Perhaps you are coming down to the South of France on holiday with the family, or on business, and you’re looking to escape on the bike for a day, maybe even just a couple of hours? Perfect…hire a guide, and make the most of it!
- Local knowledge: hiring one of our team means you’ll find the quietest roads, the most dramatic views, the most satisfying climbs, the most exhilarating descents, not to mention the best coffee! We also know where all the water fountains are, so you won’t go thirsty! You may not have a lot of time available, so spend your time turning the pedals and soaking up the scenery, not studying the map to work out which way you need to go, ending up on the busy main road, or getting lost in Monaco!
- A route to suit: Let us know the kind of ride you are looking for, and we’ll suggest a route to suit. If there is a particular climb that you’d like to do, or a place you’d like to visit, just say…it’s your ride.
- We come to you: your guide will come to where you are staying so you can ride from your doorstep, no need to worry about transport and parking.
- Complete flexibility: Start when it suits you, get back when it suits you. Go for one hour, go for eight hours, or anything in between, it’s completely up to you.
- Any size of group: Whether it’s just you, or your family, or a large group of friends…whatever the size of your group, we can organise it all for you. There is no maximum group size. If the people in your group ride at different levels, you may wish to consider hiring two or more guides so that the faster people do not have to wait, and the slower people do not feel under pressure. Even when people are at a similar level, we recommend no more than 8 people per guide, but ultimately it’s your decision.
- All levels catered for: We’re as happy guiding you on flat easy roads, as we are guiding you on the most challenging climbs in the area.
- Language: We all speak English, one of us is fluent in Italian, we all get by in French!
- Bike hire: We can organise bike hire if you don’t have your own.
- Pricing: Per guide, we charge 95 euros plus 25 euros per hour. For example, a 2-hour ride would be 95 + (2 x 25) = 145 euros. Some sample rides and costs are listed below. The duration of the ride is measured from the time your guide meets you to the time you return to your accommodation, so includes breaks for coffee and / or lunch where appropriate. If we need to drive, rather than ride, to your accommodation – e.g. because we need to bring hire bikes with us for you, or because your accommodation is too far to reach by bike – there will be an additional charge to cover transport time and cost, and parking if necessary. The price is agreed in advance, there is no need to “clock-watch” or rush things, we will not charge extra because we get back at bit later than expected.
- Tips: Tips are not expected. If you stop for coffee and / or lunch, covering the cost for the guide is a much appreciated gesture.
To book, just contact us and let us know:
- Your preferred date(s)
- Ride timings: What time would you like to start and finish?
- Where you are staying
- Bike hire: Do you need to hire a bike? If so, what size (or your height), and what pedal type?
- Level: At what level do you and your group ride? What kind of ride are you looking for e.g. how much climbing?
You can choose to ride for any length of time, from one hour to eight hours, it’s completely up to you. The costs are 95 euros plus 25 euros per hour:
1 hour = 120 euros
2 hours = 145 euros
3 hours = 170 euros
4 hours = 195 euros
5 hours = 220 euros
6 hours = 245 euros
7 hours = 270 euros
8 hours = 295 euros
The three most popular ride durations are 2 hours, 4 hours and 7 hours, and examples of where you can go, and the climbs you can tackle, are outlined below.
|Espresso||For the most time-pressed, and 2 hours in duration, the Espresso ride gives you the opportunity to experience the amazing Côte d’Azur scenery and terrain in a short time.
Tackle the iconic Col d’Eze (500m) with breathtaking views overlooking the bay of Villefranche and Cap Ferrat, followed by an exhilarating descent to the coast, or perhaps you’d prefer something more gentle: the undulating coast road east through Monaco towards Italy, or along the Promenade des Anglais cycle path all the way around the bay.
|Cappuccino||The Cappuccino ride is a half-day ride (4 hours) giving us the opportunity to get further afield, and see more of what the French Riviera has to offer. In addition to Col d’Eze (500m), the Col de la Madone (925m) is well within reach, or if climbing is not your thing, we can find a somewhat less challenging route and stick to flatter roads!
Depending on your preferred route, we would expect to stop once for refreshment, or if we’re riding in the middle of the day, we can include a quick lunch stop…perhaps in one of the many beautiful hilltop villages.
|Lungo||The Lungo ride is a full-day’s ride (7 hours). It doesn’t have to be hard…we can follow some of the more undulating roads in the region, for example exploring the coast road through Monaco into Italy, or one of the gentler valley ascents out of Nice, and we can take it at an easy pace and punctuate the ride with stops along the way.
But for those looking for a challenge, a full day gives us the opportunity to tackle some of the longest ascents in the region: the Col du Turini climbs 1250m over 25km to an altitude of 1600m (with the option of tacking on another 425m of climbing once the Col is reached!); the Madone d’Utelle offers amazing 360-degree views at the top of an 885m climb.
The Col de Braus has been featured no less than 21 times in the Tour de France, and we can combine this with another climb for a great day on the bike.
Other options include extensive riding in Italy including the stunning Colle Langan climb, or the beautiful Col de Brouis.
|Bike hire||Hire a full-carbon Trek road bike with compact 50/34 chainset and Shimano 105 groupset||€55 for the first day
€90 for two days
€30 / day thereafter
Discounts available for rentals 7+ days
All of the above are subject to availability.
Subject to Terms and Conditions.