2018 Roc d'Azur delivers on its promises
The finale packed an emotional punch, with Stéphane Tempier and Sabrina Énaux winning the elite Roc d'Azur, and put smiles on the faces of the participants in the various races. The highlight of the day, the 52 km Roc d'Azur, attracted 4,5000 riders and brought down the curtain on the 2018 edition on Sunday evening. Even the bad weather at the start of the event, which left the organisers with no choice but to cancel the races scheduled for Thursday for safety reasons, did not stop the 35th edition of the Roc d'Azur from being a resounding success.
The Show was also a crowd-puller, with the numerous visitors and the 300 exhibitors, all faithful to the Roc d'Azur, delighted with the experience. "It was another big success, with again more than 100,000 visitors. We developed a new external area to widespread acclaim. We'll build on that next year. The Show remains a must for everyone who wants to be on the map of mountain biking." To cap the experience, the wide range of activities punctuating the Roc d'Azur over the four-day event again brought all the families of mountain biking together around their shared passion.
Every rider and exhibitor has already pencilled in the dates of the 36th Roc d'Azur, which will take place from 9 to 13 October 2019. The hardest part? Waiting a whole year.
Stéphane Tempier and Sabrina Enaux fly the flag for France in the Roc
Taking a bow on the finish line to salute the fans and savour the moment, 32-year-old Frenchman Stéphane Tempier took his second Roc d'Azur win on Sunday, after his first victory in 2012. Tempier bested fellow Frenchmen Victor Koretzky and Jordan Sarrou on the 52-kilometre course through the Maures Massif. Sarrou, the winner of the 2014 and 2016 editions, failed to equal Miguel Martinez's record of three Roc wins (1997, 2004 and 2013).
Meanwhile, in the Ladies' Roc d'Azur, Sabrina Énaux finally got to raise her arms and lift her MTB in victory before being congratulated by her little daughter, Léonine, at the finish. After a series of high finishes, including second place last year, the 40-year-old Frenchwoman finally clinched victory, succeeding Pauline Ferrand-Prévot on the list of winners.
Steve Chainel victorious on the Mavic Gravel Roc
Today, the Mavic Gravel Roc competitors were the first to set off at dawn for a 67km event (70% trails, 30% asphalt). “It was a proper race but in a fun spirit”, says French cyclo-cross champion and race winner, Steve Chainel. “It is like a giant cyclo-cross race. It is really great. Everyone had a good time.” Elite rider Nicolas Roux displayed the same enthusiasm. “There is a nice mixture between mountain biking and road racing. We were free and that is wonderful.”
The kids were also in action. First with the Pitch Kid Roc Draisienne for the 2 to 4 age group and the Pitch Kid Roc races for those a little bit older where future champions often discover the taste of competition. Sports and a show behind the barriers with the parents often a lot more stressed out than their children.
Great conditions, greater action at the Roc
With the welcome return of the sun, the Charles Aznavour song ‘‘Emmenez-moi au pays des Merveilles’’ or ‘‘Take me along’’ in English was right on point. More than 2,000 participants lined up on the Canyon Roc Marathon start line for an 83-kilometre journey across the Var trails that were, once again, passable after two days of rain. Italy’s Samuele Porro needed just 3hours 52 minutes 14 seconds to make it to the finish and take his second win on the Canyon Roc Marathon after his previous success in 2015.
Starting before sunrise, with the only light coming from their lamps, the riders of the first edition of the Gravel Origins 83 were able to make the most of a very nice and sunny day to make it to the bivouac. They will return to action Saturday to complete their 167-kilometre journey running through the most stunning scenery in the Var Department with most notably the passes through the heart of the Gorges du Verdon canyon.
The show opens while waiting for the action
While unable to compete on the trails, the riders did have the opportunity to visit the show, which opened this Thursday at noon. Salivating looks, smartphones on camera mode, questions asked to exhibitors, they were able to enjoy the atmosphere among the 300 exhibitors on hand in the 28,000m² expo. Because the Roc d’Azur is a must do event, all the major brands showed off their latest gear at the Nature Base in Fréjus. From dream bikes to all the equipment needed for a good ride, visitors will discover the best mountain biking has to offer.
The weather during the last 24 hours has caused significant damage (due to flooding and deterioration of race routes) meaning that the safety conditions required for the Roc to run smoothly cannot be ensured. As a result, all the races programmed for Thursday 11th October have been cancelled.
Naturally, we will keep you up to date on the decision made and the procedure in the case where a definitive cancellation is decided upon.
