Discover our team
The experience of the BikingMan, the volunteers and the values that drive us on each race.
2015 The Origin
Founded by Axel Carion, BikingMan was born in 2015 while Axel crossed the Andes Cordillera in South America, with a 60 kg loaded bike. Coming back from 249 days of expedition, on the most remote tracks of the Andes Cordillera, he had the idea to create a championship of ultra-distance cycling races which would bring together the most extreme climatic and topographic conditions of the planet. These races would be aimed at women and men of all horizons (amateurs and professionals).
In 2016, he left to recognize the IncaDivide course, the 1st race, “pilot” of the BikingMan series, in the heart of the Andes Cordillera (Ecuador / Peru). 1 woman and 16 men would then participate… This is the beginning of the adventure.
A name, an inspiration
The “Burning Man” festival, which brings together people around the musical passion and Art, inspired the name of “BikingMan” to bring together people passionate about endurance and adventure in amazing places.
Since 2016, our team has been developing ultra-long distance races to guarantee a spectacular ultracycling experience without any assistance. Follow the news of the races on our blog.
The environmental commitment
We are particularly attached to the carbon footprint of our events. No following car external to the organization is authorized. No constant ballet of vehicles between participants, this guarantees a total immersion in the natural areas explored.
This “ethos” of respect for the environment is shared by the BikingMan community (participants and volunteers) as well as all the partners of each event, to preserve the territories.
Axel is the cyclist of the team. Since 2011, he takes his bike on the most dizzying routes in the world, in search of unique cultural encounters. He shares his passion during conferences and his adventure stories.
Nickname: Cycling Shaman
Didier is the smile of the team. And when he is not smiling, he is either driving a 4×4 on impossible roads or tracks, or walking along the Camino de Santiago for the 8th or 9th time …
David is the Eye of the team. He spends most of his time capturing unforgettable photos of the pain and joy of the participants but can also reply to a chat request at 1:00 am…!
Nickname: David Styv
The BikingMan Spirit A life-changing race experience
In total, more than 700 people at 12 events dared to challenge one of the BikingMan championship events. Much more than a world bike championship, these unassisted sporting events are designed to showcase the freedom of long-distance cycling and celebrate the achievement of ordinary women and men.
A tremendous solidarity quickly developed around each race with more and more volunteers (the “race angels”) who participate in creating an unforgettable life experience for each participant. Our finish lines are festive places that celebrate achievement and place ultra-long distance cycling as an experience that can transform you.
The Rules of BikingMan
Our values Why join the BikingMan adventure?
The number of ultra-distance cycling events has exploded in recent years with constantly different experiences, frameworks and rules for cyclists.
On the other hand, all BikingMan races benefit from the same care taken in their organization and the same warm atmosphere. The routes are the subject of in-depth studies (routes, road conditions, meteorological analysis, points of interest) and intense discussions with local populations and communities. Axel personally performs the bike recons of each route, reproducing all the conditions of an ultracycling race without any assistance. The goal: making sure you can enjoy the most beautiful experience of ultra-distance.
Each event takes place on open roads and requires special attention from us as organizers. We devote a lot of energy, attention and logistical means to secure our events.
The organization set up
Joining a BikingMan event, it’s discovering a community of extraordinary women and men who share a common passion for cycling, adventure and sublime places. The competition transpires in every race, with a deep mutual respect between each participant. The BikingMan is not a mass event and we voluntarily limit the number of seats to maintain the friendly atmosphere described by our veterans.
You will be alone or in a duo, pedaling on our events. On the other hand, on each race, you will be able to feel the tremendous solidarity in the effort expressed by our teams and volunteers on the ground (race village, checkpoints and finish-line). The BikingMan is often described as “the adventure of a lifetime” by our veterans. We are aware of the physical and mental commitment necessary to reach each of our finish-lines and that is why you will always find us there with a smile whatever your arrival time!