Meet Belgian Ultra Distance Cyclist, Xavier Massart
"I started endurance sport in 2012 as a triathlete racing up to Ironman distance. In 2016 after a year of bikepacking across Canada, I discovered myself a passion for long distance cycling. As an avid traveler, I realized that ultra distance cycling events could combine competition and exploration.
As a result, in 2018, I challenged myself to race the longest bike race at that time: the Trans America Bike Race, a gruelling 7,000 km event, crossing the USA from West to East. I completed this race in 26 days, covering approximately 300 km a day. This opened an all new world of possibilities to me and the same year I competed in two BikingMan events, allowing myself to be ranked 9th overall on the whole series.
Being the only Belgian elite athlete on the circuit, I had the opportunity to work directly with the BikingMan organisation to represent them as their only Belgian ambassador. I'm now on my way to this second season as an elite ultra distance cyclist, racing the whole 2019 BikingMan série, alongside some longer famous events such as the Trans Continental Race or the Trans Pyrenees Race. Today, ultra distance cycling became my daily life and profession, as an athlete but also working to promote this sport and his value of challenges, mental strength and curiosity to discover the world"