Asia’s First Grand Fondo comes to Niseko
It is summertime now in Niseko Village, with warm and pleasant weather making Niseko the perfect destination for active pursuits. Whether it is action and adventure or a quiet exploration of this beautiful Japanese region, Niseko Village has it all, from PURE outdoor activity centre, countryside trekking in search of Hokkaido’s famed wildlife inhabitants, to horse riding, mountain biking, fishing, and rafting down the region’s rivers.
In the midst of all that action, an international Hokkaido premier road cycling race takes place in Niseko every year, and this year being the third year, the event has become part of the prestigious UCI Gran Fondo World Series; the first time the event is being staged in Japan. For cyclists around the world, the Boardman Niseko Classic is a great way to qualify for the Championships, and the perfect opportunity to experience racing in Japan and discovering the beauty of Hokkaido.
The UCI World Series is made up of 15 races spanning the globe, and offers age group categories to riders. Already with a huge presence in Europe, America, Africa and Australia, the Boardman Niseko Classic will be the first time the event is being staged in Asia and Niseko Village is proud to be part of the action!
Cyclists and their families can enjoy a weekend of non-stop summer celebrations, including a food festival, beer tents, live music, fireworks display, taiko drums performance, celebrities, guided bike tours, bike demos, fresh local produce, onsen hotsprings and a range of outdoor activities such as golf, hiking, rafting and so much more.
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 (includes 1,125m of vertical) and finishing together in Niseko Hirafu Resort.
There are KOM and Sprint challenges, plus prizes for all age categories, with mechanical support and product demos available during race weekend. Enter now at the Boardman Niseko Classic website, A race and stay package fully managed by Bike Tours Japan is available for your convenience, inclusive of 4 nights’ accommodation, breakfast and dinners, airport transfers, guided rides and support.