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MercantourMan CMT XTREM Triathlon

Le MercantourMan XTREM Triathlon evolved. We want to keep our DNA: the mountains. But also our values: those of adventure, autonomy, discovery, freedom, challenge and surpassing oneself.
We also want to integrate a new one: that of accessibility!

It is for this reason that the Initial Full crossing that you know and which brings the Mediterranean Triathletes to reach Embrun via the Mercantour and Ubaye mountains on road or gravel will continue but it will take place every 4 years. This Triathlon is magical and legendary, it must continue to live. Please note that the next edition of the initial Full Crossing will take place in 2027.

For now and for the years 2024-25-26, we would like to continue to familiarize you with our MercantourMan XTREM in the mountains on somewhat less demanding routes but above all which will not require staff and which will keep our DNA and our values.
A Half format therefore appears in order to make this notion of xtrem triathlon in total autonomy even more accessible. The objective is to familiarize you with our concept so that you discover the greater distance the following year and why not the Full Crossing in 2027.

Our vision is that of travel, discovery and physical surpassing. We were the first in Europe to offer you a Gravel Triathlon and we want to continue this path. You will have to surpass yourself to complete your challenge and it is by brandishing your Rudius (wooden sword), symbol of freedom that you will assert your status as finisher. Incidentally a beer in the other hand.

We will leave it to others to make the Triathlon a mass spectacle. We will continue to limit registrations. I hope that the participants of the MercantourMan XTREM share our simple values ​​and that they join us in this noble practice of the independent sporting challenge in nature. Welcome everyone!

Cedric amand

MercantourMan XTREM 2024 [selective for 2027]

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14–16.06.2024

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3,8K - 160K - 42K

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Road or Gravel

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Limited to 50 Triathletes

MercantourMan CMT XTREM 2024 – Swimming
3,8K traverse

Departure: Cap d'Ail - Mala Beach
Arrival T1: Eze seaside – Port Silva Maris

The Crossing will begin with a magical swim that will take you along the coastal coastline in the middle of the Mediterranean. You will appreciate this departure in the middle of the night at 5:30 a.m. from the wild beach of La Mala where the sun will begin its ascent when your head is in the water, the magic will work. You will feel from the beginning the magic of a long day of sporting Adventure which begins since you will also see it lying down in full effort. It is after passing Cap Estel that you will head towards Eze seaside and its long pebble beach with its intimate port at the end of the beach. You will have arrived at T1.

MercantourMan CMT XTREM 2024 – Road bike
Crossing 160K | 4600D+

Departure T1: Eze seaside – Port Silva Maris
Arrival T2: Peille village

You will visit the most beautiful legendary passes of the Monegasque and Mentonnais hinterland: Col Saint Roch, Col de Turini, Col du Castillon, Col de Braus. You will end your journey with the ascent to the village of Peille, a famous climb taken every year by the Paris – Nice pilots. You will visit the most beautiful typical villages of the Alpes Maritimes such as Coaraze, Lantosque, Moulinet, La Turbie. You will leave your bike in the perched village of Peille and then go and challenge the Roman trails of our mountains.

MercantourMan CMT XTREM 2024 – Gravel Bike – MTB
Crossing 140K | 4000D+

Departure T1: Eze seaside – Port Silva Maris
Arrival T2: Peille village

We offer you a most incredible ride between roads and tracks which will take you to wild places rich in flora and fauna. You will pass through typical Ligurian villages such as Moulinet, La Turbie, Sospel. A real return to basics because you will be in communion with yourself, nature and your bike to challenge this magnificent course of incredible richness. The perched village of Peille, famous for Paris-Nice pilots every year, will be the end of your journey.

MercantourMan CMT XTREM 2024 – Trail running
Crossing 42K | 2000D+

Departure T2: Peille village
Arrival: Peille village

We wanted to make your triathletic adventure more user-friendly by offering you 2 different 21K trail loops. You will then have the opportunity to refresh yourself in the village before starting your final. We offer you a loop which will offer you breathtaking views of our “seaside” mountains at an altitude of 700m. And the second loop will take you further inland with a finale that will take you to an altitude of 1265m for a 360° panorama! GRANDIOSE

HALF MercantourMan XTREM 2024

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14–15.06.2024

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1,9K - 90K - 21K

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Road or Gravel

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Limited to 50 Triathletes

Half MercantourMan CMT XTREM 2024 – Swimming
1,9K traverse

Departure: Eze seaside – Port Silva Maris
Arrival T1: Eze seaside – Port Silva Maris

You will swim in the bay of EZE seaside in the form of a round trip. This is not an ordinary swim since you will discover the richness of the seabed along the entire Ezasque coastline. Many people come from the other side of the planet to enjoy this unique setting.

