2019 Niseko Classic

Overview

Boasting closed roads, clean air and beautiful vistas, the 2019 Niseko Classic is set for July 6 and 7, 2019.

Come join the weekend of cycling fun, with riders, families and friends all invited to join the before and after events, including talk shows, live music performances, cycle gear shops and giveaways, with plenty of great food and drink!

The 140km road race course includes 2,362m of vertical, with the 70km race offering a challenging 1,125m of climbing. Both races finish in the Niseko Hirafu Resort – including KOM and Sprint challenges, there are prizes for all age categories, with mechanical support / product demo available during race weekend.
The 140km and 70km races are official UCI Gran Fondo World Series qualifier events, and are supervised by the Japan Cycling Federation.
Your road to Poznan (Poland), the host city of 2019 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships begins in Niseko!

For details of each race please see;
140km road race
70km road race
Time Trial Race

Road Race Information

-Time Trial Information follows-

◆Dates

Friday, 05 July 2019 
– Race Registration  12:00 – 16:00
– Licence Control  12:00 – 16:00

Saturday, 06 July 2019 
Race Registration  9:00 – 15:00
Licence Control  9:00 – 15:00
Riders Meeting  16:00 – 16:30
70km Race / Bike drop-off  9:00 – 16:00
Niseko Classic Festival

Sunday, 07 July 2019 
Race day
Awards Ceremony
Niseko Classic Festival

◆Location

Hokkaido Niseko Area / Kutchan town / Kyowa town / Rankoshi town / Niseko town

◆Eligibility

Men and Women age 16 and over.

※Participants are classified according to the year of birth.
※For the UGFWS, participants are required compete on the designated race and age class. All women or men aged 18 or under is not eligible for the UGFWS(HCF race).
※ Below riders is not eligible to enter the race;
① All riders who are part of a UCI trade team in 2019.
② All riders who have taken part in the World Championship, the Olympic Games, Continental Championship or Games, Regional Games, the Commonwealth Games, or the World Cup in 2019.
③ All riders with UCI points in any discipline.

◆Race Rules

Individual Road Race  140km / 70km road race
Multiple checkpoints will be set with time restrictions.

◆UGFWS race / Awards classification

– 140km Road Race
1.) UCI Gran Fondo World Series
Men
Age 19 – 49 / 35 – 39 / 40 – 44 / 45 – 49

2.) Non-UCI Gran Fondo category(HCF race)
Men
Age 50 and above / High schooler

Women
Age 19 and above / High schooler

– 70km Road Race
1.) UCI Gran Fondo World Series
Men
Age 50 – 54 / 55 – 59 / 60 – 64 / 65+

Women
Age 19 – 34 / 35 – 39 / 40 – 44 / 45 – 49 / 50 – 54 / 55 – 59 / 60 – 64 / 65+

2.) Non-UCI Gran Fondo category(HCF Race)
Men
Age 19 – 39 / 40 – 49 / High schooler

Women
High schooler

◆Race Entry Fee

– 140km Road Race … 16,000 yen (1,000 yen discount for those with JCF License)

– 70 km Road Race … 14,000 yen (1,000 yen discount for those with JCF License)

* Entry fee is non-refundable.

◆Race Entry

From 15 January 2019, To 7 June 2019
Race entry will be closed once entry reach maximum number (Time Trial … 300 participants / Road Race … 1200 participants)

◆Inquiries

Niseko Classic Management Office
mail: [email protected]
Attn: Mr. Maeda, Hokkaido Events Corporation
126-2 Aza Yamada, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun
Hokkaido 044-0081, JAPAN
TEL: +81-136-55-6081
RACE RULES & ESSENTIAL INFO

Notices

  1. This race will be held under the regulations of the Union Cycliste international (UCI) and Japan Cycling Federation(JCF).
  2. Participants must wear an approved helmet that meets safety standards of his/her country.
  3. All the equipment (especially wheels) that is used in the race must be in the accordance with the UCI and JFC regulations. Usage of extension bars are forbidden and bikes weighed less than 6.8kg is automatically disqualified.
  4. Bikes, used in the race must be “road bike, mountain bike or cross bike”. A time trial bike is not allowed.
  5. All participants that are born on or after January 1, 2001 are subject to have a gear ratio of 7.93 or less.
  6. For the road race, participants who fell behind each check point’s cut off time are automatically disqualified.
  7. A transponder is used to track the time of the race.
  8. Wave start will be adopted for the start method. Number of rider in each wave is determined by JCF regulation.

