THE premier annual summer event in Niseko, increasing in popularity and success each iteration.
NISEKO has a lot to offer all cyclists of all different abilities and types. Whether you like the open roads for cycling on clear days with no traffic in sight, or if you’re more inclined to take to challenging downhill courses, there is something here to suit.
Recognising this attraction, Niseko now has a week dedicated to cycling. There are organised events over a nine-day period, some on the comfort of bitumen, others far, far from it. The events have been organised to cater to riders of at least moderate ability, with an emphasis on the social aspect of cycling – not just on outright competition.
However, it’s in our nature to be competitive, and to satiate those needs, some of the events are races, including a cross-country mountain bike race, an individual timed event around Mount Yotei and a downhill mountain-bike race. There are also many scheduled group events, sessions where you can brush up on your skills, nutrition seminars, downhill training and special activities for the kids. And, of course, there are a few parties that coincide with the event’s start and finish dates.
This year, the Tour of Hokkaido coincided with Niseko Cycle Week, and the last leg of the race started from Hirafu, and after 186 grueling kilometers, the professional riders finished back at the top of Hirafu-zaka – near the Welcome Centre.
For those who come here in summer, cycling is definitely something you should do. If you’re not here duing Niseko Cycle Week, be sure to hire a bike and test out the area’s great terrain.