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Competition

Don’t you know which race to choose among those offered by the Roc d’Azur? Do you like competing? Whether you are there to perform or just to have fun, the Roc d’Azur definitely has a race which will suit you. All the races below are timed and will give rise to a ranking. Start waves will be allocated according to the sporting information provided when you registered on ASOchallenges.com.

WEDNESDAY 4TH OCTOBER

  • Discipline: XC
  • Distance: 8 km – Elevation gains and loss: 0m
  • Start and finish at the Base Nature in Fréjus

Free race reserved for people from associations (Croix-Rouge, visually impaired, etc.).

  • Discipline: XC
  • Distance: 8 km – Elevation gains and losses: 0m
  • Start and finish at the Base Nature in Fréjus

A free exclusive race open to young riders from associations from Fréjus and Roquebrune-Sur-Argens.

THURSDAY 5TH OCTOBER

1ST STAGE OF THE ROC TROPHY 

  • 4 days of competition (1 race per day)
  • 200km covered and 5,000m of cumulative elevation gains and losses in 4 stages
  • Category: from Espoirs upwards (born in 1998 or earlier)

The Roc Trophy, which was the major new event in 2016, is THE ROC’s stage race.

4 days of races covering a total of 200 km including the Roc d’Azur and the Roc Marathon, with 5,000 m of elevation gains and losses overall.

 

  • 1st stage – Thursday: 23km - 350m of elevation gains and losses– same route as the Roc Light
  • 2nd stage – Friday: 86km – 2,300m of elevation gains and losses– same route as the Roc Marathon
  • 3rd stage –Saturday: 42km - 760m of elevation gains and losses– same route as the Roc 40
  • 4th stage - Sunday: 57km – 1,350m of elevation gains and losses– same route as the Roc d'Azur

Every day there will be a ranking and a prize giving ceremony for the stage of the day and the overall ranking. Distinctive jersey for the leader.

For the 2nd and 4th stages (Roc Marathon and Roc d’Azur), a priority starting area in the first wave will be set aside for the Roc Trophy riders

Specific number plates.

  • Discipline: XC
  • Distance: 42 km – Elevation gains: 760m
  • Category: from Masters 1 upwards (born in 1987 or earlier)
  • Start and finish at the Base Nature in Fréjus

Several races share the same dynamic route that requires riders to maintain a constant effort. The downhill segments are often fast and sometimes steep, demanding optimum concentration which does not always give riders the chance to recover the energy they have already spent.

In short, you need to control your effort and avoid excessive changes in pace to succeed at this race.

  • Discipline: XC
  • Distance: 23 km – Elevation gains: 350m
  • Category: from Juniors upwards (born in 2000 or earlier)
  • Start and finish at the Base Nature in Fréjus

Do you want to take part in a race but can’t prepare intensively for it?
Or maybe you’re looking for a solution to get you up to speed for the Roc d’Azur?
Look no further ... we offer a format which will be THE solution for you!

  • Discipline: off-road triathlon
  • Distance: 1.5km swimming / 23km of mountain biking / 11 km of trailelevation gains: 350m mountain biking/ 40m running
  • Category: from Juniors upwards (born in 2000 or earlier)
  • Start at the beach and finish at the Base Nature in Fréjus
  • Time limit -  MTB start: 2.05PM
  • Time limit - start of the run: 4.40PM
  • Opening of the bike park: 11.30AM
  • Race briefing given by Marion Lorblanchet: 12.30PM
  • Closing of the bike park and warm-up: 12.45PM

Whether you're a novice or experienced triathlete, you'll surely be looking to push yourself in this race, now in its 6th year.

To begin, you’ll dash into the water from the beach at the Nature Base to complete a 1,500 m swim, consisting of two 750-metre laps. You then enter the transition area on the beach before attacking 24 km of mountain biking. The bike section is a fairly fast route through the Petites Maures. Take the time to look up from the handlebars when you reach the summit where the panoramic view is awesome! The running section will be two relatively flat 5-km loops, resembling a cross-country course with many changes of pace.