Other Notes

  1. Upon registration, please bring your Health Insurance Card (copy acceptable).
  2. For competition registrant, license-control will be held at the reception. Please present your national license card at the license-control.
  3. It is mandatory for all participants to attend the riders meeting on the Saturday.
  4. News and other information are updated on the website and communiques board, installed at the venue.
  5. Bib, number plates, and timing chip will be handed over at the registration desk. Please identify yourself with your name and race category. These items will not be mailed.Please note that, if you are not able to clear the license-control or bike inspection, your entry is invalid.Please attach the timing chip to your bike before you start the race. Participants that did not comply with the setup is not allowed to start the race.
  6. Riders must attach the transponder( timing chip) to their bike before start. Riders without timming chip are not allowed to start.
  7. For the start method, wave start will be adopted for the safety and to avoid the confusion. Please note that there will be a minute interval between each wave.
  8. If a substituted rider or any other form of frauds are witnessed, a participant is banned from the entry of Niseko Classic with an indefinite term.
  9. Medical team will provide a temporary first-aid treatment for injuries caused by accidents during the race. An extensive treatment will not be provided by them. Upon finishing the race, each participant is suggested to make a visit to a hospital.
  10. The race is carried out on public roads. Riders are obliged to follow the organizer’s instruction. Those who act against are disqualified and expelled from the race immediately.
  11. participants who have decided to suspend the race should report to officials, committee members and security immediately.
  12. Prior to the race, all participants are required to sign-up within the designate time at the designated place. For signing-up at undesignated time, a penalty is imposed. After the start of the race, no further sign-up is accepted.
  13. Please attach the timing chip to your bike during the race and immediately return it to Timing Chip Return set in the village after you finish. Damaging your chip or failure to return incurs 10,000JPY penalty as its replacement cost.
  14. The organizer holds rights to use participants’ pictures, names, addresses, age or race careers in general advertising tools, press release and information media related to the event.
    Additionally, please note that they will be also used in publications, video or other media format created by the organizer.
  15. To all participants and spectators: Active camera devices (EX: GoPro) must be placed i) firmly ii) locations where it won’t contact with a body (EX: under the handle bar) to avoid injuries. An operation of drone above the race road is prohibited.
  16. Bib, number plates, and timing chip will be handed over at the registration desk. Please identify yourself with your name and race category. These will not be mailed in advance.

If you have questions on the registration – please contact the Organizer.

Other Special Rules

  1. Feed zones are located at the place mentioned below. Water and sports drink will be ready at Feed zones. Riders must throw their rubbish at Green zone which is set along the Feed zone.

※Distances are displayed in distances from the finish. 

2. Checkpoints

Please note, during the race, due to road closure timing, checkpoints are set at the locations listed below. To remain within the race environment, participants are required to pass by the checkpoints within the designated times.
If you do not reach the checkpoint within the cut-off time, please follow the directions of the race commissaries, please take the official transportation bus back to the main venue.

※ Please note all Checkpoint locations and times stated are subject to change without notice.

3. Bib numbers(estimated)

4. Prior to the race, all participants are required to sign-up within the designate time at the designated place. For signing-up at undesignated time, a penalty is imposed. After the start of the race, no further sign-up is accepted.

5. Participants shall slow down where slow down signatures are placed along the course.

6. HOT Spot sprint  / KOM awards
– For 140km race / first rider crossed the HOT spot Kyowa Sprint(109.5km) will be awarded.
-For 140km race / first rider crossed the Shinsennuma KOM point (93.4km) will be awarded.
-For 70km race / first rider crossed the Niimi KOM point (93.4km) will be awarded.
※Distances are displayed in distances from the finish.

