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Race Regulations

*Please note that following information are subjest to change for the 2020 event without notice.

1. Organizer

The 2020 Niseko Classic is organized by Hokkaido Events Corporation under the regulations of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and managed by the Japan Cycling Federation (JCF) as a round of UCI GrandFond World Series (UGFWS). It is to take place on 13th June 2020 as Individual Time Trial event and on 14th June 2020 as Road Race event. Also concurrently to UGFWS events, HCF 2020 Individual Time Trial is organized on 13th June 2020 and HCF 2020 Road Race is organized on 14th June 2020 as support events.

2. Event Format of UGFWS Events (Registered to UCI)

The events of 2020 Niseko Classic which registered as UGFWS (UCI Grand Fond World Series) calendar events are open to riders who are the members of a UCI affiliated national federations or hold a day license.Participants will be categorized according to how old he/she turns or turned within the year.

The results of these events shall be reference of qualification for UCI Grand Fond World Championships.

Also this event provides Hokkaido Cycling Federation (HCF) ranking points. Furthermore, other points will be awarded as follows besides the UGFWS rankings. For Road Race events, HCF race points are A150 points and for Time Trial events, HCF race points are D80 points.

The categories of events organized as UGFWS events are:

Men's Road Race
Age group 19~34・150 km Road Race
Age group 35~39・150 km Road Race
Age group 40~44・150 km Road Race
Age group 45~49・150 km Road Race
Age group 50~54・85 km Road Race
Age group 55~59・85 km Road Race
Age group 60~64・85 km Road Race
Age group 65+・85 km Road Race

Men's Time Trial
Age group 19~34・15 km Time Trial
Age group 35~39・15 km Time Trial
Age group 40~44・15 km Time Trial
Age group 45~49・15 km Time Trial
Age group 50~54・15 km Time Trial
Age group 55~59・15 km Time Trial
Age group 60~64・15 km Time Trial
Age group 65+・15 km Time Trial

Women's Road Race
Age group 19~34・85 km Road Race
Age group 35~39・85 km Road Race
Age group 40~44・85 km Road Race
Age group 45~49・85 km Road Race
Age group 50~54・85 km Road Race
Age group 55~59・85 km Road Race
Age group 60~64・85 km Road Race
Age group 65+・85 km Road Race

Women's Time Trial
Age group 19~34・15 km Time Trial
Age group 35~39・15 km Time Trial
Age group 40~44・15 km Time Trial
Age group 45~49・15 km Time Trial
Age group 50~54・15 km Time Trial
Age group 55~59・15 km Time Trial
Age group 60~64・15 km Time Trial
Age group 65+・15 km Time Trial

3. Event Format of HCF Events (Not register to UCI)

The HCF (Hokkaido Cycling Federation) events of 2020 Niseko Classic are open to riders who are the members of a UCI affiliated national federations or hold a day license. Participants will be categorized according to how old he/she turns or turned within the year.

The results of these events shall not be reference of qualification for UCI Grand Fond World Championships.

This event provides Hokkaido Cycling Federation (HCF) ranking points. For Road Race events, HCF racepoints are A150 points and for Time Trial events, HCF race points are D80 points.

The categories of events organized as HCF events are:

Men's Road Race
Age group 19~39・85 km Road Race
Age group 40~49・85 km Road Race
Age group 50+・150 km Road Race
Age group 16~18/High Schooler・150 km Road Race
Age group 16~18/High Schooler・85 km Road Race

Men's Time Trial
Age group 16~18/High Schooler・15 km Time Trial

Women's Road Race
Age group 19+・150 km Road Race

Women's Time Trial
Age group 16~18/High Schooler・15 km Time Trial

4. Equipment

All equipment (especially wheels) used in both races (Time Trial and Road Races) must be in accordance with UCI and JCF regulations. Bikes with weight of under 6.8kg and bikes with the following equipment cannot be used for the Road Races; Time Trial Bars, Disk Wheels, Time Trial bikes. Usage of time Time Trial Bars, Disk Wheels, and Time Trial Bikes are permitted only for the Time Trial race.

Riders must wear approved helmets that meet safety standards of their countries.

5. Race Headquarter

The Race Headquarter shall be open at the following location from 5:00 to 18:00 on August 29 (Sat) and August 30 (Sun) , 2020 : Niseko Grand Hirafu Start/Finish area.

6. Reception

Participants must undergo license-control and be handed body numbers, frame plates and timing transponders at Niseko Grand Hirafu .Base.

*12:00 – 16:00 (Fri) August 28 2020.
*09:00 – 15:00 on (Sat) August 29 2020.

When license-control, reception desk will be separated for license holder and one-day license holder. After the registration, all participants must attend the riders meeting held in the presence of the Commissaires’ Panel and receive guidance.
*16:00 – 16:30 on (Sat) August 29 2020.

