THE second Niseko Cycle Week fulfilled its promise to be bigger and better than the first, with organisers and participants agreeing the event was a huge success.
"It was perfect," declared Jess Ripper, one of the many volunteer event organisers.
"Weather-wise we hit the nail on the head and there were definitely more people involved in all the events overall, which is testament to the fact the event is growing and it’s here to stay.
"The response from the people involved this year, especially those who came internationally, was overwhelming – they were blown away by the surroundings and every event in general ran a lot smoother."
Highlights of the week included:
– Of course the hugely successful opening and closing gourmet barbecues, which were run alongside mountain bike events and attracted plenty of families and non-cyclists as well as the hardcore pedal pushers. What better way to enjoy and celebrate the glorious great outdoors in summer in Niseko?
– Bike to Work day which got more than 100 locals, including plenty of non-cyclists, using pedal power to get to work.
– The nighttime social events including the Black Diamond Lodge Fire and Jump Jam – a nighttime outdoor party featuring local mountain bike riders taking on three massive jumps – and Northfield Lodge’s Cranked Movie and Mexican Night.
– Much greater participation in the intermediate level social road rides which were held almost every day of the week across Niseko.
Event aims fulfilled
Jess said one of the most satisfying aspects of the second Niseko Cycle Week was that it had fulfilled its aims laid down before the event:
– To promote the area’s amazing potential as a mountain biking and road cycling destination
– To promote clean, active lifestyle and health awareness
– To contribute to the notion of environmental sustainability through the use of bicycles rather than automobiles
"We’re getting more regular people who aren’t cyclists taking part in cycle week events – Bike To Work Day pulled a lot more people with bikes out of the woodworks – everywhere you went that day there were people buzzing around on two wheels, which is the whole idea of the event."
Niseko Cycle Week will no doubt be back again next year, so for those wanting to enjoy the great outdoors in Niseko in summer keep and eye on www.nisekocycleweek.com next summer.
And for those wanting to visit Niseko and experience the cycling for themselves, check out www.groovecyclesniseko.com who can look after all your Niseko bike rental, information and equipment needs.
Get well soon Chris!!
And finally, a big "Get well soon!" to local mountain biker Chris Chan who took a nasty tumble after tackling the Hirafu downhill mountain bike course a little too enthusiastically.
You can’t keep a good man down so we’re sure you’ll be back on the bike – or maybe skis – in no time!