Q What are methods of transport are available to get to Niseko from the New Chitose International Airport and what is the traveling time?
A It takes 2.5 hours to travel to Niseko by car from the New Chitose Airport. (Approx 110 km). The easiest way to get to Niseko is by JR Train or by Rent a Car. Please click here for more details.
Q Where is the main event area after I have reached Niseko?
A The main event area is at Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Area, in the Yamada area of Kutchan Town.
Q Is there a carpark near the registrations area? Is there anywhere to stay overnight in the car?
A There are FREE carparks near the Registration area. Please use the Number 1 to Number 3 carparks, listed below. The Official Vehicle Parking Area is not available.
If you plan on staying overnight in your car, then please use the Number 1 Carpark only.
- Refer to the map below – Carparks can’t be booked in advance. NOTE: Parking your car on the side of the road is prohibited.
Q Can you explain the registration process and where and what time, I need to be at the different places?
A The Registration process is outlined below. Please note that the process below might change.
|Registrations are at
(Ski area ticketing center opposite the Alpen Hotel )
|①||Ist floor – Outside||CHECK the communications board|
|②||1st floor||License Control||License Required|
|③||2nd floor||Collect your “Welcome Pack”|
|④||2nd floor||Tell the staff at the counter for each category your full name and pick up your starter pack.||Please bring suitable ID and a copy of your National Insurance Card or Insurance policy
（Copying services are available at the counter）
|⑤||2nd floor||Receive your official event T-shirt|
|Niseko Grand Hirafu||⑥||Welcome
|Socialize with fellow riders and members of the local community and try some local foods and entertainment at the sponsor/local vendors tent area。|
Contents of the starter pack
- Number Apron
- Safety pins
- Bike number
- Nylon cable tie
- Number Apron and transponder instructions
- Name tag for your personal items
- Bicycle name tag, for entrants in the 70km race ONLY
- Beer Ticket
Niseko Grand Hirafu Venue Map
Q I have entered in the race, however I still have not received an exchange certificate for the Number Number?
A Niseko Classic does not operate an exchange certificate system for collecting Race Numbers. Tell the staff at the registration counter for your category your FULL NAME and they will give you your Race Number.
Q I can arrive in Niseko on July 8th 2018, but I can not make it in time for the registrations, what should I do?
A Registrations will take place from 12:00pm noon to 14:30 on July 7th, 2018. If for any reason you can not make it between these times, please call the secretariat for the event at Tel: 0136-55-6081.
Q Can my friend register on my behalf?
A Yes, however you must give the person completing your registration on your behalf a copy of your insurance policy and your ID, these must be passed to the staff in order to complete the registration process.
Q Can I register on July 8th, 2018? (Day of the Race)
A NO, strictly no registrations can be processed on July 8th, 2018 (Race Day)
Q Is there somewhere to store my personal items before I start the race?
A Yes there is. A personal item storage facility is set up at the event venue in Grand Hirafu, feel free to use this. (We do not accept valuables)
Q I am competing in the 70 km road race and would like to hand my bike over for the race on July 8th, 2017, is it possible?
A There is a tent at the Niseko Grand Hirafu Event Venue that is marked “70 km Race Bike Collection Tent”, this tent will operate until 16:00 on July 7th, 2018.
When you hand you bike over to the staff at the tent you the following items are required.
- Please remove GPS, Computer and speedometers, cameras and all other accessories from your bike.
- Please attach your name tag to your bike by yourself and hand your bike to the staff at the counter.
- Make sure you keep your receipt for your bike in a safe place, you will be required to hand this over on race day in order to get your bike.
Q Is there transport to the start of the 70km race?
A Yes, there is a shuttle bus leaving from the Grand Hirafu Event Venue on July 8th, 2018.
※This service is limited to entrants that have stipulated they will be using the service at time of registration.
※Only race entrants will be able to ride this shuttle service to the start venue. (Supporters and family items can not use this service)
Q Is the start point for the 70 km race a long way from the registration venue?
A It is about 23km away from the Hirafu venue( registration venue). You can take the shuttle bus leaving from the Grand Hirafu Event Venue on July 8th, 2018 or ride your own bike and come on your own as a warm-up.
Q Is there a car parking lot close to the 70km start point ?
A No there is no carpark available at the start point, the closest carpark is the Rankoshi Town Council, which is approximately 10 minutes from the start point for the race.
Q Does the individual entering the race need to be present in person to sign in?
A Yes, the individual needs to sign that they are starting in the race in person. If a signature is not the individuals signature, they will be disqualified.
Q I will not be able to make it in time for the riders meeting on July 7th 2018, can I be excused?
A All riders are obligated to attend the riders meeting. If you have a good and valid reason for not being able to attend please inform the secretariat, there are no penalties if you can’t attend the meeting.
Q Where is the riders meeting held on July 7th 2018?
A The riders meeting is held at the Niseko Grand Hirafu Stage and will start at 16:00, the venue is outdoors.
Q Is there a bike check required?
A There is no bike check, however there maybe a check for top place getters, that their bikes weigh in under 6.8 kg.
Q Is it Ok to fit a Bike repair kit to my bike?
A In the event of a crash accessories are dangerous. Any mirrors, bags, mud guards and other accessories are required to be removed.
Q Is it Ok to use a helmet that is not JCF compliant?
A No, it can not be used. Please ensure to use a JCF, UCI approved helmet. If you are unsure, check with the nearest Race Official.
Q I would like to show my support for the racers, where should I go?
A You can support the racers from anywhere, however please do not enter the course. We encourage as many people as possible to support the racers.
Q I finished in 25% of my age category, how can I register for the World Championships?
A A invitation letter will be send to your email automatically after the qualifier race.
Q Do I need to submit any medical certificate for the World championships?
A No medical certificate needed for this year’s Championships race at Varese,Italy. Riders who qualified and intend to participate in the 2018 World Championships in Varese don’t need to submit a medical certificate this year.