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.
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 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)
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.
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
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
Pietra’s finisher beer
Personal photo gallery in low resolution to share about your adventure
A unique gravel adventure with the BikingMan family
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
On paper the elevation and the distance seem so far, once on the gravel bike it's a delirious immersion that ends almost too quickly. Thank you to the Race Angels and the organization. We want more at the end of the race!
This event is a UFO
FX Plaçais (finisher 2022)
Our Race PartnersEquipment and media
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!
Ultracycling race in the Vercors - 555 Vercors #2 - July 28th, 2023
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