Half MercantourMan CMT XTREM 2024 – Road bike
Crossing 95K | 2500D+

Departure T1: Eze seaside – Port Silva Maris
Arrival T2: Peille village

On this shortened format of the MercantourMan, you will not be left out since we have reserved an intimate menu for you with the passes, nature and the emblematic villages of the Alpes Maritimes. Col de la Madone, Col de Braus, Col de l'Ablé will be your challenges during your triathletic micro-adventure. The villages of La Turbie, Saint Agnès, Lucéram will leave you speechless, as if clinging to the cliffs of our mountains. Peille village will be your ultimate ascent to T2. Dear to the Paris-Nice pilots among others, this climb will help to store more memories.

Half MercantourMan CMT XTREM 2024 – Gravel Bike – MTB
Crossing 85K | 2500D+

Departure T1: Eze seaside – Port Silva Maris
Arrival T2: Peille village

A clever mix of roads and trails that will take you from departmental parks between sea and mountains of unparalleled splendor to secluded areas in the countryside surrounded by nature. You will be the only ones to discover Eze village on your route. A perched village nicknamed the Eagle's Nest, Eze will be your first ascent to the legendary Col d'Eze, well known to Paris-Nice pilots. You will then head into the hinterland beyond a mix of roads and tracks to reach T2 and Peille village.

MercantourMan CMT XTREM 2024 – Trail running
Crossing 21K | 1000D+

Departure T2: Peille village
Arrival: Peille village

You will have the chance to end your Half MercantourMan with a Trail between mountains and sea. Once again, you will climb but above all you will be rewarded by the views that will be offered to you. Without a doubt, once finished, you will want more!

FULL MercantourMan XTREM 2027

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18–20.06.2027

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3,8K – 210K/238K – 42K

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7000mD+

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Limited to 50 Triathletes

MercantourMan CMT XTREM 2023 – Swimming
3,8K traverse

Departure: Cap d'Ail - Mala Beach
Arrival T1: Eze seaside – Port Silva Maris

The Crossing will begin with a magical swim that will take you along the coastal coastline in the middle of the Mediterranean. You will appreciate this departure in the middle of the night at 5:30 a.m. from the wild beach of La Mala where the sun will begin its ascent when your head is in the water, the magic will work. You will feel from the beginning the magic of a long day of sporting Adventure which begins since you will also see it lying down in full effort. It is after passing Cap Estel that you will head towards Eze seaside and its long pebble beach with its intimate port at the end of the beach. You will have arrived at T1.

MercantourMan CMT XTREM 2023 – Road bike
Crossing 210K | 5500D+

Departure T1: Eze seaside – Port Silva Maris
Arrival T2: Barcelonnette and/or surroundings

To be chosen when you register, the Road or Gravel bike route option will start from the seaside at altitude 0 to sink into the mountains of the Mercantour National Park to reach T2 towards Barcelonnette. The Alpes Maritimes and the Mercantour National Park offer us a multitude of extraordinary panoramas which are among the most beautiful mountains in Europe. The initial route provides for the passage to the Col de la Bonnette, the highest summit in Europe in cycling. The options available to you depending on the weather conditions at the time:

Col de Turini | Col de la Bonnette | Col d'Allos | Col de la Cayolle | Col Saint Martin

MercantourMan CMT XTREM 2023 – Gravel Bike – MTB
Crossing 238K | 6000D+

Departure T1: Eze seaside – Port Silva Maris
Arrival T2: Barcelonnette and/or surroundings

To be chosen when you register, the Gravel bike course option (or MTB of your choice) will allow you to be more immersed in nature, on the paths which allow the passage on two Gravel wheels. We have cut for you a route mixing asphalt and nature track. You will need to provide Bikepacking equipment (“bags” for the frame, saddle, handlebars) in order to slip in your mandatory sleeping, food and other equipment. The first Ironman Adventure Triathlon of its kind which allows a Crossing in autonomy, in nature with typical sleeping La Baroudeuse unpaved.
Gravel recommended: development 30 or 32 (if single plate) 11-42 / 46/52 (cassette). Tires 27,5 ”x 2.00 or 700x43mm minimum.

