What happens in Niseko after the snow goes?
After winter Niseko becomes a popular destination for cyclists. Stunning scenery and quiet open roads attract not only top athletes but also recreational sightseers. During this time Rhythm Niseko turns into a bike shop and has a fleet of quality rental bikes, full service workshop and bike sales for cyclists of all levels. Rhythm also offers guided bike tours through the surrounding areas.
For those looking for an adrenalin rush the main face of the Grand Hirafu ski resort offering lift accessed downhill mountain bike riding. Rhythm also provides downhill MTB hire along with lift passes, guiding and safety courses.
The summer months in Niseko sees several major cycling events.
Enjoying closed roads, clean air and beautiful vistas, the 140km course includes 2,362m of vertical leading competitors up the awe-inspiring Panorama Line climb, out to the Sea of Japan, and back to Niseko Hirafu Resort. A 70km race category is also available, providing a shorter challenge (1,125m vertical) and finishing together in Niseko Hirafu Resort. The race in 2016 will be a UCI Gran Fondo World Series event. For more information click here. For accommodation during the race please click here to take advantage of some special offers.
The race climbs 617 vertical metres over 15.5 km at an average grade of 4.6%. The hill climb will be run in conjunction with the Kutchan Jagata-matsuri. There are a number of categories ranging from elite to beginners and the focus of the event is on participation. For more information click here
The Tour de Hokkaido is an annual professional road bicycle racing stage race held in Hokkaido, Japan since 1987 as part of the UCI Asia Tour. Several stages are held through the surrounding area.