BikingMan

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BikingMan
Race details
DateFebruary (Oman) / April (Corsica) / May (Laos) / August (IncaDivide-Peru) / September (Portugal) / November (Taiwan)
RegionAsia (Laos, Taiwan) / Europe (Corsica, Portugal) / Middle-East (Oman) / South American (Peru)
Disciplineultra distance cycling
CompetitionBikingMan Race Series
TypeMulti-day self-supported unstaged races
OrganiserBikingMan
Race directorAxel Carion
History
First editionJuly 1, 2017 (2017-07-01)
Editions9 (as of September 2019)
First winner Rodney Soncco (PER) - IncaDivide 2017
Most wins Rodney Soncco (PER) - 5 wins
Most recent Rodney Soncco (PER) - BikingMan Oman 2019

BikingMan is a French-based organization that organises unstaged, self-supported,[1] ultra distance cycling events, in South America,[2] Europe,[3] the Middle East[4] and Asia.[5] It was founded in 2016 by Axel Carion,[6] who came back from cycling across South America in 2015[7] and wanted to share the experience of cycling unknown places in survival conditions for endurance athletes.

Self-supported ultra cycling[edit]

The self-supported nature of the BikingMan races makes it different from supported ultra-distance events like the Race Across America (RAAM), in which each racer has a large support crew with multiple vehicles and where pure performance cycling is needed to finish these races. The carbon footprint of the races are kept to a minimum, support cars outside BikingMan organizations media cars, are strictly forbidden.

Being self-supported means that drafting is not allowed, receiving any form of support from other racers, friends, or family is not allowed; all food, accommodation, repairs, etc., must be purchased from commercial sources if they can find any on the road. The organizer provides a survival map with basic information on the route (recommended route, paved and unpaved sections), a GPS tracking system to control progression and potential cheating and a road book to learn the basics of the local culture.

Rules of BikingMan races[edit]

  1. Athletes are self-supported and need to handle their fueling, repairs and rest during the race
  2. All athletes must ride from the start location to the finish location while crossing the mandatory checkpoints in the right order
  3. Every athlete needs to stamp her/his progression at every manned checkpoint in the opening time windows
  4. Drafting and riding as a pack are forbidden
  5. Every athlete needs to carry a GPS tracking system to trace her/his progression
  6. External assistance of any kind is forbidden
  7. No support cars are allowed
  8. SOLO or pair riders can attempt the races

The complete rule set is available in the race manual of every race

How to follow the race[edit]

BikingMan events are all covered by media cars from the organization, and eventually other media cars from partners covering the races. The events are therefore presented live on social networks, namely the Instagram and Facebook accounts of the organization. During races, and on a daily basis, a story-based article is published on the Exposure page of the organization, as well as an additional article for the leaderboard once the race is completed. Finally, and most importantly, as participants are all equipped with a GPS tracker, primarily for security reasons, a live-tracking platform is made available for each race, through a website[8] and mobile application, that allows seeing the position of participants on the race course.

Season 2017[edit]

In 2017 was held the first BikingMan event; the IncaDivide race,[9] which took 17 athletes in the Andes mountains of Ecuador and Peru. A brutal race where the main challenge for every racer was to battled against high altitude cycling in the Andes.[10]

Calendar of the races[edit]

Race Name Start location Finish location Dates Distance (km) Total elevation gain (m) Mandatory Checkpoints Time limit
IncaDivide 2017[11] Quito (Ecuador) Ecuador Cuzco (Peru) Peru July 1, 2017 3500 63000 4 25 days
600 hours

Results[edit]

Race Name Starters Finishers 1st Female 1st Male 1st Pair
IncaDivide 2017 [12] 17 6 Yoshie Yabu (Japan) Japan in 24d7h Rodney Soncco (Peru) in 16d21h Peru N/A

Season 2018[edit]

In 2018, BikingMan introduced the BikingMan ultra cycling race series which aims to bring athletes in the Hajar mountains of Oman with BikingMan Oman,[13] across the Andes Cordillera of Peru with IncaDivide race, around Corsica[14] and in Taiwan.[15] BikingMan races are self-supported ultra cycling events. Riders must strategically choose how much time to devote to riding, resting, and refueling each day. They must ride self-supported and carry their own repair equipment, clothing and fueling on their bicycle. It is not a stage race, the clock never stops from the moment the riders leave the start to the moment that they reach the finish. Orienteering plays a major role as most of the races' locations are unknown to most participants.