MercantourMan CMT XTREM 2023 – Trail running
Crossing 42K | 1600D+

Departure T2: Barcelonnette and/or surroundings
Arrival: Embrun – Lakeside

The Crossing of part of the mountain ranges of Ubaye in Trail running will close an intense Adventure. Fatigue will be present in the depths of your body, the day will come to an end and the sun will set so that you can contemplate and feel the pulse of your planet. Take advantage of these moments, capture every moment, plug in your headlamp and venture to the summit of Ubaye at an altitude of 2700m before falling into the descent which will gradually lead you to the finish in Embrun.
Freedom is earned, only the finishers can brandish their Rudius symbol of absolute freedom!

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Frequently asked questions (currently updating)

In the south-east of France, in the heart of the Mercantour National Park in the Alpes Maritimes Department. Briefing and regrouping of Triathletes at the bay of Eze seaside.

The MercantourMan CMT The MercantourMan's universe is the mountains.

The goal is to gain freedom, and how?

By finishing the route and following the GPX tracks provided a few hours before departure. Like a Gladiator who wins all his battles and who gains his freedom, you will have to win yours in the face of your extraordinary course and cross the finish line without leaving the planned route. You will then be able to brandish your wooden sword, symbol of freedom: the Rudius! (only for Full 2027 version). A personalized finisher medal will be offered to finishers of the 2024-25-26 editions.

To participate is to validate one of the three tests of the [rudius challenge]

It is above all an Adventure and a personal challenge in total autonomy. The objective is to complete the event by following a GPX track provided. The MercantourMan is above all a mountain experience that takes you out of the traditional competitive framework of Triathlon. Taking up the MercantourMan challenge means wanting to complete a demanding mountain route in total autonomy.

The MercantourMan is above all a challenge, a form of independent triathletic mountain travel. We are the opposite of marketing events and everything that gravitates. We are not mass, we have a spirit above all.

The MercantourMan will be secure thanks to the geolocation service that we will make available to you in order to know the exact location of your progress. You must respect the highway code throughout your journey. No flagger will be present at the intersections you encounter. You must respect the highway code and be attentive at intersections. You are independent and you will follow a GPS track by bike and by trail running. No refreshment zone will be set up on your routes, you must be self-sufficient.

The test will be materialized at a minimum. No sound system will be installed on the sites (Departure, T1, T2 and arrival). You are going to start a Triathlon which above all invites travel and introspection. It is your journey that you will remember and which will mark you for life.

Yes, you can register for a team of two triathletes. The DUO will have to travel together the entire MercantourMan. The final time will be established when the two triathletes have crossed the finish line together. Each will be equipped with a GPS beacon.

DUO finishers will be listed as such.

We do not offer a relay format.
Our concept being adventure, challenge and travel, the relay does not fit into our vision of the project that we are proposing to you.
We prefer to direct you towards the full long distance format or Half but in Duo form in order to complete the entire event.

MercantourMan XTREM 2024 – INDIVIDUAL or DUO TEAM PRICES:
€251,00 – Road version – solo. (DUO: €251,00 / person)
€261,00 – Gravel version – MTB – solo. (DUO: €261,00 / person)

Half MercantourMan XTREM 2024 – INDIVIDUAL or DUO TEAM PRICES:
€149,00 – Road version – solo. (DUO: €149,00 / person)
€159,00 – Gravel version – MTB – solo. (DUO: €159,00 / person)

Please note, from January 1 the rates are increased by 20%.

