Aches in Provence
The South of France is host to some great events, from cyclosportives to triathlons and road races, as well as the opportunity to watch the top professionals at close quarters in WorldTour bike races such as Paris-Nice and Milan-San Remo.
Combine your event with some days of more relaxed riding for an unforgettable cycling holiday.
We will provide all the support you need getting you to and from the event, and during the event itself if appropriate.
There are some fantastic cyclosportives local to us…the fact that they may not be as well known or as popular as La Marmotte or L’Etape du Tour only adds to their appeal!
A few (those starting in Nice or Monaco) are accessible by bike directly from your accommodation; for the rest, we will travel in the van: making an early start on the morning of the event for those a shorter drive away, or travelling the previous day to those sportives further away and staying locally in a hotel.
Road races are similar in France to elsewhere in the world, but have a special, somewhat chilled vibe that’s maybe to do with the weather, or great roads. If you have a license with a UCI number (which is the case for most national federations), then you can normally enter a race in France. We will liaise with the race organisers to check that they are happy for you to enter, and then provide logistical support on the day including transport to and from the event.
Get a flavour of what road racing in the South of France is like here >>
Nice is host to the annual Nice Ironman in June, as well as playing host to the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in September.
Join us for triathlon training including a course recce, or for the event itself when we will provide transport and support. The Mediterranean is just a few minutes away for some swim training, and if you enjoy trail running, there are paths criss-crossing the hills with delightful coastal views as well as flatter roads.
The Ironman swim is in the sea, directly off the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. The bike course is one of the most challenging on the calendar, with 2000m of climbing including the 18km climb of the Col de l’Ecre. The run is up and down the iconic Promenade des Anglais.
Watching the pros
The first of the WorldTour races in Europe is the 7-day Paris-Nice “Race to the Sun”, and it takes place mid-March, and La Primavera spring classic Milan – San Remo takes place a week later.
These races are fantastic opportunities to watch the pros at close quarters…although all the top teams and most of the world’s top riders are competing, the crowds are nothing like those for the Tour de France etc, meaning unprecedented access and unrivalled views of the pros in action.
The Paris-Nice Challenge is a sportive which takes place the day before the final stage of Paris-Nice, and follows the route of Sunday’s stage, so we can combine participation in a great event on the Saturday with watching the pros on the Sunday.
Similarly, there is a sportive La Classicissima which takes place the day after Milan-San Remo. The event starts and finishes in San Remo, so we can watch the pros on the Saturday, and participate in the sportive on the Sunday. La Classicissima is obviously not the full Milan-San Remo route (that sportive takes place later in the year), but it does follow the latter part of the race including the often-decisive climbs of La Cipressa and the Poggio.