Irohazaka Descent

Posted on November 11th, 2017

The Irohazaka hill in Nikko, Tochigi, Japan is one of the most famous in the country.

The descent during the fall foliage season is perpetually crowed as busses take the hairpin corners very slowly.

Bicycles can take the inside of the hairpins and pass cards on each one, as I did on this descent.

Take a look!

Konsei Pass

Posted on November 7th, 2017

Riding through Norther Kanto, lies one of the highest passes in Japan。The descent starts at at almost 1900m and descents into Senjo-ga-hara in the Nikko area.

Have you ridden the Konsei Pass? Get points for it on Sporra! Konsei Touge — Spora

 

High Speed version:

Visit the Japanese Castles

Posted on October 15th, 2017

We’ve added the Japanese castles (all 100 on the list maintained by the government). Try and ride to as many of them as you can!

Japanese Castles

Japanese Rice Terraces

Posted on October 15th, 2017

The government of Japan maintains a lit of 100 rice terraces (on the side of mountains so they form a nice shelf like appearance) and we’ve included them as bronze goals with 5 points!

Japanese Rice Terraces

Japanese Passes Online

Posted on October 15th, 2017

We’ve added a major list of Japanese mountain passes to the site as single challenges each Bronze and worth 5 points. Try and hit as many of them as you can!

note: Some of the passes may not be on roads, drop me a line if you find one that is unreachable by road and we’ll fix it

List of Japanese Passes (Touge)

 

Japanese Support Added

Posted on October 15th, 2017

This interface now has been released in Japanese. All the menu items and help descriptions have been added in Japanese. To switch languages, click the link at the bottom of the screen to see the same page in a different language.

The Japanese verison can be accessed from: http://jp.sporra.net

Over time, if there is the demand, bilingual challenge names will also be added.

Route Point Calculation Change

Posted on October 10th, 2017

We’ve updated the way we calculate points for routes.

Previously, routes were an all-or-nothing calculation. Points where only receieved if the route was 100% ridden. Under the new system, the first 75% of the points are given proportionally to the distance ridden and the last 25% are given upon completion of the route.

The update has been released and users’ points have been reflected accordingly. As a result of this change no users’ points will decrease and should only increase (as previously no credit was received for partial completions)

New Map Feature

Posted on July 30th, 2017

The map feature has been released. Click here to see the map feature!

Way points challenges are shown on the map in addition to routes shown as lines on the map.

This should make it easier to find challenges near you! Be sure to allow the browser to see your location so that the map automatically zooms to your area!

Nofuku Pass

Posted on June 18th, 2017

While riding around Ehime Prefecture, Japan I came across this most specactular of passes. At only 290 meteres, it isn’t a particularly high pass but the view of the ocean on the way down makes the descent quite unique.

 

Cover this ride on Sporra: http://www.sporra.net/challenge/route/detail/8/Nofuku+Pass/

Sporra is Live!

Posted on March 28th, 2017

I’m pretty happy with the state of development so I’ve made the production version of Sporra live. I’ll be working on adding challenges as quickly as I can moving forward but in the meantime just try out the system and let me know what you think!

Sporra