Axel Carion

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Axel Carion (Axel, Michael, Jacques), born July 26, 1985 in Chartres (France) is a French adventurer, specializing in ultra distance cycling and the organization of ultra cycling self-supported races. Together with the Swede Andreas Fabricius, they own the Guinness World Record for cycling the length of South America, established in February 2017.[1]

He is an ambassador of the french NPO Pompiers Sans Frontières,[2] and founder of the BikingMAN race series.[3] He is organizing the IncaDivide race every year in July, an ultra distance self-supported race in the Andes of Peru.

Biography[edit]

Axel Carion has been a multi-sport athlete since he was young (tennis, gymnastics, climbing, running, swimming, cycling).[4] His first experience in long distance cycling was performed in 2011 with a 10 day expedition in Central Europe (Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Moldavia). In 2012, he performed a second cycle crossing of Central Europe in 12 days (Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia and Albania), and then the Atlas mountains of Morocco in 2013 under 12 days, France in 2014 in 7 days.

In 2015, he left his job to form a three-man team bicycle expedition to cycle across the Andes from Cartagena in Colombia to Ushuaia, Argentina. His journey was shared on the french blog Biketrippers.[5] Some sections of his journey were very remote, he had to store food up to 7 days in the Bolivian South Lipez and Chilean Paso Sico regions. This experience will be an eye opener and will lead, at his return in France to conferences, photos exposition and the organization of a series of ultra distance cycling races with BikingMan.

In 2017, he also organized the IncaDivide race, an ultra distance cycling race of 3.500 km on the historical roads of the Incan empire. The total elevation of the race and its high altitude passes such as the Yanashalla pass (4.720m) and Punta Olimpica pass (4.736m), make it one of the hardest cycling race on the planet.

In 2018, he launched the first ever organized unsupported ultra cycling race series with 4 BikingMan events: Oman[6], Corsica[7], Peru[8] and Taiwan[9].

Guinness World Record[edit]

On January 1, accompanied with the Andreas Fabricius, he attempted to settle the fastest cycle crossing of South America from Cartagena - Colombia to Ushuaia - Argentina. After 49 days, 23 hours and 43 minutes,[10] the duo managed to reach Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego. Self-supported, they had to manage food, accommodations, bike repairs and some remote sections of more than 100 km without a single village.

The highlight of the route was the Paso de Jama border crossing between Chile and Argentina where the athletes had to cycle at high altitude (4.800 above sea level) in the Atacama region.

Human adventure award 2017[edit]

The team duo's expedition in South America, is listed for the 2017 VSD Human Adventure Award[11] alongside with the explorers Mike Horn, Thomas Coville, Christian Clot, Philippe Croizon and the astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fastest time to cycle the length of South America (Cartagena to Ushuaia) by a team of two". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 2017-11-06.
  2. ^ "BikingMan : ils l'ont fait ! Retour sur une expérience hors du commun". Pompiers sans Frontières (in French). 2017-03-08. Retrieved 2017-11-06.
  3. ^ "Your Guide to BikingMan Oman". Red Bull. Retrieved 2017-11-06.
  4. ^ "Strava Cyclist Profile | Axel Carion B." Strava. Retrieved 2017-11-06.
  5. ^ "BikeTrippers - Traversée de l'Amérique du sud à vélo". BikeTrippers - Traversée de l'Amérique du sud à vélo (in French). Retrieved 2017-11-06.
  6. ^ "First BikingMan Oman exploration race concludes". Oman Observer. 2018-03-02. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  7. ^ Monti, Charles. "BikingMan Corsica : Mikael Flockhart les 700 km en moins de 29 heures !". Corse Net Infos - Pure player corse (in French). Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  8. ^ "Inca Divide 2018 – World UltraCycling Association". www.ultracycling.com. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  9. ^ ""BikingMan": The First Self-Supported Ultra-Cycling Series". CapoVelo.com. 2018-03-06. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  10. ^ "Le record de la traversée de l'Amérique du sud à vélo battu par deux Azuréens". Retrieved 2017-11-06.
  11. ^ Média, Prisma. "Prix de l'aventure humaine 2017". Vsd.fr (in French). Retrieved 2017-11-06.