Taking place on 10-14 October, the 35th edition of Roc d’Azur in southeastern France is now under way. The mountain biking event will this year feature a unique video race-tracking service sponsored by Mavic.
For the first time, a 360° camera at the finishing zone will broadcast the finishes of each participant in the various races. This will be showcased live on Facebook on Saturday and Sunday. In addition, a fixed camera will be positioned on the route and will broadcast the race live on the event’s official web site.
The organising team add that, as a result, the participants in the weekend’s races will be able to relive their races thanks to a personalised video made up of images from the start, their passage at a key point on the route and their finish.
Roc d’Azur celebrates mountain biking in all its forms at the François Léotard nature reserve in Fréjus. Event organiser A.S.O points out that the Roc d’Azur 2018 event, mixing up racing and an extensive expo, offers ‘the ideal opportunity to discover and explore an MTB show with over 500 brands across 28,000 m².’
On Wednesday, at the Fréjus Nature Base, the Génération Roc ‘Sport pour tous’ race kicked off proceedings for the 35th edition of Roc d’Azur on a windy first day. Participants of all ages took part via organisations such as the French Red Cross as well as visually impaired riders who were not scared off by the rain.
Whilst the Roc d’Azur races on Sunday are still the highlight of the event with the presence of major international champions in both the men’s and women’s races, the Tri Roc (on Thursday), Gravel Origins 83 (on Friday and Saturday), Canyon Roc Marathon (on Friday), Roc Ruelles in Fréjus (on Friday) and Roquebrune-sur-Argens (on Saturday) or the Mavic Roc Gravel will also boast top level sporting battles.
The many rides on the menu, such as the 49-km Rando Roc Electrique Noire (on Saturday) for fans of electrically-assisted bicycles, will also ‘punctuate the rhythm of the Roc d’Azur throughout its five days’.
Another high point at the Roc d’Azur was the opening on Thursday at 10:00 CET of the event’s exhibition. Almost 300 exhibitors are present until Sunday to present their new products, and will offer the opportunity to the 100,000 expected visitors to test equipment on a track specially designed for such trials, the Roc Test Camp.
The organisers add… ‘To allow for further enjoyment of the Roc experience, a vast programme of activities will be held each day in the event village, because the Roc d’Azur is there to be enjoyed to the full.’
Thursday 11 October: 10:00 CET to 19:00 CET
Friday 12 October: 09:00 to 19:00
Saturday 13 October: 09:00 to 19:00
Sunday 14 October: 09:00 to 17:00