As the name suggests, this sportive starts and finishes in Vence, a pretty town to the northwest of Nice.

A pre-sportive warm-up is necessary as the route starts with the 600m climb of the Col de Vence, a cracking climb up onto a plateau. From there, the route tracks West, taking in via a stunning quiet road the second of the major climbs, the Col de Bleine, at 1440m the high-point of the sportive. From there, the route loops back to Vence…it’s lumpy, taking in the Col Bas, Col de Cornille and Col de Castellaras, but these are short, fast climbs, before climbing the Col de Vence this time from the North, and a glorious, fast descent to the finish in Vence.

At 135km and with 2800m of height gain, this is a challenging sportive and a tough day in the saddle, but one that fits nicely with a number of days riding in the Côte d’Azur.

It’s an 08:00 start; you have the option of 06:00 start on the Saturday to arrive around 07:00 in time to sign on and pick up your number and timing chip, or we can arrive the previous day and explore the beautiful Esteron region, and stay locally overnight.

Combine this event with an exploration of the fantastic cycling the Côte d’Azur has to offer, based in beautiful Beaulieu-sur-mer just down the coast near Nice…make it a long weekend to remember or extend to a full week of early-season training which will pay dividends for the rest of the year.