BikingMan 555 Alpes-Maritimes Race | Race type

From September 15th to 17th 2023
555 Alpes-Maritimes #1

The first ultra-distance gravel event in the Alpes-Maritimes! Embark on an exceptional adventure over a weekend to discover the Côte d’Azur and its treasures of hidden roads and tracks. The 555 is our IncaDivide-inspired event format with a mix of road, gravel and unique verticality..

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555 Alpes-Maritimes in numbers

555 By BIKINGMAN | Race typeRace Start Valberg
555 By BIKINGMAN | Distance courseDistance 500 km
555 By BIKINGMAN | Dénivelé courseTotal Elevation 12,000 m
555 By BIKINGMAN | Durée de la courseTime limit 55 hours
555 By BIKINGMAN | CheckpointMandatory checkpoint 1

The Fundamentals of 555 Alpes-Maritimes

The 555 is a gravel-oriented event for exploring the Riviera and its treasures. These are the tracks and training roads of Axel Carion that you can discover with connecting segments mixing asphalt and gravel for your greatest pleasure. During a weekend, you will explore the emblematic places of the Côte d’Azur to feast your eyes and your legs.

The recce of the route was done on semi-rigid and gravel mountain bikes with bikes equipped with 40 mm tires. This 555 Alpes-Maritimes will allow you to discover the region differently, far from crowded tourist places while immersing yourself in a gravel experience on an 80% asphalted course with link sections on tracks representing 20% of the total mileage.

For this 555 Alpes-Maritimes whose course includes 20% gravel sections, we recommend the following configuration:

  • Gravel bike or mountain bike (with or without fork)
  • Tires in section of 40mm minimum
  • Disc brakes

For your safety, you are required to bring the following equipment with you in order to participate in the race. The organization will make sure that you are in possession of the mandatory equipment when checking in the athletes and bikes.

  • GPS tracker – provided by the organization
  • 1x set of 4 spare AAA batteries (ideally lithium) (for the GPS tracker)
  • Bike GPS – Wahoo / Garmin type or equivalent
  • 1x bicycle helmet
  • 1x front light (with permanent mode)
  • 1x rear light (with permanent mode)
  • 1x bicycle pump (mandatory even when using tubeless tires)
  • 1x inner tube + 1x repair kit (patch + glue + tire changer – mandatory even when using tubeless tires)
  • 1x pair of brake pads (or brake shoe)
  • Water bottles for a minimum capacity of 1.5l of water (1x 750ml water bottle provided to each athlete by the organization)
  • 1x pair of gloves
  • Reflective clothing (eg: Audax vest, yellow safety vest…)
  • 1x survival blanket
  • 1x jacket or jersey with light rain protection, ideally with a hood
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Mobile phone and charging device (eg: dynamo or USB battery)
  • Identity document + paper or digital copy of it (ex: keep a copy of your passport or identity card on your personal cloud)

You can find all the documents for the race on your Dashboard space

Find below useful information on the logistics and the program of the 555. The village and the start of the event will be located in VALBERG.

  • Individual bike and equipment checks: Friday September 15th – from 8am to 10:00am
  • Pre-race briefing: Friday September 15th – from 10:30am to 11:30am
  • Start of the race: Friday September 15th at 12pm.
  • CP1: LEVENS city
  • Closing drink: Sunday September 17th at 7pm./li>
  • Pot de clôture: Sunday September 17th at 7pm.

The participants Board

Test yourself on the gravel experience of the BikingMan for a weekend with a dizzying course. Find out who will be pedaling alongside you during the 555 Alpes-Maritimes 2023.

What’s included in my registration

Race Package

  • BikingMan Goodies (numbered cap, bracelet and stickers)
  • GPS tracker for security and live-tracking
  • Brevet card to stamp your progression
  • Race manual with GPS trace
  • Access to the bikepark secured by Wheelskeep
  • Bag storage during the race

Safety and Supervision

  • Equipment checking before the start
  • Race Briefing for all participants
  • Race angels volunteers at checkpoints and on the road
  • SOS function on the tracker
  • Medical on-call available 24 hours a day
  • Communication group dedicated to the race

Media Coverage

  • OWAKA Livetracking platform in real time
  • Media cars to immortalize your exploits
  • Professional photographers and videographers on the road
  • Race animation on social networks

After the race

  • Finisher T-Shirt
  • Pietra’s finisher beer
  • Personal photo gallery in low resolution to share about your adventure
  • A unique gravel adventure with the BikingMan family

Optional services

  • Insurance to cover you during the event
  • Photo Packs in HD and personnalized
  • Personal video packs of your best moments

What I will find at checkpoints

  • Race Angels present for your comfort 24 hours a day
  • Rest area with self-service mattress for micro-naps <1h
  • Power supply to recharge your equipment (gps, lights etc.)
  • Water supplies and PunchPower energy bars
  • Hot coffee by FastClub Café

Participants testimonials

Our Race Partners Equipment and media

How to join?

Participate in SOLO (199€) or in PAIR (2x 199€) with a teammate.

Places are limited to guarantee you an immersive adventure on the Côte d’Azur. Don’t miss the inaugural edition by reserving your bib!

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