BikingMan 555 Vercors Race | Race type

From July 26th to 28th 2024
555 Vercors #3

Try the 555 challenge, our gravel ultracycling event inspired by the IncaDivide with a mix combining road, trails and unique verticality. For the third year in a row, tour the spectacular Vercors massif on a weekend adventure.

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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 checkpoints 1

The fundamentals of the 555

The 555 is a gravel-oriented event that we designed in the heart of the dizzying Vercors massif, a center of the French resistance during World War II. The objective is to offer you an extraordinary gravel experience with connecting segments mixing asphalt (80%) and gravel (20%) for the greatest pleasure of the eyes. Over the course of a weekend, you will explore the emblematic places of the Vercors Regional Natural Park. The route was imagined with the help of a “stage local”: Philippe Join-Lambert, official speaker of the Roc d’Azur who lives in Villard-de-Lans.

The reconnaissance of the route was done with a gravel bike equipped with 40mm tires.

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

  • Gravel bike
  • Tires in 38/40 or 45mm section depending on the comfort sought
  • 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 26th – from 7am to 10am
  • Pre-race briefing: Friday July 26th at 10:30am
  • Start of the race: Friday July 26th à 12pm.
  • CP1: La Chapelle en Vercors
  • End of the race: Sunday July 28th at 7pm.
  • Closing drink: Sunday July 28th at 7pm.

The participants Board

Immerse yourself in the BikingMan experience for a weekend with an XXL course! Find out who will ride alongside you during the 555 Vercors 2024.
Take a look at the replay of the 2023 edition to plan your race strategy.

What’s included in my registration

Race Package

  • BikingMan Goodies (Personalized cap, bag, water bottle etc)
  • 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 energy bars
  • Hot coffee by FastClub Café

Participants testimonials

Our Race Partners Equipment and media

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Participate in SOLO (219€) or in PAIR (2x 219€) 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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