2225SIGETAKengoJPN231:07:59
2323SAITOTomohiroJPN401:08:02
2421KADOTAMotoshiJPN41-1 LAP
25120KOMORIRyoheiJPN29-1 LAP
2631GODAMasayukiJPN43-1 LAP
2743YAMADADaisukeJPN24-1 LAP
2830SAKAMOTOAkiraJPN20-1 LAP
2944NAKAMAShintarouJPN37-2 LAP
3041SUZUKIYoshinoriJPN30-2 LAP
3120FUJITATakumiJPN20-2 LAP
3236EGOSHIMikuyaJPN18-2 LAP
3362YAMAUCHIKenseiJPN21-3 LAP
3445IKEMOTOShinyaJPN39-3 LAP
3540ONIKATAHiroyukiJPN39-3 LAP
3676WATANABEMasahiroJPN32-3 LAP
3748ANDOKoheiJPN32-3 LAP
3814KATOKengoJPN21-3 LAP
3928KUNIIToshioJPN40-4 LAP
4051ESHITAKentaroJPN40-4 LAP
4156NEMOTORyojiJPN35-4 LAP
4235HIGOAtaruJPN24-4 LAP
4347TOYARyojiJPN36-4 LAP
4457SAGAWAYutaJPN31-4 LAP
4554MURAYAMAYuyaJPN25-4 LAP
46113SATOToshihideJPN35-4 LAP
4746KOBAYASHIYukiJPN28-4 LAP
4859KUBOShinjiJPN48-4 LAP
4950OCHIAIYukiJPN34-4 LAP
5042SAMATAMasatoJPN41-4 LAP
5163TAKAGIMichinariJPN24-4 LAP
5216TAKEIKyosukeJPN39-4 LAP
5329SAWAKINorioJPN29-5 LAP
5449HASHIGUCHIJunichiroJPN39-5 LAP
5533MAKINOTakashiJPN44-5 LAP
5626DOIYukihiroJPN34-5 LAP
5774IKEDAShoheiJPN36-5 LAP
5824SAITOTakumaJPN20-5 LAP
5938MIZUTAKEShinichiJPN45-5 LAP
60103AKIBARyunosukeJPN22-5 LAP
6197OKATakuyaJPN26-5 LAP
6252AOKIMakotoJPN41-5 LAP
6355SAITOKazuyaJPN33-5 LAP
6467MORISHITASusumuJPN44-5 LAP
6558ISHIKAWAMasamichiJPN40-5 LAP
6680NAKAGAWAShuntaroJPN28-6 LAP
6761KOSHIYAMAMasahiroJPN31-6 LAP
6870BABAKatsuhisaJPN40-6 LAP
6969KURIHARAAsahiJPN30-6 LAP
7068NEMOTOManabuJPN39-6 LAP
7132YAMANAKAShinJPN39-6 LAP
7273MURATATakashiJPN52-6 LAP
7366MASUDAKenichiJPN57-6 LAP
7460KOZAIShinsukeJPN39-6 LAP
7593NAKAZAWAJunJPN41-6 LAP
76119IZAWAKodaiJPN26-6 LAP
7764KANAIJinJPN43-6 LAP
7884TSUJIYousukeJPN34-6 LAP
7977WADARyoheiJPN36-6 LAP
8082HOSOYATaikiJPN41-6 LAP
81100MARUYAMAKenjiJPN37-6 LAP
82102YOSHIMOTOKentaroJPN43-6 LAP
8339SAKAIKousukeJPN47-6 LAP
8492MORIHisashiJPN43-6 LAP
8581KAGEYAMAZenmeiJPN41-6 LAP
8671GOTOKotaroJPN44-6 LAP
8786KUNIYOSHIMasanoriJPN45-6 LAP
88101SUZUKIYusukeJPN40-6 LAP
89112KAMADASoyaJPN22-6 LAP
9083IIKenichiJPN50-6 LAP
9187AKIMOTOMasaoJPN39-6 LAP
9290ISHIYAMAYukikazeJPN36-6 LAP
9322OKURASoJPN35-6 LAP
94107KORIYAMAMasahitoJPN39-6 LAP
9599MIZUTANITakuyaJPN48-6 LAP
9672YAMADAKenjiJPN39-6 LAP
97105SANOChihiroJPN30-6 LAP
98109KUMAMOTODaigoroJPN45-6 LAP
