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Rohrbach and Ferrand Prevot crowned at the Roc d’Azur

October 9th 2017

There are some routines of which you never get tired.   Seeing the concentrated faces at daybreak. The crowd gathered along the barriers which clap to cheer on the thousands of competitors towards a little bit of glory: that of being a Roc d’Azur finisher. Then rushing to Le Fournel descent, the infernal rocky ground where the slope is treacherous. Here the riders are focused and their bikes are mangled.
Hearing the uproar of the enthusiasts in this mythical place, the Col du Bougnon: “Our Alpe d’Huez for mountain riders, where the crowd moves aside when we pass by,” as those who have had the privilege to cross this spot in the lead like to say.  You could almost forget the image of the mountain bikers riding along the coast on the Chemins des Douaniers, before heading for the long-awaited finish.

ROC D'AZUR - 2017/10/08
ROC D'AZUR - 2017/10/08 - ASO/Thomas MAHEUX

The second weekend in October is synonymous with the final day of the Roc d’Azur with the 56-km long race for elite riders.
After five days of competition, more than 20,000 riders only had one objective: reaching the finish line.
And even after three World champion titles and prestigious victories, Pauline Ferrand Prevot couldn’t hide her delight at winning the Roc d’Azur dames category in a time of 1:57:16. At 25 years of age, the current French Champion had never raised her arms in victory in Fréjus.  So now this irregularity has been corrected: “I chose to play a waiting game, preferring to take it easy until Le Bougnon before I attacked. The season has finished in the best way with this victory. The Roc d'Azur is part of the history of mountain biking and it’s an honour to win here.”

ROC D'AZUR - 2017/10/08 - Podium Elite
ROC D'AZUR - 2017/10/08 - Podium Elite - ASO/Thomas MAHEUX

A few minutes later, Switzerland’s Nicolas Rohrbach won for the first time of his career in a time of 2:10:18. With Austria’s Daniel Geismayr (winner of the Canyon Roc Marathon) and Jordan Sarrou (last year’s winner), the three men battled it out.  And the race’s result was decided in the final hectometres. Rohrbach, second in 2015, is the first Swiss rider to win since Christoph Sauser’s double in 2005 and 2006. “I was suffering after 25 kilometres of the race, but I managed to find the energy to keep going. I am happy to add this superb race to my list of wins.”

ROC D'AZUR - 2017/10/08
ROC D'AZUR - 2017/10/08 - ASO/Thomas MAHEUX

In the other races, Belgium’s Sébastien Carabin, the leader the day before, won the Roc Trophy for the second time. French Champion Loana Lecomte won in the cadettes-junior category and Arnaud de Lie in the cadets category.

ROC D'AZUR - 2017/10/08 - Roc Trophy
ROC D'AZUR - 2017/10/08 - Roc Trophy - ASO/Thomas MAHEUX

This 34th edition of the Roc d'Azur was a gem once again! An exhibition which was full of new features, daily entertainment and encounters with the champions. And such communicative smiles that we can’t wait for next year to come! What about you?
Thank you to everyone for this brilliant edition.

ROC D'AZUR - 2017/10/08
ROC D'AZUR - 2017/10/08 - ASO/Thomas MAHEUX

FRIDAY'S HIGHLIGHT ON THE ROC D'AZUR

October 6th 2017

Geismayr and Langvad crowned in the Canyon Roc Marathon

82 km and 2,300 of elevation gains and losses awaited the marathon riders this morning. And after a battle lasting 3:52:18, Austria’s Daniel Geismayr took the prestigious first place at the Roc d’Azur ahead to his fellow countryman, World champion, Alban Lakata: “I’m very proud of this win! It’s a very difficult race, both technically and physically, and winning a race at the Roc is my greatest achievement so far.” Geismayr, who’s also a professional rider, finished third in the Cape Epic this season. Olympic champion in 2000, Miguel Martinez finished 13th and was the best French rider.

This race also allowed one of biggest names in women’s world MTB to be crowned. Denmark’s Annika Langvad, four-time long distance World champion was unrivalled on the Roc d’Azur’s trails and won in a time of 4:38:01: “I really wanted to take part in the marathon to ride with my rainbow jersey, it’s such a special feeling. And raising my arms here in victory is absolutely unique.” The Scandinavian, the winner of Sunday’s elite race last year, who studied pharmacy, is now going to take some well-earned holidays. 

 

Poland’s Mariusz Michalek remains the leader of the Roc Trophy having finished the second day of the race in a time of 3:55:59: “I think I made the most of these first two days to be in lead in the overall standings on Sunday.”

 

In the Mid Roc Rémi Cara was the winner in a time of 1:32:07.   Sandra O’Hagan had the best time in the women’s category: 1:55:29.

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ROC D'AZUR - 2017/10/06 - ASO/Thomas MAHEUX

 

In the Roc Ruelles in Fréjus, Rémy Absalon and Damien Otton, two riders who belong to the elite of world enduro MTB, hit the jackpot after a very exciting race!

The schedule for Saturday 8th October

8am – Gravel Roc Race

8.15am – Gravel Roc Ride New in 2017

8.45am - Roc Trophy #

9am - Roc d'Azur Juniors Hommes

9am - Enduroc

9am: EnduRoc Electrique

10am - Roc Tandems

11.30am - Roc Draisienne

3pm - Kid Roc (4 races according to the categories – start every 30 minutes)

7pm - Roc Ruelles in Roquebrune-sur-Argens (in teams of 2)

 

Tri Roc victory at home for Maxim Chané

October 5th 2017

In Thursday’s top news, the Tri Roc was won by local rider, while on the first stage of the Roc Trophy lady luck smiled down on Poland. Maxim Chané from Nice took the win on the Tri Roc while Mariusz Michalek and Piotr and Adrian Brzozka took the top three places in the first stage of the Roc Trophy.

ROC D'AZUR - 2017/10/05 - TRI ROC
ROC D'AZUR - 2017/10/05 - TRI ROC - ASO/@World/Aurelien VIALATTE

The professional riders were already jostling for position on the Roc trails early this Thursday morning, which notably featured the first of four stages of the Roc Trophy. On a 23-km circuit, Poland was first, second and third with Mariusz Michalek coming in ahead of Adrian and Piotr Brzozka. Needless to say, this puts the three Poles at the top of the general standings. It was then France’s turn to secure the first three places in the girls’ category with Ines Krawczyk pipping Claire Beaumont and Delia Beddis at the post. Over the same distance, Valentin Remondet took victory in the Roc Light while Laura Liard achieved similar success in the girls’ race. Finally, just as MTB enthusiasts from all over the world set off on the Rando All Mountain and the Roc Altitude, Switzerland’s Nicolas Luthi triumphed on the Isostar Masters Roc. In the women’s category, France’s Séverine Jordan gave the victory salute. But the undisputed star of the day was the rider from Nice, Maxim Chané, who sprinted to victory on the Tri Roc, with François Carloni close behind. Arthur Froissier was third. In the women’s race, Lucie Croissant came in ahead of Anne-Sophie Marechal and Sophie Rodot.

Roc d'Azur 2017 - 05/10/17 Roc Trophy
Roc d'Azur 2017 - 05/10/17 Roc Trophy - ASO/@World/Aurélien VIALATTE

While the competitors were getting started this morning, the exhibition opened its doors for four days of entertainment and surprises: 300 exhibitors, 25,000 m² of exhibition space and 100,000 visitors expected. In the centre of the exhibition area, there’s the Roc Test Camp for MTB enthusiasts to discover the latest equipment from the major brands and test it on a dedicated trail. Elsewhere, with competitions, goodies, autograph signings and the latest MTB brand-name technology, visitors need a sharp eye out to ensure that they don’t miss anything. There’s also freestyle shows, BMX competitions and introductory sessions for kids taking place regularly throughout the day. At the Roc there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 

ROD D'AZUR - 2017/10/05 - Isostar Masters Roc
ROD D'AZUR - 2017/10/05 - Isostar Masters Roc - ASO/@World/Aurélien VIALATTE

Reminder!

October 5th 2017

The Roc d’Azur allows you to exceptionally cross private properties and protected areas. Please respect these areas.

Reconnaissances are not allowed for any of the races organised during the Roc d’Azur. We’re counting on you!

ROC D'AZUR - 2017/10/08
ROC D'AZUR - 2017/10/08 - ASO/Thomas MAHEUX

Sea, Roc and Sun

October 4th 2017

The celebration is underway! The 34th edition of the Roc d’Azur began on Wednesday with the best riders from clubs and schools in Fréjus and Roquebrune battling it out on the trails during the Generation Roc. The names of the first winners this year are Florian Solbes and Cécilia Gouy.