It's a race that all outdoor sport lovers should try.

FRIDAY 6TH OCTOBER

2nd STAGE OF THE ROC TROPHY: CANYON ROC MARATHON

  • 4 days of competition (1 race per day)
  • 200km covered and 5,000m of cumulative elevation gains and losses in 4 stages
  • Category: from Espoirs upwards (born in 1998 or earlier)

The Roc Trophy, which was the major new event in 2016, is THE ROC’s stage race.

4 days of races covering a total of 200 km including the Roc d’Azur and the Roc Marathon, with 5,000 m of elevation gains and losses overall.

  • 1st stage – Thursday: 23km - 350m of elevation gains and losses– same route as the Roc Light
  • 2nd stage – Friday: 86km – 2,300m of elevation gains and losses– same route as the Roc Marathon
  • 3rd stage –Saturday: 42km - 760m of elevation gains and losses– same route as the Roc 40
  • 4th stage - Sunday: 57km – 1,350m of elevation gains and losses– same route as the Roc d'Azur

Every day there will be a ranking and a prize giving ceremony for the stage of the day and the overall ranking. Distinctive jersey for the leader.

For the 2nd and 4th stages (Roc Marathon and Roc d’Azur), a priority starting area in the first wave will be set aside for the Roc Trophy riders

Specific number plates.

With these particular characteristics, the Roc Marathon may look like a long-distance cross-country race accessible to all. However, the rough terrain of the Massif des Maures is more typical of a race of attrition. With alternating fast and abrupt tiring sections, the route requires perfect effort management to get through the many hard knocks as riders dip into and out of small valleys. It's good to plan to reach the "Col de Valdingarde” still feeling fresh enough to tackle the second half of the race at a good pace. It's not a race for everybody! Careful preparation is essential if you want to finish the Roc Marathon!

  • Discipline: XCM
  • Distance: 86 km – Elevation gains and losses: 2,300 m
  • Category: from Espoirs upwards (born in 1998 and before)
  • Start and finish at the Base Nature in Fréjus
  • Time limits:
    • at Valdingarde at 2.15pm (8,7 km per hour on the last wave)
    • at the Col de Bougnon at 3.30pm (8,7 km per hour on the last wave)
  • With these particular characteristics, the Roc Marathon may look like a long-distance cross-country race accessible to all. However, the rough terrain of the Massif des Maures is more typical of a race of attrition. With alternating fast and abrupt tiring sections, the route requires perfect effort management to get through the many hard knocks as riders dip into and out of small valleys. It's good to plan to reach the "Col de Valdingarde” still feeling fresh enough to tackle the second half of the race at a good pace. It's not a race for everybody! Careful preparation is essential if you want to finish the Roc Marathon!

  • Discipline: XC
  • Distance: 38 km – Elevation gains: 660m
  • Category: from Espoirs upwards (born in 1998 and before)
  • Start and finish at the Base Nature in Fréjus

The Mid Roc is a lighter, shorter-distance version of the Roc 40 and a bit tougher than the Roc Light. This is an ideal event for your first time at Roc d’Azur when your objective is a place in the rankings.

  • Discipline: XC
  • Distance: 800m laps
  • Category: Benjamins and Minimes (born in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005)
  • Start and finish at the Place de l’Eglise in Fréjus

But the Roc Ruelles, is not just for adults! Children are also entitled to an adrenaline rush. A team race for 2 riders who relay one another on laps of around 1 km.

  • Discipline: XC
  • Distance: 800m laps
  • Category: Benjamins and Minimes (born in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005)
  • Start and finish at the Place de l’Eglise in Fréjus

But the Roc Ruelles, is not just for adults! Children are also entitled to an adrenaline rush. A team race for 2 riders who relay one another on laps of around 1 km.

