- General information
- When is the BIKINGMAN Laos?
- Where does the race start and finish?
- Is it asphalt or gravel?
- How can I sign up?
- How much does registration cost and what’s included?
- Does the organization keep my personal belongings during the race?
- How can I travel to Laos?
- How can I get to the base camp?
- I did not receive any confirmation emails after registration!
- Can I follow and learn more about the athletes who are preparing for the race?
- Do I need a visa?
- Where are the electronic checkpoints and manned checkpoints?
- Where can I see the mandatory route of the race?
- Are there categories?
- Can I cancel my registration?
- Is there a prize to win?
- Rules of the race
- What is the time limit to complete the BikingMan Laos?
- Are support cars allowed?
- Is the road mandatory?
- Can I draft (ride behind another cyclist and benefit from the wind protection) of a competitor?
- Can I camp in Laos?
- Do I need a medical certificate for the race?
- Do I need insurance?
- How do the checkpoints work?
- Is there a list of mandatory equipment?
- Do I need a GPS tracker?
- Do I need a specific bike?
All the rules and conditions of the BikingMan LAOS 2019 are listed in the race agreement, read it carefully (download here).
When is the BIKINGMAN Laos?
– May 20th to May 24th, 2019. The check-in of the athletes and their equipment will take place on May 18th (8am to 6pm) and May 19th in the morning (8am to 12pm) at the Sanctuary Hotel in Luang Prabang.
Where does the race start and finish?
– The race will start in Luang Prabang, cultural capital city of Laos, part of the UNESCO World Heritage, and will finish at the Sanctuary Hotel in Luang Prabang
Is it asphalt or gravel?
– The route of the race is 100% paved, but frequently in bad condition. It is recommended to come with a cyclo-cross or gravel bike. We recommend at least 28mm tires so you can go through anywhere (such as Schwalbe G-One type).
How can I sign up?
– Follow the link: click here .
How much does registration cost and what’s included?
– 499 euros until February 28th 2019 (tier 1), 539 euros until March 31st 2019 (tier 2) and 579 euros (tier 3) until registration closes if slots are available. Read the race page to see what is included in your registration.
Does the organization keep my personal belongings during the race?
– Yes, 1 x bike bag and 1 x personal bag (backpack) for every athlete is allowed. BUT you will NOT have access to your personal belongings while you are racing. Do not ask us to carry your bags between checkpoints …
How can I travel to Laos?
– By plane to the Luang Prabang International Airport, you will transit through either Bangkok (BKK – in Thailand), Hanoi (HAN – in Vietnam), Jing Hong (JHG – in China) or Singapour (SIN). Before you book, make sure to check the pricing conditions for your bike. For adventurers with a lot of time ahead, you can reach Luang Prabang by bus or boat following the Mekong river coming from a neighboring country.
How can I get to the base camp?
– For those who will have booked a room at the race village, located at the Sanctuary Hotel, a shuttle service for a 50,000 Kip (5 euros) will welcome you at the airport. For participants willing to stay at a different accomodation place, taxis can take you to your hotel for a similar 5 euros price.
I did not receive any confirmation emails after registration!
– After finalizing your registration, you should have received an email from Active.com confirming your payment. If you didn’t get it, check your SPAM folder. In case of any doubt, get in touch with us at email@example.com and we’ll help you.
Can I follow and learn more about the athletes who are preparing for the race?
– Join the Strava BikingMan club, connect to our Facebook , profile Instagram or our YouTube channel. If you need help preparing for your race, you can get in touch with the BikingMan community on the dedicated Facebook group where veterans will help you.
Do I need a visa?
– Yes, it will be delivered at your arrival in the airport. The cost is 30 US dollars, and it is valid for 30 days. Remember to bring an identity photo with you for the visa.
Where are the electronic checkpoints and manned checkpoints?
– Checkpoint 1 is hosted by our partner the Sanctuary Hotel Pakbeng, at the doors of the Mekong river. Checkpoint 2 is located on top of the highest pass of the race, the Kasi pass at 1,800m. It will be necessary to ride 140 kilometers each day to avoid being disqualified from the event.
Where can I see the mandatory route of the race?
– It can be viewed and downloaded on the RidewithGPS race route. Exact checkpoints locations are displayed on the map.
Are there categories?
– Yes: Woman, Man and Pair.
Can I cancel my registration?
– No. However, we offer transfer plans during the year to another BikingMan race of the same season, up to 90 days before the race, with a transfer fee of 80 euros. A last-minute transfer option (up to 15 days before the race) is available for 230 euros (see race agreeement).
Is there a prize to win?
– The glory and some gifts from our sponsors for the winners of each category. For the rest of the athletes: the status of heroes if they reach the finish line in time! To be ranked in the 2019 ranking of the BikingMan series, the finishers must complete a minimum of 2 BikingMan events during the season.
RULES OF THE RACE
All the rules and conditions of BikingMan LAOS 2019 are listed in the race agreement, read it carefully (download here)
What is the time limit to complete the BikingMan Laos?
– 120 hours (five days). Your progression will be monitored with a GPS tracking system and you will receive a stamp from the organization at the manned checkpoints. Each checkpoint has a time limit to ensure you finish the course in 120h.
Are support cars allowed?
– No. You can not have a car or other support vehicle following you. This is an unsupported bicycle race where you have to manage your food, water and accommodation. The survival map provided by the organization will help you to find places where you can refuel and sleep at night. It will also show the elevation profile of the fixed route. The strategy plays a big role in the race because you can’t rely on a support car. If you have family or friends who would like to help as volunteers during the race, please let us know by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Is the road mandatory?
– Yes it is a fixed itinerary which must be followed from the start to the finish. Anyone who does not follow the itinerary will be disqualified.
Can I draft (ride behind another cyclist and benefit from the wind protection) of a competitor?
– No. You are not allowed to draft or ride in a pack. Only riders in pairs are allowed to ride together during the race.
Can I camp in Laos?
– No, it’s forbidden to camp in Laos. You will have to sleep at guest houses or hotels. Guest houses are cheap, between 7 and 15 euros par a room. You will find some all along the course. In case you really have to sleep in a village that do not have guest houses, ask for the village chief. He will probably host you or allow you to sleep in the temple.
Do I need a medical certificate for the race?
– Yes, mentioning that you are physically fit to race 800 kilometers on an multi-day unsupported ultra-cycling race. You can download a template here.
Do I need insurance?
– Yes, it is mandatory with repatriation option to your home country in case of accidents. Check the terms of your credit card or ask your local insurance company for advice. The BikingMan Facebook group can also help you with other athletes’ advice and past experience.
How do the checkpoints work?
– BikingMan Laos 2019 will have 2 control points. BikingMan volunteers will validate your time and stamp your survival map. Meals, beverages and sleep/rest accomodation will be available.
Is there a list of mandatory equipment?
– Yes, a complete list of mandatory equipment is mentioned in the race agreement signed during your registration process. It is, for the most part, common-sense equipments for unsupported cycling (repairs, clothes, lights …) to ride in the safest possible conditions.
Do I need a GPS tracker?
– No, it is included in your registration and provided by the organization. If you have one, you can also use it (works only with SPOT GEN 3). If you bring your own SPOT GEN 3 tracker, you will be eligible for a 30 euros discount at check-in.
Do I need a specific bike?
– Check out our Tutorial video about the best bike configuration on our YouTube channel . We regularly share tips to get prepared for the event. The road being frequently damaged, we strongly recommend you use a gravel bike or cyclo-cross with 28mm tires minimum.