General InformationBefore the race
The BikingMan events are open to everyone, there is no qualifying event to be able to participate.
We ask you to justify the experience of a 200km ride or a good sporting experience to ensure that you have an idea of what awaits you.
An unsupported race (without assistance) is a race during which each participant will have to be autonomous to manage every aspect of their race (food, navigation, sleep, repairs). No following car that can provide any assistance is allowed. Each participant must therefore live his own adventure and get to the end of it by his own means, his own equipment and his own will.
The price and what your registration includes are detailed on each race page.
After completing your registration, you will receive an email from our registration platform. If not, please check your junk mail. If you still have nothing, please contact our support team by email using the contact form.
The list of mandatory documents for your race is available in your participant space. These documents must be sent to the organization one month before the race at the latest.
No. However, we offer a transfer option allowing you to commit to another event on the calendar (see conditions in the race contract in your participant space).
If you encounter an error or abnormal behavior on our registration platform, try to take a screenshot and send it to our support team via the contact form.
Try to describe as accurately as possible the actions you have just taken so that our team can identify the cause of the problem and help you as quickly as possible.
On each race page, a “Schedule” tab details the key dates and highlights of the race.
The departure city is indicated on the page of your race as well as in your participant space.
The exact place of departure/finish (race village) is indicated in the race notice that each participant receives one month before the race.
Some BikingMan events include gravel sections in their course. On the race calendar page, you have access to the percentage of gravel in each event. Make sure you read them to make the right technical choices (tires, bikes).
For your peace of mind, on each BikingMan event, a secure storage solution for 1 bike bag + 1 bag of personal belongings is offered to participants.
For events in France: by car, by train (each French round has a station nearby) or by plane if you are coming from abroad (airport accessible near the race village).
Each international stage has an airport nearby if you are coming from abroad.
Yes, for some events we offer an optional shuttle service accessible to participants. All the details and other transport solutions are indicated in the race notice that each participant receives one month before the race.
We have negotiated accommodation solutions for BikingMan participants and their families with our hotel partners. You will find the details of their offers in your participant space under the “toolbox” section. These offers being limited, we advise you not to delay in booking your accommodation at the race village.
The exact location of the checkpoints is communicated one month before your race in the race notice for your event. Each stage in the Sprint format has two checkpoints, each 555 stage has only one.
Yes: General, Female, Male and Pair.
A cold beer and some goodies to celebrate your arrival but there is no financial prize involved.
No, only “muscle” bikes are allowed on the events.
The following bikes are authorized to take the start: tandem, recumbent bike, Brompton-type folding bike, cargo bike, etc.
120 hours (five days) for the “sprint” format and 55 hours for the 555 format. Your progress is monitored with a GPS tracking system and you receive a stamp from the organization at the physical checkpoints. Each checkpoint has a time limit to ensure you complete the race in time.
It is not mandatory. We advise you to bring equipment if you plan to sleep (bivouac) in nature. Seek advice on the BikingMan Facebook group if you want to camp. Finishers will be able to inform you about their strategy.
Yes, the complete list of mandatory equipment is indicated in the “mandatory equipment” tab on your race page and it will be checked at your check-in and randomly during your race by the Race Angels.
In the “Recommended bike” tab of each race page, you will find our advice. Depending on the nature of the route, its difficulty, the presence or not of gravel, we adapt this setup (type of bike, tyres, brakes, transmission) to offer you what we think is the best compromise to face the difficulties of the route.
A highly qualified bike repairer is present in the race village of certain BikingMan events during the equipment check period. He will do his best to solve your problem.
The BikingMan Academy brings together many video tutorials and testimonials from participants that will help you prepare for your adventure (physical preparation, equipment, strategy, diet, repairs during the event, etc.).
Do not hesitate to reach out to the #bikingmanFamily (BikingMan Facebook group ) to discuss your upcoming event and receive good advice.
The final route is usually available one month before departure after we have received all administrative authorizations from the authorities. You then have access to it in your participant space as well as in the race manual sent one month before departure.