7. After the finish
Please follow the order of staff and move to the main venue for the ensure the safe.

8. Award ceremony
Top three riders from each UCI age category and Non-UCI category(HCF Race) will be awarded. Please wear race wears when standing on podium.

9. Others
-After the awards ceremony, ‘Finisher’s Certification’ will be handed out to the finisher at Finisher’s Certification tent.
-Top 25% riders from each UCI age category shall receive UCI medal at medal tent at venue.
-Results will be displayed on communique board at the venue after the race and also on the website.
-Injury during the race, medical team will provide a temporary first-aid treatment for injuries caused by accidents during the race. An extensive treatment will not be provided by them. Upon finishing the race, each participant is suggested to make a visit to a hospital and the cost for this is on each participants.

◆Race Organizer

Hokkaido Events Corporation

◆Race Management

Japan Cycling Federation / Hokkaido Cycling Federation / Niseko Classic Executive Committee

◆Race Supporters

Hokkaido Government / Shiribeshi General Subprefectural Bureau
Kutchan Town / Kyowa Town /Rankoshi Town / Niseko Town
Liaison Council of the Niseko Mountain Range
Otaru Developmentand Construction Department
Scenic Byway Hokkaido Shikotsu-Toya-Niseko Route / Kutchan Tourism Association
Kyowa Tourism Association / Rankoshi Tourism Association
Niseko Resort Tourist Association Co., Ltd / Niseko Promotion Board
Junior Chamber International Kutchan / Kutchan Lions Club
Rotary Club of Kutchan
Tokyu Resort Service / Nihon Harmony Resorts
Kutchan Traffic Safety Association / Kutchan Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Kutchan Athletic Association / WAO Rediscovering Niseko Yotei
Hokkaido Shimbun Newspaper Kutchan Office
JA Kutchan Kosei General Hospital

◆Race Cooperation

Tour de Hokkaido Association / Sapporo Cycling Federation
Yotei Sanroku Fire Department / Otaru Construction Management Bureau


Time Trial Race Information

◆Dates

Friday, 05 July 2019 

Main venue – Niseko Grand Hirafu
– Race Registration

Saturday, 06 July 2019 

Time Trial venue  – Shiribeshi Subprefectural Bureau
-Race Registration
-Opening Ceremony

Riders must move to Time Trial start venue on your own

Time Trial start venue – Kutchan feild course
-Time Trial Race start
Riders must move to Time Trial venue on your own

Time Trial venue – Shiribeshi Subprefectural Bureau

-Time Trial Awards Ceremony

Sunday, 07 July 2019 
Main venue – Niseko Grand Hirafu
-Niseko Classic Festival

◆Location

Hokkaido Niseko Area / Kutchan town

◆Eligibility

Men and Women age 16 and over.

※Participants are classified according to the year of birth.
※For the UGFWS, participants are required compete on the designated race and age class.All women or men aged 18 or under is not eligible for the UGFWS.

※ Below riders is not eligible to enter the race;
① All riders who are part of a UCI trade team in 2019.
② All riders who have taken part in the World Championship, the Olympic Games, Continental Championship or Games, Regional Games, the Commonwealth Games, or the World Cup in 2019.
③ All riders with UCI points in any discipline.

◆Race Rules

Individual Time Trial Race
Start every 30 seconds.

◆Race / Awards Classification

1.) UCI Gran Fondo World Series
Men
age 19 – 34 / age 35 – 39 / age 40 – 44 / age 45 – 49 / age 50 – 54 / age 55 – 59 / age 60 – 64 / age 65+

Women
age 19 – 34 / age 35 – 39 / age 40 – 44 / age 45 – 49 / age 50 – 54 / age 55 – 59 / age 60 – 64 / age 65+

※Top 3 riders from each age category will be awarded.
※Top 25% finisher from each age category will qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo world Championships Time Trial.

2.) Non-UCI Gran Fondo category
Men
High schooler

Women
High schooler

◆Race Entry Fee

– Time Trial Race … 7,000 yen (2,000 yen discount for those signing-up for both Time Trial and Road Race)

* Entry fee is non-refundable.

