Winter Challenges 2018

Posted on February 6th, 2018

In the cold weather it can be hard to motivate yourself so we’ve created a few winter challenges that you can complete from anywhere in the world (as long as it’s cold enough!).

Checkout the  Winter Challenges on Sporra and get out there and earn points and medals!

Sporra Travel now supports Strava

Posted on January 27th, 2018

The recently released Sporra Travel ( now also supports Strava. Log into your Strava account and you can find hotels located along previous activities that you completed in Japan.

Strava Routes is not currently supported due to an error in the Strava API that we are waiting to be fixed.

Sporra Travel Release

Posted on January 20th, 2018

Sporra Travel (

The Sporra Travel site has been released. Currently, it lets the user find hotels along courses uploaded in RideWithGPS using Rakuten Travel. Consequently, it only works in Japan but it will be expanded over time.

How to use:

  1. Create your course in RideWithGPS as normal
  2. Visit
  3. Click on the “RideWithGPS” icon
  4. Log using RidewithGPS credentials
  5. Select the course you created
  6. Find a hotel at the desired location along the route!

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:

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)