9988SATOHideoJPN53-6 LAP
10065SAWADAYasuyukiJPN52-6 LAP
10195ITOHirohikoJPN46-6 LAP
10253MATSUMURAKouichiJPN45-6 LAP
10398KOJIMAHirokiJPN26-6 LAP
10475KIMOTOTetsujiJPN32-6 LAP
10596TAKEDAKoudaiJPN28-6 LAP
106110IHMAndreasCAN39-7 LAP
10794SOGAWAYujiJPN30-7 LAP
10889MURAOKAMasatoshiJPN46-7 LAP
109104MAEDANaoJPN37-7 LAP
18TAKEUCHIRyoJPN20DNF

2017 Nobeyama Rapha Supercross Day 2 Results - Elite Women

RankBIBLast NameFirst NameCountryAgeResult   
1130MCDONOUGHAprilAUS3044:15
2121RUNNELSSamanthaUSA2645:12
3122IMAIMihoJPN3045:32
4124KACHOREKEmilyUSA3745:47
5123YONAMINEEriJPN2646:18
6125KARAMIMiyokoJPN4346:26
7136MATSUMOTORinaJPN1746:43
8128MIYAUCHISakikoJPN4247:08
9127NISHIYAMAMiyukiJPN3747:19
10133MORRISFionaAUS3248:31
11131UEDAJunkoJPN3648:56
12129FUKUMOTOChikaJPN2449:14
13135SAKAMOTOSayaJPN2849:21
14138HIRATAChieJPN4749:34
15137SHINKAWAAkikoJPN2449:40
16132NISHIKATAMaiJPN2250:15
17155FUKUDASaeJPN2251:02
18134SUDOUMutsumiJPN48-1 LAP
19140EJIMAAyaJPN30-1 LAP
20145HASHIGUCHIYokoJPN37-1 LAP
21139KAWASAKIMichikoJPN39-1 LAP
22143YOSHIOKARisaJPN21-1 LAP
23149UKAIChiharuJPN30-1 LAP
24153MIZUTANIYukikoJPN46-2 LAP
25154MATSUDATamamiJPN44-2 LAP
26142TSUJIMizuhoJPN44-2 LAP
27152MIYAZAKIYukaJPN26-2 LAP
28151FUTAKUCHISakiJPN33-2 LAP
29141ONIKATATakakoJPN37-2 LAP
30147MINAMISatokoJPN43-2 LAP
31150FUJIEKyokoJPN45-2 LAP
32148KINOSHITAReikoJPN49-3 LAP
33144YASUDATomokoJPN48-3 LAP
34156KAWASAKIMamiJPN43-4 LAP

2017 Nobeyama Rapha Supercross Day 2 Results - Elite Men

RankBIBLast NameFirst NameCountryAgeResult
17JONGEWAARDChrisAUS3857:27
23HEKELEEmilCZE4057:51
32MILLBURNGarryAUS3058:04
41CLARKAnthonyUSA3058:08
56MAEDAKoheiJPN2358:08
610BRADFORD-PARISHKevinUSA3558:22
78TAKENOUCHIYuJPN2958:54
84KOSAKAHikaruJPN2959:07
99YOKOYAMAKotaJPN2259:07
1012BEARDCameronUSA1959:07
115SAWADATokiJPN2359:16
1213MARUYAMAAtsushiJPN391:00:05
1318REDENBACHPaulAUS391:01:03
1411ODAHijiriJPN191:01:19
1523KADOTAMotoshiJPN411:01:33
1614NAKAZATOMasaruJPN251:01:36
1724KOSAKAMasanoriJPN541:02:06
1821NAKAMURARyutaroJPN271:02:24
1933MATSUMOTOShunJPN411:02:30
2037YAMADAYoshikiJPN221:02:50
2116MIYAZUAsahiJPN23-1 LAP
2243YAMADADaisukeJPN24-1 LAP
2328KUNIIToshioJPN40-1 LAP
2422FUJITATakumiJPN20-1 LAP
2544NAKAMAShintarouJPN37-2 LAP