 

With club members competing in the Generation Roc “Sports for All” followed by children from Fréjus and Roquebrune-sur-Argens, a good-natured, friendly atmosphere prevailed for the first kilometres of the 2017 Roc d’Azur. Florian Solbes will be remembered for retaining his Generation Roc “Sports for All” title while Cécilia Gouy was the winner in the girls category. Shortly after in the children’s category, Maxime Filippi and Narjys Bougzouani gave the victory salute in the Generation Roc boys’ and girls’ races.

ROD D'AZUR - 2017/10/04 - Generation ROC
ROD D'AZUR - 2017/10/04 - Generation ROC - ASO/Thomas MAHEUX

On Thursday, the first clash among the pros will be the Roc Trophy. Participants in this stage race will be riding in the first of four races. The Isostar Masters Roc and the Roc Light, a 23-km sprint, are also likely to be major battlegrounds. But the performance not to be missed under any circumstances is the Tri Rock, an MTB triathlon where Switzerland's Xavier Dafflon, world champion and current titleholder of Europe Xterra for amateurs, is the clear favourite. Competitors set off from the Base Nature in Fréjus, and a 1.5-km swim in the Med is followed by a 23-km cycle and an 11-km run. The sea, the sand and the mud trails make it a full-on race. After the effort, treat yourself to a break at the exhibition, which opens on Thursday morning.

CONSULT THE PROGRAM RACES

Covering a surface area of 25,000 m², the 300 exhibitors are expecting around 100,000 visitors all on the lookout for the latest new products. At the Roc Test Camp trail prospective buyers can test their equipment before they buy and put the bikes through their paces. Alternatively, visitors can enjoy one of the many shows on the schedule or enter one of the competitions organised by the big brand names. Please note that race numbers can be collected from the François Léotard Nature Base in Fréjus.

 

Opening times of the Village:

  • Thursday 5th October: from 10am to 7pm
  • Friday 6th October: from 9am to 7pm
  • Saturday 7th October: from 9am to 7pm
  • Sunday 8th October: 9am to 5pm

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT EXHIBITION

The address is 1196 Boulevard de la Mer, 83 600 Fréjus. Collection times vary according to plate numbers.

You can collect your race number on the dates and times below:

  • Wednesday 4th October 2017: from 2pm to 7pm
  • Thursday 5th October: from 7am to 7pm
  • Friday 6th October 2017: from 7am to 7pm
  • Saturday 7th October 2017: from 7am to 7pm
  • Sunday 8th October 2017: from 7am to 9am

For races before 10 am, race numbers must be collected the day before, and for races after 10 am, race numbers must be collected on race day up to 1 hour before the race starts.

Don’t forget the documents you need to collect your race number (notification letter, proof of identity, valid medical certificate and parental consent form if applicable).

 

Please note:

  • There are specific stands for the Tri Roc and the Roc Trophy.
  • Pitch Kids Roc: you must have your medical certificate and parental consent form checked at the Espace Caquot and then you can collect your race number from Thursday on the Pitch stand in the partners’ area. 

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ROC D'AZUR - 2017/10/08 - ASO/Thomas MAHEUX

BE PART OF ONE OF THE BIGGEST MOUNTAIN BIKE EVENT IN THE WORLD

October 2nd 2017

  • A event that welcome now 20,000 competitors and 150,000 visitors at the Expo.
  • A genuine meeting place for all actors of the Mountain Bike community (professionals, amateurs and the general public).
  • Nearly 300 exhibitors, more and more every years, on 27 000 m2 of exhibition.
  • The bikers come to have advices, test and buy products and services linked to mountain bike: Equipments, accessories, Health food, clothes, specialised press, tourism, other sport events, etc. The Roc d’Azur Expo welcome every year a large and targeted public of 150 000 visitors.

SHOW OPENING :

  • Thursday 5th october : 10 am - 7 pm
  • Friday 6th october : 9 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday 7th october : 9 am – 7 pm
  • Sunday 8th october : 9 am – 5 pm

Register now for the Roc Test Camp by CANYON

September 29th 2017

To make your tests easier at the Roc Test Camp by CANYON, you can now register directly online on the dedicated platform: https://roctestcamp.testpass.fr/. Your registration is valid for the 4 days of the event.

Upload your proof of identity and your photo to save time and all you’ll have to do is leave a deposit at the Roc Service Center.

Reminder: the Roc Test Camp by Canyon allows you to test the bikes of the exhibitors and partners taking part in the operation free of charge.

An artificial track will be at your disposal once again at the Nature Base and is reserved for the Roc Test Camp by CANYON. In 2017, the track will be around 1,200 m long, with different types of terrain:  rock garden, mounds and a handling area, etc. 

We wish you all a great Roc Test Camp!

Register now

Discover the Roc d'Azur application

September 27th 2017

An even more connected Roc!

DOWNLOAD THE "ROC D'AZUR” APP NOW
AVAILABLE ON ANDROIDIOS AND WINDOWS PHONE!

For the 34th edition of the Roc d’Azur (4th to 8th October 2017), a free app will be available to download on Android, iOS and Windows Phone. 

Make sure you get all the information. You’ll be able to use it to plan your visit in advance by checking out the schedule for races, entertainment and podium ceremonies. The app will give you all the practical information you need about the exhibition opening times as well as the documents you’ll need to present when collecting your race number. 

Find your way around thanks to the app: it includes maps of the exhibition and the Nature Base to help you find a place, race or an exhibitor more quickly!

All the areas outside the Base are also pinpointed so that everyone can find a particular spectator zone or start of a race: (EnduRoc, Kid Roc Ruelles de Fréjus, Rando Roc All Mountain, Roc Ruelles de Fréjus and Roc Ruelles de Roquebrune).

UNIQUE FEATURE: A selfie area where you can take photos of yourself with different backgrounds exclusively from the Roc d’Azur.

The event is becoming even more connected, and the Roc d’Azur app is also linked through a special social media feed to the event’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Don’t hesitate to follow the pages of MTB of the year!

Click here to download it on Android - IOS - Windows

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ROC d'AZUR - ROC D'AZUR\ 11102015 - Fréjus - VTTISTES EN ACTION - ASO / Manu Molle

MTB in an idyllic setting, it’s possible!

July 6th 2017

Head for the French Riviera!

The Mediterranean as a backdrop, fields of olive trees as far as the eye can see, the scent of pine trees and lavender, crickets and grasshoppers: the Roc d'Azur is without a doubt a great occasion to live your passion for mountain biking in a typical south of France atmosphere that will make your summer last even longer!

Whether you're a beginner or an expert, there's nothing like those breath-taking panoramic views of the sea and the mountains to finish off your season in style!

It's a great opportunity to ride the characteristic trails of Var in the South of France between the Massif des Maures and the Rocher de Roquebrune where nature is at its wildest and where you’ll come across picturesque, historic villages like Fréjus, Roquebrune-sur-Argens and Sainte-Maxime.

Still not sure whether to register? Don't miss this unique occasion to experience an extraordinary event and make the most of the last lovely sunny outings of the summer! The Roc d'Azur offers a variety of races of all levels for both adults and children! You'll have no trouble finding THE race to suit you!

RACES

Races for everyone

June 12th 2017

4 categories to discover

The Roc d’Azur is truly an event open to everyone, during which a wide range of different races are on offer, that will suit everyone, young and old alike. Can’t make up your mind? Here’s a quick overview of the 4 categories to help you choose.

If you are looking for performance, there’s no doubt that what you need is a timed race, which will give rise to a ranking.  We are organising around twenty or so races so that you can pit yourself against the other participants.  Among these races, you’ll find shorter and longer distances (between 20km and 80km), all set in exceptional landscapes.  For triathlon fans, there’s the Tri Roc, with its combination of the three leading disciplines swimming (1.5km), MTB (24km) and running (10km).  Gravel Roc Race, Mid Roc, Roc Light, Roc d’Azur: go to the Competition page to find out more!

If for you MTB means fun with friends, then the Roc d’Azur’s rando races are for you.  We are organising 8 races for you to take part in, as a family or with friends, which will be timed but won’t give rise to a ranking.   Rando Roc Noire, Rando Roc Famille, Rando Roc Déguisée and many others: all we need for these randos of the 34th edition of the Roc d’Azur is you! We guarantee you’re going to love these one-of-a-kind races. Go to our Rando races page for more information.

Cover more kilometres and enjoy the landscapes even more: it’s possible with our electric MTB races.  New in 2017: the Enduro Electrique will be making its entrance with its 38 timed kilometres, setting off from Roquebrune-sur-Argens. Discover our races now on the Electric page.

