Ready to Roc!

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Fréjus, 9 October 2019

Le Roc dAzur

Ready to Roc!

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The 36th edition of the Roc d’Azur, the biggest mountain biking event in the world, is bringing together all the fans of the sport until Sunday 13 October. In addition to a packed schedule of races, it will offer a fantastic celebration to the 100,000 visitors expected to grace the show with their presence.

 

Key points:

         First events of the 36th edition of the Roc d’Azur held on Wednesday

         Olympic gold medallist and pole vault world record holder Renaud Lavillenie to tackle Tri Roc Relais on Thursday

         Show to open its doors at 10 am on Thursday, with 300 exhibitors, a bunch of new features (women’s area, pétanque court, chill zone) and numerous attractions.

 

Click here to access a pictures from 2019 (@ASO/Aurélien Vialatte)

 

A torrent of mountain bikes pouring into the nature base in Fréjus is a usual sight in early October. Close to 150 participants took part in Génération Roc Sport, an event reserved for members of organisations, to kick off the 36th edition of the Roc d’Azur on Wednesday. From today until Sunday, almost 20,000 mountain bikers of all ages (starting at age 2 with balance bikes), levels (from beginners to the world elite) and disciplines (races, recreational rides, electric-assist bikes, gravel grinders and more) will push the pedals on the tracks of Les Maures Massif in one of the 35 events on the programme.

The Rallye Roc XC, held as an enduro race with a cross-country spin over a distance of 33 km, including 12.3 km of timed sectors, brought down the curtain on the first day of racing. Over 530 riders signed up for the new event in its debut. 

 

Renaud Lavillenie to tackle the Tri Roc

On Thursday, the Tri Roc will be one of the highlights of the second day of the Roc d’Azur, along with the second stage of the Roc Trophy, the Masters Roc, the Rando Roc Enduro, the Roc Light and the Rando Roc Altitude. A certain team will no doubt be the focus of attention. The 2012 Olympic gold medallist and pole vault world record holder, Renaud Lavillenie, will be competing in the 23 km MTB sector after the 1,500 swimming sector completed by Frédéric Belaubre, a three-time European triathlon champion who finished fifth in the 2004 Olympics. The pole vaulter will then hand over to 2018 European triathlon champion Pierre Le Corre, one of the world’s best triathletes, for the closing 11 km running sector.  

 

Village opens at 10 am on Thursday

Starting at 10 am on Thursday, the 300 exhibitors filling the 20,000 m² venue are set to meet and greet the 100,000 visitors expected to check out the show until Sunday. It will be a great opportunity for fans eager to see the newest gear to get in touch with the leading brands in the world of mountain biking. Die-hard riders will even get to try out the bikes of their dreams thanks to the Roc Test Camp by Canyon. The ladies are a growing contingent on the tracks of the event and will have a dedicated space in the show for the first time this year. As always, a wide range of activities and leisure areas (chill zone, pétanque court, etc.) will drive home the fact that the Roc d’Azur is nothing if not a huge celebration of mountain biking and the people who love it.

 

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More information : www.rocazur.com

 

Press contacts

 

Mille & une vagues

Soazig Gueho et Aurélia Filho

sgueho@milletunevagues.com / afilho@milletunevagues.com presseroc@aso.fr

+ 33 6 62 08 75 44 / + 33 7 85 82 89 72

Press office A.S.O.

Marie Bonnet

mbonnet@aso.fr

+33 7 89 31 57 38

 

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