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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. Unfortunately, it’s just far from most population centers. © Cyclocross Magazine

NOBEYAMA, Japan — High up in the Yatsugatake mountains in Japan, sitting at 4429 feet, the little town of Nobeyama has cemented itself as a cyclocross destination thanks to Daisuke Yano’s UCI C2 event.

We covered the unique event extensively in Issue 16 (available digitally on uberflip, iTunes and Google Play), and also the 2011 race via our Nobeyama Cyclocross race report and photo gallery, and maintain it should be on the bucket list of any cyclocrosser also hoping to visit Japan.

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. Unfortunately, it’s just far from most population centers. © Cyclocross Magazine

Every year, a handful of Americans head over to the event in search of great racing, adventure, and awesome food and company. The food court at the race does not disappoint, and it’s not hard to get a good meal in Japan, even at convenience stores.

Yano, who lives just meters from the race course, typically hosts many of the racers, and every year, a few of the racers he hosts come to Nobeyama on the hunt for UCI points. Molly Cameron and Tina Brubaker have made the trip and come back with points, and this year, Tim Johnson and Zach McDonald, along with Italy’s Cyclocross National Champions, Gioele Bertolini and Alice Maria Arzuffi all made the long flight in hopes of bagging some points while many of the world’s best were contesting the World Cup in Milton Keynes.

This year, world class mud awaited the racers. It was mud that even renowned mudder Tim Johnson was impressed, Tweeting that the mud in Nobeyama was “no joke.”

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Nice cross soup! #nobeyamacx #nobeyama #cxjp

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The long trip and deep mud were worth it for the Italians and Johnson, with both Italian National Champions taking the victory, and Johnson finishing second, 41 seconds in arrears, while nursing a bad back.

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UCI Nobeyama Supercross. So happy to have Tim Johnson race here! He's so good not only on the bike but an amazing person off the bike. Close 2nd even with a bad back. ティム・ジョンソンが自ら野辺山シクロクロスまでレースしに来てくれたことが非常に嬉しかったです.腰が悪いのを理由にワールドカップをスキップして野辺山に来ましたが十分な走りでした.レーサーとしては当然凄いが何よりも性格が素晴らしい男です.ちなみにゾルダーで行われたシクロクロス世界選手権(確か2002?)ではエリートで走って10位につけていて最終周にパンクしながらも13位の結果をもっています #nobeyamacx #nobeyama #yatsugatake #cxjp

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The mud created huge time gaps. In the men’s race, Kazuhiro Yamamoto finished in third, two minutes behind the winner, with former winner Yu Takenouchi finishing in fourth. Zach McDonald followed Johnson briefly, but would not finish.

Former winner Ayako Toyooka finished second in the women’s race, three minutes in arrears, with Japanese National Champion Sakiko Miyauchi finishing in third, another full minute behind.

See the video from the very muddy day at 2014 Nobeyama Cyclocross Day 1.

Full results below.

2014 Nobeyama Cyclocross Day 1 Men's Results

RankNameNat.Age*ResultPts
1Gioele BERTOLINIITA191:01:0440
2Timothy JOHNSONUSA371:01:4530
3Kazuhiro YAMAMOTOJPN321:03:1320
4Yu TAKENOUCHIJPN261:03:5815
5Hikaru KOSAKAJPN261:04:2310
6Kota YOKOYAMAJPN191:04:288
7Toki SAWADAJPN201:04:416
8Yoshitaka HAMAJPN301:04:594
9Atsushi MARUYAMAJPN361:05:212
10Kohei MAEDAJPN201:06:381
11Yoshitaka NAKAHARAJPN211:07:05
12Masanori KOSAKAJPN511:07:58
13Masayuki GODAJPN40
14Ryo SAITOJPN34
15Yoshiki YAMADAJPN19
16Yoshihide KIMURAJPN20
17Shun MATSUMOTOJPN38
18Yuri KOBASHIJPN20
19Shintarou NAKAMAJPN34
20Seigo YAMAMOTOJPN31
21Hiroaki KANEKOJPN30
22Ryoji NEMOTOJPN32
23Obuchi KOKIJPN39
24Takafumi IIZUKAJPN30
25Shinya IKEMOTOJPN36
26Syuntarou YAMAKAWAJPN32
27Yudai IZAWAJPN26
28Toshihide SATOJPN32
29Tomohiro SAITOJPN37
30Ryutaro NAKAMURAJPN24
31Yuya MURAYAMAJPN22
32Kengo SIGETAJPN20
33Kouji MUKOUYAMAJPN36
34Makoto KAWAMURAJPN26
35Shinji KUBOJPN45
36Ataru HIGOJPN21
37Daigoro KUMAMOTOJPN42
38Hirohiko ITOJPN43
39Tomova HACHISUKAJPN38
40Kazuyoshi IZAWAJPN40
41Kouichi HIRAOJPN35
42Fu KANEKOJPN20
43Masanori KUNIYOSHIJPN42
44Manabu NEMOTOJPN36
45Kodai IZAWAJPN23
46Junichiro HASHIGUCHIJPN36
47Kousuke SAKAIJPN44
48Yuki OCHIAIJPN31
49Shinji IWANAMIJPN43
50Nobuhiko TANABEJPN31
51Jin KANAIJPN40
52Shinsuke KOZAIJPN36
53Yoshinori SUZUKIJPN27
54Maeda NAOJPN34
55Takashi MIYAZAWAJPN36
56Hiroyuki ANDOJPN39
57Natsuki YAMADAJPN46
58Toyoshige IKEYAMAJPN27
59Togo KUBOTAJPN18
60Yusuke YAMAGISHIJPN34
61Kenichiro ONISHIJPN38
62Kenichi ILJPN47
63Naoya OHASHIJPN42
64Ikiru YASUKAWAJPN22
65Shuhei YANAIJPN27
66Teisuke MORIMOTOJPN40
67Kenji YAMADAJPN36
68Isamu OKURAJPN22
DNFZach MCDONALDUSA23
DNFKazuhiro SHIMIZUJPN40
DNFBrennan WODTLIUSA26

2014 Nobeyama Cyclocross Day 1 Women's Results

RankNameNat.Age*ResultPts
1Alice Maria ARZUFFIITA2045:37:0040
2Ayako TOYOOKAJPN3448:37:0030
3Sakiko MIYAUCHIJPN3949:36:0020
4Waka TAKEDAJPN2252:02:0015
5Seika AINOTAJPN2010
6Michiko KAWASAKIJPN368
7Yukie HAYASHIGUCHIJPN416
8Junko UEDAJPN334
9Yoko HASHIGUCHIJPN342
10Mikako SUZUKIJPN401
11Mihoko MORIJPN42
12Michiho WATANUKIJPN43