This year once again, we are allowing you to experience a festive Roc with your family with our races specifically for children.  We are offering several distances with more or less adrenaline, for little ones or youngsters. Go to the Children’s page to discover all the races.

The choice is yours!

Focus on the Tri Roc

June 12th 2017

Reserve your end-of-season triathlon!

Since the Roc d’Azur is not just about mountain biking, this year we suggest that you reserve your end-of-season triathlon with the Tri Roc! A 1.5km swim in the Mediterranean, a 24km mountain bike ride in the Massif des Maures and a 10km trail run are on the schedule! We’re giving you the opportunity to choose the format that suits you best, on your own or as part of a relay team, and to finish your season on a high note. 

 

  • What's the Tri Roc?

This year marks the 6th edition of the Tri Roc at the Roc d’Azur. With two 750-loops on the beach of the Base Nature in Fréjus, the race will continue with 24km of mountain biking in the heart of the Petites Maures and will finish with the run, whose route will be relatively flat but may resemble a cross-country course. Your eyes are in for a treat: you’ll enjoy an incredible view throughout the whole course!

Find out more

  • Need some advice about how to tackle your triathlon?

Must I wear a swimming wetsuit?  What training programme should I follow? How should I tackle the transitions? You’re naturally asking yourself a lot of questions and perhaps you’re scared about taking up the challenge of doing your first triathlon?   Go to our Tri Roc Advice page to discover all our tips and tricks to help you tackle your (first) triathlon with complete peace of mind.

Tri Roc Advice

Discover what’s new for 2017!

May 19th 2017

The Roc d’Azur is organising 2 new races!

For its 34th edition, the Roc d’Azur has added two new races to an already amazing programme! The Enduroc électrique and an MTB race for children, the Roc Draisienne are making a grand entrance this year in France’s leading mountain bike competition. Here is a quick preview of these two events, both new for 2017!

 

Enduroc has been popular with MTB enthusiasts for a few years now! This discipline is all about comfort and autonomy, meaning riders can explore even more trails, tackle even more climbs and quite simply do more mountain biking! And the idyllic Mediterranean coast, with its long hours of glorious sunshine, makes it all the more enjoyable for the many riders and visitors.  

It seemed only natural for the Roc d’Azur to offer riders the chance to show what they’re made of in an enduro event for electric bikes in 2017! The circuit is 38-km long with 1,500 metres of elevation gain and losses and enthusiasts of the discipline will love it for its dry crumbly ground!

Electric Races

 

The little ones (under 5s) have their own MTB race this year with the Roc Draisienne, a brand new event for the 2017 Roc d’Azur! Our aim? To offer them a similar experience as adults! Number plates, a feeding station, finishers tee-shirts and a podium... just like their parents!

The Roc d’Azur’s Draisienne is a little race reserved for children born between 2013 and 2015 covering 600m. So what are you waiting for to register yours?

 Children Races

ROC MTB – 2017 season

December 16th 2016

It’s time to prepare your season!

Register now and come and participate in the Roc d’Ardenne from 28th to 30th April in Houffalize, (Belgium).

 REGISTER

You can also continue your ROC 2017 season by registering on 19th January 2017 for the 5th edition of the Roc Des Alpes and the 34th edition of the Roc d'Azur.

You can also follow all the Roc MTB news on Facebook and Twitter

SUNDAY'S HIGHLIGHT ON THE ROC D'AZUR

October 10th 2016

Jordan Sarrou and Annika Langvad victorious in the Roc d’Azur

The 33rd Roc d’Azur ended this Sunday with victory in the leading race for France’s Jordan Sarrou, who took the win in the sprint ahead of Stéphane Tempier. And in the women’s race, world champion, Annika Langvad, had the final say.

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ROC d’AZUR / ROC AZUR / 09/10/16 / VIALATTE - © AURELIEN VIALATTE/@WORLD

“It was the same as in 2014, Stéphane (Tempier) and I were neck and neck in the final, and I won again in the sprint”. Jordan Sarrou was all smiles as he recounted his second victory in the Roc d’Azur show piece (56 km). “The breakaway group formed as we rode through Cabret, then Stéphane and I just pedalled away. We relayed each other and then battled it out in the sprint for the final win”. This season has ended in style for Julien Sarrou as well as Annika Langvad who added that little extra sparkle to her world champion’s jersey with her victory in Fréjus. “I tried to break away quickly but the girls were very strong today and I knew it was going to be a difficult day. Léna Gérault (FRA) was still on my wheel when we rode into the Base Nature. She tried to get away but I managed to control the situation tactically because I only had one attack left in my legs. I attacked close to the finish line and it worked”.

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ROC d’AZUR / ROC AZUR / 09/10/16 / VIALATTE - © AURELIEN VIALATTE/@WORLD

Sébastien Carabin also played a tactical game for his third place in the men’s race. “Victor (Koretzky) made a strong comeback, I was on the verge of losing it but I did well through the technical sections at the end of the course before starting the sprint at the place where I was caught out in the Canyon Roc Marathon on Thursday. In the end, third place is a perfect way to celebrate my Roc Trophy victory.” The Belgian rider therefore won the first ever Roc Trophy, a four-day, four-stage race new to Roc d’Azur this year. Winner of all four stages, Carabin could not have deserved overall victory more, especially as his top spot on the podium was snatched from Victor Koretzky, French under 23’s champion and last year’s winner. “I started badly and had to put in a huge effort to re-join the group that was battling it out for third place,” explained the winner of the 2015 Roc d’Azur. “I gave it my all at the end to try and pedal away because I knew I wasn’t up for the sprint, but it didn’t work. I’ll come back next year to try for the win again.”

Many of the 20,371 riders registered for races over the 5 days of this 33rd Roc d’Azur will most probably be back next year as well. Alexandre Maslin, Roc d’Azur organiser, was delighted with the turnout: “It’s a very positive result on the sporting side with large numbers of people registered for the races including the best riders in the world and increasing numbers of elite road riders, like Romain Bardet and Tim Wellens. The icing on the cake was that our two new races, the Roc Trophy and the Gravel Roc attracted large audiences”. The Roc d’Azur exhibition also had excellent attendance figures with over 100,000 visitors and a peak of more than 40,000 people at Base Nature in Fréjus on Saturday. “Year on year, the exhibition has reinforced its position as the biggest festival of its kind in the world”.

Jordan Sarrou was quite right when he said: “See you next year”.

SATURDAY'S HIGHLIGHT ON THE ROC D'AZUR

October 9th 2016

The Roc d’Azur, history, family and grand finale

The weekend on the Roc d’Azur kicked off with two new events: the inaugural Gravel Roc race was under starter’s orders as the first edition of the Roc Trophy came to an end. Excitement is growing as we lead up to the climax of four days of racing, finishing with the Roc d’Azur race which promises to be sensational.

Roc d'Azur 2016 - 08/10/2016 - Gravel Roc - Frejus - France -
Roc d'Azur 2016 - 08/10/2016 - Gravel Roc - Frejus - France - - ASO/A.Vialatte

Historians will note that the first winner of the Gravel Roc at the Roc d’Azur was an Italian by the name of Guido Dracone, who was completely surprised by his victory. “I was a bit unsure about the level of this race, because it was the first ever one. I started in the good group and in one of the descents I managed to break away and that’s what gave me the win. The circuit is a clever combination of fast tracks and more technical sections. It’s ideal terrain for riding gravel and for the development of the sport”. The Italian came in ahead of Thibaut Boutin and Marc Rollini. In the women’s category, Maria Elena Matrolia was the winner of this inaugural race.

On the EndurRoc, victory went to Joffrey Thevenon who came in almost a minute ahead of Nicola Rohrbach, with François Bailly Maîtres in third place.

Another blank page where history is being written is on the Roc Trophy, which features for the first time on the programme at the Roc. On this four-stage race over four days where the winner is decided on cumulative time, one name has stood out as favourite on the start line every day. Sébastien Carabin won on Saturday morning, as he had done the previous two days. He is therefore well ahead at the top of the general standings and should easily take the overall win on Sunday following the Roc d’Azur, the fourth and last stage. But he remains cautious: “In mountain biking you can’t afford any lapses in concentration, I’ll need to be constantly on the lookout and no one is safe from a mechanical problem”. And it’s only a mechanical failure that could deprive him of victory now as he already has 45 minutes advantage over the other riders.

