First ‘gravel’ cycling event held on forest trails in Niseko

Participants ride along forest tails in the new Niseko Gravel cycling event

Niseko Gravel, a ‘gravel bike’ event using road-racing bikes with fatter tires that can be used on unpaved trails was held in the three central Hokkaido towns of Kutchan, Niseko and Rankoshi for the first time on August 1. Participants rode on unpaved and gravel roads while enjoying Niseko’s summer scenery.

The event was organized by General Incorporated Association Hokkaido Events (Kutchan). Approximately 100 riders from throughout Hokkaido and beyond took part and, after departing from the Hirafu district of Kutchan, could choose from three different routes; from a 30 km course on forest trails in the vicinity of Yunosato in the town of Rankoshi, and Ranran Park in central Rankoshi, to an 80 km course back to Kutchan.

As part of Coronavirus infection measures, participants were divided into groups of several people, departing one after another from early in the morning. Occasional blue skies greeted the riders as they made their way along roads surrounded by views of Mt. Yotei a potato fields, and gravel forest trails surrounded by trees. Hokkaido Events plans to continue staging the event from next year onwards, and hopes to further vitalize Niseko’s summer cycle tourism together with the Niseko Classic bike race.


Towns of Kutchan, Niseko and Rankoshi