On the "Sprint" BikingMan 2018 races (Oman[16] and Corsica[17]), base camps were built at the checkpoints where athletes could rest. Compulsory manned checkpoints are settled on the athletes route to stamp their progression, validate their physical state and eventually scratch the athletes who don't respect the closing times of every checkpoint.

Calendar of the races[edit]

Race Name Format Start location Finish location Dates Distance (km) Total elevation gain (m) Mandatory Checkpoints Time limit
BikingMan Oman 2018 Sprint Barka city (Oman) Oman Old Muscat (Oman) Oman February 25, 2018 1050 7500 3 5 days
120 hours
BikingMan Corsica 2018[18] Sprint Bastia (Corsica) France Bastia (Corsica) France April 29, 2018 700 13000 3 5 days
120 hours
IncaDivide 2018[19] Divide Trujillo (Peru) Peru Trujillo (Peru) Peru July 1, 2018 1800 31000 4 12 days
288 hours
BikingMan Taiwan 2018 Sprint Taipei (Taiwan) Taiwan Taipei (Taiwan) Taiwan October 22, 2018 1150 18000 3 5 days
120 hours

Results[edit]

Race Name Starters Finishers 1st Female 1st Male 1st Pair
BikingMan Oman 2018[20][21] 44 34 Juliana Buhring (Germany) Germany in 49h53min Rodney Soncco (Peru) Peru in 46h17min Oman Cycling (Mohamed Al Chandoubi/Hatem Al Booshri) (Oman) Oman in 71h30min
BikingMan Corsica 2018[22] 83 59 Ivana Furlan (Italy) Italy in 40h24min Mikael Flockhart (Sweden) Sweden in 29h35min Antony Duriani / Loic Leonardi Giacometti (Corsica) France in 45h41min
IncaDivide 2018[23][24] 35 22 N/A Rodney Soncco (Peru) Peru in 127h22min Yanis Hernandez / Eddy Marquez (Venezuela) Venezuela in 221h34min
BikingMan Taiwan 2018[25] 28 23 Perrine Fages (France) France in 119h32min Rodney Soncco (Peru) Peru in 57h58min Romain Level / Simon Noel (France) France in 81h30min

2018 Championship ranking[edit]

Participants enter the season ranking once they have completed, as finishers, 2 BikingMan series races.

Position Female Rider Male Rider Pair Riders
1st Perrine Fages (France) France [26] Rodney Soncco (Peru) Peru [27] Mohamed Al Chandoubi / Hatem Al Booshri (Oman) Oman
2nd N/A Niel Copeland (UK) United Kingdom Reinhard Mink / Anne Wursthorn (Germany) Germany
3rd N/A Michelangelo Pacifico (Italy) Italy N/A
4th N/A Robbie Ferri (UK) United Kingdom N/A
5th N/A Marcus Leach (UK) United Kingdom N/A
6th N/A Marco Beligni (Italy) Italy N/A
7th N/A Marcel Esser (Netherlands) Netherlands N/A
8th N/A Rodrigue Lombard (France) France N/A
9th N/A Xavier Massart (Belgium) Belgium N/A
10th N/A Fabian Burri (Switzerland) Switzerland N/A

Season 2019[edit]

The 2019 season introduced 2 new events, the first addition being BikingMan Laos in May, and the second BikingMan Portugal in September, bringing the series to a total of 6 events, all parts of the 2019 championship.[28]

Calendar of the races[29][edit]