2629SAWAKINorioJPN29-2 LAP
2715KATOKengoJPN21-2 LAP
2835EGOSHIMikuyaJPN18-2 LAP
2941SUZUKIYoshinoriJPN30-2 LAP
30111KOMORIRyoheiJPN29-2 LAP
3125SAITOTomohiroJPN40-2 LAP
3230GODAMasayukiJPN43-2 LAP
3336YANAIShuheiJPN30-3 LAP
3459KUBOShinjiJPN48-3 LAP
3546TOYARyojiJPN36-3 LAP
3640ONIKATAHiroyukiJPN39-3 LAP
3734HIGOAtaruJPN24-3 LAP
3862KUBOTAHirohideJPN36-3 LAP
3927KANEKOHiroakiJPN33-3 LAP
4052AOKIMakotoJPN41-3 LAP
4142SAMATAMasatoJPN41-3 LAP
4248MUKOYAMAKojiJPN39-4 LAP
4379IZAWAKodaiJPN26-4 LAP
4445IKEMOTOShinyaJPN39-4 LAP
4555SAITOKazuyaJPN33-4 LAP
4656NEMOTORyojiJPN35-4 LAP
4761YAMAUCHIKenseiJPN21-4 LAP
4847ANDOKoheiJPN32-4 LAP
4963TAKAGIMichinariJPN24-4 LAP
5075IKEDAShoheiJPN36-4 LAP
5158ISHIKAWAMasamichiJPN40-4 LAP
5232MAKINOTakashiJPN44-4 LAP
53105SATOToshihideJPN35-4 LAP
5449HASHIGUCHIJunichiroJPN39-4 LAP
5526SAITOTakumaJPN20-4 LAP
5651ESHITAKentaroJPN40-4 LAP
5738MIZUTAKEShinichiJPN45-4 LAP
5860KOSHIYAMAMasahiroJPN31-4 LAP
5950OCHIAIYukiJPN34-4 LAP
6054MURAYAMAYuyaJPN25-4 LAP
61101MARUYAMAKenjiJPN37-4 LAP
6268MORISHITASusumuJPN44-4 LAP
6383YANODaisukeJPN45-4 LAP
6474MURATATakashiJPN52-5 LAP
6565KANAIJinJPN43-5 LAP
66102AKIBARyunosukeJPN22-5 LAP
6798OKATakuyaJPN26-5 LAP
68104SANOChihiroJPN30-5 LAP
6971BABAKatsuhisaJPN40-5 LAP
7078WADARyoheiJPN36-5 LAP
7182HOSOYATaikiJPN41-5 LAP
7269NEMOTOManabuJPN39-5 LAP
7381NAKAGAWAShuntaroJPN28-5 LAP
7473YAMADAKenjiJPN39-5 LAP
7586TSUJIYousukeJPN34-5 LAP
7670KURIHARAAsahiJPN30-5 LAP
7764NISHIGAICHIYujiJPN42-5 LAP
7884IIKenichiJPN50-5 LAP
7966MASUDAKenichiJPN57-5 LAP
8090ISHIYAMAYukikazeJPN36-5 LAP
8153MATSUMURAKouichiJPN45-5 LAP
8291OKURASoJPN35-5 LAP
8388KUNIYOSHIMasanoriJPN45-5 LAP
8472GOTOKotaroJPN44-5 LAP
8592MORIHisashiJPN43-5 LAP
8689AKIMOTOMasaoJPN39-6 LAP
8785KAWAMURAGojiJPN31-6 LAP
8887SAWADAYuichiJPN48-6 LAP
8917TAKEIKyosukeJPN39-6 LAP
9077WATANABEMasahiroJPN32-6 LAP
9176KIMOTOTetsujiJPN32-6 LAP
92109MORIMOTOTeisukeJPN43-6 LAP
93100IWANAMIShinjiJPN46-6 LAP
9467YOSHIDAHideoJPN37-6 LAP
95107NAKASHIMAYasuhiroJPN40-6 LAP
96106KUMAMOTODaigoroJPN45-6 LAP
9797NANYOTakahiroJPN41-6 LAP
98103MAEDANaoJPN37-6 LAP
9957SAGAWAYutaJPN31-7 LAP
100108TAKADAKeiJPN27DNF
10139SAKAIKousukeJPN47DNF
10299OKAMasayukiJPN43DNF