We are dividing the final route into several separate GPX segments (preferable for running your bike GPS) and also preparing a version compatible with your smartphone.
The ‘Calendar’ tab on your race page details important event events such as check-in, race briefing times, dates start/end of the race and the closing party.
During the race
Gloves and helmets are mandatory during the race.
If you choose to ride at night, it is essential to use your lights (front AND rear) and reflective clothing.
We strongly recommend the use of a mirror and reflective stickers for increased safety and visibility. Our partner The Beam offers very effective and practical solutions for these 2 elements.
Try not to exceed 24 hours without sleep. It is essential to sleep and rest in order to avoid inattention/hallucinations on the road and potential accidents.
Naps help a lot to keep going, remember to rest.
Each participant plans their race according to their own sleep strategy (micro-naps, rest at checkpoints, booking a hotel or accommodation, etc.). Following cars being prohibited, it is not possible to be followed by a motorhome or camper-van to rest inside.
It is authorized to refuel in the bars, restaurants and food shops (water and food) that you will find on the course. Do not hesitate to take advantage of the local specialties, they are generally homemade and contribute to the experience of the regions crossed. Also consider gas stations which can sometimes operate 24 hours a day and provide access to hot drinks and snacks.
Depending on the race, fountains are sometimes available on the course to fill your cans. Remember to carry water purification tablets in case of doubt about the potability of the fountain.
If you eat in a restaurant, always prefer a popular place and ask advice from locals who generally know the best restaurants!
Each participant is equipped with a GPS tracker for their safety and to be able to follow their progress in real time.
For fans and family, you can track your favorite’s position on our website on the LIVE page.
For participants: during the race briefing, we share the event follow-up URL to communicate to your relatives.
In the event of a mechanical problem: have your bike repaired by going to the nearest town. If the city is too far, manage to enlist the help of the locals or take a taxi to reach the nearest bike shop. In this case, you will have to notify the organization to inform it of your situation and justify (with your GPS traces, photos or videos) that you have resumed pedaling from the exact place of your breakdown.
If the repair is impossible and you have to abandon the race, the organization can provide you with advice on how to return to the race village.
In the event of a health problem: you can seek advice from the race medical on-call service with our partner LOGICOSS. Depending on the advice received, you will have instructions for directing you to a pharmacy, a doctor or a hospital.
If you wish to continue the race after your health problem and you have requested motorized assistance or have had to leave the track for treatment, you will have to return to your last position on the bike on the track to resume pedaling. You must be able to justify your trips to the organization (with your GPS tracks, photos or videos)
BikingMan events are unsupported. This means that each participant must be self-sufficient on the course for all his needs including his repatriation during a retirement.It is not possible for the organization, for questions of logistics and security, to support each participant who would come to abandon.
We remind you that in the event of abandonment, it is also the participant’s responsibility to ensure that the GPS tracker is returned to the organization BEFORE the end of the race.
BikingMan events are designed to give you a unique experience in the heart of exceptional natural environments. The media cars are there to immortalize these moments spent by the participants, in photos and videos, in order to preserve and offer you the images of your adventure and to animate the communication around the event, especially on social networks.
No help will be provided to you by the media cars. They may, however, be required to sanction you in the event of inappropriate behavior (eg dangerous) or for non-compliance with the rules (eg failure to present mandatory equipment).
The organization’s telephone numbers are provided on the patent card you receive at check-in. These numbers can be reached by phone or WhatsApp.
The patent card also contains the number of the medical hotline as well as the main telephone numbers to know to reach help and local emergencies.
After the race
The GPS tracker must be returned to the organization at your arrival at the race village if you go to the end of the race or we will be brought back to the race village with the end of the race if you have had to abandon.
In the event of a tracker not returned on time or broken, the participant must pay the sum of 200 euros to the organization.
At the finish line, you can enjoy an optional massage service that will greatly contribute to your post-race physical and mental recovery.
After the event, for a suitable active recovery, we recommend low intensity outings to promote muscle regeneration as well as a balanced diet and restful sleep.