Bikes of Elevation Vercors 2024

Bikes of Elevation Vercors 2024

4 July, 2024

The bikes ready to take on the 350km off road race with 10,000m of climbing. Expect lightweight gravel munching machines that can tackle big miles and even bigger climbs.


Age: 31

Location: Lanrivain (Bretagne)

Bike: (Old) Cannondale F5 (alloy frame, 26er). 2*9s with 11-40t cassette .Fitted with 27.5" wheels, 2.2 Raceking rear and 2.4 Xking front. Aerobars and Cinelli double-trouble bar.

Key items of kit: Old Garmin Touring, Topeak front loader 10l, 2 food-pouch, tensioner on the bar, Vaude Trailguide 3l.

Mael Guyon

Age: 29

Location: Passy France

Bike: Origine Graxx 2 Grx 600/800 . 48/31. 11/44 Roues : Dtswiss G1600 spline Pneu : Schwalbe g one bite 45 av g one all round 45 ar Potence : Cane creek eesilk

Key items of kit: Lampe de cadre : klamp 1600 Lampe frontale : stoot opalo 3 Sacoche de salle et de cadre Acepack et s'accroche top tube Zefal

Sac de couchage : Cumulus xlite 200 Matelas : nemo tensor Insulated

David Luxembourg

Age: 47

Location: Grenoble

Bike: Canyon Grizl CF SL7. SRAM Rival/Force. DT Swiss Wheels.

Key items of kit: Missgrape/Toppeak bags. Escape light bivy.

Lauga Jean

Age: 53

Location: Saint aupre 38960

Bike: Alpha bike yukon sl

Key items of kit: Sacoche Cadre : Geosmina et retrap Sache de selle : ortlieb

Francis Vernier

Age: 65

Location: 74600 Quintal

Bike: OPEN Wide 27,5 x 2,1 René Herse Untanum Ridge Endurance Sram Eagle AXS

Key items of kit: Bags: Apidura + Restrap. Battery light Lupine Blika on the bike Headlight Stoots on the helmet Sleeping: Biwi Sol Pro + light puff jacket « Race »food: dried fruits and nuts.

Laurent Tissot

Age: 28

Location: Grenoble, France

Bike: TREK 520 Avant : 48/36/26 Arrière : 11-36 Pneu : 700C 35 MM

Key items of kit: Sacoche cadre/guidon/selle Couchage : matelas, duvet, tarp

Emmanuel CIEREN

Age: 34

Location: Grenoble, FRANCE

Bike: Hopefully this is the bike that I'll ride for the 2024 Elevation Vercors. I spent all winter and spring thinking I'll go with my full rigid MTB (Kona Unit X), but some discussions with the organizers made me switch to my beloved titanium gravel, a Sauvage Lapiste from. Depending on the weather right before the start and the detailed route which will be revealed in a few days, I still may change my mind.

Back to the bike then. I got the frameset with a carbon fork in early 2021, and built it myself with pieces from a previous bike and what I could find in a post-pandemic bike shortage era. I've got Hunt gravel wheels with a SON dynamo and 44 mm Mezcal tyres that I got specifically for the event. That's the max clearance the frame was given with, and it's quite close at the rear (I usually go with 35-40 mm tyres and jump on the Unit for more hardcore gravel). The drivetrain is GRX, a 46-30 chainring and a 11-40 sunrace cassette, which I also got for the event, since I usually ride with a 11-34, which seemed a bit short for all the elevation gains we'll have to face. For the rest I have second-hand Ultegra brakes, Deda aerobars, titanium seatpost and stem. I trained with both flat and spd pedals, and I intend to go with the flat ones.

Key items of kit: For the bags It's mostly Apidura, with top-tube, frame and saddle expedition packs; I also have a stem bag from decathlon on the left side of the bike, and two cargo cages on the fork for a quick acess to a long-sleeve kit and rain/wind jacket. Food will be in the frame and stem bags. No sleeping bag for me, I have a bivy and more layers with the repair kit in the saddle pack, I think it will be enough for a couple hours naps. For the night, I have Busch & Muller lights (dynamo powered) with a built-in USB charger.


Age: 31

Location: Isere

Bike: Cervelo aspero

Key items of kit: S'accroche de cadre cervelo et vaude

Maxence Lebreux

Age: 33

Location: Lyon

Bike: Chiru Divider, 120 RS ultimate, full Hope and SLX 10-52T, tire might be too big but comfort is king.