7. Rider Assembly, Bike check & Start for TT

At Time Trial event, the rider shall assemble to the assembly area before own starting time and transfer to the Starting area according with instruction.

The rider shall go through a bike inspection and be at the start area 15 minutes before the start time. The starting order and timing of individual time trial shall be determined by the organizer and all riders are to follow the decision.

The rider shall start his ride under the orders of the timekeeper-commissaire who shall count down to the starting time, following which the timing of the ride shall start. The time of any rider who reports late to the start shall be calculated from that rider's scheduled starting time.

8. Rider Assembly, Sign-up & Start for RR

Every riders who registered 140 km or 70 km races should sign the sign-up sheet prepared in the event venue in order to confirm his/her start. After that, riders should be instructed to move to the starting point.

For the start of Road Race event, the Wave Start Format with groups (about 200 riders) is applied. After the start with waves, waves will be rejoined before “0 km point” which differ from starting point. “Real Start” shall be done at “0 km point” and timing is start.

9. Neutral Support (TBC)

There will be neutral support by Amer Sports Japan, Inc., (MAVIC) and SHIMANO. Also, 6 neutral support motorbikes and 4 vehicles will be provided. The prepared freewheel shall be Campagnolo and Shimanogear cassette (10-speed, 11-speed).

During this event, the organizer do not support for wheels with disk brakes as neutral service.

10. Feed Zone, Green Zone (Waste zone)

Feed zone will be set up at folowing locations. Also, the throwing-away of a water bottle, a food bag and so on is prohibited, except in the specified feed zone or green zone (waste zone).

RaceYoshikuni Natural ParkNiimi onsenKogabe Onsen
150km Road Race80.0km31.9km17.6km
85km Road Race31.9km17.6km

11. Time Limits (TBC)

Riders who have abandoned the race must wait at the left side of the road for the sag wagon to arrive, be picked up and carried to the Race Headquarter.

Riders who have dropped a certain time behind the leading rider will be disqualified by the commissaires who board on the sag wagon.

The organizer shall set checkpoints. With setting checkpoints along the course for every race, the organizer will have the discretion to disqualify riders who have not reached the checkpoints within the pre-designated time and eliminate them from the race.

RaceShinsen-numa CheckpointYoshikuni CheckpointHinode CheckpointNiseko CheckpointFinish Line
150km Road Race08:209:2011:1511:5012:00
85km Road Race11:1511:5012:00

Those who are disqualified at the checkpoints should remove body numbers, frame plates as well as timing transponders at a designated place and return them. Riders and their bikes will be transported to the RaceHeadquarter by the sag wagon prepared by the organizer. Therefore riders should not ride on the course after being disqualified. Transported bikes should be picked up at the pick-up point located within the Race Headquarter before 14:00.
**Please not that information above is based on 2019 event and are subject to change without notice in advance.

12. Mountains Classification

The King of Mountain Classification will be contested over the designated climb in the course of 85km at Rankoshi Hinode and 150 km at Panorama Line Shinsen Marsh. The King of the Mountains (KOM) prize will be awarded to the first rider over the KOM counting point from each age category.

However, this prize is not in conformity with the UCI regulations. To notify 1.0 km from the KOM counting point, a signboard as following picture will be posted.

13. Sprint Classification

A Sprint Classification will be contested over the designated section, located in Oikomi, Kyowa-cho Town.

A competitor that recorded the fastest time on the designated section from each age category are awarded the Classification.

This is not an official Classification under the term of UCI. To notify 1.0 km from the counting point, a signboard as following picture will be posted.

14. Detour for Caravan

All vehicles of the caravan except for COM1, COM2, Sag wagon and doctor car should turn left at Hirafu Intersection (1.1km before the finish line) driving into the detour route.

15. Race Number, Frame Plates & Timing Transponders Placement

Body numbers and frame plates are to be affixed as required. The identification numbers provided by the organizer shall be used by riders without any kind of alteration. A transponder will be used to time the race. Therefore, make sure that the transponder is attached to your bike correctly.

After finishing the race, return your transponder to the “Timing Device Return” located within the venue.

16. Distribution of Communiqués

Distribution place will be the communiqué board installed in the front of the Niseko Grand Hirafu .Base building and on official website.

17. Notes

In principle, riders and vehicles should keep left side of the road. Emergency vehicles have the right of way.

18. Injury during the race

In a case of injury during the race, the organizer’s medical team only provides an emergency treatment. A participant is responsible for the full checkup and treatment after the race.

19. Insurance

Participant is obliged to have both personal accident insurance and third party liability insurance. Overseas participant is obliged to have an insurance policy that is valid in Japan. Beyond the coverage of organizer’s insurance policy and emergency treatment given during the race, a participant is not to assume obligation in accordance with her or his responsibility.