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Tour description

Hokkaido Cycling - Hills Challenge Loop (HCL)

» Ironman Bike Course & UCI Niseko Classic


6 Days

500km ^7200m


This is the most challenging cycling itinerary in our entire Hokkaido portfolio, tastefully designed & created for the enthusiast cyclists looking for challenging cycling tours in Hokkaido. 


In it, you experience the 2015 Hokkaido Ironman Bike Course, a challenging 180km bike course with nearly 2400m of climbing. It circles the scenic Lake Toya, before climbing the 800m mountain-pass of Mount Niseko-Annupuri.  Next, you ride the 85km bike course of Niseko Classic, an annual UCI cycling race in Hokkaido.  The route race down to the Sea of Japan from Rankoshi, before climbing the 600m Niimi pass, the KoM point of Niseko Classic.


On top of these 2 highlights, you cycle from Niseko to Otaru, a seaside port known for glassworks, music boxes, sake distilleries, & the Otaru canal warehouses. 

The trip will end with a final 700m climb via Asari Sky Loop as you cycle back to Sapporo. 


This is a cycling holiday targeted at the most avid cyclists looking for a challenging overseas cycling experience, alongside beautiful backdrop of mountains & lakes.

Guaranteed to satisfy all your cycling craves in Hokkaido!!


+ World-class road cycling in the mountainous terrain of Niseko area in southwest Hokkaido

+ Ride the UCI Niseko Classic 85km route (Niimi highpass)

+ Experience the Hokkaido Ironman Bike Course in 2015 (with 800m Niseko-Annupuri highpass)

- Cycle around scenic Lake Toya volcanic lake and Mount Yotei, the iconic landmark in this area

+ Niseko to Otaru backcountry route

+ Sight-seeing in charming Otaru

+ Otaru to Sapporo backcountry route via Asari Sky Loop & Sapporo lake



Hokkaido Hills Challenge Loop (HCL)

Event Grade: 5 (Very challenging)

Discipline: Road tarmac / undulating with several big climbs

No. of Cycle Days: 05

Cycle Distance: est. 500km

Ascent: 7200m (full-support with van for luggage transfers & a seat for everyone)

Terrain: 100% road tarmac


6D Land Cost: est. S$2299/pax (twin-share)

Single sup: S$390

(average price for 7-8D full-support cycling tours in Japan is SGD4000)



1) 5 nights accommodation (mix of hotels/ryokans with onsens)

2) Almost Full-board: 5 breakfasts + 2 dinners (except rest-day)

3) water/isotonic drinks & snacks during cycling

4) 2-way airport transfers (main group arrival/departure)

5) All land transfers / luggage transfer

6) Very Experienced Cycling guide & Bike Mechanic Support

7) SSV (Support Sweeper Vehicle) during rides

8) Detailed Pre-Departure Briefing & Trip Preparation


* Excludes International airfares & other meals

Add-on: S$230 for rental of bike (GIANT road/hybrid)

> or carbon Pinarello & Cervelo road bike (contact us for cost)

> We will advise you the international flight (for main group)

Other Notes:

Due to the nature of the places that we are riding, we will be:

1) limited to max 18 cyclists per group (confirmation upon email & deposit payment received)

2) 100% cycling (unless medical/extreme weather)

3) half-supported (vehicle will transport your luggage to next point; drinks & snacks provided during cycling).

4) non-cyclists can join as seat-in-coach participant (book in advanced to secure a guaranteed seat)


Further queries, pls email:

Closing Date: 1 month before departure OR seats fill up


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Detailed itinerary

Day01 - Arrive Sapporo Chitose / Cycle to Lake Toya (92km, 820m)

Upon arrival to Chitose International Airport, pickup by our vans and transfer to Lake Shikotsu.  Bike setup + lunch.  Take a walk along the scenic Lake Shikotsu, a volcanic caldera lake that does not freeze over in winter.  It is also the site Shikotsu Ice Festival held annually during winter around Jan-Feb.  Start cycling towards Lake Toya.  There a high pass of about 625m separating the 2 lakes.  After the mountain pass, it is downhill all the way to Lake Toya, another caldera lake.


Day02 - Hokkaido Ironman Bike Course - Lake Toya / Mt Yotei / Niseko-Annupuri (180km, 2400m)

Today is the longest day & probably also the toughest in the trip.  You start right from the hotel by the lake as you tackle the challenging 2015 Hokkaido Ironman Bike Course (discontinued after the last race).  The course follows the scenic road along Lake Toya, around Mount Yotei into Makkari & Kutchan, climbing the 800m Niseko-Annupuri pass before returning back to Lake Toya.  A very satisfying bike course for the avid road cyclist!


Day03 - UCI Niseko Classic 85km Experience Course (cycle 85km, 1300m)

Another rewarding ride awaits!  Experience the 85km UCI course with ascent of 1300m of the Niseko Classic.  Starting from Rankoshi, you head down along  towards the Sea of Japan before starting the climb back towards Niimi pass along an undulating course before ending at Niseko Grand Hirafu Resort.


Day04 - Niseko / Otaru (cycle 73km, 1200m)

Today might seems like a recovery ride after the past 2 days of challenging ones.

We head out towards the seaport town of Otaru.  Nonetheless, it is still a 75km ride with more than 1000m of ascend.  We will reach Otaru early for lunch, so that you have the entire afternoon free to enjoy this popular tourist attraction. 


Day-5 - Otaru / Sapporo (cycle 70km, 1500m)

After a sumptuous breakfast in Otaru, we set off for the last segment of the journey back to Sapporo.

Instead of following the shortest path which tend to be a little busier, we ride the quiet backcountry road that climb up to Asari dam via the Sky Loop.  Though the distance may be only 70km, the total ascend is nearly 1500m as you make your way from sea level up to Kokusai Ski resort into Sapporo. 

There are a couple of tunnels to pass through, so be sure to put on your front & rear safety blinkers.  Our route passes by Sapporo lake before continuing along Toyohira River, as we use the bikeways near Makomanai to arrive at the end point in front of Sapporo Clock Tower.   

A big Congratulations for the past week of achievements & time for a good celebration in this exciting city.


Day06 - depart Sapporo
(optional: own extension)


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