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The Roc d'Azur to discover the Massif de l'Estérel and... trail riding!
Edition 38 of the Roc d'Azur will be held from October 5th to 9th 2022, in Fréjus (Var). This year there will be two major innovations: new events in the Estérel massif and the appearance of three trail races on the programme.
The Swiss Filippo Colombo, the big cheese on the Roc d'Azur
Filippo Colombo wrapped up the 37th edition of the Roc d'Azur with a sprint victory in Fréjus (Var) on Sunday, denying runner-up Jordan Sarrou what would have been a record fourth triumph. Fresh off Il Lombardia, Romain Bardet posted a rock-solid performance in 11th place. Kataržina Sosna scored her first win in the women's race two days after claiming the Canyon Roc Marathon.
Sharing in the fun in the Roc d'Azur
A super-sized snake with men and women in it —welcome to the Roc d'Azur! Once again, participants in the Rando Roc déguisée kept the tradition going. Apart from thrilling races, the Roc d'Azur is also about entertaining moments in which timers and stopwatches are reduced to mere baubles and trinkets. The goal was exactly the same for the Shimano Rando Roc Électrique noire (45.4 km), the Alltricks.com Rando Roc noire (45.4 km) and the Rando Roc famille (8 km): having a blast in the heart of Les Maures Massif. The atmosphere was identical in the Kid Roc (a series of races of varying lengths depending on the age of the children), which wrapped up the day on Saturday. While the kids felt the enthusiasm and passion for mountain biking light up inside them, their parents also put on a real show, going wild with each of their scions' moves.
A rainbow glistens over the Roc d'Azur
A world champion's rainbow jersey on the top step, an Italian champion's jersey on the middle one and the French champion's blue, white and red on the bottom one. The podium of the Canyon Roc Marathon embodied the depth of the field on the start line of the longest race of the Roc d'Azur (84.5 km) on Friday —a great way to celebrate its inclusion in the UCI Mountain Bike Marathon Series.
Lavillenie sees the world through Roc-tinted glasses!
Standing out from the rest of the Thursday programme, the Tri Roc offered a spectacular show, starting with an early plunge for a 1,500 swim, followed by 23 km of mountain biking and, finally, 11 km of trail running. French cross triathlon and U23 cross triathlon world champion Maxime Chané, the joint winner of the 2019 edition with François Carloni, sucked the suspense out of the race. After finishing the swimming sector with a comfortable lead over "old-timers" François Carloni and Olivier Marceau (triathlon world champion in 2000), the 25-year-old Frenchman, a member of Nissa Triathlon, was able to set his own pace and take the win ahead of Théo Dupras and François Carloni.
2012 pole vault Olympic gold medallist Renaud Lavillenie, a Roc regular for several years, entered the relay race with two triathletes from Poissy, Aurélien Jem and Jéremy Quindos. Even more fun awaits Lavillenie, who will also be racing the Rando Roc Odyssey on Friday, the Shimano Rando Roc Noire Électrique on Saturday and the Roc d'Azur for the first time on Sunday
Mountain bike enthusiasts return to the Roc d’Azur
The competitors were delighted to be back on the tracks of the Massif des Maures, under sunny skies. For this gathering, the participants of the "Génération Roc Sports pour tous" that kicked off the five days of competition of the Roc d'Azur (33 events) with Enzo Scotto and Adeline Trouve, the first riders to cross the finish line in this 2021 edition. After the lunch hour, the second edition of the 34.1 km Roc XC Rally, including 12.3 km of timed stages over various sections alternating climbs and descents, tracks and singles track, offered the first highlights of the week. As the first stage of the Roc Trophy, the event also allowed the competitors, who will ride one stage per day until Sunday, to find their marks on the trails in the Var.