YOUR REGISTRATION INCLUDES:

  • The GPX track of your route.
  • Security service: live geolocation tracking during your adventure with a high-precision service. Share your location with those around you who will follow you from afar.
  • Location of the GPS beacon.
  • Insurance security service included: rescue costs | rescue fee | Repatriation assistance | cover in the event of damage caused to a third party | medical, surgical expenses, etc.
  • Registration reimbursement insurance [if you subscribe to it when registering]
  • A bottle of craft beer Brasserie Gladius 33 cL.
  • The official MercantourMan XTREM Triathlon cap.
  • A personalized refreshment bag.
  • A finisher medal for the MercantourMan 2024-25-26 editions. A Rudius, engraved wooden sword for the finishers of MercantourMan Full 2027, symbol of your success and freedom.
  • Meal at the good Franquette of the finishers Sunday 16/06 at 11:30 a.m.

For the 2024 – 2025 – 2026 editions, there is no selection method. Participation is open to everyone. You will nevertheless have to start with full knowledge of the facts, you will have to know our vision, our values, the difficulty of our challenges.
The selection will remain active on the initial FULL Crossing edition in 2027. The 2024 – 2025 – 2026 finisher participants who request it will be automatically selected at the appropriate time. Other Triathletes who are simply interested in the 2027 edition will have to be selected.

Here is our vision of the selection for the initial FULL Crossing:

[ see 2024 regulations in PDF ] We must make sure to rigorously select each triathlete, not for the performance side but above all for the skill side. Clearly, we don't care about the fastest athlete on the circuit, what we want is athletes who know how to manage an unforeseen situation, hypothermia, face complex situations towards themselves or the nature…etc The selection is made on several criteria.
Anyone can apply in order to highlight their experience and sports CV. We obviously want triathletes who have experience in endurance sports in general and not necessarily only triathlon.

HIGHLIGHT YOUR EXPERIENCE WHICH WILL LEAD US TO SELECT YOU:

  • ultra trail, trail, your solo adventures.
  • triathlon, ironman, xtrem ironman and other.
  • various adventure raid.
  • your diverse and varied solo travels.
  • your ability to cope with the unexpected.

HIGHLIGHT YOUR MOTIVATION:

  • explain to us why you want to carry out this MercantourMan Xtrem Triathlon project?
  • The selection will also focus on the mental aspect. We want triathletes who know what they are getting into by taking the start of a Triathlon in total autonomy, without assistance, in the universe that is the mountain.The MercantourMan Xtrem is renowned as one of the most demanding triathlons in the universe of the triple effort.
  • We also want a state of mind in line with our values ​​and the idea we have of Adventure.
  • It is finally and above all to pedal in order to gain your freedom by brandishing your Gladiator sword: the rudius.

Forecast of the program and timetables which will be validated in the last week:

  • Friday 14/06/24 

> 9h: Meeting at T1, ie at the Silva Maris port in Eze seaside: Reception of participants.
> 9 a.m. to 17 a.m.: Deposit of bicycles at T1 and all associated transition equipment.
> 9 a.m. to 17 a.m.: Deposit your ordered Trail belongings in a bag that we will transport to T2 in Peille village.
> 9 a.m. to 17 p.m .: Individual verification of compulsory equipment for the 3 sports. Once your equipment has been checked, you can leave the premises and return for the briefing.
> 17 p.m. to 17:45 p.m .: Presentation + briefing - instructions on the Adventure.
> 17:45 p.m. to 18:15 p.m.: Official distribution of GPS beacons.

  • Saturday 15/06/24 

> 5 a.m. to 5:25 a.m.: Preparation for the 3,8K swimming start at Cap d’Ail – Plage la Mala. [your vehicle will remain on site in Cap d’Ail]
> 5:30 a.m.: Official start of the MercantourMan XTREM 2024 – 3,8K.
> 6 a.m. to 6:15 a.m.: Preparation for the 1,9K swimming start at the Silva Maris port in Eze seaside. [your vehicle will remain on site at Eze seaside]
> 6:20 a.m.: Official start of the Half MercantourMan 2024 – 1,9K.
> 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.: Arrival of swimmers and departure for your cycling event until T2. [you will store your swimming gear in a plastic bag. We will send them back to you at T2]

  • Sunday 16/06/24

> from 15/06 at 14 p.m. to 16/06 at 11:30 a.m.: Reception of finishers in the village of Peille.
> 11:30 a.m.: Friendly meal for finishers at La Bonne Franquette. [as soon as your event is over, you can eat, shower and cycle back to your vehicle which is parked by the sea. Just remember to slip a little shower gel + change into your T2 Trail bag! (not your wardrobe either!) Autonomy until the end. ]

Regarding the submission of cases and their delivery after the tests, everything is specified in the program in the question just above.

