When is the next edition?
This ride is only available to private groups. Get in touch and make it happen!
What is a Half Mad Dog Challenge?
The format and function is exactly the same as a full Mad Dog Challenge, however the daily distances are generally half that of a full challenge - approximately 75km to 110km for a day's ride rather than 150km to 210km. We usually take a slightly later breakfast compared to a full Mad Dog. These challenges are great for those who are new to long distance adventure riding, although more seasoned cyclists will also enjoy a more relaxed cycling schedule, with potentially more time to stop and see things - or relax in the afternoon. Don't forget, if you run out of puff there's always the support van, although this will impact your certificate!
Are the details of this challenge set in stone?
Although the It's possible that the details of the itinerary are subject to change, the dates will not change and the distances will remain within the "Half Mad Dog" parameters.
Can I pay a single supplement to guarantee my own room?
We are not permitting single supplements on this particular challenge however we do welcome single registration. You will need to share a room - this can be a great highlight of the trip, to have someone at the end of the day with whom to reflect on the day's adventures.
What is the terrain like?
Although Hokkaido is a mountainous place, there are not any drastic climbs on this challenge! Please email [email protected] for an elevation profile.
What type of bike should I bring?
The roads are excellent quality. A road bike would be ideal, although as always this is adventure cycling and if you're not good at watching the road for rougher spots, a fast tourer, hybrid or even a mountain bike may be better.
Where does the Challenge start?
In Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. Hotel to be confirmed.
Where does the challenge finish?
Wakkanai, Hokkaido, Japan. Hotel to be confirmed.
How do I get to the start, and which flights should I book to get home?
Sapporo's New Chitose airport is well served, with direct flights, amongst other places to Beijing (Air China), Hong Kong (Cathay, Hong Kong Airlines), Taipei (China Airlines, TransAsia), Shanghai (China Eastern, Spring), Seoul (Korean, Jin Air, T'way), Singapore (Singapore Airlines), Bangkok (Thai). It's also EXTREMELY well connected with other airports in Japan, including Tokyo. It would be perfectly convenient to fly through Tokyo.
Wakkanai's airport is connected to both Sapporo and Tokyo. It's very convenient to take the train from Wakkanai to Sapporo, which takes approx 5-6 hours and is very comfortable.
Do I need a Visa for Japan?
Citizens of most developed countries can visit Japan visa-free. If in doubt please contact your nearest Japanese embassy.