The race will be a lot closer on Sunday with the grand finale and highlight of this 33rd edition of the Roc d’Azur, the Roc d’Azur race itself. In fact, it’s likely to be a very close battle indeed and good luck to anyone who fancies a bet on the final result. In the starting line-up, Julien Absalon has two Olympic titles, Moritz Milatz is a previous winner of the Roc and former European champion, Alban Lakata has already been marathon world champion, Maxime Marotte finished fourth in the Olympic Games this year and Victor Koretzky is the current Roc d’Azur titleholder. It all rather resembles a trailer for a blockbuster movie. This

line-up of stars will be battling it out to add this MTB classic to his list of victories. A race that’s not to be missed under any circumstances.

In the village, celebrations are still in full swing with the Roc’N’Ride final on Saturday won by Medhi Gani. It’s a competition that sees versatile freestylers competing to come up with the most amazing acrobatics across earth bumps from a 10 m high ramp. A breath-taking spectacle that will be followed on Sunday by the final of the BMX Roc contest, where the acrobatics will again be all about height and style, bringing this 33rd Roc d’Azur to a fabulous climax.

Friday's highlight on the Roc d'Azur

October 8th 2016

Canyon Roc Marathon: Bardet and Wellens gave it a go, Julien Trarieux victorious

It was an impressive lineup at the start of the Canyon Roc Marathon on Friday morning, including mountain bike champions Alban Lakata and Maxime Marotte, and road riding stars, Romain Bardet and Tim Wellens, but it was Julien Trarieux who really shone. A surprise winner.

Roc d'Azur 2016 - 07/10/2016 - Frejus - Canyon Roc Marathon - TRARIEUX Julien; vainqueur de l'epreuve
Roc d'Azur 2016 - 07/10/2016 - Frejus - Canyon Roc Marathon - TRARIEUX Julien; vainqueur de l'epreuve - ASO/M.Molle

When it came to forecasts at the start of the Canyon Roc Marathon, it was pretty difficult to hard to choose as there were so many possible contenders for the victory. Like Maxime Marotte for example, 4th in the recent Olympic Games and winner of the event in 2014, but he was there "just for the fun of it". Victory could equally well have gone to a road cyclist. Romain Bardet (102nd) livened up the start of the race before letting the specialists go on ahead: "I know my limits, I had great fun on the climbs but I rode the descents carefully to avoid injury. So I let the others go when the race started heating up". Same game plan for Tim Wellens (75th), stage winner on the Giro and Paris-Nice this season: "I really enjoyed it! I wanted to have a bit of fun and test myself with a bit of technical MTB riding, and that's what I got. It was a really intense experience. I didn't even really try to keep up with the leaders, well done to the winner".

And the victory didn’t go to Alban Lakata (2nd, AUT) either, former world champion in the discipline: "I rank this race right at the top of my league of races, I love being here and at the start I felt really great. This feeling carried on as I rode the course even though I managed to fall behind the leading pair, I don't quite know how that happened. I gave it everything I had to try and catch them up but it just wasn't enough". The pair in question was Samuele Porro (4th), current titleholder who was overtaken by Lakata at the end of the race, and Julien Trarieux, who no one managed to keep up with. "I descended well, and we ended up with two of us in front, we worked well together and I went for it on the Bougnon.” Result, Samuele Porro was dropped and the French rider flew to victory. "It's definitely my best win ever, I've not had an easy season and I broke my shoe at the beginning of the race, but the Roc Marathon was always on my race calendar and I was more than ready".

The same goes for Sébastien Carabin who finished 7th in the Marathon scratch, reinforcing his number one slot on the Roc Trophy following his victory in the first race yesterday. "I knew before the weekend started that this stage race plays to my strengths, and that shows. Barring any technical problems, I should be able to take the win". Régis Ruchaud and Raphaël Hilaire, currently in 2nd and 3rd place on the Roc Trophy are indeed a long way behind. There's a similar gap behind Sally Bigham who has taken a fifth victory in the women's races on the Canyon Roc Marathon. "It wasn't always easy for me today but I concentrated on my strengths and my race, and it paid off ". In second place behind her is none other than the only woman signed up for the Roc Trophy, Tanja Zakelj. Cornelia Hug was third. After 38 km of pure effort, Adria Noguera emerged as winner of the Buff Mid Roc, ahead of Samuel Maryns and Thibaut Vaniet. In the women's race, Emilie Frussotte took the win ahead of Coralie Thonus and Mélanie Eichelberger.

Not to be missed tomorrow is the star of gravel racing at the Roc d’Azur, with Gravel Roc on the programme for the first time ever, where only rigid and cyclocross bikes are allowed. But the public will mostly be out in force at the show to see the final of Rock’N’Ride. Starting from a 10 m high ramp, the best freestylers will compete to come up with the most creative and technical acrobatics on earth bumps. 

Thursday's highlight on the Roc d'Azur

October 6th 2016

Karl Shaw, the strongest on sea and land

Englishman Karl Shaw won the Tri Roc on Thursday. It was first too for Damien Guillemet on the Isostar Master Roc and Thibaut Vaniet on the Roc Light. Tomorrow, Romain Bardet will be battling it out with the stars of the Marathon, and Roc Ruelles will be setting the streets of Fréjus alight.


Neither waves, nor the Fréjus trails, the kilometres on foot nor even the other competitors could stop Karl Shaw crossing the line as Tri Roc champion. The Englishman finished in front of Frenchmen Théo Dupras and Arthur Serrières. In the women’s competition, Swiss competitor Angela Niklaus came in ahead of Anne-Sophie Maréchal and Marta Menditto. But triathletes weren’t the only ones out this Thursday, as there were three other, pure MTB, races on the agenda.


On the Isostar Master Roc, the battle was on between Damien Guillemet and René Hördemann, the former finally gaining the upper hand although he had to be content with second place as Thibaut Vassal in front of him was untouchable. As was Eva Carrer-Enz who came in ahead of second and third placed Pauline Payen and Frédérique Michel.
Roc Light was won by Thibaut Vaniet ahead of Sammy Cadot who took second place on the sprint in front of Thomas Peyroton-Dartet. In the women’s race, Inez Krawczyk also won on the sprint ahead of second and third placed Séverine Henchoz and Jennifer Perraud.


Also starting on Thursday was the Roc Trophy, a four-stage race that will be won by the most versatile athlete with the cumulative scratch time of each stage. For the first day, a 23 km special awaited the riders and was won by Sébastien Carabin who came in ahead of Sönke Wegner, recent winner of the same race format at the Roc des Alpes, and Régis Ruchaud. In the women’s race, the only rider registered, Tanja Zakelj, did not disappoint. And to finish off, Brice Daubord and Romain Bardet were the winning pair in the Tri Roc relay.


Romain Bardet, second in the Tour de France this summer, will be the star attraction of the Roc Marathon on Friday. He faces stiff competition against the best in the world. Notably from Austrian Alban Lakata, two-time world champion and silver medallist in this year’s World Championships. European champion, Kristian Hynek, is also a force to be reckoned with as is Samuele Porro, current Roc Marathon titleholder. As for the women, the battle is likely to be just as fierce between Sally Bigham, reigning European champion, Michalina Ziółkowska, current Roc marathon titleholder and Julie Bresset, 2012 Olympic champion. Also to come is Friday’s show time with the Roc Ruelle in Fréjus old town, where over a thousand spectators are expected.

2016 Roc d'Azur: let there be rock

October 6th 2016

And they’re off! On Wednesday, young people from Fréjus and Roquebrune and adapted sports’ athletes, kicked off the festivities of the 33rd Roc d’Azur in the Génération Roc ‘Sport for All’ event. 

Florian Solbes will go down in history as the first winner of the 33rd edition of the Roc d’Azur which started on Wednesday at the Base Nature François Léotard in Fréjus. The young athlete made his mark in the Génération Roc ‘Sport for All’ event, which brought together young people from Fréjus and Roquebrune and adapted sports’ athletes.

On Thursday, the professionals will take to the stage with, notably, the first of the four races comprising the Roc Trophy, the stage race, which will reward the most versatile of mountain bikers. Another highlight of the day is the Tri Roc, during which the best triathletes will tackle a 1.5km swim, a 23km mountain bike ride and an 11km run. Among them is a well-known face, that of multiple world downhill ski champion and winner of the Paris-Dakar, Luc Alphand. As enthusiastic as ever, he will strive to do his best in the waters of the nature base and on the Roc cycle tracks.

A regular at the Roc d’Azur, he will undoubtedly take time to wander around the 28,000 square metre exhibition which features 300 stands and opens on Thursday at 10am. The Roc Test Camp will also be open, giving amateurs the opportunity to test the latest features offered by leading mountain bike specialists in the best conditions. In the same area, younger spectators will love the Pump Track and the handling track. More experienced riders will enjoy the Roc’N’Ride acrobatics, the Freestyl’Air and the MCF demonstrations. The MTB celebration has begun!

New features at the Roc

October 3rd 2016

Roc Service Center, test circuit, Roc Trophy, etc. There are lots of new things to discover at the Roc this year!

  • The staff of the Roc Service Center look forward to seeing you at the entrance of the outdoor “terre” exhibition to respond to all your needs: consultation of your results on tactile tables, discovery of the Roc MTB universe, the Roc Test Camp operation and the information point! 

Riders Services

  • This year a new test circuit has been set up directly at the nature base, in addition to the one available in Roquebrune-sur-Argens, thanks to the shuttles that we are organising. 

Roc Test Camp

  • The Roc Trophy is the Roc’s stage race reserved for the audacious riders:    4 races over 5 days You’ll notice them on the courses thanks to their distinctive race numbers and frame plates! 

Races

THE ROC IN COMPLETE SECURITY!

September 28th 2016

Fellow riders,

To allow you to take full advantage of the Roc d’Azur peacefully and to meet the authorities’ requirements, security measures will be reinforced, in particular when entering the Base Nature (bag and body searches, etc.).  These procedures may hold things up slightly, but they won’t change the event schedule, which will continue to be just as festive and offer a wealth of MTB activities!

Also the access to the Espace Caquot will be impacted by those security measures.

We thank you for your understanding and your cooperation... LET’S ROC!

Registrations for the ROC D’AZUR are now open!

February 26th 2016

On the agenda of this new edition:

  • A VARIED SPORTS PROGRAMME ADAPTED TO ALL LEVELS

Please note:

  • 30 races in total: Randos as a familly or in fancy dress, Enduro, XC, Ruelles, Triathlon, etc. There’s something for everyone!

 

  • 2 new races: the Gravel Roc & the Roc Trophy
  1. Gravel, an ancestral practice or a new concept, the phenomenon has finally crossed the Atlantic bringing with it the thrill of a concept from the US. With a 50km route alternating between roads, forest tracks and a few technical sections, come and discover this fashionable discipline.
  2. The Roc Trophyis aimed at the most competitive mountain bikers who want to surpass themselves on a stage race. 4 races (1 per day), 200km covered and 5,000m of cumulative elevation gains and losses in total.

 

  • The EnduRocchanges day. It will take place on Saturday (and not on Thursday like in 2015). The start and finish will be in Roquebrune sur Argens.

 

  • A finisher’s beer will be awarded to each competitor at the finish.
  • A NEW START ORGANISATION

The number of starting areas and start waves has been increased with a view to improving the start organisation. Competitors will be allotted to their different starting areas according to their level to improve the flow of traffic and for the comfort of everyone on the route.

 

  • AN EXHIBITION WHICH IS EVEN BIGGER

More than 300 exhibitors are expected and 500 major brands will be present. 

  • FREE BIKE TESTS.

Thanks to the Roc Test Camp, you can test the latest models of bikes free of charge in real conditions on specific tracks for testers.

 

  • ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES TO COMPLETE THE CELEBRATION.

Please note:

Sports entertainment (big air bag, trial shows) supervised by professionals;

Festive and sports evenings on Friday and Saturday in the heart of the resort in a friendly atmosphere, with music, bars, etc.

So don’t wait and register now on www.asochallenges.com !

Don’t forget the Roc Series Packs so that you can be in sync with the Rocs throughout the season (discounts and exclusive advantages), information on www.rocseries.fr).

You can also follow all the Roc Series news on  facebook and on Twitter (@RocSeries)

 

The Roc Team

SUNDAY : ONE LAST FANTASTIC DAY ON THE ROC D'AZUR!

October 11th 2015

Highlight, results, photos...

The Roc, Olympic style!

The 2015 Roc d’Azur may have marked a turning point in Julie Bresset’s career. Olympic Champion in London in 2012 and two-time World Champion (2012, 2013), the Breton cyclist has been through a few hard months after suffering from ill health. On Sunday, with a time of 1:55:11, her name went down among the winners of the women’s Roc d’Azur. An ideal confidence booster for the rider who is striving to qualify to defend her Olympic title in Rio in less than a year. Her huge smile was evidence of her joy upon crossing the finish line. “I didnt really expect to win on this circuit”, confides the Breton rider, who has been coming to the Roc d’Azur for many years. “I got a good head start early on, but I could see that other riders, particularly Margot (Maschetti) were not far behind. Technically, I was just a bit better and I really attacked on the Bougnon and after that, I gave nothing away. I know how to adjust my tactics. This victory is really good for me.  It will help me to get off to a good start in 2016. I really loved it.  Now I can start to turn the page on the 2015 season and look towards 2016.” At the age of 26, she is now back among the world’s elite. Behind Bresset, the French riders dominated the next few places. Sabrina Enaux, another familiar figure at the Roc d’Azur, took second place (1:57:42) ahead of the first Espoir, Léna Gérault (1:58:15), (the Espoir podium was completed by Estelle Boudot and Perrine Clauzel). Out in front for much of the race, the title-holder Margot Moschetti suffered a puncture and had to make do with the13th place. 

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Victor Koretzky, a triumphant young rider

In the men’s category, 21-year-old Victor Koretzky put on a little show for the public on the finish line, crossing it on his back wheel! In front from the start of the race, the world runner-up in the Espoirs category (2011 Junior World Champion) and World Champion in the mixed relay (with Jordan Sarrou, Antoine Phillip and Pauline Ferrand Prévot) was able to keep the other riders at bay to complete the 56km in 2:18:19. “I found myself all alone within the first 50 minutes of the race” says France’s big hope for the future.  “I had to handle that lead, not panic and keep a bit of gas in the tank for the end of the race with the wind against me.  I tried to take it steady on the climbs and attack on the downhills, my strong point. And enjoy the race too. “The Col du Bougnon was crazy”, says Koretzky. “There are thousands of people in the space of a few hundred metres. It’s a bit like the Alpe d’Huez of the Roc d’Azur, and when you go up there in the lead, it’s crazy. This victory enables me to finish the season on a high, because the Roc dAzur is really a benchmark race.” Behind the French rider, who remembers his first visits to the Roc d’Azur as a child (he won the Kid Roc in 2004 at the age of 10), Switzerland’s Nicolas Rohrbach took second place 1:26 behind him and his compatriot Martin Fanger came in third with a sprint finish against Belgium’s Sébastien Carabin (2nd on Friday in the Canyon Roc Marathon).

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Champions of the future

Sunday is also an opportunity for the stars of the future to shine. In the Cadettes category (18km), Germany’s Franziska Koch won ahead of the two French riders Loana Lecomte and Ilona Peltier. In the Junior girls category (18km), it was once again a German victory, with Felicitas Geiger beating Constance Valentin and Eléanore Barmaverain.  Benjamin Le Ny won the Cadets (18km), ahead of Maxime Maurin and Théo Charmes.

PHOTOS OF THE DAY

Roc Ruelles Roquebrune-sur-Argens

Fought out on Saturday night in the heart of Roquebrune-sur-Argens, and as spectacular as ever, the Roc Ruelles was won by the team consisting of Julien Bolota and Raphaël Gay (who had already won in Fréjus but with another partner).  Only two seconds later, Christophe Fischer and Lorenzo Serres took second place, ahead of Bastien Pialat, Jordan Meier who joined the podium the day after coming 4th in the Roc Ruelles Fréjus. 

A record 32nd edition

With 20,365 participants (including 5,200 in Sunday's leading race), the 2015 Roc d’Azur has improved its participation record. Even more participants for the 28 races on the programme, even more visitors (over  100, 000) in the aisles of the Exhibition, which was packed all weekend long, and an even higher quality of service to offer the best experience possible to all the enthusiasts who came to celebrate the end of their season at the nature base in Fréjus. “This record of participation confirms that the Roc d’Azur is the essential event for both French and international riders and brands,” rejoices Alexandre Maslin, the Race Director. “The changes that we make every year are going in the right direction and allow the event to have even more visibility. The event has reached its maturity. We are going to continue to think about further improvements to prepare for the future in the best way possible.” We look forward to seeing you for the 33rd edition, the 20th on the site in Fréjus, from 5th to 9th October 2016.  

 

Last day of races & activities at the Roc d'Azur!

October 11th 2015

We’re looking forward to seeing you

You can't say we didn’t tell you. If you haven’t yet come to the Roc d’Azur, at the base nature François-Léotard in Fréjus, tonight it will be too late, and you’ll have to wait until next year. Sportsmen and women often say that “the most important thing is not to have any regrets.” It’s the same thing for everyone. Honestly, it would be a shame to miss out on one of the biggest MTB events in the world.