Please note, to participate in MercantourMan 2024, 2025, 2026, we do not require that you be followed by a staff team but you must take into account the autonomy parameters as much as possible.
Bring spare items in your Trail bag for T2 which we will transport. In this way, once you cross the finish line, you will be able to change and sleep in a room if you have a mattress + sleeping bag before returning to your vehicle on Sunday by bicycle. No, there is no shuttle!

The adventure begins when you leave home and it will end when you return.

The challenge is to create your 2024 road or gravel MercantourMan in less than 24 hours. However, we will be present in the village of Peille until Sunday 16/06 at 11 a.m. to welcome the Triathletes who wish to take advantage of the place and make the pleasure last.

Remember that for the initial Full Crossing the challenge is to complete the road crossing in less than 24 hours and in less than 41 hours on gravel. We are therefore even more in the notions of travel and pleasure for the 2024 edition.

You will have to complete all the routes in total autonomy. You will need to have your personal supplies on your bike and during the trail section. It is forbidden to be refueled on the course by family members, friends or others. You must respect this important point of autonomy.

You (participating triathlete) or your Media team can make your adventure public by sharing photos and videos on social networks.

Completely free Media if:

The photos and videos that will be relayed on social networks and in the press before, during and after the event concern the athlete only. Only the athlete can be tagged and named using the "@" and "#". It will be totally excluded to tag Marks that could be assimilated to commercial advertising.

If you do not respect this rule, the athlete will be liable for the media cost which concerns him or he will be excluded from the race and will not be considered a finisher and therefore not classified. We will ensure that this rule is respected, a social media team will be dedicated to it.

Purchase of a Media Pack if:

You represent one or more Brands during The Mercantourman XTREM Triathlon. All photos and videos taken, whether they are relayed on social networks during and after the event by "@" and "#" tags, or whether they are part of a collection of images in order to Allowing the production of an advertising film afterwards or otherwise will be considered Commercial Advertising.

If a Media team wishes to follow you in order to promote you and one or more Brand (s) through the event via social networks, film editing or any other press advertising return, we invite you to purchase a Media Pack when you register.

If you do not respect this rule, the athlete will be liable for the media cost which concerns him or he will be excluded from the race and will not be considered a finisher and therefore not classified. We will ensure that this rule is respected, a social media team will be dedicated to it.

> media pack cost for a brand (a sponsor): 32€
> media pack cost for two brands (two sponsors): 64€
> media pack cost for three brands (three sponsors): 96€
> media pack cost for four brands and more (four sponsors and more): 128€

Yes, you must be equipped with a GPS: the Cycling & Trail routes will be sent to you a few hours before your departure by email in the form of a GPX trace to be loaded into your GPS and followed on the day of departure.

There will be no signalman, there will be no markup, everything will be done thanks to your GPX and / or KML traces to be loaded into your watches and / or counter and especially your mobile phone that you must have with you.

The Rudius Challenge concerns the most extreme and versatile adventurers of ultra-endurance. Only the MercantourMan Full 2027 edition is counted to validate the Rudius Challenge.
Find information about the Rudius Challenge here.

ROAD BIKE COURSE:

Taking into account the announced vertical drop of 5500D +, the road bike is the right bike to participate in the adventure. Prefer a section of comfort tires from 28. The choice of material is at your convenience, we are on an ultra practice with a strong drop. The overall weight of the material is important but the comfort is certainly more and not to be neglected.
Level gear, plan what road bikes offer more flexible: 34 x 36 to be sure that in case of difficulty, you can move forward without forcing with a loaded bike.

GRAVEL BIKE ROUTE - MTB:

Gravel bikes must allow the mounting of tires of 650 x 2,00 ”minimum section or 700 x 43mm minimum. Gravel bikes offer more mounting opportunity for development. Opt for a 32 to 34 platter and an 11-42 / 46 cassette.

We remind you that you will be visible thanks to a high precision Live Tracking system which will allow us to know your exact location.
If you wish to withdraw, you must notify the organization by phone call and / or text message to signal your withdrawal from the event. You will then have to return your GPS beacon in order to recover your deposit check of 200 €.

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