The now legendary Roc d’Azur mountain biking festival has become like a Woodstock for MTB fans with thousands of amateur and professional riders descending on Fréjus in the South of France for 5 days of racing, industry exhibitors and entertainment.
After a record number of visitors in 2014 with 20,035 participants and 100,000 visitors to the Fréjus bike village, Roc d’Azur 2017 promises to be huge. Staying faithful to the original spirit of the Roc, organisers continue improve the program, with new routes and changes to the event timing.
For this 2017 edition, the 40 km Rando Roc All Mountain will start and finish in Roquebrune-sur-Argens, and the 24 km Roc Light will become part of Thursday’s race program.
The Roc d’Azur Dames, which draws some of the world’s best female biking talent, will be moved from Saturday to Sunday to give competitors fully cleared tracks and the publicity they deserve.
The trails have been modified to provide new sensations. “There’s not been a revolution, but we have made some good improvements”, says sports director, Frédéric Salomone. The main one is undoubtedly the climb on Sunday’s flagship Roc d’Azur race. “For the first time since 2010 we have included the dreaded climb with two especially steep kilometers at kilometre 15, after already climbed 3 km climb at the foot of Fournel. It’s scary to many.”
So, new routes but also the renewed enthusiasm to provide a great event in the Roc d’Azur village in Fréjus. A complete entertainment program is scheduled and some 300 exhibitors will be there showing off the latest mountain bike gear. It’s all set to be an unmissable event!