From the first edition, the race was a great popular success, since 500 participants took the start of the 20km and 5km. Popular success certainly, but also participation of a plateau of high-level athletes. The first winner was Pierre Lévisse, international and many times French cross-country and 10,000m champion.
For ten years, the best French people have competed on the Côte de Granit Rose, including the French marathon champions Fernand Kolbeck, Dominique Chauvelier and many others...
The event was then opened to international runners from many European and African countries, the path having been traced by the Belgian Emile Puttemans, former world record holder in the 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 m .
Thus, for more than 40 years, the 20km Association has allowed many anonymous people to rub shoulders with great international champions, the organizers remaining committed to maintaining this race at its highest level, but also to promote its popular aspect by wide dissemination. .
Very laudatory articles on the 20km of the Côte de Granit Rose appear each year in most of the specialized national journals; all come together to underline the quality of the route and affirm that this is one of the most beautiful road racing courses in France.