BikingMan 555 Vercors Race | Race type

From July 28th to 30th 2023
555 Vercors #2

Take on the challenge of the 555, our ultracycling gravel event inspired by the IncaDivide with a mix of road, gravel and unique verticality. The route is a spectacular exploration of the Vercors massif over the space of a weekend.

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555 Vercors in numbers

555 By BIKINGMAN | Race typeRace Start Villard-De-Lans
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 the 555

The 555 is a gravel ultradistance event that we designed in the heart of the vertiginous Vercors mountain range, a major center of French resistance during World War 2. The objective is to offer you an extraordinary gravel experience with connecting segments mixing asphalt and gravel for the greatest pleasure of the eyes. In the space of a weekend you will explore the emblematic places of the Vercors Regional Natural Park.

The recce of the course was completed with a gravel bike equipped with 40 mm tires. This 555 will allow you to discover the Vercors in a unique way, to initiate you to the experience of gravel on a route paved on 80% with connecting sections on gravel tracks (20% of the total mileage).

For this 555 Vercors whose route includes 20% gravel sections, we recommend the following setup:

  • Gravel bike
  • 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 useful information on the logistics and the race program below. The start of the race and the race village will be located in Villard-de-Lans.

  • Individual bike and equipment checks: Friday July 28th – from 8am to 10:30am.
  • Pre-race briefing: Friday July 28th from 10:30am to 11:30am.
  • Start of the race: Friday July 28th at 12pm.
  • CP1: Location to be confirmed
  • End of the race: Sunday July 30th at 7pm.
  • Closing drink: Sunday July 30th at 7pm.

The participants Board

Immerse yourself in the BikingMan experience for a weekend with an XXL course! Find out who will be pedaling alongside you during the 555 Vercors 2023.
You can also replay the 2022 edition to plan your race strategy.

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

  • Race speaker during the event
  • 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
  • Massage service to help you recover from your adventure
  • 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

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

Places are limited to guarantee you total immersion in the heart of the Vercors. Don’t wait up to secure yours!

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