One of the advantages of Niseko’s rural setting are the many quiet roads in the area that make for great cycling, in fact the region has over 3000 kms of smooth tarmac. With well maintained roads, very low speed limits, relatively light car traffic, and a variety of different terrain, the Niseko area is a touring cyclist’s dream. Of course, the level of snowfall makes cycling impractical in winter, but early April through late November sees perfect conditions almost daily, with approximately 180 cycling days in the season. There are literally hundreds of different routes to choose from, and no matter what level or type of rider you are, there is a road or trail for everyone. Rhythm Rhythm Cycles caters to this market with a pro shop that offers full service, a sales shop, and new fleet of quality rental bicycles. The owners and staff are riders themselves, and their enthusiasm for the sport shows in their dedication to good service and sharing the cycling experience. Advance-reserve rentals are available, as are same day (first come first serve) for a variety of bike styles from mountain bikes to hybrid tourers. Rates are quite reasonable with 2 hour or 1 day packages available, all for less than ¥5,000. For those that would really like to get to know the area there are a variety of tours available from 2 up to 6 hour courses, on a range of different terrain. Tours are for groups of up to 6 people, and can be tailored to include your group’s preferred stop for lunch. Expert trainers are also available to help you brush up your technique. One of the highlights of their service is the access to the lift-assisted downhill mountain bike (MTB) park. Imagine riding up on the same lift that serves the ski slopes in winter, then riding down letting the bike do the work for you. This offers the opportunity for an adrenaline fueled drop with considerable room for jumps and air time! The downhill track covers around 600m of vertical and starts at top of the Grand Hirafu centre four lift. The track includes a number of jumps, berms and north shore sections. It is best suited to intermediate and advanced riders, and a safety course is a prerequisite. 4 hour lift tickets the the MTB park start from about ¥4,500.
191-1 Yamada, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido