STONE KING RALLY
A TRANS-ALPINE MTB ODYSSEY
44.6673° N, 7.0904° E
THE RACE ITINERARY, VOL.1
Same but different. Very different.
We have always believed that the Southwestern Alps of Europe contain the best rideable terrain in the World in terms of quantity, quality, and out there feel. That’s why we’ve stuck to the formula of an itinerary starting on the edge of the High Alps, and finishing at the Mediterranean Sea.
But it’s quite different this time around: Stone King passes to the North of the Mercantour range putting 70% of the route in Italy. Each year our itinerary will pass through the Queyras Park, the Occitan Valleys of Piemonte, the wild Roya Valley, and the hallowed hills of Liguria; all incredible areas in their own right, all previously unseen on a multi-day rally.
Whilst the nightly stop-offs will largely remain the same from one year to the next, the trail itinerary will change almost entirely between each edition, providing a mind-blowing amount of fresh terrain for you to race (or indeed just ride!) each year.
Some basic route information and stats for STONE KING RALLY, Volume 1  …
Stone King Rally, Vol.1 | 28 June - 3 July 2022 | CLICK HERE FOR DAILY RACE RESULTS
DAILY AND OVERALL RESULTS WILL BE UPDATED HERE FROM 28 / 06 / 22
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Stone King is an ambitious project tasked with building upon the race legacy and core values of Trans-Provence (2009-2019) whilst concurrently increasing accessibility to such an adventure. This complex undertaking would not have been started without the incredible support of a handful of the world’s best MTB and outdoor brands. These are the companies and people whose partnership makes STONE KING RALLY (& related future projects) reality:
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SANTA CRUZ BICYCLES
Santa Cruz Bicycles’ exciting product line-up and industry-leading engineering need no introduction. Today we’re proud to announce Santa Cruz as Stone King’s title partner and sponsor, with their marketing team collaboratively involved in every step of our project, from first concepts all the way through to race execution and tour platform production.
“Santa Cruz has always been about supporting access to the best trails and bringing the relevant communities together. Following on from sponsoring Trans-Provence and its message about what an MTB rally could look like, it seemed obvious to take part in this next step, the more community-centred adventure that is Stone King”
– Loïc Delteil, SANTA CRUZ BICYCLES
Mountain biking is made better by the innovative prowess and attention to detail which go into producing SRAM’s components, and Stone King could not be happier to have their support as first associate sponsor. SRAM will provide comprehensive neutral mechanical assistance to all participants of the annual Stone King Rally.
“Great rides make great stories, and for a great ride sometimes you need to get lost. Airing a battle cry for those that are hungry for seemingly endless grinds, life-changing descents and unforgettable friendships is Ash Smith’s specialty. The Stone King Rally will push our products to the limit, as well as leave a lasting legacy on the people and communities that it will touch.”
– Ross Measures, SRAM
There is no better-known name in moto and MTB apparel and protection, and no other brand that Stone King staff would rather be kitted-out by! Fox Racing’s exceptional range of clothing, helmets, pads and bags covers every eventuality on the mountain, from solo scouting to party trains. We’re stoked for them to join our adventure.
“Building on the legendary Trans-Provence’s foundations, Stone King Rally is a true MTB riding event which will build unforgettable memories for all participants. Fox Racing is proud to be supporting such a race that will develop an amazing riding experience for the community as well as much the technicality of our products to the extreme.”
– Vincent Saccomani, FOX RACING
Suunto produces second-to-none sports watches covering the full extent of GPS hardware needs for our route research, and of course your discovery and analysis of the Stone King itinerary.
“Suunto was founded over 85 years ago when we started making more accurate and reliable compasses. Since then we have been enabling adventure. And that’s exactly what Ash Smith and the team is doing as well: They scout the terrain and find the best trails to ride. We are super excited to join the Stone King Rally and also to enable people to navigate and ride it on their own.”
– Antti Laiho, SUUNTO
Centred around an adventurous community spirit, Komoot is a cycling app allowing riders to find, plan and share adventures. We are working with Komoot to provide the perfect digital accessory to the Stone King adventure; a powerful, purpose-built navigational aid for race and tour versions of our itinerary.
“Komoot is all about community driven adventures and the desire to explore. Komoot and Stone King share the mission to enable riders to explore new places and trails by bike. By working with Stone King Rally we will render a once-in-a-lifetime experience accessible to all mountain bikers who seek adventure, amazing trails and community spirit.”
– Calixta von Feilitzsch, KOMOOT
Stone King’s transport requirements are fulfilled by the absolute best in the Alpine airport transfer and MTB shuttle business.
“Cool Bus has a relationship with Ash Smith that stretches back some twenty years and we are very proud to have played an active part in his innovative and ever evolving, point-to-point race formats since the very start.
We clock up over 80% of our kilometres shuttling clients around the northern French Alps through knee deep snow in the depths of winter. Providing shuttles for Ash’s events and tours provide a welcome contrast, with their own different sets of challenges and the added bonus of being able to wear shorts to work! We are incredibly excited to be working on this new project which is once again pushing the boundaries of what a mountain bike race can be.”
– Rob Forbes, COOL BUS
MONVISO: THE STONE KING
Standing 500m higher than anything else in its approximate vicinity, Monte Viso, Mont Viso or simply Monviso [3841m] is the Alps’ 10th biggest peak by prominence and its north face gives rise to Italy’s longest river, il Po.
Known locally by the moniker il re di pietra (“the stone king”) this legendary rock pyramid is the undisputed dominant summit of the Southwestern Alps, visible from as far away as Milan. It was mentioned by writers from Dante to Chaucer, housed a rare but renowned neolithic jadeite quarry and is believed, in some circles, to have inspired the widely recognised Paramount Pictures logo.