Key items of kit: frame bag handemade in Lyon by studio ricochet, navigation with a 1040 garmin solar and exposure for night time. Restrap hydration vest for food and drinks. I will be racing without the tailfin*

Eric Vialat

Age: 38

Location: Haute-Loire

Bike: Canyon Grizl CF SL

Key items of kit: GRX 2x11 and XT11-40 Wheels : Topwheels with HopeRS4/LightBicycle WR40/DT revolite Light : KLamp exr1700FR

Bivy + duvet light

Sacoches Otilieb/riverside/topeak


Age: 31

Location: france

Bike: Kona sutra ltd

Key items of kit: Flatbar

Mathieu Badano

Age: 44

Location: Grenoble

Bike: bike : Origine Graxx 2 groupset : mix Sram Rival and Force, 36 x 10-42 wheels : DT Swiss GR 1600 with Schwalbe G-One Allround 45 mm

Key items of kit: light is right

Guillaume Durr

Age: 44

Location: Jardin, France

Bike: Salsa Cutthroat with a 100 mm hydraulic fork. Ritchey Beacon 46 handlebar. Newmen wheels with Conti Racekings. Mechanical 12 speed transmission with Ratio Technolology kit.

Key items of kit: The Rogue Panda framebag is awesome. I can put a 3l water blader and lot of stuff in it.

Neil Bede Chakas

Age: 51

Location: Geneva

Bike: Specialized Crux

Key items of kit: Mix bags-Ortliebs, Revelate & Apidura. Hunt wheels with G-one 45mm wide tires. Shimano GRX gear &brake system.


Age: 37

Location: Lille/Paris, France

Bike: Ridley Kanzo Adventure, Campagnolo Ekar groupset 1x13 38/10-44, Fizik tempo argo saddle, Deda DNA Vinci stem and bar

Key items of kit: Frame bag : Apidura expedition compact 4.5L Saddle bag : Restrap race 7L Top tube bag : Apidura race 1L Lights : front 1200lumen, back 300lm 2 x 1L bottle 1.5L camelback xc lite

François Mermet

Age: 28

Location: Beaune

Bike: Orbéa terra m30

Key items of kit: Restrap

Thibault Guyon

Age: 34

Cap number: 30

Location: France

Bike: Chinese Carbon frame, kind of cheap 3T Exploro, secondhand bought 450€ own d for 5 years now

Key items of kit: Carbone frame, Carbon fork, DT xr31 rims, RC mt 007 HUB, spoked, Hutchinson Tundra tubeless (40mm rear/45 front) SRAM apex 1X12s X SRAM GX, 38 X 11/52 Sunrace Brooks b17 saddle Acepak saddle/frame and frontbag, apidura toptube bag, bouldering chalk bag used as food pouch, Bryton GPS, Stoots lights (Hekla 3 / Misty 3)

Julien Roissard

Age: 35

Cap number: 19

Location: Saint-Sulpice, Savoie, France

Bike: Aloueta handcrafted in France Sram GX Eagle 32dts Rock Shox Recon 80mm DtSwiss rims with Hope and SON 28 hubs

Key items of kit: Little bagages homemade Tailfin rear central bagages Sinewave Beacon front light Supernova E3 rear taillight

Jacques Campestrin

Age: 59

Cap number: 23

Location: Charavines Isère France

Bike: Scott spark 710

Key items of kit: Tout d origine

Polo à Vélo

Age: 30

Location: Annecy, France

Bike: Canyon Grizl CF SLX, 10-52 Eagle cassette with 40t chainring, 30mm Rockshox Rudy gravel suspension fork and Reverb AXS 75mm seatpost, fitted with 50mm Pirelli Gravel M tires on Hunt Limitless 42 wheels.

Key items of kit: Apidura race framebag and that’s it. I go extra light for this race.

Guy Bowden

Age: 46

Location: Morzine, France

Bike: Nordest Britango 2, sramano 1x12, 30t chainring. Pike 140 ultimates. Newmen Evolution SL A30 wheels. Barzo 2.35 tires.

Key items of kit: Wit Slinger custom frame pack. Restrap top tube bag. Fast and light (hopefully)