BikingMan Sri Lanka Sprint Race | Race type

From April 28th to May 3rd 2024
BikingMan Sri Lanka #1

Join the pioneers who will explore the pearl of the Indian Ocean on gravel. For the first time, the BikingMan will make you discover the rare exoticism of Sri Lanka with a route mixing secondary roads and exquisite tracks in the heart of exuberant vegetation. This early season event is the perfect challenge to experience an extraordinary adventure with a reasonable elevation gain alongside the kind welcome of the Sri Lankan people.

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BikingMan Sri Lanka in numbers

Sri Lanka By BIKINGMAN | Race typeRace Start Negombo (Colombo)
Sri Lanka By BIKINGMAN | Distance courseDistance 1,000 km
Sri Lanka By BIKINGMAN | Dénivelé courseTotal elevation 10,000 m
Sri Lanka By BIKINGMAN | Durée de la courseTime limit 5 days – 120 hours
Sri Lanka By BIKINGMAN | CheckpointMandatory checkpoints 3

History and symbols of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka means “the resplendent island”. Until 1972 it was called “Ceylon”, like the eponymous black tea. The country has a rare cultural diversity with a majority of Buddhists with Hindu, Muslim and Christian minorities. Its topography features a central mountainous area with a highest point at 2,524 meters above sea level, numerous tropical forests and enchanting lakes. The island’s coastline, 1,340 km long, is made up of sandy areas. Sri Lanka is populated by endemic species such as the Sri Lankan elephant.
The lion has been the official Sri Lankan symbol since the arrival of the island’s first king: Vijaya, who came from India in -486. It symbolizes courage, freedom and hope.
Expect a truly exotic gravel ultracycling experience. Between the dense vegetation, the hot temperatures, the unusual fauna encountered along the route and the welcome of the Sri Lankans, it’s Adventure with a capital “A”.

The route is a mix of asphalt and gravel portions throughout the 1,000km. It is essential to take on the challenge with a gravel bike (with or without a suspension fork). We recommend using:

  • Gravel bike (with or without suspension fork)
  • Minimum 35mm tires
  • Disk brakes
  • Transmission: DOUBLE CHAINRING: FRONT 48-31 or 46-30 teeth with 11-34 cassette minimum or MONO 38 or 40 teeth with 11-42 cassette

For your safety, you are required to bring the following equipment with you to participate in the race. The organization will ensure that you are in possession of the mandatory equipment when athletes and bikes check-in.

  • GPS tracker – provided by the organization
  • 1x set of 4 spare AAA batteries (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 spare set of brake pads
  • 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 schedule of the race below. The race village will be located in Negombo approximately 30 minutes from Colombo International Airport.

  • Check-in: Sunday April 28th from 7am to 10am.
  • Pre-race Briefing: Sunday April 28th at 10:30am.
  • Race start: Sunday April 28th at 12pm.
  • CP1: Location to be confirmed 1 month before the race
  • CP2: Location to be confirmed 1 month before the race
  • CP3: Location to be confirmed 1 month before the race
  • Race cutoff time: Friday May 3rd at 12pm.
  • Closing lunch: Friday May 3rd at 12pm.

The participants Board

Start your human and sporting season alongside the #bikingmanFamily and the #RaceAngels with an exotic gravel experience. Be one of the pioneers to explore Sri Lanka by gravel.

What’s included in my registration

Race Package

  • BikingMan Goodies (personalized race cap, bag, water bottle etc)
  • GPS tracker for security and live-tracking
  • Brevet card to stamp your progression
  • Race manual with GPS track
  • Bag storage during the race

Security and supervision

  • Equipment checking before the start
  • Race Briefing for all participants
  • Race angels at checkpoints and on the road
  • Marshals on the road, to ensure safety
  • SOS function on the tracker
  • Medical on-call available 24 hours a day
  • Communication group dedicated to the athletes

Media Coverage

  • Radio Cyclo studio to give you the floor
  • 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 Medal
  • Finisher T-Shirt
  • Pietra’s finisher beer
  • Prize pool and finishers’ goodies
  • Projection of the film of the end of the race
  • Personal photo gallery in low resolution to share about your adventure
  • The unique experience and atmosphere of the BikingMan events

Optional services

  • Hotel partners with negotiated rates
  • Insurance to cover you during the event
  • Bike mechanics accessible during the check-in
  • 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 exotic fruits
  • Hot drinks

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Participate in SOLO (€299) or in PAIR with a teammate (2x €299).

Places are limited, by reserving your bib, you will receive the conditions negotiated for each participant (airline and hotels) in order to organize your logistics. Our partner Sri Lankan Holidays also offers tailor-made tours if you want to share the adventure with your family.

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