SATURDAY 7TH OCTOBER

  • Discipline: gravel
  • Distance: 60 km – Elevation gains: 880m
  • Category: from Juniors upwards (born in 2000 or earlier)
  • Start and finish at the Base Nature in Fréjus

Vintage sport or new concept, the Gravel phenomena has crossed the Atlantic with all the star-spangled razzmatazz that you would expect with American concepts.

Remember how mountain biking arrived on the old continent and the role that Stéphane Hauvette and his Roc d’Azur played at a time when the discipline was developing in Europe. Look at the picture of the start of the first Roc d’Azur in 1984. Take a close look at the bikes. That’s what mountain biking was like back then.

Entirely rigid, newly imported bikes, and two customised cyclo-cross bikes headed off into the Massif des Maures to tackle a single loop route that crossed over the beach. History repeats itself, times change and trends come and go, but our passion for bikes in all their forms remains intact.

The itinerary that the Gravel riders will follow will favour those using specific equipment.

With alternating road and off-road sections for everyone’s enjoyment, it is particularly designed to benefit the specialists.

One route, 2 options, race or just ride. You've chosen the Gravel Roc Race, welcome to the competition!

No mountain bikes allowed of course!

  • Discipline: gravel
  • Distance: 60 km – Elevation gains: 880m
  • Category: from Juniors upwards (born in 2000 or earlier)
  • Start and finish at the Base Nature in Fréjus

An ancestral practice or a new concept, the gravel phenomenon has finally crossed the Atlantic bringing with it the thrill of a concept from the US. 

Remember how mountain biking arrived on the old continent and the role that Stéphane Hauvette and his Roc d’Azur played at a time when the discipline was developing in Europe. Look at the picture of the start of the first Roc d’Azur in 1984. Take a close look at the bikes. This is what mountain biking looked like back then!

Newly imported, entirely rigid mountain bikes and two DIY cyclocross bikes headed off into the Massif des Maures and completed a 50km loop. History repeats itself, times change and trends come and go, but our passion for bikes in all their forms remains intact.

The itinerary that the Gravel riders will follow will favour those using specific equipment.

With alternating road and off-road sections for everyone’s enjoyment, it is particularly designed to benefit the specialists.

One route, 2 options, race or just ride. You’ve chosen the Gravel Roc Ride, enjoy it!

No mountain bikes allowed of course!

3rd STAGE OF THE ROC TROPHY: ROC 40

  • 4 days of competition (1 race per day)
  • 200km covered and 5,000m of cumulative elevation gains and losses in 4 stages
  • Category: from Espoirs upwards (born in 1998 or earlier)

The Roc Trophy, which was the major new event in 2016, is THE ROC’s stage race.

4 days of races covering a total of 200 km including the Roc d’Azur and the Roc Marathon, with 5,000 m of elevation gains and losses overall.

 

  • 1st stage – Thursday: 23km - 350m of elevation gains and losses– same route as the Roc Light
  • 2nd stage – Friday: 86km – 2,300m of elevation gains and losses– same route as the Roc Marathon
  • 3rd stage –Saturday: 42km - 760m of elevation gains and losses– same route as the Roc 40
  • 4th stage - Sunday: 57km – 1,350m of elevation gains and losses– same route as the Roc d'Azur

Every day there will be a ranking and a prize giving ceremony for the stage of the day and the overall ranking. Distinctive jersey for the leader.

For the 2nd and 4th stages (Roc Marathon and Roc d’Azur), a priority starting area in the first wave will be set aside for the Roc Trophy riders

Specific number plates.

The itinerary follows a dynamic route that requires riders to keep up a constant effort. The downhill segments are often fast and sometimes steep, demanding optimum concentration which does not always give riders the chance to recover the energy they have already spent.

In short, you need to control your effort and avoid excessive changes in pace to succeed at this race.

  • Discipline: XC
  • Distance: 42 km – Elevation gains: 760m
  • Category: Juniors (born in 1999 and 2000)
  • Start and finish at the Base Nature in Fréjus

The itinerary follows a dynamic route that requires riders to keep up a constant effort. The downhill segments are often fast and sometimes steep, demanding optimum concentration which does not always give riders the chance to recover the energy they have already spent.