◆Race Entry

From 15 January 2019, To 7 June 2019
Race entry will be closed once entry reach maximum number (Time Trial … 300 participants)

Notices

  1. This race will be held under the regulations of the Union Cycliste international (UCI) and Japan Cycling Federation (JCF).
  2. Participants must wear an approved helmet that meets safety standards of his/her country.
  3. All the equipment (especially wheels) that is used in the race must be in the accordance with the UCI and JFC regulations.
  4. Bikes, used in the race must be accordance with JCF regulation and equipment such as DH handle bar and disk brake etc are allowed to use.
  5. All participants that are born on or after January 1, 2001 are subject to have a gear ratio of 7.93 or less.
  6. A transponder is used to track the time of the race.

Other Notes

  1. Upon registration, please bring your Health Insurance Card (copy acceptable).
  2. News and other information are updated on the website and communiques board, installed at the venue.
  3. Bib, number plates, and timing chip will be handed over at the registration desk. Please identify yourself with your name and race category. These items will not be mailed.Please note that, if you are not able to clear the license-control or bike inspection, your entry is invalid.Please attach the timing chip to your bike before you start the race. Participants that did not comply with the setup is not allowed to start the race.
  4. Riders must attach the transponder( timing chip) to their bike before start. Riders without timing chip are not allowed to start.
  5. If a substituted rider or any other form of frauds are witnessed, a participant is banned from the entry of Niseko Classic with an indefinite term.
  6. Medical team will provide a temporary first-aid treatment for injuries caused by accidents during the race. An extensive treatment will not be provided by them. Upon finishing the race, each participant is suggested to make a visit to a hospital.
  7. The race is carried out on public roads. Riders are obliged to follow the organizer’s instruction. Those who act against are disqualified and expelled from the race immediately.
  8. participants who have decided to suspend the race should report to officials, committee members and security immediately.
  9. Please attach the timing chip to your bike during the race and immediately return it to Timing Chip Return set in the village after you finish. Damaging your chip or failure to return incurs 10,000JPY penalty as its replacement cost.
  10. The organizer holds rights to use participants’ pictures, names, addresses, age or race careers in general advertising tools, press release and information media related to the event.
    Additionally, please note that they will be also used in publications, video or other media format created by the organizer.
  11. To all participants and spectators: Active camera devices (EX: GoPro) must be placed i) firmly ii) locations where it won’t contact with a body (EX: under the handle bar) to avoid injuries. An operation of drone above the race road is prohibited.
  12. Bib, number plates, and timing chip will be handed over at the registration desk. Please identify yourself with your name and race category. These will not be mailed in advance.

If you have questions on the registration – please contact the Organizer.

Other Special Rules

  1. Roll call
    Roll call starts from an hour before the race start at Time Trial venue – Shiribeshi Subprefectural Bureau. Participants shall attend the opening ceremony from 5:30 after the roll call. After the ceremony, riders shall ride to the Time Trial start venue – Kutchan field course(temporary) at least 15 minutes before its start time. When moving to the start area, please follow the traffic rules.
  2. Bike inspection
    On arrival at Time trial start area, riders shall go through bike inspection. After the Bike inspection, participants shall stay within the start area and prohibited to go out the area.
  3. Start
    After sign-up, Participants shall line at the start grid and shall follow the commissaries order to move towards the start line. Riders starts in intervals of 30 seconds by the signal of start timer.
  4. Feeding
    Any drink feeding by the third party are prohibited during the race.
  5. After the finish
    Please follow the order of staff and move to the main venue for the ensure the safe.
  6. Awards ceremony
    Top three riders from each category will be awarded. Please wear race wears when going on podium.
  7. Others
    -Results will be displayed on communique board at the venue after the race and also on the website.
    -Injury during the race, medical team will provide a temporary first-aid treatment for injuries caused by accidents during the race. An extensive treatment will not be provided by them. Upon finishing the race, each participant is suggested to make a visit to a hospital and the cost for this is on each participants. Please bring your health Insurance card.