As regards the village, it was due to open at 10.00 but shall only open at 12.00 at the earliest.
Let the fun begin!
With the first start, first pedal strokes, first sprints and first thrills, the 2018 Roc d’Azur is underway. On Wednesday, at the Fréjus Nature Base, the Génération Roc “Sport pour tous” race kicked off proceedings for the 35th edition of Roc d’Azur on a windy first day. A hundred participants of all ages taking part via associations such as the French Red Cross or also visually impaired riders were not scared off by the rain.
Fun for all the family over 5 days!
From 10th to 14th October, the Fréjus Nature Base in the Var will play host to the 35th edition of Roc d’Azur. There will be sport for all levels with 34 races, an exhibition with more than 300 exhibitors, as well as a multitude of activities on the programme for an event that is first and foremost a sporting celebration.
The Roc d'Azur, scheduled to take place in Fréjus (Southern France) from 10 to 14 October, will again feature some of the best mountain bikers on Earth, ranging from Olympic gold medallists to European and world champions. Pauline Ferrand Prévot will share the peloton with people such as Renaud Lavillenie, the pole vault world record-holder and a winner of multiple medals in all major championships. Stéphane Diagana, who won the 400 metres hurdles world championship in 1997, will have a go at the Rando Roc Électrique Noire.
Roc d'Azur show to roll ou new trends
The Roc d'Azur show will throw its doors open to MTB lovers on 11 October. 100,000 visitors are expected to come and enjoy the 34 different activities, discover the latest tech and products, and put their fingers on the pulse of mountain biking. They will get their hands on new saddles and drives, see the latest developments in nutrition, browse brand-new tourist guides for the area, and experience a surge of adrenaline with the wide range of activities, including the inaugural edition of the Roc Star Game —a cyclo-cross exhibition held on a special technical track and featuring the stars of MTB (Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, Steeve Chainel, etc.). Visitors will satisfy their craving for mountain biking.
Roc d'Azur : Just 5 weeks to go...
The holidays may be over, but this is no time to put away the MTB in the garage until the next interval of fair weather. In just five weeks, from 10 to 14 October, Fréjus (Var) will host the 35th edition of the Roc d'Azur, the biggest event in the world for those who like to ride in the heart of nature. And, when it comes to nature, this is the real deal!
Roc d'Azur : There us no excuse to miss the Mountain Bike party!
Roc d’Azur is preparing to attract the very best mountain bike competitors in the world. Among them are France’s top riders: Julien Absalon, Pauline Ferrand Prevot and Jordan Sarrou. the Roc d’Azur has some new things lined up this year: the Gravel Origins 83, which is half-way between a road bike and a Mountain Bike, will make its debut in the stunning Var scenery and will run through the Verdon Gorges, over the Estérel Massif and along the shores of Lake Sainte-Croix.
In the Village, a visit to the bike show is a must: it is the largest of its kind in the Mountain Bike genre with nearly 300 exhibitors representing all the biggest and most prestigious brands in the Mountain Bike world, the Tri-Roc and extreme sports.
Roc d'Azur : Gravel Origins 83, the new adventure!
The Roc d'Azur, whose 35th edition will be held from 10-14 October, proposes a new event: the Gravel Origins 83. Designed for gravel bike owners – this is a cross between a road bike and a mountain bike – it will allow cyclists to ride 298km over two days in the heart of the most beautiful scenery in the Var Department, in southern France. Gravel Origins 83 is not a race against the clock: the only thing that matters is having fun!
7 good reasons to enter!
Discover the 7 good reasons to enter the Roc d'Azur 2018 and sign up for the largest mountain bike gathering in the world from February 13th, 2018. On the agenda : 34 events for all age groups and tastes, exceptional shows and a 28 000 square meters village reserved for profesionnals.
Julien Absalon ready to conquer the Roc d'Azur
Just a few days to go before 20,000 Mountain Bike aficionados set off on the tracks of the 34th edition of the Roc d'Azur. The largest gathering of Mountain Bike enthusiasts will take place from 4 to 8 October in Fréjus. A large field of amateurs will join the stars of the sport coming to race for the ultimate title: the Roc d'Azur.
The Mountain Bike world to make a pilgrimage to Fréjus
After the summer holidays, Mountain Bike enthusiasts from around the world will make a pilgrimage to Fréjus for edition 34 of the Roc d’Azur. More than 20,000 will head to the shores of the Mediterranean, for the largest off-road cycling happening in the world. Over the five days there will be 33 events in the splendid settings between the sea and mountains.