In short, you need to control your effort and avoid excessive changes in pace to succeed at this race.

  • Discipline: enduro
  • Distance: 38 km of which 11 km will be timed – Elevation gains and losses: 1,500m
    • Roquebrune liaison > SP1: 6 km
    • SP1 : 2.1 km
    • SP1 > SP2 liaison: 2.7 km
    • SP2: 2 km
    • SP2 > SP3 liaison: 7.4 km
    • SP3: 2.6 km
    • SP3 > SP4 liaison: 7 km
    • SP4: 1.8 km
    • SP4 > SP5 liaison: 3.9 km
    • SP5: 1.8 km
  • Category: from Cadets upwards (born in 2002 or earlier)
  • Start and finish on Place Perrin, Roquebrune-sur-Argens

The village of Roquebrune sur Argens will host the start and finish and will once again witness a fierce battle to win precious seconds.

5 specials on the programme for this thrilling race for expert riders. The dry crumbly terrain makes the EnduRoc unusual among enduro races.

The circuit covers a total of 38 km with 300 competitors who will be giving it their all on the 11 km of timed sections.

1,500 m of elevation gains and losses

Guaranteed to be a great show for spectators.

  • Discipline: enduro
  • Distance: 38 km of which 11 km will be timed – Elevation gains and losses: 1,500m
    • Roquebrune liaison > SP1: 6 km
    • SP1 : 2.1 km
    • SP1 > SP2 liaison: 2.7 km
    • SP2: 2 km
    • SP2 > SP3 liaison: 7.4 km
    • SP3: 2.6 km
    • SP3 > SP4 liaison: 7 km
    • SP4: 1.8 km
    • SP4 > SP5 liaison: 3.9 km
    • SP5: 1.8 km
  • Category: from Cadets upwards (born in 2002 or earlier)
  • Start and finish on Place Perrin, Roquebrune-sur-Argens

The village of Roquebrune sur Argens will host the start and finish and will once again witness a fierce battle to win precious seconds.

5 specials on the programme for this thrilling race for expert riders. The dry crumbly terrain makes the EnduRoc unusual among enduro races.

The circuit covers a total of 38 km with 300 competitors who will be giving it their all on the 11 km of timed sections.

1,500 m of elevation gains and losses

Guaranteed to be a great show for spectators.

Specific ranking for electric mountain bikes. Please check the rules to see which e-bikes are authorised.

  • Discipline: XC
  • Distance: 42 km – Elevation gains: 760m
  • Category: from Juniors upwards (born in 2000 or earlier)
  • Start and finish at the Base Nature in Fréjus

The itinerary follows a dynamic route that requires riders to keep up a constant effort. The downhill segments are often fast and sometimes steep, demanding optimum concentration which does not always give riders the chance to recover the energy they have already spent.

In short, you need to control your effort and avoid excessive changes in pace to succeed at this race.

  • Discipline: balance bike
  • Distance: 600m
  • Category: from 2013 to 2015
  • Start and finish at the Base Nature in Fréjus, BMX park entertainment zone.

New this year, kids have their own race just like adults! Bike race numbers, T-shirts, you'll hardly notice the difference between this race at the Roc d’Azur and the others! Balance bikes not supplied.

  • Discipline: XC
  • Distance: 900m laps
  • Category: from Cadets upwards (born in 2002 or earlier)
  • Start and finish in Roquebrune-sur-Argens

2 lively evenings in Fréjus and Roquebrune sur Argens, the venues for fierce battles on a circuit with endless bends and turns.

A team race for 2 riders who relay one another on laps of around 1 km. There are two 20-minute qualifying rounds and the best teams will compete in the final.

A superb night time show, great atmosphere and guaranteed thrills.

