SriLankan Airlines Empowers BikingMan Ultracycling World Championship

Sri Lankan Airlines fueled the grand finale of the seventh season of the BikingMan Ultracycling World Championship, culminating in a thrilling race across Sri Lanka’s picturesque landscapes, showcasing the island’s appeal for adventure sports and tourism. As the world’s pioneering ultra-cycling championship, BikingMan presents athletes with the ultimate endurance test on renowned international routes featuring extraordinary topography and climatic conditions.

Bikers on the starting line in Negombo and Reaching the finish line in Panadura

The meticulously curated itinerary of the BikingMan Ultracycling World Championship was designed to highlight iconic Sri Lankan tourist destinations, captivating athletes and adventure enthusiasts alike. Serving as the Official Airline Partner of the event, Sri Lankan Airlines provided comprehensive support to participants and organizers, ensuring a seamless journey and leveraging the opportunity to promote Sri Lanka across social media platforms, European sports channels, and within the extensive BikingMan network.

Cycling past the Sri Munneswaram Temple in Chilaw

More than 50 international participants raced towards the finish line, tackling 200 kilometres each day over five days, while completely self-sufficient. It proved to be the ultimate test of endurance and determination, fueled by the breathtaking routes and stunning scenery that define Sri Lanka’s countryside.

Participant Alain Broglia from France exclaimed, “It has been an incredible life lesson: the hospitality of the Sri Lankans, the lush landscapes, the immersion experience, I am not ready to forget this exploration.”

The Winner of BikingMan Ultracycling World Championship 2024, Guillaume De Spoelberch (L), with First runner-up, Laurianne Placais

Franck Vergely, also from France, commented, “For me, it’s the toughest BikingMan I’ve tackled. Many unknown factors (the food, the heat, the route) made it challenging yet provided an unforgettable travel experience.”

Ceri and James Bickenel from the UK added, “It was amazing! And the sunrises and sunsets were magnificent.”

As Sri Lanka continues to shine as a premier destination in South Asia, Sri Lankan Airlines, as the national carrier, remains dedicated to partnering with global events, spotlighting the island as the gateway to an adventure-filled or rejuvenating holiday experience, or a blend of both. Through various initiatives, the airline effectively showcases Sri Lanka’s vibrant fusion of culture, heritage, history, and natural beauty, establishing it as the ultimate destination for travellers of all persuasions.

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