TO THE SEA: SKR VOL.1 DAY 6

Day six – the final day of the first-ever Santa Cruz Stone King Rally – was a short and sweet treat that delivered riders to the beautiful Italian coastline in Bordighera.

TRANSITIONS: SKR VOL.1 DAY 5

Santa Cruz Stone King Rally’s penultimate day gave riders a view of the sea. But with the sun high in the sky and temperatures rising, this was no cruise to the beach.

FRESH TRACKS: SKR VOL.1 DAY 4

The fourth day of Santa Cruz Stone King Rally Volume 1 was somewhat lighter than previous days. But that doesn’t mean it was easy.

TIMELESS: SKR VOL.1 DAY 3

Day three of Santa Cruz Stone King Rally Volume 1 took to the ancient trails between Prazzo and Demonte. It was another epic day in the saddle.

GOLD RUSH: SKR VOL.1 DAY 2

Day two of the inaugural Stone King was a BIG day, with nearly 5000m of vertical descending. Epic trails, great food, good times.

THE DEEP END: SKR VOL.1 DAY 1

The first-ever Stone King Rally began on an epic note, with three otherwordly stages in the morning followed by a massive afternoon storm. The poor weather meant Special Stage 4 was cancelled, but riders still battled ahead to finish the day with a brutal rain-soaked final descent to Pontechianale.

RACE RESULTS

Get the latest race results from the Stone King Rally, Vol 1 2022

THE EVOLUTION

Before Trans-Provence saw the light of day in 2009, the world of MTB had been missing an event which combined long-distance adventure with gravity racing excitement. So we invented the world’s first point-to-point MTB enduro rally and showcased, in a competitive setting, the kind of riding that we considered mountain biking to be all about.

In 2019 after 10 editions, the message was well and truly out and, for us, it was time to search for a fresh angle. STONE KING is that, and we are more eager than ever to push the boundaries and take mountain biking to new places, both physically and metaphorically.

It’s more than a new race and new journey through little-known big mountains and valleys – the message has also evolved within a more open-spirited project; alongside the annual week-long rally event, Stone King will provide an innovative, accessible touristic structure offering widespread access to a non-race version of the adventure.

SANTA CRUZ
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 [2022] …

DAYS

SPECIAL STAGES

KM DISTANCE

METRES ASCENT

METRES DESCENT

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

RIDE THE ROUTE

We extend an open invitation to the adventure of riding our itinerary and, to this end, we have developed Stone King Touring Club.

Touring Club is a multimedia system of structured information allowing all competent mountain bikers, at all levels of budget, to get in amongst these awesome trails in a non-race setting, from July to October every year. Check it out!

STAY UP TO DATE

Whether you plan to ride or race Stone King in the future, or for now would just prefer to feast your eyes on the itinerary’s vast array of world class trails, you can stay up to date with our latest on the social platform of your choice:

PARTNERS

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:

MORE ON OUR PARTNERSHIPS

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

 

SRAM

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

 

FOX RACING

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

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

KOMOOT

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

 

COOLBUS

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.  

Through the eclectic nature of our rally’s itinerary and the seasons during which it can be enjoyed, there is one constant; The Stone King overseeing proceedings. Provided that the sky is clear, epic views of the Viso are guaranteed on all but the final day of our route.
SANTA CRUZ
STONE KING RALLY
A TRANS-ALPINE MTB ODYSSEY
44.6673° N, 7.0904° E