Kunisaki Peninsula - a cycling haven

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In years past, the professional Keirin cyclists from the velodrome in Beppu used the roads of Kunisaki to train on until the fixed-wheeled Keirin bikes where made illegal on the public highway in Japan. Undoubtedly, these professional sportsmen and women must now be disappointed as Kunisaki Peninsula is a cycling paradise. This little-known region offers many routes over varied terrains, including a flat coastal cycle path, winding country lanes and steep hill climbs. Most of the roads, especially in the peninsula’s interior, are quiet backroads with little traffic that pass aside paddy fields, lead through hamlets and verdant forests to remote temples and shrines.

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