  • Discipline: XC
  • Distance: 900m laps
  • Category: from Cadets upwards (born in 2002 or earlier)
  • Start and finish in Roquebrune-sur-Argens

2 lively evenings in Fréjus and Roquebrune sur Argens, the venues for fierce battles on a circuit with endless bends and turns.

A team race for 2 riders who relay one another on laps of around 1 km. There are two 20-minute qualifying rounds and the best teams will compete in the final.

A superb night time show, great atmosphere and guaranteed thrills.

SUNDAY 8TH OCTOBER

  • Discipline: XC
  • Distance: 42 km – Elevation gains: 760m
  • Category: from Espoirs upwards (born in 1998 and before)
  • Start and finish at the Base Nature in Fréjus

Several races share the same dynamic route that requires riders to maintain a constant effort. The downhill segments are often fast and sometimes steep, demanding optimum concentration which does not always give riders the chance to recover the energy they have already spent.

In short, you need to control your effort and avoid excessive changes in pace to succeed at this race.

  • Discipline: XC 
  • Distance: 18 km – Elevation gains: 160m
  • Category: from Cadets upwards for men (born in 2001 and 2002) and Cadettes and Juniors category for women (born in 1999, 1999, 2000 and 2002)
  • Start and finish at the Base Nature in Fréjus

This 18km route is fairly hilly at the start and the end but good steering techniques might make all the difference on the first slopes of the Petites Maures and the extended Sentier des Douaniers which feature in this edition.

4th STAGE OF THE ROC TROPHYD'AZUR

  • 4 days of competition (1 race per day)
  • 200km covered and 5,000m of cumulative elevation gains and losses in 4 stages
  • Category: from Espoirs upwards (born in 1998 or earlier)

The Roc Trophy, which was the major new event in 2016, is THE ROC’s stage race.

4 days of races covering a total of 200 km including the Roc d’Azur and the Roc Marathon, with 5,000 m of elevation gains and losses overall.

 

  • 1st stage – Thursday: 23km - 350m of elevation gains and losses– same route as the Roc Light
  • 2nd stage – Friday: 86km – 2,300m of elevation gains and losses– same route as the Roc Marathon
  • 3rd stage –Saturday: 42km - 760m of elevation gains and losses– same route as the Roc 40
  • 4th stage - Sunday: 57km – 1,350m of elevation gains and losses– same route as the Roc d'Azur

Every day there will be a ranking and a prize giving ceremony for the stage of the day and the overall ranking. Distinctive jersey for the leader.

For the 2nd and 4th stages (Roc Marathon and Roc d’Azur), a priority starting area in the first wave will be set aside for the Roc Trophy riders

Specific number plates.

By now a legendary event that needs no introduction, the Roc d’Azur has seen several generations of mountain bikers come to pit themselves against a single-circuit route that winds around dry, rocky and demanding terrain in the Massif des Maures.

What makes this event so amazing are all the ups and downs, in every sense of the term.

Because to start a race at the “ROC” is quite an experience beginning with the adrenaline of the start line itself.

The Roc d’Azur is also an extremely tough route with amazing landscapes as far as the eye can see, but most of all it’s another chapter in each mountain biker’s personal history.

  • Discipline: XC
  • Distance: 57 km – Elevation gains: 1,350m
  • Category: from Espoirs upwards (born in 1998 and before)
  • Start and finish at the Base Nature in Fréjus
  • Time limit at the Col de Bougnon at 4.00pm (7,7 km per hour on the last wave)

By now a legendary event that needs no introduction, the Roc d’Azur has seen several generations of mountain bikers come to pit themselves against a single-circuit route that winds around dry, rocky and demanding terrain in the Massif des Maures.

What makes this event so amazing are all the ups and downs, in every sense of the term.

Because to start a race at the “ROC” is quite an experience beginning with the adrenaline of the start line itself.

The Roc d’Azur is also an extremely tough route with amazing landscapes as far as the eye can see, but most of all it’s another chapter in each mountain biker’s personal history.