Race Name Format Start location Finish location Dates Distance (km) Total elevation gain (m) Mandatory Checkpoints Time limit
BikingMan Oman 2019 Sprint Barka city (Oman) Oman Old Muscat (Oman) Oman February 24, 2019 1035 7200 2 5 days
120 hours
BikingMan Corsica 2019 Sprint Bigulia (Corsica) France Biguglia (Corsica) France April 29, 2018 700 13000 3 5 days
120 hours
BikingMan Laos 2019 Sprint Luang Prabang (Laos) Laos Luang Prabang (Laos) Laos May 20, 2019 780 11000 2 5 days
120 hours
IncaDivide 2019 Divide Trujillo (Peru) Peru Trujillo (Peru) Peru August 14, 2019 1650 23500 3 10 days
240 hours
BikingMan Portugal 2019 Sprint Faro (Portugal) Portugal Faro (Portugal) Portugal September 23, 2019 950 10000 2 5 days
120 hours
BikingMan Taiwan 2019 Sprint Taipei (Taiwan) Taiwan Taipei (Taiwan) Taiwan To be confirmed 1150 18000 3 5 days
120 hours

Results[edit]

Race Name Starters Finishers 1st Female 1st Male 1st Pair
BikingMan Oman 2019[30] 75 69 Jasmijn Muller (Netherlands Netherlands) in 45h37[31] Rodney Soncco (Peru Peru) in 38h17min [32] Cristian Auriemma (Italy Italy) / Jeff Webb (Canada Canada) in 58h59min
BikingMan Corsica 2019[33] 67 61 Helle Bachofen Von Echt Muller (Denmark Denmark) in 41h03 Rodney Soncco (Peru Peru) in 30h52min Hatim Al Booshri & Mohammed Al Shandoudi (Oman Oman) in 40h07min
BikingMan Laos 2019[34] 15 11 N/A Jason Black (Ireland Republic of Ireland) in 51h52min Romain Level & Simon Noel (France France) in 69h10min
BikingMan Peru / IncaDivide 2019[35] 44 12 N/A Sofiane Sehili (France France) in 135h35min Victoria De Sa & Bruno Rosa (Brazil Brazil) in 210h09min
BikingMan Portugal 2019[36] 75 64 Helle Bachofen Von Echt (Denmark Denmark) in 62h40 Romain Wartel (France France) in 40h12min Hatim Al Booshri & Mohammed Al Shandoudi (Oman Oman) in 56h30
BikingMan Taiwan 2019[37] 22 14 Julie Melville (Canada Canada) in 114h41 Bryce Bénat (France France) in 71h47min Cristian Auriemma (Italy Italy) / Jeff Webb (Canada Canada) in 74h16

2019 Series Ranking [38][edit]

Final 2019 Rankings after the race in Taiwan - as of November 15, 2019.[39]

Participants enter the season ranking once they have completed, as finishers, 2 BikingMan series races [40]

Current Rank Female Category Male Category Pair Category
1st Rank Helle Bachofen Von Echt (Denmark Denmark) Rodney Sonnco (Peru Peru) Hatim AL BOOSHRI & Mohammed AL SHANDOUDI (Oman Oman)
2nd Rank Julie Melville (Canada Canada) Guillaume Chaumont (Belgium Belgium) Jeff Webb (Canada Canada) & Cristian Auriemma (Italy Italy)
3rd Rank Eleonora Balbi (Switzerland Switzerland) Jonas Deichmann (Germany Germany) Musaab AL BOOSHRI & Mshari AL KHALILI (Oman Oman)

Season 2020[edit]

The 2020 season will be composed of 6 events, with 5 revealed as of November 15, 2019. The already disclosed events include Oman, Corsica, Peru, Portugal and Laos.[41]

Calendar of the races[edit]

Race Name Format Start location Finish location Dates Distance (km) Total elevation gain (m) Mandatory Checkpoints Time limit
BikingMan Oman 2020 Sprint Muscat (Oman) Oman Muscat (Oman) Oman February 22, 2020 1060 8700 2 5 days
120 hours
BikingMan Corsica 2020 Sprint Bigulia (Corsica) France Biguglia (Corsica) France April 27, 2020 850 15000 2 5 days
120 hours
IncaDivide 2020 Divide Cusco (Peru) Peru Cusco (Peru) Peru July 13, 2020 1600 38000 3 14 days
336 hours
BikingMan Portugal 2020 Sprint Faro (Portugal) Portugal Faro (Portugal) Portugal September 21, 2020 950 12000 2 5 days
120 hours
BikingMan Laos 2020 Sprint Luang Prabang (Laos) Laos Luang Prabang (Laos) Laos October 26, 2020 920 17000 2 5 days
120 hours

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