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On this Sunday morning, 5,200 riders (a record) will set off on the 56km-long Roc d’Azur.  The leading race, the benchmark race, the one in which every self-respecting MTB fan must have taken part, for the landscapes crossed in the Massif des Maures and for the unique atmosphere which is present throughout the whole route which passes through the mythical scenery of Valdingarde, the Col du Bougnon, the Galiote beach and the Sentier des Douaniers. Among the front-runners there will be several champions who have come to compete for the one of the most prestigious victories of the year. And behind them, the enthusiasts who will be able to say “I was there”.

Sport, but a lot more too. A great show and a lot of noise for the finals of the BMX Roc Contest and the Roc’n’Ride. Some of the world's best specialists will perform one trick after another on dizzying fixtures.   There will be same crazy atmosphere on the Freestyl’Air where the spectators will be just as amazed. And if you add all the sports activities and entertainment on offer (handling, Pump Track, the Moniteurs Cyclistes Français shows, etc.) into the bargain, you have to admit that the Roc d’Azur is not to be missed!

Still not convinced? Well head for the Exhibition (which opens at 9am).  With more than 300 exhibitors on a surface area of 28,000 square metres and the latest in products and services to test at the Roc Test Camp, you’ll be amazed and ready for the winter season with plenty of wonderful rides in mind on the tracks in your region.  

Since it opened on Thursday, the Exhibition has been booming.  You still have a day to take advantage of it. And what’s more the weather in Fréjus is wonderful. So don’t forget your sunglasses. We’re looking forward to seeing you! 

Saturday, it's Roc d'Azur : Highlight, photos...

October 10th 2015

Something for all ages and all tastes

The Roc d’Azur has enjoyed a summery day marked by the randonnée. Some major sporting stars, including the pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie, and all the participants shared the pleasure of cycling without worrying about the clock.

 

The Roc d’Azur is one way to enjoy your sport without keeping your eyes fixed on the stopwatch. On Saturday, the majority of the day was devoted to the randonnée. The Rando Roc Électrique Noire demonstrated the growing market for electrically-assisted mountain biking with nearly 100 participants, a record in France. As for the Rando Roc Rouge Déguisée (18km), and without partaking of any illicit substances, among the 350 riders, we saw a giant caterpillar, Superman, Super Mario, a herd of bees and a swarm of cows (or is the other way around?), dancers wearing tutus and even Father Christmas, a bit ahead of time, it must be said. The same festive spirit dominated the Rando Roc Famille (8km) with nearly 200 cyclists taking part. The traditional Kid Roc also brought a breath of fresh air to Fréjus. More than 1,200 riders took part over the four races (between 2m and 8km depending on the age group) around the nature base. It was difficult to tell whether the kids or the parents were more stressed and excited. In a recent interview (“Journal du Outdoor”), World Champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot talked nostalgically about her memories of the Kid Roc. “My best victory in the Roc was the first time I won”, says the rider from Reims. “I must have been 12 years old. It was one of my first victories.” Maybe a future Olympic Champion took part this Saturday in the Kid Roc ... 

 

Renaud Lavillenie, Cyril Després, Pierre Vaultier: the champions turned out for the Roc

Were here for the fun.” On the start line of the Alltricks.com Rando Roc Noire, Renaud Lavillenie perfectly summed up the mindset of all the participants in the Roc d’Azur. With a few sporting friends, the Olympic Champion and world record holder in the pole jump took part in the 50km race (he finished in 4 hours 30 minutes). “Officially, I am still on holiday for a few more days”, confided the athlete from Clermont Ferrand. “Along with Cyril (Després), we decided a few days ago and set up this great team of daredevils. The objective is above all to enjoy it. Mountain biking forms part of my physical training. I don’t like running for long distances, so mountain biking is perfect. I do it for two or three months a year, I’m no beginner. Today, we said that we would relax on the climbs and attack the downhills!” This was music to the ears of Cédric Gracia, the great world downhill specialist, who also set off on the longest rando of the programme. Olympic snowboardcross champion in Sotchi in 2014, Pierre Vaultier also spoke about wanting to get maximum fun out of the day. “I was doing a show at the Roc dAzur and then on Friday night in the restaurant, I managed to get tangled up in all this”, says the snowboarder from Serre-Chevalier, also three-time winner of the World Cup. “So that’s how I found myself taking part in the 50km mountain bike race. Weve got a hellishly good team, watch out!” Cyril Desprès, five-time winner of the Dakar on his motorbike and who has now moved to the Peugeot car team, was equally motivated.  “The idea is to spend a great Saturday with good friends. If you love sport, you obviously know about the Roc d’Azur. When I’m on my mountain bike, I feel some of the same sensations as in motorbiking, especially the pleasure of riding along these narrow tracks. It is pure pleasure!” Pleasure which was shared by the 2,900 riders crossing the start line. The smiles at the finish were the best testimony to a great event.

 

Roc Ruelles: Fréjus lights up

The heart of Fréjus has rarely seen such madness. As every year, the two-person teams competing in the Roc Ruelles paint the town red. With ultra-tight turns, steps to be navigated, and small highly technical passages to be followed, the 800m relay circuit had all the ingredients of a fantastic burst of adrenaline. And as is the case every year, the public didn’t fail to create an explosive atmosphere. In terms of the race, ultimately it was Raphaël Gay and Kevin Miquel who won, ten seconds ahead of Nathan Barneirat and Lioc Tournillon. Simon Rogier and Melvin Rullière came third. And we’ll do it all over again on Saturday night, this time in Roquebrune-sur-Argens. Launched last year, the Kid Roc Ruelles was also a great success with a victory for Quentin Bourg and Quentin Georgon. 

Other against the clock races took place in Fréjus. Alsace’s Axel Zingle won the Roc d’Azur Juniors (42km) in 1:44:15. And for the tandems, it was Joseph de Poortere-Emilien and Sébastien Roux who crossed the Roc finish line first, after 42km, in a time of 2:0:18.

 

Hats off to Mr Barel

 At 35 years of age, Fabien Barel, the three-time downhill World Champion (1998, 2004, 2005) and very successful in the Enduro World Series (2nd in the overall rankings in 2015) with his Canyon Factory Enduro team, has decided to end his sporting career: a career which deserved a great tribute. What better place than the Roc d’Azur to celebrate this huge champion and emblematic champion figure of mountain biking?  Organised in collaboration with Canyon, it was a wonderfully moving occasion,  with a cake, an ovation, lots of enthusiasm and a great deal of respect for Fabien Barel. 

 

Great line-up for the start of the Roc d’Azur and the Roc d’Azur Dames

 Despite the absence of some of the leading riders who have gone to the Rio Olympics test event, in particular France's Julien Absalon, Maxime Marotte and last year’s winner in Fréjus , Jordan Sarrou, the 32nd Roc d’Azur  has a great line-up. With Roel Paulissen, the winner in 2008 and 2009, Stéphane Tempier, victorious in 2012, Alban Lakata crowned in 2010 and Miguel Martinez in 1997, 2004 and 2013, four of the last six winners will be trying to notch up another victory this weekend. Victor Koretzky, silver medallist in the Junior World Championships a few weeks ago, is also a rider to watch. Behind the champions, there will be 5,200 riders at the start, a new participation record.

In the women’s race which will start the day off, the young Margot Mochetti (21 years old), will be at the start to defend her title. Opposite her, the 2012 Olympic Champion and two-time World Champion (2012 and 2013), Julie Bresset may take advantage of the Roc d'Azur to continue her return to high-level competition, on the way to the Rio Olympics. Poland’s Michalina Ziolkowska, the winner on Friday in the Canyon Roc Marathon, is also a rider to watch and probably very keen to have a second win in a row in a race where her fellow countrywomen have won four times in the last six years. 

 

SPORTS PROGRAMME:

  • 8am Roc d'Azur Dames and Espoirs Dames (42 km)
  • 8.30am Roc d’Azur Cadets, Cadettes and Juniors Dames (18 km)
  • 9.30am Roc d’Azur (56 km)

 

ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME:

  • 9am to 6.30pm Exhibition opening hours
  • 9am to 7pm Big Air bag / Handling circuit/ Pump Track/ Show MCF
  • 11am –2pm- 5pm Freestyl’air
  • 12noon to 6pm BMX Roc Contest
  • 2pm to 4pm Roc’n’Ride

 

 

STAY TUNED ALL LONG THE DAY WITH THE ROC D'AZUR

October 10th 2015

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Consult, here all the photos of Friday's races!

