And now for something completely different – Keen and dedicated eyes are already looking towards the North and Hokkaido’s biggest cycle event, the Niseko Classic!
The fourth event of its name, the Niseko Classic is a gruelling 140km course set amidst inspiring backdrops; with over 2,300m of vertical climbs, winding mountain roads, crisp air, and magnificent alpine vistas in the very heart of Niseko’s scenic Summer beauty.
Recognised as a part of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series — formerly known as the UCI World Cycling Tour — the Niseko Classic allows Japanese cyclists, (and those travelling to, or living in Japan,) to compete in one of the prestigious UCI-sanctioned road races.
Taking place all over the world, races are organised in as diverse climes as the UAE and the USA, Denmark, Mexico, Canada, Australia, and many more; with the top 25% of each age group qualifying for the Gran Fondo World Championships in Albi, France.
For those who are without World Championship expectations — or are in need of a slightly more modest competition — the Niseko Classic also offers a 70km road race. But be under no illusions, neither race is for the weak of body, or of mind: With entry to the race now opening, January 2017 marks the start of training for July’s event for some — and many more have already been training for months.
If you’re around in July, the Niseko Classic is not something you want to miss out on — whether you’re interested in competing with yourself for a personal best or a place in the UCI World Championships — or if you’ll be joining the expansive crowds that congregate to enjoy the pleasant Hokkaido Summer and show their support for all competitors taking part.
Although there’s snow on the ground and skiing is the only thing on people’s minds…stoke a little warmth inside by looking to the Summer and UCI Gran Fondo Niseko Classic!