For the 5th year in a row, Niseko is hosting the Niseko Hanazono Hill Climb which sees participants riding over 15km from the town of Kutchan to the rear of Niseko near Goshiki Onsen. It is not the distance that troubles riders but the step hills that must be conquered before reaching the finish line. There is a 617m elevation, making for an average gradient of about 5%. Last year the competition saw 593 participants enter.
Date: 3 August, 2014
Where: Starting from Kutchan
Information: Niseko Hanazono Hill Climb Website