PRACTICAL INFORMATION:

  • Free entrance
  • Opening hours: Saturday 10th october : 9.00am – 7.00pm

  • See you tonight in the Roquebrune 's streets for the #RocRuellesRocbrune at 7.00pm

Don't forget to come to the Roc Test Camp, a great free MTB test show open to all!

Friday's highlight on the Roc d'Azur

October 9th 2015

Pushing the limits

TODAY

Italy’s Samuele Porro and Poland’s Michalina Ziolkowska were the two big winners of the Canyon Roc Marathon, the highlight of this 3rd day of the Roc d’Azur.

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The effort was intense and extreme. Over an 82km route across the Massif des Maures, the participants in the Canyon Roc Marathon pushed themselves to their limits. Both amateurs and champions were relieved but proud to cross the finish line.

The leaders were short of breath, their faces showing the strain as they crossed the line and collapsed as soon as the race was over, exhausted. With a winning time of 3:49:06, the 27-year-old Italian Samuele Porro will see his name go down among the winners of the Canyon Roc Marathon, succeeding France’s Maxime Marotte. Seventh in the World Marathon Championships and 4th in the UCI Marathon Series before this race, the Italian champion finishes his season, which was marked by ten wins, on a high. “It’s a dream come true”, he says. “I discovered the Roc d’Azur last year (5th in the Canyon Roc Marathon, 11th in the Roc d’Azur) and I loved the route and the atmosphere. Today I had a bit of a problem with my chain, but I managed to make do. I’m really very happy.” As he set off down the descent of the Col de Valdingarde, Porro held back his adversaries for an hour. Among them, Belgium’s Sébastien Carabin, a Roc d’Azur regular (5th last year) who has won in the Junior and Espoirs categories several times, and who came second, 39 seconds behind Porro. In the lead for a long time, Germany’s Simon Stiebjahn completed the podium. The best French rider, Christophe Bassons, finished in 24th place. In the women’s category, having already won the Marathon at the Roc des Alpes La Clusaz in June and the Marathon in the Roc d’Ardenne in 2014, Poland’s Michaline Ziolkowska added the Roc d’Azur’s Canyon Roc Marathon to her list of victories, in a time of 4:55:41. “It was very hard, both physically and technically, but I like this type of race” said the Polish rider, who was 4th last year in the Canyon Roc Marathon. “I set off calmly and saved my energy for the second half of the race. I’m really very happy.” Third last year, Fanny Bourdon came in 2:10 behind the winner, moving up a place and leaving behind Hélène Marcouyre, the reigning champion, in the last few kilometres. “I tried to do what I could” explains Bourdon. “I had my medical exams this year and didn’t do a lot of training. But the Roc d’Azur is a mythical event. The atmosphere is different and it’s perfect for a bit of fun before the end of the season. If I pass my exams, I’ll take a sabbatical next year to devote myself fully to mountain biking.”

 

Lapeyrie, the star of EnduRoc

On thursday, over a much shorter, but just as intense format, Thomas Lapeyrie, who recently came 2nd in the Megavalanche and who is one of the Top 20 of the Enduro World Series, proved to be the fastest rider over the five EnduRoc specials. With a time of 21:06, he beat the Swiss Nicola Rohrback by 51 seconds and the reigning champion, Karim Amour by 53 seconds. Belgium’s Alexandra Marchal won the girls’ category (27:01).

Robert warms up nicely with the Mid Roc

With just a five second lead, Sylvain Robert won the Mid Roc, which was fought out over a 38km route. In 1h38:29, he beat Martinique’s Clément Brière and Belgium’s Samuel Maryns. A good rehearsal for the 25-year old Swiss rider who will cross the start line on Sunday in the Roc d’Azur. In the women’s category, Laurence Champavier was the winner in 2:7:43, surpassing Steffi Derveaux (BEL) and Emilie Frussotte.

ROC d'AZUR - CANYON ROC MARATHON - 09102015 - Fréjus - PHOTOS AERIENNE
ROC d'AZUR - CANYON ROC MARATHON - 09102015 - Fréjus - PHOTOS AERIENNE - ASO / Pierre Alessandri

Rando and fun on Saturday

This Saturday, after the men’s Roc d’Azur Juniors and the traditional Roc Tandems, the world’s biggest tandem randonnée event (with nearly 200 teams), will be the highlight of the day. The Rando Roc Electrique Noire will demonstrate this new discipline of electrically assisted mountain biking, over a 50km route. The same route will be used for the 3,000 participants in the Alltricks.com Rando Roc Noire. Fun and games are also in store on the Rando Roc Rouge Déguisée (18km) where every year the participants push the limits of their imagination and their creativity and the Rando Roc Famille (8km), an ideal distance for discovering the joys of mountain biking without working too hard. Another highlight is the four Kid Roc races where the excitement is both on the track, with children aged from 5 to 13, and around it, with parents who are sometimes more stressed out and demonstrative than their children. Finally, in the evening, the Roc Ruelles will light up the very heart of Roquebrune-sur-Argens.

SPORTS PROGRAMME:

  • 8am Roc d’Azur Juniors Hommes (42 km)
  • 9am Roc Tandems (42 km)
  • 10am Rando Roc Electrique Noire (50 km)
  • 10.15am Alltricks.com Rando Roc Noire (50 km)
  • 1.30pm Rando Roc Déguisée (18 km)
  • 2.30pm Kid Roc (2 km)
  • 3pm Kid Roc (4 km)
  • 3.30pm Kid Roc (6 km)
  • 4pm Kid Roc (8 km)
  • 4.30pm Rando Roc Famille (8 km)
  • 7pm Roc Ruelles Roquebrune-sur-Argens

 

ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME:

  • 9am to 7pm Exhibition opening hours 
  • 9am to 7pm Big Air bag / Handling circuit / Pump Track/ MCF show
  • 11am – 2pm – 5pm Freestyl’air
  • 12 noon to 7pm BMX Roc Contest
  • 3pm to 5pm Roc’n’Ride

 

Live the Roc and Stay tuned!

October 9th 2015

You want to share your last training sessions and your race on FacebookTwitter and Instagram: use the official hashtags #RocdAzur #RocSeries #RocSelfie.

You will find all the best social contents on the Social Corner Roc d'Azur!

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION:

  • Free entrance
  • Opening hours:

Thursday 8th october : 10.00am – 7.00am

Fryday 9th october : 9.00am – 7.00am

Saturday 10th october : 9.00am – 7.00am

Sunday 11th october : 9.00am – 6.30am

Don't forget to come to the Roc Test Camp, a great free MTB test show open to all!

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Thursday on Roc d'Azur: highlights, results, photos...

October 8th 2015

Beautiful weather for the Roc

TODAY:

Rémy Grosdidier and Maxine Filby in the Buff Masters Roc (42 km), Julien Camera and Sophie Gattuso in the Roc Light (24 km) and lastly Karl Shaw and Lucie Croissant in the Tri Roc (1.5 km of swimming, a 24km mountain bike ride and an 11km run): these are the 6 winners of the timed races on Thursday, the second day of competition of the 32nd edition of the Roc d’Azur.

The winner of the first race of the day, the Buff Masters Roc, which set off as the sun was rising, was one of its regulars. Rémy Grosdidier from Alsace was imperial with a fifth victory in a row (1:47:52). “I used the same tactics as usual,” he said. “I made an effort a bit before Le Fournel and I put a lot of pressure on the others in the descent to get ahead. The Roc d’Azur is always exceptional. I’ve been coming here since I was 15. I haven’t missed a single edition. And now I’m 34…” Grosdidier finished ahead of Jérémy Mounier, crowned World Champion in August in the 30-34 year-old category. Nicolas Durin, from Vienne, the brand new cross-triathlon World Champion in the 35-39 year-old category, finished third. The winner in the women’s category was Maxine Filby (2:22:47).

ROC d'AZUR - BUFF MASTERS ROC - 08102015 - FrŽjus - PHOTO DE GROUPE SUR LE DEPART
ROC d'AZUR - BUFF MASTERS ROC - 08102015 - FrŽjus - PHOTO DE GROUPE SUR LE DEPART - ASO / Pierre Alessandri

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In the Tri Roc, hosted for the 4th time in Fréjus, France’s Karl Shaw, the race’s local rider (he lives in Fréjus) and the brother of Asa Shaw, winner of the Tri Roc in 2012, was victorious (1:57:54). In the lead after the 1.5km of swimming, he was surpassed in the 24 km mountain bike ride by François Carloni, the titleholder, but managed to go back into the lead during the 11km run. “I had a long week of training to prepare the major races at the end of the year and this Tri Roc allowed me to think about something else”, said the winner. Lucie Croissant, who is used to extreme races and multisport events, held on to the title she won last year (2:27:04). “I really didn’t think that I was going to win because the competition was very tough”, she said. “I just came to have fun. And that’s what I did.” With a victory into the bargain.

