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Stone King Rally
Almost two and a half years after riders rolled down off the Maritime Alps to arrive on the French Riviera and bring the curtain down on the last-ever Trans-Provence, we can finally unveil that infamous event's successor
Santa Cruz Stone King Rally is the evolution of backcountry MTB enduro competition. Containing the same blend of wild adventure and gravity racing excitement that Trans-Provence introduced in 2009 and refined over the course of a decade, we now take things to new levels on a 100% original itinerary from the High Alps to the Mediterranean.
Stone King’s truly transalpine itinerary - crossing the Alps’ central watershed not once but twice - will take in two countries and four distinct regional areas: the majestic Queyras Regional Park (France), the mystical Occitan Valleys of Piemonte (Italy), the wild Roya Valley (France) and, last but not least, the revered coastal mountains of Liguria (Italy).
Each of these zones contains its own brand of mindblowing descents and incredible journey-style trails. The inextricable link between these trails, the cultural heritage and the agricultural or industrial history of each valley is critical to the spirit of a backcountry adventure like Stone King; riders will experience -in a variety of formats- a thread of associated stories throughout the race and tour versions of the itinerary.
Race entry is limited to 100 riders and will take place on Tuesday 30th November 2021. The good news for those who don’t get a race spot, and for those who prefer the idea of riding Stone King at party pace and without the pressure of competition, is that each year’s itinerary will be made available for autonomous enjoyment via an innovative touristic platform. More news on that will follow in Spring 2022!For now, further details on the race, the route and of course entry applications can all be found at: stonekingrally.org
Santa Cruz Stone King Rally - VOLUME 1
The key stats:
- Countries: 2 (~75% of the route in Italy, ~25% in France)
- Riders: 100
- Days: 6
- Timed Stages: 24
- Distance (on-bike): 269km
- Ascent (on-bike): 8140m
- Descent (on-bike): 20153m
The development and production of Stone King Rally are made possible thanks to the partnership and support of the following brands:
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