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What are methods of transport are available to get to Niseko from the New Chitose International Airport and what is the traveling time?

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.

Where is the main event area after I have reached Niseko?

The main event area is at Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Area, in the Yamada area of Kutchan Town. Please click here to view map.

Is there a carpark near the registrations area? Is there anywhere to stay overnight in the car?

There are FREE parking lots around the main venue.

Parking lot MAP HERE.

*Official parking lot isnot available.
*Each parking lot has limited numbers of space.
*Every parking lot is non-reservable.
*Street parking in prohibitted.

I have entered in the race, however I still have not received an exchange certificate for the Race Number ?

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.

Can you explain the registration process and where and what time, I need to be at the different places?

The Registration process is outlined below.
*Please note that the process below might change.

  1. Check the communications board online
  2. Collect your T-shirts *License Control will be operated online in advance (National License Required if you have)
  3. 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)
  4. Receive your official event T-shirt
  5. Welcome Event - Socialize with fellow riders and members of the local community and try some local food and entertainment at the sponsor/local vendors tent area

Contents of the starter pack:

  • Race Number
  • Safety pins
  • Bike number
  • Nylon cable tie
  • Transponder
  • Transponder instructions
  • Name tag for your personal items
  • Bicycle name tag, for entrants in the 85km race ONLY
I can arrive in Niseko on Saturday June 117h, but I can not make it in time for the registrations, what should I do?

Registrations will take place from 12:00 to 18:00 on Friday June 16 and from 9:00am to 16:00 on June 17,. If for any reason you can not make it between these times, please email us ([email protected]).

Can my friend register on my behalf?

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.

Where is the Rides meeting held on June 16th (Friday)?

The riders meeting is held online and will start at 18:00.

I will not be able to make it in time for the riders meeting on June 16th, can I be excused?

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.

For 2023 event, riders meeting is held on online using Niseko Classic official Youtube channel.

Is there a bike check required?

There is no bike check, however there may be a check for top place getters, that their bikes weigh in under 6.8 kg.

Is it Ok to fit a Bike repair kit to my bike?

In the event of a crash accessories are dangerous. Any mirrors, bags, mud guards and other accessories are required to be removed.

Is it Ok to use a helmet that is not JCF compliant?

No, it can not be used. Please ensure to use a JCF, UCI approved helmet. If you are unsure, check with the JCF website.

I would like to show my support for the racers, where should I go?

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.

I finished in 20% of my age category, how can I register for the World Championships?

An invitation letter will be send from UCI to your email automatically after the qualifier race.

Road Races

Can I register on June 18th? (Day of the Road Race)

NO, strictly no registrations can be processed on the day of Road Race Day.

Is there somewhere to store my personal items before I start the race?

Yes there is. A baggage cloak tent is set up at the start venue of each race, feel free to use this. (We do not accept valuables).

Does the individual entering the race need to be present in person to sign on?

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.

[85km race] I am competing in the 85 km road race and would like to hand my bike over for the race on June 11th(Saturday), is it possible?

There is a tent at the Main event venur that is marked “85 km Race Bike check-in Tent”, this tent will operate until 16:00 on June 17th (Saturday). 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.

[85km race] Is there transport to the start of the 85km race?

Yes, there is a shuttle bus leaving from the Main Event Venue on June 18, the race day. Please check the schedule on official brochure for the shuttle bus time.

  • 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)
  • The shuttle bus will arrive to Rankoshi general gymnasium where you can pick your bike and please ride your bike to the start area(Rankoshi town hall)(approx. 2km)
[85km race] Is the start point for the 85 km race a long way from the registration venue?

It is about 23km away from the Main event venue ( registration venue). You can take the shuttle bus leaving from the Mian event venue on the race day or ride your own bike and come on your own as a warm-up.

[85km race] Is there a car parking lot close to the 85km start point ?

Yes, there is a carpark available at the start point but the closest carpark is approximately 10 minutes walk from the start point for the race.

Please use Rankoshi Ran Ran park to park your car.

**Please note that the carparks have limited slots of availability.

Time Trial Race

I can arrive in Niseko on June 16th (Friday), but I can not make it in time for the registration, what should I do?

Registrations for Time Trial race will take place from 12:00 noon to 6:00pm on Friday June 16th at main venue, If for any reason you can not make it between these times, please call the secretariat for the event at Tel: +81 136-55-6081.

Is the Time Trial start area a long way from the Main event venue?

It is about 14km away from the Main event venue. Please ride your bike or drive your car to the Time Trial start area.

Is there a car parking lot close to the Time Trial start area?

There is a carpark available at the Kutchan town. Please ride your own bike to the Start area. Please note that the carparks have limited slots of availability and we suggest to ride your bike to the start point. (About 6km away)

Please check the parking lot location HERE.

Is the Start area for the Time Trial race a long way from the Kutchan parking lot?

The start area is about 1.8km away from the Time Trial venue. Please be ready at the Time trial venue and ride your bike to the start area.

Is there a bike inspection?

Basically not. However if the commissaires judges to operate a bike inspection, please cooperate.