Mountain bikers speed down a temple trail in Osaka



Last Sunday, over 100 mountain bikers had a downhill race at Osaka's Katsuoji Temple. Apparently, it's the first time that one of these races has ever occurred in such a place, though previous runs have happened at shrine sites.

The course was about a minute long in terms of the speed at which these guys zoom by, and they tend to happen in areas with rough terrain. Still, if you want an idea of what it looks like to be on that bicycle seat, check out some helmet cam videos. They're kind of nuts, and often I can't even tell where they're supposed to be going from my perspective (calmly watching at home). That and, despite going downhill, they pedal forward at a frightening pace.

So, yeah. I was pretty surprised to know that even the temples of Japan can be sites for races like these. See the video above for official footage. You can read more about Katsuoji Temple in English at its official page.

[header image credit: John O'Nolan]

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