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ROC d'AZUR - TRIC ROC - 08102015 - FrŽjus - PRISES DE VUE ZODIAC - ASO / Pierre Alessandri

TOMORROW

Friday: from one extreme to another

 On Friday, 2,500 riders will set off to attack the Canyon Roc Marathon’s 82 km and the 2,275m of elevation gains and losses in the week’s longest race, with a top-level line-up.

Winner of the Roc d’Azur in 2010 and the Roc Marathon in 2013, Austria’s Alban Lakata will be at the start to try to succeed France’s Maxime Marotte. Hot on his heels will be Arnaud Rapillard, Italy’s Samuele Porro, the Czech Republic’s Kristian Hynek (the winner in Portugal last week), Belgium’s Roel Paulissen, the former Marathon World Champion (2008, 2009) and two-time winner of the Roc d’Azur (2008, 2009), Great Britain’s Ben Thomas and Germany’s Robert Mennen. They are all used to long-distance efforts and should be among the leaders. Hélène Marcouyre will defend her title in the women’s category. But she’ll need to watch out for Great Britain’s Sally Bigham, the winner on four occasions (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013). Third last year, Fanny Bourdan will also have something to say, just like Austria’s Christina Kollmann, the winner in Ornans last week. From the very long Canyon Roc Marathon to the very short Roc Ruelles Fréjus where 85 teams will come face to face in the centre of the town on a very spectacular 800m circuit, there’s bound to be an exciting atmosphere!  

The Exhibition is open

 The Exhibition is part of the Roc d’Azur’s DNA with more than 100, 000 visitors expected until Sunday. On Thursday, the opening day, the stands and the aisles quickly filled up with the many visitors who had come to discover all the new products and services offered by the 300 exhibitors. The first signing sessions took place, the first selfies were taken with the champions and the first products were tested at the Roc Test Camp, in addition to the many activities and entertainment on offer all day long! And it will be the same thing every day until Sunday!

PROGRAMME FOR FRIDAY 9th OCTOBER:

  • 8am Canyon Roc Marathon (82 km)
  • 12.30pm Mid Roc (38 km)
  • 1.15pm Rando Roc Odyssey (37 km)
  • 7pm Roc Ruelles Fréjus
  • 7.40pm Kid Roc Ruelles

And they’re off!

October 8th 2015

#RocdAzur 2015 started!

The pedals have started to turn, the first few laughs and gasps for breath have been heard, the adrenaline has started flowing and emotions are running high ... the 32nd Roc d’Azur has begun! The 32nd edition of the Roc d’Azur opened on a beautiful day in Fréjus. On Wednesday afternoon, more than 1,400 pupils launched five days of sport and fun, five days which have been eagerly awaited by more than 20,000 cycling enthusiasts.  

For the Générations Roc, 1,250 secondary school pupils from the Académie de Nice, 150 representatives from associations in Fréjus and Roquebrune-sur-Argens and 100 people with disabilities were the first to set off on the tracks at the Base Nature François-Léotard in Fréjus. The winner of the 8km 2015 Roc d’Azur was Simon Gribeval from the Lycée des Palmiers in Nice. 

ROC d'AZUR - Generation Roc - 07102015  - FrŽjus - JEUNES EN ACTION, ZONE DEPART
ROC d'AZUR - Generation Roc - 07102015 - FrŽjus - JEUNES EN ACTION, ZONE DEPART - ASO / Manu Molle

On Thursday, the Roc d’Azur is stepping up a gear with the Exhibition opening at 10am (9am every other day) with 300 exhibitors spread over more than 28,000 square metres and the Roc Test Camp which will allow visitors to try out the latest products and services. Visitors can also enjoy the wide range of entertainment and activities on the programme.

In terms of sport, the Enduroc, a discipline which has been on the rise in recent years, will be closely fought over five timed specials. The Tri Roc, the traditional version of the triathlon which joined the Roc programme in 2012, will see tri-athletes compete against one another over a 1.5km swim in the Mediterranean, a 24km mountain bike ride in the Massif des Maures and an 11km run at the nature base.

The programme will be jam-packed until Sunday. On Friday, the Canyon Roc Marathon (82km) will take place for the toughest riders, while the Roc Ruelles will take place in the historic centre of Fréjus, both of which are traditionally highlights of the week. On Saturday, the randonnée will take centre stage with, among other things, the Alltricks.com Rando Roc Noire (50km).On Sunday, the 5,200 participants in the Roc d’Azur (56km) will mark the usual and long-awaited finale of the 32nd edition of the Roc. A Roc which continues to evolve and grow year on year.

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October 2nd 2015

Live the Roc on social medias!

You want to share your last training sessions and your race on Twitter and Instagram: use the official hashtags #RocdAzur #RocSeries #RocSelfie. You will find all the best social contents on the Social Corner Roc d'Azur!

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Already more than 18, 000 entrants!

September 3rd 2015

Only 30 days left to take part of the party

More than 18,000 participants have already registered for the ‪2015 Roc d’Azur!

Please be aware that some races will soon be full like the Canyon Roc Marathon.

 

  • Races that are already full:
    • Mid Roc
    • Rando Roc Odyssey
    • Alltricks.comRando Roc Noire
    • Kid Roc 2 km
    • Roc d'Azur
    • EnduRocRoc
    • Ruelles de Fréjus.

So don’t wait any longer, register now and take advantage of the last few places!

100 days to go before the Roc d'Azur!

June 29th 2015

Get ready!

Get up to speed

May 15th 2015

Electric mountain bikes are the new craze.

Try one and you'll love it.  Jump start your riding. 

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ASO/P.Alessandri - FREJUS - 11 octobre 2014 - ROC D'AZUR - Libre de droits - Rando ROC electrique - - P.Alessandri

SIZE MATTERS

April 22nd 2015

When you think of a bike, you think of two wheels. Obviously. The wheel is an essential part of your mountain bike.  They come in different sizes, different materials etc.

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STAY NATURAL!

March 18th 2015

A breather from the technical, physical and mechanical advice

By definition, mountain bikers love nature. This is an additional reason to respect it and adopt an environmentally-friendly attitude. Let’s take a little breather from the usual technical, physical and mechanical advice.

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TRY ENDURO

March 17th 2015

It's the new big thing in mountain biking.

More and more mountain bikers are drawn to enduro, delighting in the thrill of descents while still enjoying pedalling along the trails. Rémy Absalon specialises in this field and gives us some precious advice. 

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REGISTRATION ARE OPEN!

March 17th 2015

Roc d’Azur, 32rd edition!

This year the meeting will take place from October 7 -11 at the François Léotard Nature Base in Fréjus. Take advantage of the subtle mix of the sweat, sun, and grandiose scenery! 

Sports, fair, activities, and shows: the Roc will be back for a new edition on the Mediterranean coast. For sports, like every two years, the circuits are being re-worked to offer you new paths in the Maures chain! A few novelties and changes for 2015 should be noted:

  • An All Mountain Rando Roc will replace the Roc Challenge on Thursday, with its circuit traced entirely within the Roquebrune-sur-Argens commune, start line and finish line included;
  • The Roc Pro is becoming the Roc Light and will be open to more participants;
  • The Junior Men's Roc d’Azur will take place on Saturday;
  • The Women's and Women's Junior Roc d’Azur will inversely take place on Sunday, instead of Saturday.


For the village, you will once again be able to visit nearly 300 exhibitors, as well as participate in activities (like initiations for the little ones), and see some spectacular shows done by the pros!

It should be noted that you will be able to share your race number on Facebook when you register!

Find the sport program here.


Program Roc Series 2015:

  • Roc Argentina, Villa Carlos Paz, March 6 -8;
  • Roc d’Ardenne, Houffalize, May 1-3;
  • Roc des Alpes, La Clusaz, June 12-14;
  • Roc d’Azur, Fréjus, October 7-11.

Let's meet up in Fréjus in October. We're waiting for you!

ROC SERIES PACKS

March 17th 2015

Would you like to organize your mountain bike season to the rhythm of the Roc? Discover the Roc Series Packs which will allow you to participate in 2 or 3 Rocs at a lower cost while benefiting from premium services!

More information on the packs here

Get with the core strength programme

March 17th 2015

There's no avoiding it, everyone is doing core strength training.

For the past few years, it's been the hot topic in every discussion about good preparation. If you don't do core strength exercises, your training regime is clearly lacking. Actually … there is some truth in this.

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