- General information
- When is the BIKINGMAN Portugal #1?
- 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 Portugal?
- 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 Portugal #1?
- Is there a minimum distance to ride every day
- 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 Portugal?
- Do I need a medical certificate for the race?
- Do I need insurance?
- How do the base camps work?
- How do the checkpoints work?
- Is there a list of mandatory equipment?
- Do I need a GPS tracker?
- Do I need a specific bike?
- Do I need to bring a tent?
- Do I need a BV?
All the rules and conditions of the BIKINGMAN Portugal 2019 are listed in the race agreement, read it carefully (download here).
When is the BIKINGMAN Portugal 2019?
– September 23rd to September 27th, 2019.
Where does the race start and finish?
– The race will start and finish in Faro, at the southern-most part of Portugal.
Is it asphalt or gravel?
– The route of the race is 100% asphalt. It is possible to come with a race bike, cyclo-cross or TT bike. We recommend to use 25mm tires for more confort (such as the Continental GP4000 type).
How can I sign up?
– Follow the link: click here .
How much does registration cost and what’s included?
– 299 euros until December 31st 2018 (tier 1), 329 euros until february 28th (tier 2) and 359 euros (tier 3) until registration closes if slots are available. Your registration includes: storage of 1x bike bag and 1 x personal bag (backpack) during the race. A cap with your personnel bib number. The GPS tracker provided by the organisation for the race with SOS function, a 30 euros discount is applicable for participants who own their own SPOT Gen 3 personal tracker. A water and tear-proof survival map (with indications of places where you can refill/sleep, checkpoints and elevation profile of the route). A reward if you are finiser. Bike equipment is offered to the first rider in each category. BikingMan team members and volunteers at each checkpoint to validate your progress in the race. The access to base camps to rest. Media cars to capture and bring back unforgettable memories of your adventure. Read the race page to see in detail 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 Portugal?
– There are currently 112 lines and low-cost direct or staged flights to or from Faro international airport, covering most of the capital and main cities of Europe.
How can I get to the base camp?
– We will have a shuttle from the airport to welcome you in Portugal and take you to the base camp. This service is optional at 50 EUR for the transport back and forth to the base camp.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
– European citizens (E.U. and Schengen area) do not require a visa to get in Portugal. It is however required to present a valid identity document (ID Card or passport) when you cross the border.
If you are a citizen from one of the following country, you are not required to ask for a visa:
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brasil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominique, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Gibraltar, Greece, Grenades, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Irlande, Iceland, Israël, Italu, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lituania, Luxembourg, Malaisia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Nicaragua, North Korea, Norway, New-Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Romania, San-Marino, Salvador, Singapour, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, UK, Uruguay, USA, Vatican, Venezuela.
For citizens from other countries, a visa is required.
Where are the electronic checkpoints and manned checkpoints?
– You will be required to ride at least 190 kms per day to ensure you will be able to complete the race in the 120 hours time limit.
Where can I see the mandatory route of the race?
– By joining our Strava club , it’s free and you will be able to download GPX itinerary of the course.
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 Portugal 2019 are listed in the race agreement, read it carefully (download here)
What is the time limit to complete the BIKINGMAN Portugal #1?
– 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 that will be shown on the survival map to ensure you finish the course in 120h.
Is there a minimum distance to ride every day?
– Yes, it will be required to ride 190 kms every day not to be disqualified from the race.
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 email@example.com
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 Portugal?
– Yes, you will be some camping sites along the road. You must respect the locals and the local wild life (fauna and flora). Any found pollution will get you excluded from the race.
Do I need a medical certificate for the race?
– Yes, mentioning that you are physically fit to race 950 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 base camps work?
– BikingMan will deploy 2 base camps along the race course where you will be able to drink, eat and rest or sleep.
How do the checkpoints work?
– Each participant will be provided with a personal GPS tracker that shares his location every 5 min to the race organisation as well as the public who follows the race (friends and family). Built with an accelerometer it starts tracking automatically once you move. It allows to check the speed of your progress and avoid cheaters during the race.
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 YouTube channel where we share tips on the best bike setup for the event. The mandatory road being 100% asphalt, you can use either a race bike, a TT bike, a grave, a cyclo-cross. Whichever you feel like.
Do I need to bring a tent?
– No, this is not a requirement. You can bring one if you plan to camp out every day.
Do I need a BV?
– Yes, if you plan to camp out. No, if you want to race non-stop or plan to stop only at guest houses or hotels.