Guardian of the Mountains: A Japanese MTB Story

To dig new mountain bike trails in Japan is no easy task, ultimately requiring approval from the government. Ryo Hazuma has spent the better half of a decade earning respect and permission to build trails in the Minami Alps, intersecting mountain biking with heritage and culture across generations. He dedicates himself completely to developing and maintaining trails at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, all while consciously bridging the generational divide.

For two years, Hazuma traveled four hours every weekend to go find solace and meaning in the mountains. Four months after the visit that inspired this story, Hazuma quit his job and moved to the Minami Alps to dedicate himself wholeheartedly to his vision.

In his own words, “If I say I do it, I will do it.”

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