Welcome (back!) to the Côte d’Azur
We look forward to welcoming you to the Côte d’Azur in 2021 for a cycling adventure to remember.
Lockdown is a strange time here, as everywhere…the Promenade des Anglais eerily deserted, only the occasional superyacht to be seen in the bay, for those with the means to enjoy self-isolation on board. The boulangeries, cafés, bars and restaurants are open, all following the guidelines to enable hospitality with due care, and there is a semblance of normality, but sadly the rules do not allow extended rides, even if the gendarmerie seem to be operating with a lighter touch than in the Spring.
We look forward to when we can enjoy the cycling once again; if we had taken it somewhat for granted, we’re now even more appreciative of what this extraordinary region has to offer the cyclist seeking challenging climbs, thrilling descents, stunning scenery of mountain and coast, combined with café culture, healthy cuisine, and a warm welcome.
The visit of the Tour de France in late August offered tremendous spectacle and excitement, and we get to experience it again when L’Étape du Tour takes place on 4th July 2021, revisiting stage 2 of the 2020 tour which took the riders into the Côte d’Azur backcountry and over three iconic climbs, the Col St Martin / Col de la Colmiane, the Col du Turini, and on the return to Nice the Col d’Eze.
Whether you are coming to the Côte d’Azur primarily to cycle, or simply wish to enjoy a bike ride as part of your visit, we invite you to get in touch with us. We look forward to riding with you in 2021.
It just doesn’t get any better than this…
We savour our last bite of pain au chocolat, down our espressos, jump on our bikes and leave the market square, and in less than a minute we’re spinning along the coast between Nice and Monaco towards Italy. The deep blue Mediterranean is on our right, cliffs tower above us to our left…this is where the Alps, having described a massive arc taking in Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France, finally plunge into the warm sea.
We’ll tackle a 1,250m alpine climb later in the day, but for now the road rolls gently around the coastal contours. The sun warms bare arms, fresh sea air fills our lungs. The anticipation of an epic day on the bike.
My companion pulls alongside, looks at me with the widest grin, and says:
“It just doesn’t get any better than this.”
What we offer:
From the moment we say “bienvenue” at Nice airport, to the moment we drop you back and say “au revoir”, we aim to offer you a cycling experience like no other…accommodation in comfortable and cyclist-friendly family-run hotels, the best food and drink that Provence has to offer, and seamless logistics so you can focus on getting the most out of your trip.
All types of riding are catered for:
- ad hoc guided day rides
- winter and early-season cycling training camps
- winter and early-season triathlon training camps
- CycloSportives e.g. Paris-Nice Challenge, GranFondo Nice Côte d’Azur, Granfondo du Golfe de Saint-Tropez, Provençale Sainte-Victoire, GF Mont Ventoux, Mercan’Tour Bonette, La Fausto Coppi, Risoul Queyras and many more
- local amateur road races
- triathlons e.g. Ironman Nice, Ironman 70.3 Nice
- watching WorldTour racing such as Paris-Nice and Milan-San Remo
- just riding for pleasure, pastries and Provençal food!
Join us for a cycling adventure to savour!
Guided rides: Perhaps you are coming down to the South of France on holiday with the family, or perhaps in the area on business, and you’re looking to escape for a day on the bike, maybe even just a couple of hours? Perfect…hire a bike from us and join us for a guided ride or two. More >>
Single-centre cycling holidays: Perhaps you are coming down simply to cycle? Even better! With so much variety on the doorstep, there is no need to move from one place to the next each day; you can ride every day for a month on different roads!
We organise everything for you: airport transfers, cyclist-friendly B&B accommodation in Beaulieu-sur-mer, Nice or St Paul de Vence, and then ride with you each day to showcase the very best roads the Côte d’Azur has to offer.
Settle in, relax, and enjoy the cycling! More >>
Fully-supported cycling tours: If your preference is to tour around the region and to stay somewhere different each night, then join one of our fully-supported cycling tours, or ask us for a bespoke trip for your group. We’ll carry your luggage from one place to the next, whilst “leap-frogging” you in the van along the route during the day to provide refreshments and the opportunity for you to off-load or take on extra kit. More >>
Event-based cycling holidays: Perhaps you are competing in the Nice Ironman or 70.3, or participating in one of the many fantastic local cyclosportives or races such as the Paris-Nice Challenge or the Mercan’Tour Bonette, or you fancy watching the professionals at close quarters in Paris-Nice or Milan-San Remo, then join one of our event-based cycling holidays. If you’re competing, we’ll get you to the right place at the right time; if you’re spectating, we’ll cycle with you to the best places to watch. Combine this with some extra days exploring what the French Riviera has to offer. More >>
Corporate cycling days: What better way to network with clients, or to reward loyal and high-performing staff, than on a bike ride on the Côte d’Azur? Entice prospective customers to spend time with you by offering them something a bit different for a change!
This is a shared experience like no other; whether you offer a gentle meander along the coast, or a more challenging excursion into the hills, it offers the perfect environment in which to build new business relationships or cement existing ones…a talking point for years to come. We deliver corporate events for organisations attending conferences, exhibitions and trade shows in Cannes, Nice and Monaco, such as MIPIM, MIPTV, Cannes Film Festival, MIDEM, MIPCOM and others. More >>